There was no concession. Jurgen Klinsmann, coach of the Korean national soccer team, plans to bring some of the players selected for the Asian Games to Europe. The preparation period for the tournament, which will be given to the players who will head to Hangzhou, China after the European away evaluation match, is about five days.
Klinsmann will fly to Europe in September to play an away evaluation match. On September 8 (Korean time), he will meet the Wales national team in Cardiff, Wales, and on the 12th, he will travel to Newcastle, England to face Saudi Arabia.
The problem is that during this period, the schedule of the Asian Games team led by coach Hwang Seon-hong overlaps. The first group game of the Asian Games is scheduled for September 19th, but it will be the 13th after Team A’s match against Saudi Arabia ends. Even if I go to China right after the game, I don’t have enough free time.
Among the players who belonged to the national team A in June, there are a total of four players (Lee Kang-in, Seol Young-woo, Park Kyu-hyun, Hong Hyun-seok) who overlap with the final list of the Asian Games national team. They were selected by coach Klinsman in June. Players who often belonged to the national team, such as Jung Woo-young (VfB Stuttgart) and Um Won-sang, will also participate in the Asian Games.
The A match and the Asian Games are both important schedules. For players who go back and forth between the two national teams, both the European expedition and the Asian Games will be the best opportunities. There is no need to say anything about the Asian Games. It is an important tournament where 23 Asian countries compete for the gold medal, and in the case of Korea, if they win, they can even get the reward of military service.
In the Asian Games national team’s position ahead of the ‘Geosa’, the issue of player recruitment is an inevitably sensitive issue. The Asian Games national team, which announced the selection of players early, especially the part that needs some coordination with coach Hwang Seon-hong, but coach Klinsman, instead of consideration and concession, is willing to make duplicate selections. At a video press conference with the media last week, he said, “It’s fortunate that the two schedules do not overlap.” But are the schedules really not overlapping?
The players selected for the Asian Games national team were tied to the A national team until about five days before the first game of the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games. Even if coach Klinsman steps back and sends the players to Hangzhou after playing against Wales, it is expected that it will take time for them to melt into the existing players who have already undergone convocation training for at least 1-2 weeks from home. In addition, it is obvious that the jet lag caused by moving from Europe to Asia and the fatigue caused by it will affect the physical condition.
In this regard, coach Klinsman said, “As a player of the A national team, it can be more effective if you play a high-level game and go to the Asian Games national team.” Of course, in terms of performance, it can be. However, the A national team and the Asian Games national team are completely different teams. It is a remark that does not consider the situation of the players who have to digest the schedule while moving from their team to the A national team and then to the Asian Games national team. Each team’s mission, team style, and colleagues around them are different.
The issue of Lee Kang-in’s selection was especially a hot topic. In order to participate in the Asian Games, Lee Kang-in inserted a draft agreement clause into his contract with Paris Saint-Germain. It is an expression of strong will. It was even mentioned in the contract process with the club, so the Asian Games can be said to be a tournament in which Lee Kang-in’s life depended. Compared to other players, he has no barriers to selection, so it is possible for him to join the Asian Games national team early.
Coach Klinsman said he understood the importance of the tournament, but he nailed it, saying, “I have to use (Lee Kang-in) for an A match in September, so I will call the A national team and join the Asian Games.”온라인카지노
As the Asian Games are a competition where clubs are not obliged to recruit, coach Klinsman emphasized that he would provide ‘help’ so that foreign players could safely join the Asian Games national team early right after the A-match period. However, before seeking cooperation from foreign clubs, I would like to ask whether I am holding back the Asian Games national team.
If there is something to concede and cooperate with, actively help. That would be a real help to the future of young players and the future of ‘Korean football’ that coach Klinsman mentioned.