Klinsmann sets out to conquer international football for the first time in 64 years Will my long-held wish be resolved?

Son Heung-min, Hwang Hee-chan, Lee Kang-in, Kim Min-jae. Boasting an ultra-luxurious lineup, challenging to win the Asian Cup for the first time in 64 years since the 2nd in 1960

Korean soccer is scrambling to regain the top spot in Asia for the first time in 64 years since 1960.

The national soccer team led by coach Jurgen Klinsmann (Germany) will participate in the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Qatar Asian Cup, which begins on the 13th (Korean time).

Winning the Asian Cup is a long-cherished dream of Korean soccer. They have not won the championship since winning two consecutive championships in the inaugural competition in 1956 and the second competition in 1960.

The national team, which is trying to regain the Asian Cup title for the first time in 64 years with a strong determination, includes key players who are active in major European clubs, including 'captain' Son Heung-min (Tottenham), Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain), Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich), and Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton). The players come out in full force.

For Coach Klinsmann, who took the helm in March of last year, this competition also has the meaning of an 'intermediate evaluation'.

A total of 24 countries will participate in this tournament and will be divided into 6 groups of 4 countries each. Korea is in Group E along with Malaysia, Jordan, and Bahrain.

The 1st and 2nd place teams from each group advance directly to the round of 16, and the four teams with the best results among the top 3 teams from each group join the tournament. Korea (23rd in the International Football Federation rankings) will face Bahrain (15th, 86th), Jordan (20th, 87th), and Malaysia (25th, 130th) in order.

What attracts the most attention is the powerful offensive line.

The lineup includes Son Heung-min (Tottenham), the star and captain of Korean soccer, Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton), who scored double-digit scores for the first time since entering the English Premier League (EPL), and Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain), who is considered the future.

This is Son Heung-min's fourth Asian Cup. Starting with the 2011 Qatar Tournament (3rd place), he participated in the 2015 Australia Tournament (runner-up) and the 2019 United Arab Emirates (UAE) Tournament (quarterfinals). 안전 토토사이트

Expectations are high as he has recently shown off his superb goal scoring skills. This season, he scored 12 goals (5 assists) in the league, ranking tied for 3rd place in scoring. He has been scoring double-digit scores for eight consecutive seasons in the EPL.

He completed his warm-up ahead of the Asian Cup with 3 goals and 3 assists in the past month. AFC selected Son Heung-min as ‘the most noteworthy player in this tournament.’

Hwang Hee-chan, who is making a mark in the EPL along with Son Heung-min, is also a player to watch.

Hwang Hee-chan is scoring double-digit league goals for the first time since entering the EPL in the 2021-2022 season. He recorded 10 goals (3 assists) this season, including 3 goals and 1 assist in the past month, ranking 6th in scoring.

Lee Kang-in, who is considered the future of Korean soccer, is showing off his improved skills after transferring to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), a big club in the French Ligue 1 last summer.

Lee Kang-in, who is in the middle of the Klinsmann Lake, showed off his presence by scoring four goals, including his debut goal in the A-match warm-up match in October and November last year and the 2026 North and Central America World Cup Asia 2nd qualifying round.

Expectations are high as he is giving strength to the front line attackers with his quality passes and unique wide vision.

In particular, center back Kim Min-jae has established himself as a starting player at Bayern Munich (Germany), one of the world's most prestigious teams, and has grown into a world-class defender.

Led by Kim Young-kwon, Jeong Seung-hyun, Seol Young-woo, and Kim Tae-hwan, who led Ulsan HD, the defending champion of K-League 1, to victory last year, Kim Jin-soo (Jeonbuk), Lee Ki-je (Suwon Samsung), and Kim Joo-seong (Seoul) compete in the defensive line. .

In the midfield, domestic and overseas players such as Moon Seon-min, Park Jin-seop (Jeonbuk), Lee Soon-min (Gwangju), Hwang In-beom (Zvezda), Park Yong-woo (Al Ain), Hong Hyun-seok (Ghent), Lee Jae-seong (Mainz), and Jeong Woo-young (Stuttgart) are in harmony. achieve

As for the goalkeepers, along with the main players Kim Seung-gyu (Al-Shabaab) and Jo Hyun-woo (Ulsan), Song Bum-geun (Shonan Belmare) is adding strength.

Considering Korea's objective strength, it is expected that it will be easy to pass the group stage, but it is impossible to let down your guard starting from the round of 16 tournament. This is because there is a painful memory of being defeated by Qatar in the quarterfinals of the 2019 tournament.

Coach Klinsmann, whose goal is to win the championship, is choosing Japan, Australia, Uzbekistan, Iran, and Qatar as competitors.

He said, “64 years seems too long for Korea. (To win) you will also have to be lucky. Timing is important in big competitions. “If the players do well without injury and continue their performance on their team with the national team, it will be an opportunity to achieve a championship that has not been seen in 64 years,” he emphasized.

He said, “Japan is a rival to Korea and me. “(If we meet) it will be a special match,” he said. “The rivalry match is special, anticipated, and awaited.” I will meet Japan someday. “I hope to see you in the finals.” 슬롯사이트