Japanese media selected the worst 11 players in the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Qatar Asian Cup.
Japan’s “Football Channel” included Cho Kyu-sung (Mitwillan), Hwang In-beom (Tsrvena Zvezda), and Park Yong-woo (Al Ain) among the 11 Worst players who showed disappointing performances at the Asian Cup on the 13th.
With a large number of Korean players on the roster, the team failed to meet expectations even for its semifinal performance. The Klinsmann team sought to regain the top spot in 64 years by banking on the most splendid lineup of European players in history. Although the team was considered a leading candidate, it had to sweat throughout the entire tournament to leave a big disappointment in advancing to the semifinal. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who failed to achieve his goal, is facing dismissal.
The three players also left much to be desired. “I didn’t have much experience playing for the national team, but I was appointed to many games after Klinsmann took office. I was highly appreciated by the coach, but I made a lot of dangerous plays in this competition,” the Football Channel said. “In the match against Bahrain, I was given a red card right after kickoff, and in the second group match against Jordan, I scored my own goal. The performance was terrible, too.”
He also criticized Park’s lackluster performance in the semifinals when he met Jordan again. Media outlets reported that “Park Yong-woo’s unstable play was still intact. In the second half of the match, his back pass was lost to the rival team, which provided an excuse for the first run. This goal sent Korea to the semifinals. “The strikers’ responsibility is due to their failure to score a goal in the quarterfinals, but the biggest culprit is Park Yong-woo who made a mistake in the back pass.”
“He performed brilliantly in the match against Bahrain, but made many careless mistakes afterward. In the third match against Malaysia, he lost a point due to the easy loss of the ball. He also made a fatal mistake in the quarterfinal match against Australia. He was involved in the loss due to a backpass miss in the semifinal match against Jordan,” Hwang said. “In particular, the match against Jordan failed to protect Park after transferring to a defensive midfielder instead of Park Yong-woo. I am not a defensive player, so it is not a big responsibility, but I should reflect on myself that I gave up a goal through a careless mistake.”
Cho Kyu-sung, the front-line striker who only scored one goal, also failed to avoid criticism. “Korea suffered from lack of decisiveness throughout the entire tournament. This is because Cho made frequent mistakes,” the Football Channel said. “He was the player with the largest number of Big Chance misses (five times) in this tournament. He tied the game at the last minute against Saudi Arabia in the round of 16, but he missed too many chances even before that. He attempted 10 shots in six matches but failed to score a goal. He lacked accuracy.”
The Japanese media, which included Korean players in the “Worst 11,” maintained objectivity toward its players as well. Four Japanese players were also eliminated in the quarterfinals. Japan singled out defensive players Yukinari Sugawara (AZ Alkmaar), Ko Itakura (Borussia Mönchengladbach) and Hiroki Ito (Stuttgart), who showed signs of instability throughout the tournament, as the cause of Japan’s failure to win the title. 토토사이트
In addition, the media cited China’s Urei (Shanghai Hai River), Indonesia’s Jordi Amat (Johor Darul Takjim), Saudi Arabia’s Salem Al Dosari (Al Hilal), and Australia’s Mitchell Duke (Paziano Okayama) as the worst players.