I will continue to walk confidently, one step at a time.”
Ji So-yeon (32, Suwon FC), a ‘living legend’ of Korean women’s soccer, calmly said after playing her 150th match between national teams (A match), “It took 17 years,” and “I just walked a long way.” revealed.
Ji So-yeon played in the second match against the Philippines in the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games women’s soccer group stage held at Wenzhou Sports Stadium in Zhejiang, China on the 25th, scoring the team’s third goal in the 7th minute of the second half and leading to a 5-1 victory.
Ji So-yeon, who made her national team debut in October 2006 when she was 15 years old, set a record of appearing in 150 A matches for the first time among male and female players in 17 years with this match.
Ji So-yeon, who along with Cho So-hyun (Birmingham City) had a record of 148 appearances in A matches, played two more games in this tournament and rose to first place alone. Among her all-time male national team members, the record for most A-match appearances is held by former national team coach Cha Bum-geun (136 games).메이저놀이터
Son Hwa-yeon doing a ceremony – Son Hwa-yeon is celebrating after scoring in the second match of Group E against the Philippines at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games Women’s Football held at the Wenzhou Sports Center Stadium in Zhejiang, China on the 25th. The national team won 5-1 over the Philippines thanks to Son Hwa-yeon’s hat trick. 2023.9.25 Provided by the Korea Football Association.
After the game, team members congratulated Ji So-yeon on achieving the record and presented her with flowers and a commemorative trophy.
Ji So-yeon added two goals in this tournament, increasing her record for most goals in an A match to 69. If he scores one more goal in the Asian Games, he will set a record of 70 goals in A match. Ji So-yeon, who is still active, rewrites Korean soccer history every time she plays.
Among male players, former coach Cha holds the record for the most goals with 58 goals. Coach Hwang Sun-hong, who leads the Asian Games men’s soccer team, ranks second with 50 goals, and national team captain Son Heung-min (Tottenham) ranks third with 37 goals.
Ji So-yeon, who is challenging for her first Asian Games gold medal after overcoming the pain of being eliminated in the group stage of the 2023 Australia-New Zealand Women’s World Cup, pledged, “It’s the last game of the group stage on the 28th, and I will focus until the end.”
Women’s soccer, which confirmed its advance to the quarterfinals early with a win against the Philippines, will play its final group match against Hong Kong on the 28th. Korea won bronze medals three times in a row, including in Guangzhou in 2010, Incheon in 2014, and Jakarta/Palembang in 2018.