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S. Korean football forward vows to become better player with Hamburger SV

All Headlines 23:35 September 11, 2018

By Joo Kyung-don

SUWON, South Korea, Sept. 11 (Yonhap) -- South Korean football forward Hwang Hee-chan said Tuesday he is ready to learn and become a better player with his new German club.

Hwang played 85 minutes in South Korea's 0-0 draw with Chile in a friendly match at Suwon World Cup Stadium in Suwon, south of Seoul. It was his last match before making his Bundelisga 2 debut with Hamburger SV.

During the Asian Games in Jakarta, the 22-year-old completed a loan move from Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg to Hamburger SV for this season.

"Honestly, I do have some concerns because it's my first time switching teams in Europe," Hwang said. "But I will learn as much as I can for me and my country with responsibility. I will make developments and want to help the national team later."

South Korea's Hwang Hee-chan (L) dribbles against Chile's Guillermo Maripan during a friendly football match at Suwon World Cup Stadium in Suwon, south of Seoul, on Sept. 11, 2018. (Yonhap)

Hwang's national team senior Son Heung-min made his pro debut with Hamburger SV before moving to Bayer Leverkusen later. When asked about whether Son, who is now with Tottenham Hotspur, gave him an advice, Hwang said he didn't.

"Son just told me to play well, and he'll visit the club later," he said. "Hamburger are a well-known club in Germany, so I'm happy to play with them. I'll do my best to help the club earn promotion to the first division."

After winning a gold medal with the under-23 team at the Asian Games, which also gave him an exemption from military service, Hwang joined the senior team to play friendly matches against Costa Rica and Chile under new head coach Paulo Bento.

Hwang missed the Costa Rica friendly but started as right winger against Chile. Hwang, who also competed at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, said he is always learning from the national team. He has two goals from 18 caps.

"When I come to the national team, there are many role models such as Ki Sung-yueng and Son Heung-min," he said. "It makes me become a better football player. Despite the short period, I learned lots of things, whether it's about mentality or technique. It always gives me priceless experience, too."

South Korea's Hwang Hee-chan claps his hands during a friendly football match between South Korea and Chile at Suwon World Cup Stadium in Suwon, south of Seoul, on Sept. 11, 2018. (Yonhap)


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