The Korean national soccer team promised to win against Uruguay. He is sweating at the training ground.
The Korean national soccer team, led by coach Klinsman, returns to the Paju National Training Center (NFC) in the afternoon of the 26th and prepares for an evaluation match against Uruguay to be held at the Seoul World Cup Stadium two days later (the 28th).
Korea, which had previously finished with a 2-2 draw against Colombia in the ‘Klinsman debut match’ held at Munsu World Cup Stadium in Ulsan on the 24th, is determined to win the game against Uruguay.
After the open training on the morning of the 25th, the team got a night out, spent time with their families, and returned that day.
It is a ‘return match’ between Korea and Uruguay. It has been four months since the two teams met in November last year in the first leg of Group H (0-0 draw) of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar World Cup group stage.
At that time, the result was a draw, but Korea, under coach Paulo Bento, won the match.
At the World Cup, Korea drew with Uruguay, which had an objective advantage, and raised hopes of advancing to the round of 16. As a result, they recorded 1 win, 1 draw and 1 loss in the group, but Korea passed the group stage with Portugal ahead of Uruguay on multiple points.
However, Uruguay is still not an easy opponent. In the FIFA rankings, Uruguay is 16th and South Korea is 25th. Even in the previous A-match record, Korea is greatly pushed with 1 win, 2 draws and 6 losses.
Korea, which showed performance comparable to that of Uruguay on the ‘big stage’ of the World Cup, is determined to continue its momentum at home.
If Korea wins, it is Klinsmann’s ‘No. 1 victory’.
However, there is a change in the call list. Kim Jin-soo (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), who was originally on the list, withdrew due to a back injury during the game against Colombia. Seol Young-woo (Ulsan Hyundai) was selected as a replacement.
On that day, all 25 players came out to the outdoor training ground and received guidance from coach Klinsman.
The national team players, who warmed up lightly indoors and continued training outside at 6:25, warmed up by walking around the training ground. Afterwards, the three goalkeepers trained separately in front of one goal post with goalkeeper coach Andreas Köpke.
The remaining 22 players were divided into 4 groups and had a basic warm-up time on the field side. On this day, the training release was 15 minutes. Full-scale tactical training was conducted behind closed doors.
The brief public training of the national team was amicable. Director Klinsman looked at Min-jae Kim and shouted “Mamma Mia, Min-jae Kim” and “Naples~ Min-jae Min-jae”. Minjae Kim, including some of the players he trained with, smiled. Mamma mia is an Italian exclamation.
It means that coach Klinsman knows very well Kim Min-jae, who plays the role of an ‘iron pillar’ in his team Napoli.
Before training on this day, Lee Jae-seong (Mainz), who is showing off his recent peak, and Seol Young-woo (Ulsan Hyundai), who was selected for the first time in the national team, stood in front of the microphone.
Along with Son Heung-min (Tottenham), who scored two goals in the match against Colombia, there is a player who made a ‘special performance’. It is the attacking midfielder Lee Jae-seong. He started and played on the ground until he was replaced by Na Sang-ho (FC Seoul) in the 24th minute of the second half.
Son Heung-min’s goal in the 10th minute had Lee Jae-sung’s share. Lee Jae-seong stretched his foot all the way to steal the ball from the opponent, and at this time, the ball was deflected and flowed to Son Heung-min, resulting in Korea’s first goal. Not only that, but Lee Jae-sung constantly stirred the midfield until he left the ground. The forward dribble was also a masterpiece.
After the 2022 Qatar World Cup ended in December of last year, Lee Jae-sung is playing an active role in his second heyday. He has scored 7 goals and 3 assists in 27 Bundesliga games this season, of which 5 goals and 2 assists came after the World Cup.
Regarding the reason why he is sharing good news after the World Cup, he said, “Before the World Cup, my ankle suffered a lot. I had pain. So I had difficulty playing. After the World Cup, I took a break for 3 weeks and my ankle condition improved. Prepare well. I think I was able to show a good performance in the second half.”
Lee Jae-sung of ‘Cleansman 1st’ also told about what the new director ordered separately.
He said, “I have been working with the coach for a short time. So I only heard the emphasis on ‘going out to win the game’ rather than special orders.”
He said he didn’t order anything from himself. Lee Jae-seong said, “Coach Klinsman has not personally ordered anything yet. He emphasized only to go out to the game and win, and have fun.”
At the same time, Lee Jae-seong added, “Anyway, since I am in an attacking position, I think it is my job within the national team to actively press and create many attacking opportunities.”
Seol Young-woo, who was picked as the ‘replacement for Kim Jin-soo’, said, “After becoming a professional player, my goal was to ‘become a national representative’. There are many players on both sidebacks. Kim) I learned from watching Taehwan-hyung. I watched the match against Colombia at home and Jinsu-hyung was hurt. First of all, I wish you a speedy recovery. And I want to take advantage of unexpected opportunities.”
This is the first time Seol Young-woo has been on the adult national team. 카지노
Seol Young-woo, a former K-League 1 Ulsan Hyundai youth player, made his professional debut in the 2020 season and played as a right fullback in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic team held in 2021. That year, he was also the main character of the K League 1 Young Player Award.
Seol Young-woo, including this season, has been firmly guarding Ulsan’s back line for the 4th season.
He said that he had heard from coach Hong Myung-bo of Allsan about the selection of a replacement for the national team. Seol Young-woo said, “Yesterday (25th), on the way to exercise, I received a call from coach Hong Myung-bo. I thought I had done something wrong because he never called back. He said, ‘The national team contacted me.’ That’s how I found out. I couldn’t tell if going to the national team was a dream or a reality.”
I also listened to director Hong Myung-bo’s advice. Seol Young-woo said, “He told me to go and do well.