One of the ‘happy worries’ of the Korean national soccer team for a long time has been the overflowing second-line resources. Outstanding players such as Son Heung-min (Tottenham), Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton), Lee Jae-seong (Mainz), Lee Kang-in (Mallorca), Kwon Chang-hoon (Gimcheon), and Na Sang-ho (Seoul) had to compete more fiercely than any other position.
The under-24 (U-24) national team participating in the Hangzhou Asian Games in September also has many outstanding second-line resources. Head coach Hwang Seon-hong, who is trying to win three consecutive Asian Games titles in Korean soccer, is already racking his brains over who to select.
The national team, which started training at the Paju National Football Team Training Center (NFC) on the 15th, was only convened except for the European faction. All the players who played an active part in each team gathered.
What attracts attention are the enormous second-line resources. Originally, the Asian Games were scheduled to be held last year, but were postponed for a year due to the Corona 19 epidemic in China, and were held this year. As a result, the age limit was increased from 23 years old to 24 years old.
As a result, competition intensified as second-line resources included 24-year-olds born in 1999. Eom Won-sang (Ulsan), Song Min-gyu (Jeonbuk), Cho Young-wook (Gimcheon), and Ko Jae-hyeon (Daegu) are representative runners born in 1999.
In addition, players born in the 2000s such as Yang Hyeon-jun (Gangwon), Um Ji-seong (Gwangju), and Ko Young-jun (Pohang) were included. Coach Hwang Seon-hong said, “I have a lot of concerns about the striker part, but there is a lot of competition in the side midfield line. He said that showing good performance in the K-League and gaining competitiveness in his team will be the way to the Asian Games.” Competitiveness conditions’ are filled and left over. 토토사이트
There are also Europeans who have not yet joined here, which makes it even more complicated. Lee Kang-in and Jung Woo-young (Freiburg) are certain to participate in the Asian Games unless there are special issues such as injuries. Hong Hyun-seok (Ghent) is also active as a second-line offensive midfielder after entering the Belgian League, so it can be classified as a potential second-line competitor.
A total of 22 players can enter the Asian Games final list. Even though coach Hwang is currently thinking of a wild card as a frontline striker, at least half of the 10 second-line resources cannot go to the Asian Games. Director Hwang’s happy worries deepened as he watched them until just before the final list was announced in early September.