Jurgen Klinsmann, who leads the Korean national soccer team, visited Pohang following Incheon ahead of the second consecutive international match in October.
Pohang Steelers is playing the second match of Group J of the 2023/24 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League (hereinafter referred to as ACL) group stage against Wuhan San at the Pohang Steel Yard on the 4th. On this day, Pohang allowed the first goal early in the first half, but Shin Gwang-hoon immediately scored the equalizer to balance the game.
While Pohang is playing a hectic schedule while competing to win the K League 1 and FA Cup and the ACL schedule, Klinsmann was spotted in the stands, attracting attention.
Previously, Klinsmann visited Incheon to watch the match between Incheon United and Kaya FC Iloilo in the second leg of the 2023/24 season ACL group stage held at Incheon Soccer Stadium on the 3rd. Klinsmann, who is known to have recently returned to Korea to prepare for the October international match, appears to have come to watch the ACL match between Incheon and Pohang to check the skills of the K League players along with coach Paulo Stringara and power analyst Cha Du-ri.
It is known that Klinsmann visited Korea after the international match period ended last September, visited Jeonju World Cup Stadium and Seoul World Cup Stadium once each, watched two K League 1 games on-site, and left for LA via Incheon International Airport on the 20th of last month.
It was reported that Klinsmann initially expressed his intention to come to Korea again in late September ahead of the A match in October. Although the exact timing of his return is not known, he made an appearance in Korea, choosing the ACL match in Incheon as his first schedule. Afterwards, he visited Pohang and watched two consecutive ACL games.
However, there are no players from Incheon and Pohang on the A-match list this October. Klinsmann may have been watching the game to select new players, rather than checking the players selected for the National Team A, or he may have simply been watching to learn about the ACL game and player level. Klinsmann did not select a single new player from the previously announced October A-match roster.
Meanwhile, Klinsmann also announced the A-match roster for this October without a press conference. The Korea Football Association announced in writing on the 2nd the 24 national team players selected by national soccer team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann ahead of the A-match to be held in Korea this month.
The national team will play a friendly match with Tunisia at 8 p.m. on the 13th at Seoul World Cup Stadium, and four days later, at 8 p.m. on the 17th, they will face Vietnam at Suwon World Cup Stadium.
Klinsmann recruited all key overseas players to Korea, including captain Son Heung-min, key defender Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich), midfielders Lee Jae-seong (Mainz), Hwang In-beom (Zvezda), and Hwang Hee-chan and Cho Gyu-seong (Midtjylland), who were called up for the European expedition last September. I was told to come to.먹튀검증
In addition, Lee Kang-in, who was unable to play in the international match last September due to a thigh injury, was added to this call-up list. Accordingly, when Lee Kang-in concludes the Asian Games schedule, he is expected to be called up to the national team again and play two consecutive games in Korea. Jung Woo-young, who had been replaced by Hwang Seon-hong due to overlap with the Hangzhou Asian Games national team, was also called up again.
Fullback resources were also brought back. Left fullback Kim Jin-soo (Jeonbuk), who dropped out of the team due to a facial injury, and Kim Tae-hwan (Ulsan), who played in the international match in March but was excluded in September, also returned after six months. In addition, Lee Sun-min (Gwangju) and goalkeeper Kim Jun-hong (Gimcheon), who were selected to the national team for the first time from the September A-match roster, were once again called up to Klinsman.
However, Yang Hyun-jun (Celtic), Lee Dong-kyung (Ulsan), Kim Ji-soo (Brentford), Ahn Hyeon-beom (Jeonbuk), and Kang Sang-woo (Beijing Guoan), who were included in the previous European expedition entries, were excluded from this list.
The national team will hold training at the Paju National Football Team Training Center (NFC) at 2 p.m. on the 9th. Klinsmann, who has been holding a press conference with the media on the first day of convocation since the international match last September, instead of when the entries were announced, will explain the overall background of player selection and the background of the Tunisia and Vietnam games on the 2nd.