28 May 2024

Kim Do-hoon’s ‘Temporary Director’s Unexpected Choice… Seven players were selected for the first time for the A national team

By pestfood.com

Kim Do-hoon, interim coach of the national soccer team, made an unconventional choice to give seven players the honor of “first national team selection” ahead of the second Group C match of the Asian regional qualifying round for the 2026 North-China World Cup scheduled for June.
The Korea Football Association announced the list of 23 national teams for two consecutive A matches in June on the 27th.

For the Taegeuk Warriors, who will play in the second round of the World Cup qualifiers in June, interim coach Kim Do-hoon focused on “finding hidden jade stones” in consideration of the aftermath of injuries to key players.

Most of the overseas players, including Son Heung-min (Tottenham), Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain), Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton), Hwang In-beom (Zvezda), and Hong Hyun-seok (Hent), have been called to the national team for the first time.

A total of seven players were selected for the A team for the first time, including “young blood,” who has played in national teams by age, including Oh Se-hoon (Machida Zelvia), Bae Joon-ho (Stock City), Hwang Jae-won (Pohang), and Choi Joon (Seoul), as well as Hwang In-jae (Pohang, Goalkeeper), Park Seung-wook (Gimcheon), and Ha Chang-rae (Nagoya).

However, striker Cho Kyu-sung (Mitt Willan, knee injury), who has been at the core of the attack so far, and “iron pillar” Kim Min-jae (Munich, ankle injury) will not be able to join the June A match due to injuries.
Oh Se-hoon was chosen as a substitute for Cho Kyu-sung, and Park Seung-wook and Cho Yoo-min will take charge of Kim Min-jae’s absence.

South Korea will play its fifth Group C match of the 2026 North-Central America World Cup in Asia on June 6 away to Singapore, and its sixth match against China at home on June 11.

Prior to this, the national team will gather at Incheon International Airport on June 2 and leave for Singapore without any pre-calling training.

South Korea is leading the group stage of Group C in the second round of the World Cup qualifying round, with three wins and one draw (10 points), beating China (7 points), Thailand (4 points), and Singapore (1 point).

Interim coach Kim Do-hoon said, “It is difficult to make a big change in a time-tight situation, but considering the injuries and physical conditions of existing key players, we formed the list through in-depth meetings with coaching staff.” 안전놀이터

“A significant number of new players have joined, and existing national team players have the ability to work well with any players in terms of skills, so we will do our best to prepare well so that we can harmonize well with new and old players in these two games,” he said.