Hwang Seon-Hong-ho, led by ‘youngest brother’ Lee Kang-in,
challenges for three consecutive men’s soccer titles and is subject to warning from Japan, Uzbekistan, and Saudi Arabia…
Women challenge to restore honor after ‘World Cup failure’
In 2022, Korean soccer was impressed by advancing to the round of 16 of the Qatar World Cup.
In 2023, Hwang Seon-hong will take over the baton.
In Hangzhou, China, they will attempt to win their third consecutive men’s soccer title at the Asian Games.
Korea, which claims to be a leader in Asia, has won five gold medals in men’s soccer at the Asian Games.
In the 1970 and 1978 competitions held in Bangkok, they jointly won the championship with Myanmar (then Burma) and North Korea,
respectively, and reached the top alone at the 1986 Seoul competition. 카지노사이트
After that, there was no news of a gold medal for over 20 years.
At the 1990 Beijing Games (3rd place), they were caught by Iran in the semifinals, at the 1994 Hiroshima Games (4th place), they were defeated by Uzbekistan in the final and ended up returning empty-handed.
The 1998 Bangkok Tournament, they lost to the home team Thailand in the quarterfinals.
At the 2002 Busan Games (3rd place), which was trying to build on the momentum of the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup semifinals, they bowed out in a penalty shootout against Iran in the semifinals.
At the 2006 Doha Games, where the late coach Pim Verbeek (Netherlands) led the national team, they lost 0-1 to Iraq in the semifinals and to Iran in the 3rd and 4th place matches,
respectively, and suffered the humiliation of no medal again.
At the 2010 Guangzhou Games, under current Ulsan Hyundai coach Hong Myung-bo,
the team lost to the United Arab Emirates in the semifinals and ended up in a bronze medal.
It was at the 2014 Incheon Games held at home that Korean men’s soccer began to show its full potential again in the Asian Games.
The national team, led by the late coach Lee Gwang-jong, won ‘perfect gold’ by winning all 7 games without conceding a goal from the first game of the group stage to the final against North Korea.
This is the second win without conceding a goal in Asian Games history.
In the 1st New Delhi Tournament in 1951, the host nation, India, won all three games without conceding a goal.
The tiger’s golden roar echoed at the Jakarta and Palembang competitions four years later.
Kim Hak-beom, led by ultra-luxurious attackers such as Son Heung-min (Tottenham), Hwang Ui-jo (Norwich), and Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton), overcame several crises,
including the quarterfinal match against Uzbekistan, which won after an ups and down overtime match, and gave Korea two consecutive gold medals. .
The Asian Games are not a very important event in Asian soccer.
Japan even formed a team centered around university players for the Jakarta and Palembang competitions.
This is because it is one of the age-specific competitions and it is not a competition where teams are required to be selected.
The original age limit was ’23 and under’, but this competition was postponed for a year due to the novel coronavirus infection (Corona 19), so it was raised one year to ’24 and under’.
However, it is a competition that cannot be ignored for Korean soccer.
This is because military service benefits are at stake.
That’s why Korea always forms the Asian Games national team with the best.
This time, the 22 entries, 2 more than the last tournament,
were filled with the best talents who will lead Korean soccer.
While coach Hwang Sun-hong selected center back Park Jin-seop,
midfielder Baek Seung-ho (Jeonbuk), and side defender Seol Young-woo (Ulsan) as wild card players who exceeded the age limit,
the player who attracted the most attention was the 22-year-old ‘youngest brother’ Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain). )am.
He took the lead in creating the legend of 2019 FIFA U-20 (Under 20) World Cup runner-up,
contributed greatly to advancing to the round of 16 of the 2022 Qatar World Cup,
wore the ‘big club’ Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) uniform this summer.
Fans are looking forward to Lee Kang-in’s fantastic dribbling and passing once again at the Asian Games,
where military service benefits are at stake.
It is expected that there will be no difficulties in borrowing money.
It is known that Lee Kang-in included a clause regarding participation in the Asian Games when signing his contract with PSG last July.
However, since PSG announced on the 23rd of last month that Lee Kang-in injured his left quadriceps, his speedy recovery is urgently needed.
In addition to Lee Kang-in, players who are active on the European stage and in the K-League,
such as Baek Seung-ho, Hong Hyun-seok (Gent), Jeong Woo-young (Stuttgart),
Cho Young-wook (Gimcheon), and Eom Won-sang (Ulsan),
are positioned in the second line of attack and midfield, raising expectations.
However, it is pointed out that the front-line attackers and goalkeepers,
who do not have wild cards, have less weight than four years ago.
Hwang Seon-Hong Ho
Hwang Seon-Hong Ho is placed in Group E of the group stage and competes with Bahrain, Thailand, and Kuwait.
They will face Kuwait on the 19th, Thailand on the 21st, and Bahrain on the 24th at Jinhua Sports Center Stadium in Zhejiang, China.
In this year’s Asian Games men’s soccer, 23 countries will be divided into 6 groups and play the group stage first.
There were four countries in Groups A, B, C, E, and F, and three countries in Group D.
In addition to the 12 countries up to second place in each group,
four countries with good results among the third-place countries will advance to the round of 16.
In the tournament, Japan, Uzbekistan, which has invested heavily in nurturing this age group, and Saudi Arabia,
a powerhouse in the Middle East, are considered opponents that Hwang should be wary of.
Meanwhile, the women’s soccer team, which experienced failure in the 2023 Australia-New Zealand Women’s World Cup by being eliminated from the group stage with 1 draw and 2 losses,
will attempt to win its first ever Asian Games title in Hangzhou.
In women’s soccer, Japan is a world power, so it is much more difficult for Korea to win than in men’s soccer.
China and North Korea are also evaluated as one step above South Korea.
Korea, led by coach Colin Bell, will play the group stage against Myanmar on the 22nd, The Philippines on the 25th, and Hong Kong on the 28th at the Wenzhou Sports Center Stadium in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province, China.
The five countries ranked first in each group and the three best-performing second-place countries in each group will face each other in the quarterfinals.
Korea had to be satisfied with bronze medals three times in a row,
from the Guangzhou Games to the Jakarta and Palembang Games.