Who will seize the ‘golden opportunity’ to succeed ‘Golden Ball’ Lee Kang-in (Korea) and ‘Golden Boot’ Elling Holland (Norway)?
The time for decision has come. The Korean national under-20 (U-20) team led by coach Kim Eun-joong will sortie for the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup, which opens in Argentina on the 20th (hereinafter Korean time). Korea competes against France (3:00 a.m. on the 23rd), Honduras (6:00 a.m. on the 26th), and Gambia (6:00 a.m. on the 29th) in Group F.
ran nonstop. Coach Kim took the lead of the U-20 national team in December 2021. He toured the country watching the players. He watched pro games as well as high school football and college football. He watched thousands of players and checked hundreds of players himself. He spared no effort to check overseas players. He toured Germany and Turkey to check the performance and physical condition of the players.
He is struggling until the very end. Coach Kim conducted tests from April 24th to 26th and May 1st to 5th. Cho Jin-ho (Fenerbahce) and Lee Ji-han (Freiburg) were called by Kim for the first time. It is a competition, a competition, until the very end. Coach Kim said, “I always tell my players that they have skills, but I want them to show a feeling of being ‘alive’ on the field. I’m having some trouble with the midfield and wing forward resources. ~90% of it’s decided, it’s clear that players who aren’t ready won’t go to the World Cup.
Coach Kim plans to announce the final list on the 5th. Convened on the 6th, headed to the decisive battle on the 7th.ㅋㅋㅋ벳
The U-20 World Cup is the second largest among FIFA-sponsored competitions after the Adult World Cup. Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi (Above Argentina), Thierry Henry, Paul Pogba (Above France), etc. are dreaming stage.
Even 4 years ago, sparkling talents exploded. Lee Kang-in, who led Korea to runner-up, won the Golden Ball. He has been shining on the Spanish Primera Liga stage this season. He is receiving love calls from Tottenham, Aston Villa (England) and Atletico Madrid (Spain). Haaland, who became the top scorer in the 2019 tournament, is also showing off his high scoring ability on the professional stage. Haaland showed explosive power by scoring 9 goals alone against Honduras in the U-20 competition. He has scored 35 goals in 31 matches in the English Premier League (EPL) this season. He set the record for most goals in a single season in the Premier League. In addition, Darwin Núñez (Uruguay), Diogo Dalot, Rafael Leão (Portugal), Julian Alvarez (Argentina), and Timothy Weah (USA) are also shining on the adult stage.