Korean soccer takes its first step toward winning its third consecutive Asian Games title.바카라사이트
The U-24 national soccer team, led by coach Hwang Seon-hong, will play the first match of Group E of the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games against Kuwait at Jinhua Stadium in Zhejiang, China, at 8:30 pm (Korean time) on the 19th. The official opening day of the competition is the 23rd, but men’s soccer, which has a tight schedule from the group stage to the tournament (round of 16 to final), will be played first. ‘Hwang Seon-hong-ho’, who arrived in the country on the 16th, will open the tournament after finishing the second group match against Thailand (on the 21st).
Korean soccer is aiming for its third consecutive Asian Games victory, following Incheon in 2014 and Jakarta and Palembang in 2018. Taiwan, Myanmar, and Iran have won two games in a row along with Korea, but have yet to win three games in a row.
As we dream of a new history, we have built an elite team. Song Min-gyu, Park Jin-seop (Jeonbuk Hyundai), Eom Won-sang, Seol Young-woo (Ulsan Hyundai), Cho Young-wook (Gimcheon Managing Director), Jeong Woo-young (Stuttgart), Lee Han-beom (Midtjylland), Park Gyu-hyeon (Dynamo Dresden), Hong Hyun-seok (Gent), etc. While everyone is in action, Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain, PSG) will also join Dortmund (Germany) on the 20th immediately after completing the first home match of the 2023-2024 UEFA Champions League (UCL) group stage. Physically, the first and second games are difficult, and he is expected to start playing against Bahrain on the 24th.
The Asian Games are by no means an easy competition. Five years ago, the team also faced a crisis, losing 1-2 in the second group match against Malaysia. In the quarterfinals, they narrowly won 4-3 after a close overtime match with Uzbekistan.
As there are numerous variables at play, the shoulders of captain Baek Seung-ho (26, Jeonbuk), who has a lot of experience in international competitions, including last year’s World Cup in Qatar, are burdened. As a third-line midfielder, he must coordinate offense and defense in the midfield and provide leadership to prevent his juniors from getting caught up in the atmosphere. He has no choice but to be burdened.
However, for me personally, it is a very special competition. For Baek Seung-ho, who was called by Coach Hwang as a wild card (player exceeding the standard age), the Hangzhou Asian Games is a ‘second chance’. He suffered a hamstring injury while preparing for the Jakarta/Palembang competition, having to withdraw midway through the competition. He said, “I wondered if I would be given another opportunity, but it came quite unexpectedly. “We must deliver results unconditionally,” he pledged.
Of course, there is no reason to be impatient. If you approach Kuwait carefully and step by step, you can boost both your confidence and your mood. Baek Seung-ho emphasized defense. He believes only if the tailgate is solid, he can get closer to winning. “We need to reduce the number of goals conceded. If we give up a goal first, we become impatient and the game gets messy. “It may not be perfect from the first game, but we will gradually improve and win a gold medal,” is the captain’s will.