“Did you really do well in the U-20?” A festival of Korean football… Friendship on the field ‘Remember this member!’
“We players did really well, right?”
A bright smile spread across the face of Chung Mong-gyu, head of the Korea Football Association. Little Taegeuk Warriors’ ‘myth of the fourth round’ delivered from Argentina was very commendable.
▶The miracle of coach Kim Eun-joong and children, Korean soccer smiled widely.
Recently, Korean soccer has been delivering joy and hope to the people one after another. After advancing to the round of 16 at the 2022 Qatar World Cup, the U-20 national team recorded a record of 4th in the world. After winning the Polish tournament in 2019, Korea performed a miracle by advancing to the semifinals for the second consecutive time at the U-20 stage. Chairman Chung said토토사이트, “I told coach Kim Eun-joong and the U-20 players to do their best in interviews, whether it’s broadcasting or whatever. They’re babies, so they don’t know their faces well. When they’re 20, they should raise their product value,” laughing ‘heh heh’. In fact, Chairman Chung watched the game more earnestly than anyone else. He even bought a plane ticket to Argentina to go cheer on the players despite his busy schedule. It was also a tight schedule of 4 days without sleep. However, the situation changed so quickly that I couldn’t go to the site. Instead, on the 14th, they will be together at the site of their return home.
Chairman Chung said, “To become a representative, you have to do your best for 10 years up and down to get into the best 11. It’s difficult to be a good player at your age. I hope the coaches will pay attention,” he looked forward to the future even more.
Jeong Jeong-yong, director of ‘Poland Myth’, Kim Cheon, also praised, “You achieved good results even without a player like Lee Kang-in (Mallorca). I think we did better than in Poland.” Daejeon Hana Citizen coach Lee Min-seong also praised, “You did really well. That’s why we went to the semifinals. Our team ‘Bae Bae Duo’ (Bae) Seo-Jun and (Bae) Jun-Ho also did really well.”
▶On the field, only thinking about soccer
K-League coaches have stepped off the field for the first time in a long time. But even at the golf course, my thoughts were only football. Seongnam FC head coach Lee Ki-hyung and Bucheon FC head coach Lee Young-min had a fierce battle of nerves even before the round. Coincidentally, Seongnam and Bucheon will meet in the first game of the second half of ‘Hana One Q K League 2 2023’ on the 24th, right after the A match break. Coach Lee Ki-hyung joked, “I’m thinking of hitting the ball (to coach Lee Young-min) while playing golf. I think we can win that way.” Coach Lee Young-min said, “Our team did better when I wasn’t on the bench. When I fell to Corona 19, I won 3-1. At that time, my son was at the stadium, my wife was in the living room, and I watched it in my room because of quarantine. (Broadcast) On-site because of the delay “My son contacted me first when I scored a goal. Then my wife cheered and I checked last,” he laughed.
Pohang Steelers coach Kim Gi-dong, the “strongest player in golf,” was engrossed in bragging about his fans. He said, “A fan made a driver cover for ‘Soedori (Pohang’s mascot)’ and gave it to him as a gift. It was made just by looking at the picture, but it was really well made.”
▶20 years of relationship, ‘Remember this member!’
“It’s strange to hear (Park) Joo-young say ‘coach’.” “Li Mario” Seung-yong Kim made fun of “Chin Chin” Joo-young Park, the Ulsan Hyundai playing coach. The ‘youngest group’ of this day was tied together with a special relationship. Along with coach Park, Kwak Tae-hwi, Kim Seung-yong, and Baek Seong-dong (Pohang) played the round together. The four of them continued their relationship with Coach Park at the center. Coach Park, Kwak Tae-hwi, and Kim Seung-yong ate together at FC Seoul in the past. Baek Seong-dong met coach Park at the 2012 London Olympics.
Kwak Tae-hui laughed, saying, “Joo-young and I joined Seoul together. I also learned golf from Joo-young. When we were in Seoul, we played golf together. Seung-yong also played together in Seoul.” Coach Park explained, “I think Taehwi-hyung will get the longest. I think he can hit a distance of 300. I see Seung-yong often. Seung-yong picked me up today. I send and receive text messages with Seong-dong.”
The four drew attention with their skills comparable to those of professional players. The caddy who was watching the round said, “Among the general public in this age group, I tend to hit well. First of all, the distance goes far.” Coach Park said, “We don’t see each other often, but it’s nice to meet like this for the first time in a while. I hope we can continue to have a relationship like this in the future.”