U-20 World Cup 4 weeks away… Kim Eun-joong, last-minute inspection in Paju (comprehensive)

Kim Eun-joong, who will participate in the FIFA Under-20 (U-20) World Cup, which is approaching in four weeks, has started a ‘last check’.

On the afternoon of the 24th, the national team led by coach Kim Eun-joong convened at the Paju NFC (Football Team Training Center).

The national team will train for three days and practice matches against K-League 1 Incheon United on the 25th and Incheon National University on the 26th.

Coach Kim plans to check the resources to be used in the tournament through training and games.

Coach Kim called in 25 players for this call.

Originally, 26 players were selected, but Cho Jae-hoon (Pohang) and Park Chang-woo (Jeonbuk) were unable to participate in this convocation training at the request of their team.

Instead, coach Kim selected striker Park Joon-young as an alternative resource. Defender Park Joon-young (Seoul E-Land), who was originally on the call list, is also a member of the same team.

Previously, coach Kim said that since the K-League was in season, the club prioritized selection of players who cooperated in this training.

Players who played an active role in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-20 Asian Cup held in March, including Lee Yeong-jun, Kim Jun-hong (Gimcheon Lee), and Hwang In-taek (Seoul E-Land), were also called back.

New faces such as Lee Seung-jun (Seoul), the second son of Lee Eul-yong, general manager of the Yongin City Football Center, who played an active role as a national team midfielder during his active career, also received a chance to join the national team.

In the first 15 minutes 메이저사이트of the training, which was open to the reporters, all 25 players participated without any injuries under the supervision of Michael Müller, the head of the Korea Football Association’s National Team Power Reinforcement Committee.

In the U-20 World Cup held in Argentina from the 20th of next month to the 11th of June in local time, Kim Eun-joong was tied in Group F with France, Gambia and Honduras.

Coach Kim, who did not attend the group draw ceremony held in Zurich, Switzerland on the 21st to prepare for this convocation training, emphasized through the Korea Football Association that “there is not much time left”.

This is because the venue of the competition has suddenly changed.

The competition was originally scheduled to be held in Indonesia. However, as anti-Israel public opinion in Indonesia, an Islamic country, increased, FIFA revoked the right to host the tournament last month and selected Argentina as the new venue.

As a result, a new task has emerged to adapt to the game environment in Argentina, which has a 12-hour time difference with Korea.

In fact, coach Kim pointed out at a press conference before training that “adaptation to jet lag is the biggest problem.”

Originally, coach Kim returned to Korea after checking the local base camp and stadium after completing this call, confirmed the final entry, and tried to call the squad early next month.

However, according to the Korea Football Association, coach Kim and the entire team are heading to Argentina on the 7th of next month to conduct local adaptation training without a separate field trip.

If coach Kim stays in Korea as planned, he will conduct another convocation training for five days from the 1st of next month and announce the final list of players to step on the World Cup stage.


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