I couldn’t sleep at night, but instead of feeling tired, I was full of joy. His former pupil Mislav Orsic (30, Zagreb) scored the winning goal to give his homeland Croatia the bronze medal at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, so it must have been.

Orsich, who shined on the ‘Dream Stage’, is familiar in Korea with the registered name ‘Orsha’. Then-coach Noh Sang-rae (52, Ulsan Hyundai youth director), who taught him seven years ago at the K-League 1 Jeonnam Dragons, laughed, saying, “It’s unbelievable that the player I taught was third on the big stage of the World Cup.” .

Orsic started in the 3rd and 4th place match against Morocco held at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, and scored a wonder goal in the 42nd minute of the first half when the score was 1-1. His teammate Marco Libaya (Split) caught the ball from the center and caught it on the left side of the penalty area.

Coach Noh recalled his old memories from Orsici’s winning goal. “It was this kind of shooting that I fell in love with Orsic when I flew to Croatia in 2013 when I was the head coach of Jeonnam,” he said.

The fact that coach Roh welcomes Orsici’s performance even more is that it is an example of him reaching his full potential in the K-League. Director Noh said, “When I first tried to bring Orsic, there were some immature parts. Before I even brought him, I couldn’t find a place until 2013, when I went to the Italian second division (Spezia Calcio), or to the Croatian first division (Rijeka) in 2014. As soon as he became the manager in 2015, he was brought in on a free loan with no transfer fee, and the players changed every day.”

In fact, in 2015, the first year of his transfer to Jeonnam, Orsic played a key role in the trust of coach Roh and played 33 games with 9 goals and 7 assists. Since then, based on his domestic performance, he returned to Dinamo Zagreb, Croatia in May 2018, and has developed to the point that he was also selected for his first national team in 2019.

Named in the final World Cup roster in Qatar, he recorded an assist for a 4-1 victory in the second group match against Canada as ‘Joker’, and in the 12th minute of extra time in the quarterfinal match against Brazil, Bruno Petkovic He helped (Zagreb) equalize 1-1 and saved the team from defeat. 스포츠토토

Orsici, which is a late-stage plastic surgery, makes jokes about whether it is following the name. In the early days of joining Jeonnam, I changed the name that was difficult to pronounce to Orsha by comparing it to a popular drama at the time (<Six Flying Dragons>), but like the name, it only has an uphill. Orsic is recording 5 goals and 1 assist, including a hat-trick in the European Champions League this season.

Coach Noh said, “Isn’t it already recognized as a world-class player?” and “I have a desire to continue to grow.”