13 April 2024

Hwang Sun-hong, who entered the ‘Land of the Match’, played his first adaptation training under Doha → Director Hwang “Aiming to advance to the 10th consecutive time by overcoming the absence of overseas players.”

By pestfood.com

Hwang Sun-hong, who is aiming to advance to the Olympic finals for the 10th consecutive time, had his first training session in Doha, Qatar, the “land of the showdown.” 

The South Korean Olympic team, led by head coach Hwang Sun-hong, will participate in the 2024 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-23 Asian Cup and the final Asian qualifying round for the Paris Olympics, which will be held in Qatar from the 15th (Korea time). The Olympic team entered Doha, Qatar on the 10th and conducted an on-site adaptation training on the 11th. 

Starting with the 1988 Seoul Olympics, the Korean Olympic team is aiming to advance to the finals for the 10th consecutive time. The first to third place teams in this year’s event will win a direct ticket to the 2024 Paris Olympics. The fourth place team will go through a continental playoff against the African Guineas. 

Team Korea belonged to Group B. The team will face off with the Arab Emirates, China and Japan in turn. As the games are held in the Middle East, the first match with the UAE will determine their fate. The team is also waiting for matches with East Asian rivals China and Japan. 

However, bad news came even before the tournament was held. Key players from overseas leagues could not be called up. The call-up of Celtic FC Yang Hyun-joon and Brentford Kim Ji-soo fell through. As the U-23 Asian Cup is not an event hosted by FIFA, players from their teams do not have to be unconditionally sent by their teams. 

Currently, Celtic are in the race to win the Scottish Premiership. Celtic are in first place with 23 wins, six draws, three losses and 75 points, but are only one point ahead of Rangers, who are in second place. Furthermore, Rangers have currently played one less game. Celtic have opposed the move as they are using Yang Hyun-joon as a joker in the second half. 

Kim has been on the bench for the first team lately. Kim, who was included in the bench list in a league match against Chelsea on June 3, successfully sat on the bench in matches against strong teams including Arsenal, Manchester United and Aston Villa. Brentford is playing three-back, but blocked Kim, who was selected as the backup center back, from joining the Olympic team. 

Bae’s situation is also challenging. He is currently playing as the ace in Stoke City this season. Suwon FC manager Kim Eun-joong, who had a relationship with him at the U-20 World Cup, even said, “Bae Joon-ho is almost playing the role of the ace.” Currently, Stoke is on the verge of being demoted to the third division, so he has yet to decide whether to recruit Bae.  핑크알바

Fortunately, Kim Min-woo (Dusseldorf) and Jung Sang-bin (Minnesota) will join as normal. Kim Min-woo has already joined the Olympic team, and Jung is expected to join on Saturday. As Jung has not participated in the 2024 WAFF U-23 Championship, he will need more time to work together. 

Baek Sang-hoon (FC Seoul) also recovered from his knee injury. The Korea Football Association announced his departure on Tuesday that it had been confirmed that Baek, who was included in the list of 23 players who will participate in the final qualifying round for the Olympics, could join the team on Tuesday morning.