Lee Kang-in (22, PSG) has no time to rest. After the PSG game, I came to the Asian Games and the national team was waiting for me again.
The national soccer team, led by coach Jurgen Klinsmann, will face Tunisia at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on the 13th of October and then play a friendly match with Vietnam at the Suwon World Cup Stadium on the 17th.
The Korea Football Association announced the 24-member national team list for the friendly match on the 2nd through a press release. There was still no comment from Director Klinsmann, who does not live in Korea. The national team players are scheduled to be summoned to Paju NFC on the 9th.
This list includes key members including captain Son Heung-min (Tottenham), who was called up for the European expedition in September, as well as Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich), Lee Jae-seong (Mainz), Hwang In-beom (Crvena Zvezda), Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton), and Cho Kyu-sung (Midtjylland). They were included as is.
Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain), who is currently playing in the Hangzhou Asian Games, as well as Seol Young-woo (Ulsan Hyundai), Jung Woo-young (Stuttgart), and Hong Hyun-seok (KAA Gent) will also join the A match in October.
The Asian Games finals will be held on the 7th at 9 p.m. Hwang Seon-hong will play in the semifinals against Uzbekistan on the 4th. Whether Korea wins or loses here, it will have to play an additional gold medal match or bronze medal match on the 7th. Some players will have to return home as soon as they finish the tournament in China and join the A team again to prepare for friendly matches.레모나토토
Lee Kang-in, who has just returned from injury, is carrying out a forced march. Lee Kang-in injured his left quadriceps muscle on August 22 and was unable to participate in the national team’s European warm-up match in September. Lee Kang-in, who has been concentrating on rehabilitation at PSG, was delayed in joining the Asian Games national team, which upset coach Hwang Seon-hong.
Lee Kang-in joined PSG team training on September 12th. After playing in the Champions League with Dortmund on the 20th, he moved to China and managed to wear the Asian Games national team uniform. Lee Kang-in is still not at 100% fitness due to injury. Coach Hwang Seon-hong is also adjusting Lee Kang-in’s playing time and is carefully allowing him to play.
It would be fortunate if Lee Kang-in could join the A team with ease after winning the Asian Games gold medal. Lee Kang-in can benefit from his military service exemption and gain a foothold in playing in Europe for a long time. If Korea fails to win the gold medal, it will cause significant disruption to the careers of players playing in Europe, including Lee Kang-in, Hong Hyun-seok, and Jung Woo-young.
Coach Klinsmann, who lives in the United States, has summoned all the elite national team players in preparation for the Asian Cup in January next year. Coach Klinsmann achieved his first win with the Korean national team against Saudi Arabia, but has yet to win at home. He will try to quiet the public criticism surrounding him by winning the two-game series in October.
The Korean national team coach is not in Korea. Klinsmann is also expected to temporarily return to Korea in accordance with the players’ convocation period. Top players such as Lee Kang-in have no time to rest to produce results for the A national team.