At this point, he seems to have established himself as a regular member of the A national team. He is playing a key role in the Asian Games and is constantly receiving calls to the A national team.
The protagonist is Hong Hyun-seok (24, KAA Gent), whose stock price has been rising recently. He is having a busy time wearing the Taegeuk mark this year. On the 2nd, the Korea Football Association announced the list of 24 national team A players who will participate in the A match in October. Among these, Hong Hyun-seok was also included.
The Korean national team, led by coach Jurgen Klinsmann, will play an international match against Tunisia in Seoul on the 12th and Vietnam in Suwon on the 17th.
Until this year, not many people knew much about Hong Hyun-seok. The only information available was that he was a promising player playing in the Belgian league. However, head coach Andreas Herzog, who assists coach Klinsmann, personally watched Hong Hyun-seok play, and as a result, was given a golden opportunity. Until now, Hong Hyun-seok had no connection with the A national team, but he was named to the national team list for the first time last June.
Hong Hyun-seok made his A national team debut as a substitute against Peru last June. In the friendly match against Wales held in Europe last month, he started as a starter for the first time and played until the 16th minute of the second half.토토사이트
Director Klinsmann discovered Hong Hyun-seok’s talent and value and expressed his intention to use it importantly in the future. In fact, Coach Klinsmann selected Hong Hyun-seok for this national team as well.
Due to the Asian Games schedule, Hong Hyun-seok only played in the Wales game last month and joined the ‘Hwang Seon-hong-ho’ Asian Games team.
Despite his busy schedule, Hong Hyun-seok is performing well on the Asian Games stage. In particular, in the quarterfinals of the tournament held the previous day (the 1st) against the ‘host’ China, Korea led Korea to victory with an incredible performance. In the 18th minute of the first half, he scored the winning goal with a fantastic left-footed free kick shot. Korea won 2-0, including a key goal from Song Min-gyu (Jeonbuk Hyundai), and succeeded in advancing to the semifinals.
Hong Hyun-seok (center) made his national team A debut against Peru last June. /Photo = Provided by News 1
Coach Hwang Sun-hong easily defeated China by sparing key players, such as excluding Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain) and Jung Woo-young (Stuttgart) from the starting lineup. This is thanks to Hong Hyun-seok, who stepped on the ground first, and others who took the center stage. Korea meets ‘dark horse’ Uzbekistan in the semifinals.
Korea will challenge for its third consecutive gold medal following the 2014 Incheon Games and the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Games. Hong Hyun-seok’s role will continue to be important.
The Asian Games finals will be held on the 7th at 9 p.m. Hong Hyun-seok is scheduled to join his A national team immediately after completing the Asian Games schedule. Hong Hyun-seok is a midfielder with accurate passing and great sense. His feet are also fast. He can play both centrally and wide. Another point of interest is how Director Klinsmann will use Hong Hyun-seok. In last month’s friendly match, he was used as a side midfielder.
Meanwhile, Hong Hyun-seok and other Asian Games members Lee Kang-in, Jung Woo-young, and Seol Young-woo (Ulsan Hyundai) were named to the national team list. Key members such as ‘Captain’ Son Heung-min (Tottenham), Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich), Lee Jae-seong (Mainz), Hwang In-beom (Crvena Zvezda), Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton), and Cho Gyu-seong (Midtjylland) were also included.
Coach Klinsmann did not make any major changes to the national team roster. Veteran defenders Kim Jin-su (Jeonbuk Hyundai) and Kim Tae-hwan (Ulsan Hyundai) have returned. As there is not much time left for important competitions such as the Qatar Asian Cup in January next year, it is interpreted as an intention to improve the performance and team organization by utilizing the elite members that have been used so far.
Currently, Klinsmann is in a slump with 1 win, 3 draws, and 2 losses. After failing to win in five games since coach Klinsmann took office last February, they achieved their first win by winning 1-0 against Saudi Arabia last month. Gyu-seong Cho scored the winning goal with a wonderful header.