Hwang Seon-hong (55), coach of the Asian Games soccer team, is suffering from headaches ahead of the opening of the Hangzhou Asian Games.안전놀이터
That’s because he’s pledging to win his third straight men’s soccer title, but he’s not getting help from inside and outside. Lee Kang-in (22, Paris Saint-Germain), who should be the main player in the gold medal, faced not only the permission of his team, but also the issue of calling for an A-match right before the Asian Games.
A high-ranking official from the Korea Football Association said in a phone call with a reporter on the 15th, “Lee Kang-in is, in principle, a player who takes priority in participating in A matches in the national soccer team, not the Asian Games.” I am doing it,” he said.
Coach Jurgen Klinsmann of the national soccer team has a strong will to join the elite team including Lee Kang-in in the European expedition during the A-match period in September (4th to 12th).
Manager Klinsman’s A-match record is 2 draws and 2 losses without a win. He, whose debut was delayed the most among all foreign coaches, is said to have made the justification that the national team does not have enough room to succeed in the Asian Cup in January next year. In addition to Lee Kang-in, the rest of the foreign players and some domestic players, such as Jung Woo-young (Stuttgart) and Hong Hyun-seok (Ghent), who are confirmed to participate in the Asian Games, are also eligible to be selected.
The expectation that coach Hwang would receive help in September instead of conceding to the national team at the time of the second A match in June was broken. If coach Klinsman does not give up his stubbornness, the preparation plan for the Asian Games itself will go awry.
During the A match in September, coach Hwang announced a plan for 22 people, including foreign players (if a replacement for Lee Sang-min, who was excluded due to drunk driving controversy, can be selected) to start training and move to Hangzhou, China, a fierce battleground for the Asian Games on the 13th. It is even more regrettable because the association is conducting close consultations with the affiliated team, Paris Saint-Germain, not only for Lee Kang-in’s participation in the Asian Games, but also for an early convocation.
The problem of borrowing ahead of the Olympics or Asian Games is not a matter of a day or two.
Friction arose because any manager wanted to bring in the best player. Whenever that happened, lameness was avoided through the coordination of the association. In the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, Son Heung-min (31, Tottenham) went all-in in the Asian Games instead of A-match in the mediation of former Ganghwa Chairman Kim Pan-gon. Former coach Kim Hak-beom even expressed his gratitude by mentioning this issue as one of the secrets to winning the gold medal after the tournament.
However, no one claims to be the coordinator of this competition like former Chairman Kim. The general opinion in the soccer world is that Michael Müller, the head of the strengthening committee who expected the same role, is being dragged by Klinsman. Vice-Chairman Jang Oe-ryong, who is in charge of the national team, has not been able to actively step forward and has not been able to find a solution until the opening day is less than a month away.
A director who requested anonymity said, “Those who have authority must move. Director Klinsman broke his promise to live in Korea, and I need to persuade him by strongly mentioning this part.”
It is the same that the association takes this issue seriously, but it seems to be prepared for the worst. Lee Kang-in is looking at both Plan A, in which he joins the Asian Games national team at the concession of coach Klinsman, and Plan B, in which he plays an A match.
However, if Lee Kang-in goes to Wales, where the A match is held, he must also prepare for the difficulties of going back to France and then going back to China. Beyond the lack of time to coordinate with the Asian Games national team, it is also a big blow in terms of maintaining the player’s condition. The rest of the foreign players lose their cause to convince their team so that they can focus on the Asian Games.
An official from the association said, “There is still time. I will find a way to make both national teams laugh through coordination with coach Klinsman.”