“We are not married” Shin Jin-ho and Lee Myung-joo, K-League ‘strongest midfielder’ on the rise

The midfield line that Incheon United is proud of will soon appear. So far, the preparations have gone smoothly. 

Shin Jin-ho (35), who participated in the K-League Winter Field Training Media Camp held at the International Hotel in Changwon City, Gyeongsangnam-do on the 14th, said, “I was very excited before coming (to Incheon). We thought among ourselves, ‘When will we be able to play soccer together again?

Shin Jin-ho and Lee Myung-joo (33), who are senior and junior at Pocheol Technical High School and Yeungnam University, have been working together since high school. His professional debut was also at Pohang Steelers in 2011 and 2012 respectively. The two had a glorious time in Pohang. In 2013, he led the K-League team’s first ‘double (K-League/FA Cup championship)’. They are playing on the same team again after 10 years. 

Shin Jin-ho said, “I think there is a player who reads my thoughts. Lee Myung-joo thinks about what to do when I catch the ball. I also know what Myung Joo is good at. He always thinks about what to do when Myeong-ju catches the ball. Over time, he seems to be breathing better.” 

Lee Myung-ju also agreed. He said, “It feels different just by exchanging passes (with Shin Jin-ho).” In England, the Tottenham duo Son Heung-min and Harry Kane, who boast fantastic chemistry, are described as a ‘couple’ on the ground. When these words came out, Lee Myung-joo said, “We are not a couple. I’ll try to find a (proper) expression later. What is certain is that they are not a couple.”  바카라

Using a 3-4-3 formation, Incheon places two midfielders in midfield. It is highly likely that Lee Myung-joo, who has strong offensive instincts, will play the role of helmsman leading the build-up, with Shin Jin-ho in the relatively front line. 

Lee Myeong-joo said, “Because I have been very aggressive since before, Jin-ho hyung always supplemented the defensive part. It was like that in the last practice game, and I think I will be free to be aggressive little by little. I think Jinho-hyung will protect the team and bring stability to the team. He will be able to come and go (back and forth) comfortably,” he foresaw. 

Shin Jin-ho recorded 4 goals and 10 assists in 32 league games for Pohang last year, writing a career high. He took a place in the best 11 of the K-League 1 season. Lee Myung-joo, who joined Incheon after spending overseas last season, played 34 games and scored 4 goals and 5 assists, announcing a successful return to the domestic stage.

Incheon coach Cho Seong-hwan said, “It was regrettable that we couldn’t gain a lot of share last year. (Shin Jin-ho and Lee Myung-joo) were satisfied, saying, “It is a combination that can upgrade not only the results but also the content.”