A question mark hangs over cooperation and coordination for the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games.
The South Korea national soccer team (ranked 28th in FIFA), coached by Jürgen Klinsmann, played Wales (ranked 35th in FIFA) to a futile 0-0 draw in a September A friendly at the Cardiff City Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, at 3:45 a.m. ET on Aug. 8.
Hong Hyun-seok, who has made a name for himself with KAA Ghent in the Belgian Jupiler Pro League, started on the right wing against Wales. Playing on the flanks instead of his usual center, he was unable to use his strengths to their fullest potential, and although he actively sought chances with his trademark exuberance, he seemed to be dressed in the wrong clothes. Hong Hyun-seok was replaced by Hwang Hee-chan in the 16th minute of the second half.
Hong Hyun-seok, who has been juggling the league and the UEFA Europa Conference League (UECL) since the start of the new season, leaves for South Korea with little time to catch his breath after the Wales game. The Korea Football Association (KFA) announced on Monday through the media, “Hong Hyun-seok’s transfer to the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games squad led by coach Hwang Sun-hong has been completed. He will conduct recovery training in Cardiff, Wales, and then return home via Gimhae Airport on KE908 (London, England → Incheon, South Korea) and KE1419 (Incheon → Busan) to join the team in Changwon on the evening of the 9th.”
“We have had several discussions with the KFA regarding the recall of some players from the Asian Games squad, and as a result, Baek Seung-ho, Song Min-gyu, Jung Woo-young (Stuttgart), and Park Kyu-hyun will not be called up for the European trip, but Seol Young-woo and Hong Hyun-seok will be called up as we believe they are essential for the game against Wales,” said Klinsmann. “However, if there are no special circumstances such as injuries, conditions, or performances of other players after the game, we will cooperate with them so that they can join the Asian Games squad if possible. We hope that the Asian Games team, coached by Hwang Sun-hong, will prepare well and achieve their goals at the tournament.”
As mentioned, Hong Hyun-seok is gone, but Seol Young-woo remains. Both players have high expectations for the A team and the Asian Games team. Klinsmann decided to work with Hong and Seol differently. There were no special circumstances (injuries, conditioning, performance, etc.), and he didn’t make any special comments about sending them to Hwang Sun-hong.
Seol Young-woo is Hwang’s wild card. With the start of the Asian Games just around the corner, he doesn’t have much time to gel with his players. Klinsmann has been selectively working with the Asian Games squad, whose credibility is in tatters after five games without a win.
Meanwhile, Klinsmann’s squad is in crisis, having only managed a draw against Wales. Controversy has surrounded Klinsmann off the field as well as on it. Since his appointment to the Korean national team, he has spent more time abroad than in Korea. Son Heung-min, Kim Min-jae, Hwang Hee-chan, and others are focusing their efforts on checking overseas players who don’t need to be verified. Domestic players who can be checked up close are checked by Coach Chaduri or a video program called ‘Wise Scout’. Klinsmann is also a member of the European Football Association (UEFA) advisory board and a panelist for global media outlet ESPN. It seems that he is focusing on other ‘side jobs’ rather than his ‘main job’ as a Korean national team coach.온라인카지노
Eventually, Klinsmann will have to end his doubts with results. South Korea hasn’t been crowned champions in 64 years, since winning the 1956 and 1960 Asian Cups. This time, it’s literally time to win. Led by captain Son Heung-min, who captained Premier League (PL) BIG6 Tottenham Hotspur this season, and anchored by center back Kim Min-jae, who mega-club Bayern Munich paid a buyout for. Hwang Hee-chan, Lee Jae-sung, Hwang In-beom, Cho Kyu-sung, Oh Hyun-kyu, Hong Hyun-seok, Yang Hyun-joon, and Kim Ji-soo are other Korean leaguers playing in Europe. Masu-girl will try to get her first win in Saudi Arabia after a disappointing match against Wales.