“Rumors of retirement? Even in Europe, but I didn’t believe it.” On the
23rd, Heungkuk Life Insurance and Korea Expressway Corporation clash in the 5th round of the women’s division of the ‘2022-23 season Dodram V-League’ held at Incheon Samsan Gymnasium. .
Heungkuk Life Insurance currently has a cumulative score of 66 points (22 wins and 7 losses), solidifying its lead in the league. Hyundai E&C, which is staggering with 5 consecutive losses, has 62 points, and it is difficult to reverse unless they win 3 points each in the next two games in a row.
The games played in February were complete victories, except for one match against IBK.
But on this day, I had a reason to do better. Marcello Abondanza, a famous Italian coach, filled the vacant position for about 50 days, and today he will make his debut match at the command tower.
Head coach Abon Danza, who came over from commanding Turkish Airlines until just before, thrilled the hearts of many fans by directing a reunion with his former pupil, “Volleyball Emperor” Kim Yeon-kyung during the Fenerbahce days.
Heungkuk Life Insurance coach Abondanza finally stood in front of the Korean V-League reporters as a full-time manager. Director Abondanza was the first to say in a bright voice, “Hello, I’m Marcello Abondanza. It’s a pleasure to come and nice to meet you.”
Head coach Abondanza, who took the baton for the first time in the last game of the 5th round of Heungkuk Life Insurance, said, “I feel quite emotional ahead of my debut.” We are delighted to meet the media and champions of
Regarding the recent rumors of Kim Yeon-kyung’s retirement, he dismissed it, saying, “I don’t believe in such rumors, even in Europe.” He only said hello to Kim Yeon-kyung, whom he met during the GS Caltex exhibition.
Director Abondanza called Kim Yeon-kyung by her nickname at the time of Fenerbahce, ‘YAKI’. At that time, among the initials YKKIM written on Kim Yeon-kyung’s uniform, only YK was taken and it was called ‘Yaki’.
Regarding Kim Yeon-kyung, he said, “Needless to say, he is the best player in the world. Kim Yeon-kyung, seen here, is doing just as well as he did back then.”
▼ Full interview with director Abondanza below
- How do you feel about your debut match?
First of all, I am emotional ahead of my debut match. A new chapter in life is ahead. Not just volleyball, but a new challenge in life. It is a pleasure to meet high level media and champions.
- There must have been many options, but why Heungkuk Life Insurance?
This is the eighth country I will be coaching. I wanted to prove myself. I wanted to step into a new world of volleyball. And I wanted to show what I can do as a new foreign coach.
- You just said ‘I can play volleyball’. What is Abondanza’s unique volleyball philosophy?
I guess I’ll just need some time. In order to show the volleyball I want to play, I have not yet finished adapting to the team. And my volleyball philosophy is up to the players. It depends a lot on the players as to which players they will be in charge of and the tactical aspect as well. The basic philosophy is to build one strong team and set one common goal. Then you will get good results naturally.
- Kim Yeon-kyung briefly mentioned her retirement. What kind of conversation did you have after reuniting with Kim Yeon-kyung?
First of all, I don’t believe in rumors like that in Europe. I met Yeon-kyung and said that it was nice to meet you after a long time. We only talked about how happy we were to work for the team and that we should work hard to play good volleyball.
- Before coming to Korea, you were in charge of the Greek women’s volleyball team. How do you plan to solve it?
First of all, I want to help with what I can at this club. We are going to talk with the Greek Association. The priority is Heungkuk Life Insurance.
- Korean fans gave a warm welcome. What was your first impression of the V-League and how did you feel when you interacted with the fans?
Ever since I was in Istanbul, I felt the support of Korean fans. I know how much love you send me. Fenerbahçe also knew (Korean fans) thanks to Kim Yeon-kyung. I’m not one to be shy, but I’m a little shy about this much attention, and I’m surprised by the passion and love of the fans.
- How will you prepare for the remaining games when your team is ahead of the title race?
I don’t want to cause any confusion right now. I believe that this team is doing well in first place and will be doing well. What I want to show will take some more time. We need more mutual adaptation with the players.
- I watched the GS Caltex game. How was Heungkuk from the outside?
For now, I will spare my words about volleyball. It was nice to see the players having fun and fighting as a team. It was satisfying to see them working hard for each other.
- You were with Kim Yeon-kyung in Turkey. Has Kim Yeon-kyung then and now Kim Yeon-kyung changed? What emotions did you feel?
Needless to say, he is the best player in the world. Kim Yeon-kyung, who I saw here, showed that she is doing well here and doing her best, no different from then. She also showed her good side in her leadership and human relations in Fenerbahche and she is the same here.
- The keyword for Heungkuk Life Insurance is rotation. Kim Yeon-kyung Does Yelena split diagonally?
I will apply the rotation method used in Europe today. The rotation is almost the same as the last match. 토토사이트
- What role does Coach Daekyung Kim play now?
I hope coach Kim Dae-kyung continues to do well like this. He did a lot of good and still supports the team well. He is the coach you really need. He knows the team and this squad better than I do. And I want to congratulate you on everything you’ve accomplished so far.
1 2. You have won several championships at Fenerbahce. How is your desire to win? What is your resolution for the remaining 7 games?
Of course, I want to win this league as well, and that is my goal. Currently, it is ranked 1st, and I think that it is at least in the top 3. Everyone has the idea of winning. The goal is to definitely win.