27 March 2024

“Firefighter mission accomplished.” Director Hwang Sunhong’s eyes are on the Olympic team

By pestfood.com

“Now I want to go back to the Olympic team. I will try to get good results in the Olympic qualifying as well.” Hwang Sun-hong’s eyes are now on the national team as he put out a fire as a firefighter.

The South Korean national soccer team (22nd FIFA ranking), led by interim coach Hwang Sun-hong, won 3-0 against Thailand (101st FIFA ranking) in the fourth Group C match of the second preliminary round of the 2026 FIFA North-Central America World Cup held at Rajamangala National Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand at 9:30 p.m. on the 26th (Korea time). With the victory, South Koreans continued to remain undefeated in the fourth round of the second preliminary round (3 wins and 1 draw), and maintained the lone lead with 10 points.

It wasn’t an easy situation. March 2024 was not an easy challenge for Hwang, who has coached the South Korean U-23 team since September 2021. When he was eliminated from the Asian Cup due to his worst performance, Jurgen Klinsmann was sacked, and the Korea Football Association chose Hwang as interim head coach for two A-match games in March. The burden was even greater as the Olympic team also had to play an important schedule.

To make matters worse, conflicts within the squad, including Son Heung-min and Lee Kang-in, were reported to the outside world ahead of the semifinals against Jordan at the Asian Cup, and Hwang Sun-hong had to deal with the issue and turn the mood around at the same time. On top of that, he had to make both good performances and results in two consecutive matches against Thailand.

He had difficulties from the first game. As “captain” Son Heung-min surrounded Lee Kang-in, who caused controversy over his defiance, and Lee also bowed his head and apologized, the mood improved to some extent. However, he only had one day to prepare for the home game against Thailand, resulting in a 1-1 draw.

After an away match in Thailand, Hwang said, “I found it difficult to adjust my condition cycle. The first match after preparing for a day was the most difficult one.”

Nevertheless, he made the result 3-0 in an away match in Thailand. It wasn’t a perfect performance, but he won the game completely without allowing a single goal, and the content of the game was quite good in the second half. In particular, unlike the last third game, the timing of the substitution was impressive, and Park Jin-seop, who entered the second half, scored his A-match debut goal and sealed the game.

“All the players did their best to make up for the win with one heart. I want to take this opportunity to tell the players that they did a great job,” Hwang said. “The biggest physical problem was my consistent pressure. In terms of balance, I found it difficult to constantly put pressure on them. I changed the roster to keep it compact. All the players who started today were in good condition. They played their role well. I was determined to win no matter what.”

“Coach Hwang Sun-hong should take responsibility for the outcome. Above all, it was imperative to find players quickly and play comfortably because they are capable. Regardless of the result, I wanted to play comfortably while keeping balance, and I liked that part,” Hwang said with satisfaction.

Now, Hwang will focus on the national team. “A leader always feels lacking. There is a long way to go. I just have to stick to my duties. As I have to play in the Olympic qualifying round, I want to organize (my duties) today and return to the athletes of the national team. I will try to get good results in the Olympic qualifying round as well,” Hwang told a news conference. 고수익알바

Hwang’s eyes were on the national team. It is a tight schedule. He needs to play in the preliminary round for the Paris Olympics, which starts in April, and he needs to rank among the top three in order to win a berth to the finals. Coach Hwang, who briefly served as national team A, has “main duty” left, and now he has to go all-in on the national team.