Kim Eun-joong’s final preparation for the U-20 World Cup in Korea has begun. Until the final list is announced on the 5th, fierce internal competition is expected to continue.
The U-20 national team led by coach Kim Eun-jung was convened at the Paju National Football Team Training Center (NFC) on the 1st and started training. It is the last call-up training to be held in Korea ahead of the departure to Argentina for the final battle on the 7th.
Players who played in the K-League could not be summoned, but coach Kim summoned as many players as possible, such as calling Europeans Jin-Ho Jo (Fenerbahce) and Ji-Han Lee (Freiburg) for the first time after consulting with their team. Lee Seung-jun (FC Seoul) and Cho Jin-ho (Fenerbahçe) were also called by coach Kim for the first time last month, and they will continue their competition by raising their names in the final training session.
Head coach Kim Eun-joong plans to directly check the performance of the players through two evaluation matches with Bucheon FC and Sungkyunkwan University. Although it was not convened for this final training, it is highly likely that the players who played a key role in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup last March will form the main axis, and the final entry size is only 21, so the competition during the final convocation training period is more fierce. expected to unfold.
Manager Kim Eun-joong said, “The players summoned this time generally don’t play a lot in their teams, so we caught two practice games in a short period of time. “I will try to maximize my performance,” he said. “I told the players that they would play soccer that constantly pressures the opponent based on quick air and defense conversions and strong stamina. The game stamina and sense of the game are very far away, but it is my duty to raise it to the maximum.”
He continued, “What I always tell the players is that they need to show the feeling of being alive on the field as well as their skills.” Emphasized.
Even in the 15-minute open training session on the first day, the players shouted “fighting” and sweated hard to capture the heart of coach Kim. Lee Ji-han, who arrived from Germany that day, also joined the training ground as soon as he arrived at Paju NFC. Choi Seok-hyeon, Moon Min-seo, and Jeong Jae-sang (above Dankook University) among the 25 people at the training ground will be convened this afternoon as part of their team schedule. ㅋㅋㅋ벳
Kim Yong-hak, who played a key role in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-20 Asian Cup last March, said, “As this is the last call, our goal is to prepare well and make it to the final list for the World Cup.” However, I want to win by preparing well.”
Cho Jin-ho, who was called by coach Kim for the first time, said, “I was selected for the first time this time, but I want to show a good performance and be selected in the final list for the World Cup.”
After watching the training until the 5th, coach Kim Eun-joong plans to announce the final entry for the 21 World Cup this afternoon. It is known that coach Kim is contemplating whether there will be any players who will accompany him to Argentina as a reserve list in preparation for injuries to the players. Those who boarded the final entry will be reconvened at the Paju NFC on the 6th and will depart for Argentina on the 7th. Korea is in Group F along with France, Gambia and Honduras in this U-20 World Cup.