‘Challenging for AG’s 3rd consecutive win’ Hwang Seon-hong… You have to overcome the pressure to see the gold medal.
The men’s soccer team under the age of 24 (U-24)온라인카지노, led by coach Hwang Seon-hong, begins its journey to the Hangzhou Asian Games in earnest. Starting with a match against Kuwait in Group E on the 19th (8:30 p.m.), they will then face Thailand (21st) and Bahrain (24th). The destination is the finals held on October 7th. The ultimate goal is to win.
■ ‘Asia’s strongest’ Korea… Can it be proven?
Korea has been the strongest player in the Asian Games so far. With five wins in history (1970, 1978, 1986, 2014, and 2018), it is the country with the most wins, surpassing Iran (4 times). They won the recently held 2014 Incheon and 2018 Jakarta/Palembang competitions. If they win this tournament, they will be able to achieve a milestone of 6 wins and 3 consecutive Asian Games wins.
Moreover, Hwang Seon-hong is considered a member of the ‘golden generation’ among the previous Asian Games players. There is Lee Kang-in (PSG), the best playmaker of his generation, and talented players proven on the domestic stage such as Cho Young-wook (Gimcheon), Eom Won-sang (Ulsan), and Song Min-gyu (Jeonbuk) have joined. Wild cards Baek Seung-ho, Park Jin-seop (Jeonbuk), and Seol Young-woo (Ulsan) are also valuable players.
Attention is naturally drawn to the gold medal. Director Hwang Seon-hong said in his departure interview on the 16th, “With the spirit of breaking the pot and sinking the ship, expressing the will to fight to the death, we will do our best to achieve the goal we want. “I will do my best to make it happen,” he said. National team captain Baek Seung-ho also said, “Of course, we are aiming for the gold medal.”
■ Lee Kang-in’s joining is a green light… The key is to work together.
The resolution of Lee Kang-in’s joining the national team, which had been difficult due to coordination issues with the Paris club, is a decisive positive news for the national team. Only players under the age of 24 can participate in this Asian Games, and Lee Kang-in is a world-class midfielder who has few opponents in the world among players of that age group.
However, there are variables. First of all, Lee Kang-in cannot get together with the team in advance. Lee Kang-in will play his team’s games until the 19th and then move to Hangzhou, China, to join his national team on the 20th. It is difficult to play in the match against Thailand (21st) right now, and it is expected that he will be able to play only in the match against Bahrain (24th). It is also a burden that Lee Kang-in injured his left quadriceps muscle last month.
Coach Hwang Seon-hong said, “Rather than sending Lee Kang-in out to the game quickly, we will let him play in perfect physical condition,” and added, “We will make a decision about position, role, etc. after talking with the player.” “He will have to review his physical strength and decide how to utilize it.”
■ You have to overcome the pressure to see the gold medal.
The factor that will bother Korea the most in this tournament is the pressure. This is because public expectations for Asian Games soccer are so high. Doubts continue to be raised about the tactical ability of coach Hwang Seon-hong, who has not achieved any notable results in the competition so far, and the fact that rival Japan has shown a strong performance recently may also be a burden.
For the national team, it is important to raise the mood as much as possible during the group stage. In this year’s Asian Games, 23 countries will participate, and the top 4 countries among the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in 6 groups will advance to the round of 16. If you win the first game, you can relax and strengthen your team’s organizational skills. However, as we remember the shock loss (1-2 loss) to Malaysia in the second game of the group stage in 2018, we cannot let go of tension.
Coach Hwang Seon-hong said, “It is difficult to fully adapt because we enter (Hangzhou) late,” and added, “We need to develop various adaptations through the preliminaries.” He also said, “The first game (against Kuwait) is very important for us. “We are focusing on (the first game),” he said.