The Korean national soccer team, led by Jürgen Klinsmann, will have an exhibition match against Iraq at 10 p.m. on Saturday (Korea time) at New York University Stadium in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates. Korea will check its performance for the last time before the Asian Cup through this match.
Winning the Asian Cup is a challenging task for Korean soccer. Since winning the title at the second event in 1960, Korea has never won a title at the championship, which marked its second consecutive victory.
At the 2000 Lebanon tournament, they were eliminated by Saudi Arabia in the semifinals, Iran in the quarterfinals of the 2004 Chinese tournament, and Iraq in the semifinals of the 2007 Southeast Asian tournament prevented South Korea from winning.
In the previous 2019 UAE tournament, South Korea, under the “Paulo Bento system,” was defeated by Qatar and stopped its march in the quarterfinals.
Before heading to Qatar, South Korea was fully equipped on the morning of the 5th local time. The Korea Football Association (KFA) announced that Lee Kang-in, a member of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), the “French leader,” arrived at his Abu Dhabi accommodation on the morning of the 5th local time. Lee Kang-in started training in the afternoon with the players who gathered first on the 3rd.랭크카지노주소
Lee Kang-in joined the national team last because he played the match against Toulouse in the 2023 Trope de Champion (France Super Cup) final at Parc des Princes in Paris, France on the 4th.
In the Super Cup final, Lee Kang-in scored the winning goal just three minutes into the first half, leading his team to a 2-0 victory. He was also named the MVP of the game, boosting his momentum.
The key to this Asian Cup is Klinsmann’s use of Lee Kang-in. As there are plenty of offensive resources in overseas clubs such as Son Heung-min, Hwang Hee-chan, Cho Kyu-sung and Jung Woo-young, the form of attack can vary depending on what role Lee Kang-in plays.
In fact, Lee Kang-in has played several roles in PSG. He has played in various positions in 16 official matches he played this season.
According to “Transfermarkt,” a site specializing in the transfer market, Lee Kang-in played five games as a central offensive midfielder, four as a right winger, three as a left winger, two as a sagging left midfielder and one as a central midfielder.
Spain’s As said, “Lee Kang-in has emerged as a trend of the club since he entered PSG. Lee Kang-in’s uniform sales reached an all-time high and surpassed Mbappe as the most popular player in PSG.”
In the meantime, the media said, “Lee Kang-in gained the trust of Luis Enrique for a short period of time. At every press conference, Enrique emphasized that Lee Kang-in’s versatility is of great help to PSG,” explaining that Enrique has improved Lee Kang-in’s ability to play various positions.
The media emphasized Lee Kang-in’s ability again, saying, “Lee Kang-in can play as a winger, fake No. 9, side midfielder, and center midfielder, and his left foot always made a difference.”
Klinsmann is appointing Lee Kang-in as a starting member of the Korean national team. He started as a right winger in the 4-4-2 formation against Uruguay, his second game since taking office, and deployed as a right and left wing in subsequent matches against Peru and El Salvador, respectively.
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Klinsmann also recognized Lee Kang-in’s versatility. Until the match against Vietnam, Lee Kang-in was mainly placed on the side, but in the matches against Singapore and China in November, he was given a free role after establishing an attacking midfielder position.
Klinsmann is likely to use Lee Kang-in as his key player. “A lot of players have grown this year. Special players have also appeared. Lee Kang-in. A player with very special talent has transferred from RCD Mallorca to PSG,” Klinsmann said in a press conference on April 28.
With Coach Klinsmann’s approach to utilizing Lee Kang-in drawing keen attention, the Korean team will conduct a final inspection against Iraq at 10 p.m. on Saturday. After the match, the team will enter Qatar, the site of the showdown, on Saturday.