It’s not just Klinsmann that soccer fans are worried about. They’re also worried about the Olympic team’s Hwang Sun-hong, who has shown flashes of brilliance against lesser teams. Turning this around will require a combination of results and content.
The South Korean Olympic football team, 홀덤사이트 led by Hwang Sun-hong, will face Myanmar in the final Group B match of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) 2024 U-23 Asian Cup qualifiers at 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Changwon Football Center.
The 2024 U-23 Asian Cup will be held in Qatar next year and will serve as the final qualifier for the Paris Olympics in the same year. South Korea was drawn in the same group as U-23 Asian Cup hosts Qatar, Kyrgyzstan and Myanmar. All of these teams are considered to be a step below Korea, so a sweep seemed like a given.
However, the team suffered an embarrassing 0-2 defeat in their first match against Qatar. It was an embarrassing result, even if it didn’t count, as Qatar automatically qualified for the U-23 Asian Cup as hosts.
After the initial blow, Korea looked to turn things around in the second game against Kyrgyzstan. Hong Yun-sang (Pohang) opened the scoring in the third minute of the first half, but what was expected to be a high-scoring game turned out to be a frustrating affair as the Koreans were unable to find the back of the net and ended up with a 1-0 victory.
South Korea, whose mood sank further after their first two games, will need to get both a result and a point in the final match against Myanmar to save face. A draw against Myanmar will be enough to qualify for the U-23 Asian Cup, but a lackluster performance against one of the weakest teams in Southeast Asia will only increase fan criticism of a team that has lost credibility.
Against Qatar and Kyrgyzstan, South Korea showed a significant lack of precision in their attack. They had a high rate of “wasted possession,” with more backpasses and sideways passes than forward passes. Poor buildup at the back also gave the opposition a chance to counterattack.
The national team’s offense has a lot of unique players, including Um Ji Sung and Heo Yul (Gwangju), Jung Sang Bin (Minnesota), and Hong Yun Sang. In order to utilize them, a certain amount of bold passing is required, as well as unconventional moves that can catch opponents off guard. If there is a repeat of the previous sluggishness against Myanmar, fans will be looking at Hwang Sun-hong even more frostily.