“There are players who played together in Gimcheon.”
The South Korean national soccer team, led by coach Jürgen Klinsmann (59), convened at Hotel Lotte Busan at 3 p.m. on Dec. 12. The team held an open training session at Gudeok Sports Center on the 12th, and then began the second day of training at 10:30 am on the 13th.
Park Ji-soo (29, Portimonense) spoke to the media before the training session about the absence of Kim Young-kwon (33, Ulsan) and Kim Min-jae (27, Napoli), who were not called up.토토사이트
Kim Young-kwon and Kim Min-jae are the two main center backs for the national team and have been working well together in goal, but they are not in the squad.
Kim was granted a special exemption from military service after winning gold at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games and was transferred to the arts and sports staff. As such, he must undergo three weeks of basic military training. According to Kim Min-jae’s side, he will enter the training center for basic military training on the 15th.
Main defender Kim Young-kwon is out with a hamstring injury and World Cup member Cho Yoo-min (27, Daejeon) was not named due to a knee injury.
The current squad includes Park Ji-soo, who was dropped just before the World Cup due to injury, and Jeong Seung-hyun (29, Ulsan), who replaced Kwon Kyung-won with an ankle injury. Kim Joo-sung (23), who has been playing well for FC Seoul recently, is also a new addition.
Park said, “Kim Joo-sung and Jung Seung-hyun played together at Gimcheon. We know how they want to play. I don’t have to worry about them,” he said, adding that he was confident that the gap between Kim Young-kwon and Kim Min-jae wouldn’t be too big because the players he played with at Gimcheon Sangmu were included in the squad.
[Photo] Park Ji-soo / Courtesy of the Korea Football Association
[Photo] Kim Ju-sung (left) and Jung Seung-hyun / Courtesy of the KFA
Park joined Gimcheon in June 2021 and anchored the defense until December 2022. Park played alongside Kim Joo-sung and Jeong Seung-hyun for a year, showing off their synergy as they won the K League 2 title.
Park Kyu-hyun (22), who plays for SG Dynamo Dresden in Germany, was also called up for the first time. Primarily a flanker, Park can also play as a central defender and defensive midfielder.
[Photo] Park Kyu-hyun / ⓒGettyimages (All rights reserved)
“As you know, Park Kyu-hyun is a good player,” said Park Ji-soo, who trained with Park Kyu-hyun, “Yesterday, many players were doing recovery training. I tried it for a short time, but it was a good match,” he said, adding that he had good chemistry with Park Kyu-hyun.
He continued, “I saw Kyu-hyun for the first time last week. I thought he was older because his face is similar to mine. I was surprised that he was younger. He has a personality and is getting along well,” he said, predicting a good synergy.