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“The treasure of my life.”

Ono of Consadore Sapporo started against Urawa Red Diamonds in round 34 of the 2023 J-League at Sapporo Dome in Sapporo, Japan on the 3rd and finished his last active game after playing on the ground for 22 minutes.

Ono said on social media (SNS), “I have news to let everyone know. I decided to stop my steps as a professional soccer player at the end of this season because my ‘leg’ who has been fighting with me for 39 years with soccer asked me to slowly rest.” 파워볼실시간

Ono, who announced his retirement, started in the final J-League match against Urawa Red wearing a captain’s armband and exchanged his last greetings with Consadore Sapporo fans.

At the post-match retirement ceremony, Ono said, “Thank you for your warm support today. I have a favor to ask. Don’t forget to always respect everyone. Thank you very much.”

“I sincerely thank many people for their support. Although I did not set many records and was not involved in the game, I am glad that I was able to score one goal each at Sapporo Dome and Atsubets Stadium,” he said. “The only thing I regret is that I did not win the J-League title. I am truly sorry. However, I was able to experience soccer with great players while playing in the J-League. This is a treasure of the rest of my life. I want to say thank you to all the players.”

Born in 1979, Ono is 44 years old. Representative Korean players who are the same age as Ono include Lee Dong-gook and Kim Eun-joong. As he played for the Korean national team during the same period, he is well known in Korea as well. He played in matches at the 1998 World Cup in France, the 2002 World Cup in Korea-Japan, and the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

Ohno made his debut with the Urawa Red in 1998 and played until the summer of 2001. He later tried in the European stage. He joined Feyenoord in the Netherlands and played on the ground for four and a half seasons. He was a teammate of Song Jong-guk and held the UEFA Europa League trophy.

After that, Ono returned to his old team Urawa Red in the winter of 2006, and later came to Consadore Sapporo in 2014 after passing through VfL Bochum in Germany, Shimizu S Pulse in Japan, and Western Sydney Wanderers in Australia. In 2019 and 2020, he played for Japan’s FC Ryukyu and returned to Consadore Sapporo again in the 2021 season to end his active career.

Ohno didn’t have many chances to play at twilight. He played in 11 games in the 2021 season, played in two games in the 2022 season, played for three minutes in two games, and played in the final game of the J-League for 22 minutes.

Ono said, “I have a lot to say about my second life, but I will try to get involved in Sapporo and the Japanese soccer community as I go my way step by step.”


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