SC Freiburg forward Jeong Woo-yeong recalls his days on the Bayern Munich campus fondly, but is looking forward to trying to help Breisgau-Brasilianer upset the Bavarians at the Allianz Arena.
“Everyone looks forward to playing against Bayern. Those are always difficult games, of course, but we’re in good shape and will try to win,” Jeong told FCBayern.com. “When I came to Freiburg, one of my goals was to play against Bayern at some point. Now I’m really looking forward to the clash. I had a difficult start, but things are going very well at the moment. I hope I can deliver against FCB too.”
As much as Jeong might want to beat Bayern Munich, he knows his time at Säbener Straße helped mold him into the player he is today.
“It was a very nice time for me. Everyone dreams of one day playing for Bayern. It’s a big team and a unique club,” Jeong said. “I’m grateful to all the coaches I had - whether it was Holger Seitz, Dirk Teschke or Sebastian Hoeneß. I’m in contact most with Herr Teschke, we regularly write to each other. But I also still write to Herr Hoeneß via WhatsApp, because we’re both in the Bundesliga now. I also still communicate regularly with lots of players like Otschi Wriedt, Maxi Welzmüller or Taylor Booth — there are quite a few.”
As for what Jeong enjoyed about his life on campus, the South Korean said it was the food.
“The food on campus was great and very healthy,” Jeong said with a laugh. “And it was a short walk to the athletics room, that flexibility was terrific. The educators on campus also helped me a lot. It was a very nice time. It was very difficult for me to adjust in the beginning. The training and the food, for example, are completely different here. I learned a lot in my early days on campus, which was a great experience. I still benefit from that today. The cultures are very different. For example, when teammates wanted to have a bit of a laugh with me, I didn’t understand at first. But now I understand everything.”