Here’s the story of a very different footballer to Seo Ji Soo, who was born in a small town in south-east China and moved to Hong Kong when he was six.
Seo had a knack for the English language and studied English Literature at Hong Kong Polytechnic, before going on to play football at a young age.
His dad, who came from a small Chinese village, also worked as a school teacher and in a factory.
“My dad was always working, always in the factory, and he was really good at that, and when I was growing up, he always asked me questions and told me stories, so it was kind of a weird place,” he said.
The footballer has also worked with local businesses in Hong Kong, with his former club FC Wuhan having been named as a partner for the next round of the 2017-18 Hyundai A-League.
“I think we had a great team, and I think the players really enjoyed playing in front of their fans and with the support of the club,” Seo said.
Seos father was a former soccer player, but his family moved to the US at the age of eight, when his mother moved from South Korea to join her father.
They had two sons and a daughter and moved back to South Korea in 2001, when Seo was just 11.
“It was a big shock, and at the time, we didn’t really know what to do.
I think when we were in America, we had no idea what we were doing,” he recalled.
“We were just trying to live our life, just like we had in the US.
I was like, ‘Why don’t I go to school and go to soccer, and then we can go back to Korea?'”
Seo’s first move to the USA was with his dad, where he played for his hometown club, the Charleston Battery.
He has played for Wuhans academy, FC Wuzhou, the New York Cosmos and FC Dallas.
“Football was my whole life,” he added.
I have a lot of ambition to make the game better for everyone, because in this country, we don’t have the same level of quality of players as in the West.” “
But now I am a footballer in my own right, and that’s really exciting.
I have a lot of ambition to make the game better for everyone, because in this country, we don’t have the same level of quality of players as in the West.”
Seo has made the move to Australia, and is now working on playing for the Sydney FC, and now has his sights set on becoming the next Seo.
“When I was younger, I always wanted to be a footballer, but I never thought I would do it this way, so I’m really happy to do it,” he explained.
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