Hwang In-beom has requested a transfer to Olympiacos. Freiburg is interested in Hwang.
Greek media outlet ‘Sportime’ reported on November 11 (KST), “Bundesliga side Freiburg are interested in Hwang In-bum. There is interest. Freiburg has been watching Hwang In-bum since he played for Rubin Kazan”.
Hwang grew up in the Daejeon Hana Citizen Youth program and started his professional career with Daejeon. He then moved to Vancouver Whitecaps and then Rubin Kazan to continue his career abroad, but was forced to leave Rubin Kazan when Russia invaded Ukraine. Hwang maintained his form with FC Seoul, where he played for six months. He then moved to Olympiakos to challenge for Europe again. Hwang reached new European career highs with Olympiacos last season. He scored five goals and provided four assists, including a cup run.
Under Paulo Bento, Hwang was given plenty of opportunities. However, he also had some bad times. When he wasn’t performing as well as before, some people criticized him. Bento didn’t lose faith in him. He kept calling him up to the national team. Eventually, he lived up to his expectations.
He was a key part of the midfield at the World Cup. He played full time in all three group stage games. His work rate made him a great addition to the defense. From defense to offense, his impact on the game was huge. Hwang’s performance helped South Korea advance to the round of 16. It’s no wonder the big leagues were interested in Hwang In-bum after his performance for his club and national team. Hwang also wanted the challenge of the big leagues.
Hwang joined Olympiacos’ pre-season training after his vacation, but he didn’t play much in the friendlies. When Olympiacos faced Heinke in the UEFA Europa League (UEL) third qualifying round first leg at 4 a.m. on Nov. 11, Hwang was not on the roster. A back injury was cited as the reason.
However, Greek media outlet Erz Sport explained why Hwang was left off the roster. “The reason for Hwang’s exclusion from the roster against Henk was not due to injury, but because he demanded an immediate transfer. Olympiakos was very puzzled by Hwang’s transfer request. Hwang In-bum has been a professional so far, so Olympiakos is even more embarrassed by his immediate transfer request.”
Earlier, Hwang In-bum was interested in Napoli. “Napoli were interested in an Asian player for the Asian market, especially a Korean player to replace Kim Min-jae, and Hwang In-bum was mentioned,” according to Italian media outlet Tuttosport. However, it did not lead to a concrete signing. 꽁머니지급
Freiburg showed interest in Hwang In-bum. Freiburg has been linked to many Korean players. Kwon Chang-hoon and Jung Woo-young, who recently moved to Stuttgart, played there. They currently have Lee Ji-han, who participated in the 2023 U-20 World Cup. Freiburg finished sixth in the league last season and qualified for the UEL. If Hwang In-beom wears the Freiburg jersey, we will see his face in the UEL this season.