Full body training at Paju NFC on the 21st… Interested in following in the footsteps of Park Ji-sung, who led the away round of 16
At the Qatar World Cup in November, the Korean national football team, which is aiming to pass the third group stage in history, finally held full-body training.
The football team, led by coach Paulo Bento, trained at the Paju National Team Training Center in Gyeonggi Province for about two hours on the morning of the 21st. The Bentuho, assembled on the 19th, joined Kim Min-jae (Napoli), Hwang Ui-jo and Hwang In-beom (Olympiacos) on the afternoon of the 20th and became a complete group. This will be the first time in six months since the last qualifying round of the World Cup in March that the main players of the national team have gathered. In June, when there were four matches in A Match, key European players such as Kim Min-jae and Lee Jae-seong (Mainz) could not join due to injuries.
The match between Costa Rica and Cameroon, which takes place on the 23rd and 27th, is the de facto World Cup launch ceremony. One evaluation match is expected in November before the start of the World Cup, but it is difficult for foreign players to join.
In fact, since this is the last evaluation game before the World Cup, the decision of the captain of the national team, Son Heung-min (30, Tottenham) is also remarkable. Son Heung-min said on the 20th, “I think the atmosphere of the A game had not gone far before the World Cup before the World Cup. I want to show the fans that we are truly united.”
This World Cup is the third World Cup for Son Heung-min. In the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, he scored one goal as the youngest member of the national team, and scored two goals in the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where he played as a main striker in the English Premier League (EPL). Along with Ahn Jung-hwan (MBC football commentator) and Ji-seong Park (Jeonbuk Hyundai technical director), he holds the record for most goals scored by a Korean player in the World Cup finals, but unlike them, he never has. through the group stage.
Son Heung-min, who is aiming to progress to the round of 16 for the first time, emphasized his mindset. He said, “I’m afraid of the World Cup, but I think it’s a festival all over the world, including Korea. It’s important to enjoy it together,” he said.
There is a lot of interest to see if Son Heung-min, who has become the EPL’s ruling class striker, can follow in the footsteps of Park Ji-sung, the ‘eternal captain’ who led the away round Korea’s first of 16 12 years. according to. Son Heung-min has a lot in common with Park Ji-sung during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. At that time, Ji-Sung Park was also the captain of the Premier League and the captain of the national team. Heung-min Son also took over Park Ji-sung’s number 7 shirt.
This evaluation game is very important for Son Heung-min, who now has to write a new history. Son Heung-min said, “These two evaluation games have a special meaning for me. We will surely bring good results.”