Klins Man-ho The competition for strikers in the forefront has flared up again.
The Korean national soccer team,스포츠토토 led by coach Jurgen Klinsmann (58), will face Peru at the Busan Asiad Main Stadium on the 16th and El Salvador at the Daejeon World Cup Stadium on the 20th.
This list is Klinsmann’s actual ‘first period’. The March A match against Colombia and Uruguay took place shortly after coach Klinsman took over. For this reason, the players who participated in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar started the evaluation match. Coach Klinsman has been touring the K-League and overseas leagues since March to find players, and finally formed a roster in June.
There was a change. Ahn Hyeon-beom (Jeju United), Park Yong-woo (Ulsan Hyundai), and Hong Hyeon-seok (KAA Gent, Belgium) boarded the A national team for the first time. Kim Joo-seong (FC Seoul), Park Ji-soo (Portimonense), and Won Doo-jae (Kim Chun) were named to the national team under Klinsman’s coaching system.
While new faces joined midfield and defense, the position that remained unchanged was the striker. Previously, Hwang Eui-jo (FC Seoul), Cho Kyu-seong (Jeonbuk Hyundai), and Oh Hyun-kyu (Celtic) were all selected. Oh Hyun-kyu accompanied Hwang Eui-jo and Cho Kyu-seong as a reserve player to the Qatar World Cup and was officially selected from the last evaluation match.
Hyungyu Oh showed off his best condition recently. In his first season with Celtic, he scored 6 goals in the official match and also achieved a pleasant ‘domestic treble (League, League Cup, FA Cup)’. Oh Hyun-gyu played as a substitute in both Colombia and Uruguay matches. In particular, the match against Uruguay was canceled due to offside, but he left a strong impression by showing the sensational turning shot. It was a situation where Oh Hyun-gyu could be given many opportunities at this call.
However, as the A match approached, Hwang Ui-jo and Cho Kyu-seong, who had been hesitant for a while, became sharper.
Hwang Ui-jo left Nottingham for a six-month loan this season to Seoul. He planned to recover his performance in the familiar K-League. He boasted a wide range of movement and excellent linking skills from the front, but the goals did not explode as he expected. He was all 2 goals until the 16th round.
However, his last two matches were different. In the 17th round against Incheon, Hwang Eui-jo ended a scoreless streak of 8 games with his signature kick. In the next game against Pohang, he succeeded in a mid-range shot, which was more difficult than the game against Incheon, and fully regained his confidence. It was the moment when Hwang Eui-jo’s promise, “I will keep trying to shoot even if I don’t score,” came to fruition.
Cho Kyu-seong also survived. Cho Kyu-seong, who started from the second match against Ghana in the Qatar World Cup match and took the starting position afterwards, scored one goal and left due to injury. Cho Kyu-seong, who returned to the field after two months, scored the winning goal in the important ‘Hyundai-ga Derby’ (16R) against Ulsan, and announced a revival with multiple goals in the match against Gangwon last weekend.
With the A match imminent, the existing strikers tasted the goal, and the competition to score Klins Manho became more intense.
An official from the football world said, “Coach Klinsman showed his faith in the existing strikers. Klinsman’s choice remained unchanged even when Joo Min-gyu (Ulsan), the top scorer in the K-League, was expected to be selected. This means that coach Klinsman highly evaluates the skills of Hwang Eui-jo and Cho Kyu-seong, even though they are not in good condition right now. The fight for the starting position in this call will become more intense, and this will provide another motivation for each striker,” foreshadowing a hot competition.