Not only verified performance, but also optimal localization. A trio of foreign players, Heis-Yuri-Ling, of the ‘Eastern courtesy country’, performed up to three times in celebration of the Lunar New Year, making coach Nam Ki-il and fans of professional football K League 1 Jeju United happy.
The Brazilian duo Hays and Yuri, whom Jeju ambitiously recruited in the transfer market this winter, are quickly integrating into the team with extraordinary adaptability. ‘Brother’ Hayes, who played a big role (16 goals and 9 assists) on the K League 1 and K League 2 stages for the past two seasons at Gwangju FC, is giving Yuri advice on Korean sentiment and culture in general, and he is the ‘younger brother’. Thanks to Hayes’ advice, Yuri is improving her understanding and adaptability to Korea.
Their chemistry stood out during the official process of Hayes recruitment. Recruited players who take on new challenges in Jeju in the 2023 season are together with soccer dreamers who dream of becoming future professional soccer players in Jeju. Prior to the announcement of the recruitment, the players participate in team training by visiting not only school soccer teams in Jeju Island, but also soccer prospects who have visited Jeju Island for off-season training. The so-called ‘Dream Tree Official’. Hayes visited the Jeju U-12 youth team and conducted the ‘Dream Tree Official’, accompanied by Yuri. 스포츠토토
Hayes and Yuri directly encouraged young players in Korean, such as “Let’s go, let’s go, fighting”. After training, they held an impromptu fan signing event together. In particular, he earned points by treating the coaching staff and parents politely. Yuri approached Hayes, who was eagerly signing autographs, and showed respect by saying “Please autograph” in Korean. The players and parents who watched this raised their thumbs up, saying that they are players worthy of the ‘Eastern Country of Courtesy’.
The performance of foreign players of the ‘Oriental courtesy country type’ is also shining in the field training in Thailand. Even Ling Doryeong from Sweden, who was in his second year in the K-League, joined the team. Celebrating New Year’s Day, a trio of foreign players dressed up in hanbok, enjoying traditional Korean traditional clothing, and hearing about the origin and meaning of New Year’s Day and how to do it three times, started planning a surprise event on their own.
The main character of the surprise event was director Ki-il Nam. Ahead of New Year’s Day, they dressed up in hanbok carefully knocked on the door of director Nam Ki-il’s lodging. When the door opened, director Nam Ki-il could not hide his embarrassment. In particular, it is rumored that he was more embarrassed by Yuri, who exudes a force of admiration for his head family with his overwhelming physicality (185cm, 88kg). The trio of foreign players of the ‘Eastern courtesy country’ immediately followed suit with etiquette, and coach Nam Ki-il, who was embarrassed, finally failed to release the pressure. He handed over 1,000 baht (approximately 40,000 won) of congratulatory money and ordered, “Please give the opposing team the embarrassment I felt this season on the ground.”
The answer of the trio of foreign players of the ‘Oriental courtesy country type’ was more masterpiece. They smiled and said, “I didn’t know that director Ki-il Nam would even give me money for New Year’s Eve. I will try harder to receive more money for New Year’s Eve every year. And I’m thinking about going around the room and doing a New Year’s gift.” Their performance is gathering a lot of topics as soon as it is released as a video on the club’s official SNS and YouTube on the morning of January 22nd (Sunday). Jeju fans couldn’t hide their excitement at the appearance of a foreign player, saying, “It’s the best New Year’s Day gift set ever.”