Veteran striker Lee Keun-ho (38, Daegu FC), who announced his retirement as a player at the end of this season, smiled and said. He attended the media day of the “Hana One Q K League 1 Final Round 2023” held at the Nine Tree Premier Locaus Hotel in Yongsan-gu, Seoul on the 18th and said, “At first, I was skeptical when the players talked about (retirement). “Isn’t Keunho going to do it again next year?” When I heard the retirement article, I believed it,” he said with a big smile.
He made his professional debut with Incheon United in 2004, and moved to Daegu in 2007. Since then, he has been active in the Japanese J-League, including Jubilo Iwata and Gamba Osaka. After returning to the K-League through Ulsan Hyundai in 2012, he played the leading role in winning the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League. He even received the AFC Player of the Year award that year. Since then, he has returned to Daegu in 2021 after going through Sangju (military service), El Jaishi (Qatar), Jeonbuk, Jeju, Gangwon, and Ulsan again, and has even reached retirement.
He had 80 goals and 53 assists in 385 games in the K-League. As a member of the Korean national team, he had 19 goals in 84 A matches. He also scored in a group match against Russia at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. 스포츠토토
When asked about the conversation he had with his wife about his retirement decision, Lee Keun-ho said, “At first, my wife also asked me, ‘Are you really doing it this year?’ I got choked up. Honestly, my wife wanted to do more, but she respects my opinion. Whenever I talk about retirement, I get emotional and try not to do it anymore,” he said.
Lee Keun-ho said, “First of all, I’m going to concentrate on parenting rather than other thoughts. A very lovely child was born, and parenting is more suitable than I thought, so I’m trying to do it more than I thought,” he laughed. He married in 2016 and got married in February this year.
Lee Keun-ho will compete with his professional debut team, Incheon, in the final round match. It’s his retirement game. Lee Keun-ho, who mentioned, “Incheon is a team that made its debut, and we are going to play the last game,” said, “I think this story will mean a lot to me.” I hope Incheon fans will welcome me, too,” he said. Finally, to move several teams in his career, he said, “I liked to play and challenge myself for a year or two. The important thing is that I always did my best when I was in the team. He also said, “It’s a good start (with the new team), but I think the finish is more important, so I think I always exchanged good minds and left.”