Unforgettable 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup quarter-final between Korea and Spain.
At that time, both teams failed to score for 120 minutes, leaving their fate to a penalty shootout. Joaquin was Spain’s fourth kicker. On this day, Joaquin played his best performance by trampling down the left flank of Korea. The ball left Joaquin’s feet and went to the right corner, but was blocked by goalkeeper Lee Woon-jae’s super save. Korea took the lead, and Hong Myung-bo, the captain at the time, calmly succeeded as the last kicker, advancing to the quarterfinals for the first time in Asia.
Joaquin, who was at the age of the contract at the time, became a 42-year-old veteran player, and finally announced his retirement from active play. Real Betis announced on the 19th (Korean time) that Joaquin will retire as soon as this season is over. Joaquin said on his social media account of his retirement, “Not everything is forever.” He said, “The moment has come when I have to say that this season is the end of my career as a player. Real Betis was my life, so (retirement) is not goodbye, but please interpret it to mean that we will meet again soon.”
Among the players who played for the Korean national team during the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup, Hyun Young-min was the last to retire, and that was in December 2017, so we can see how long Joaquin has been faithfully playing.
Joaquin is literally a Real Betis legend. A native of Real Betis Youth, Joaquín played 521 matches in his career and holds the record for the most appearances for the club. Joaquin, who made his professional debut in 2001 and left for Valencia in 2006, went through Malaga and Fiorentina. Joaquin made a surprise return to Betis in 2015. Joaquin, who remained loyal to love calls from the Middle East and China, wore the captain’s armband and led the Copa del Rey championship last year, writing a fairy tale-like drama. After winning the championship, Joaquin also brought up a penalty shoot-out in the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup.
Joaquin, who boasted explosive speed and sharp crosses, is aiming for a legend in the Primera Liga beyond the legend of Betis.토토사이트 With just 8 more appearances before his retirement, he will break the record for the most appearances in La Liga (622) held by Andoni Subisareta. La Liga has nine games left this season. It is likely to set a new record.
Joaquin also appeared in 51 matches for Spain and scored four goals.