The September A-Match roster has been released. New faces are included and familiar names are missing, for reasons that remain unclear. Coach Jürgen Klinsmann skipped the press conference to announce the roster.
The Korea Football Association (KFA) released the 25-man roster for the September A match in a press release on Sept. 28. In addition to captain Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur)스포츠토토 Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich), Lee Jae-sung (Mainz), and Hwang In-beom (Olympiacos) were selected. Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton Wanderers), who was suspected to have a hamstring problem in the midweek game, and Cho Kyu-sung (Mitwylan), who was ruled out of the last match due to injury, will also be called up.
Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain), who has been the national team’s ace in both calls-ups, is not included. Klinsmann’s men have not won any of their last four matches, drawing two and losing two. Desperate for their first win, they will be without key resources. Lee Kang-in, who suffered a thigh injury, is working hard to recover at his club.
Klinsmann commented to the KFA. “Injuries are one of the biggest variables in preparing for an A-match, and Lee Kang-in’s injury is a setback for us. However, we will accept the reality and use it as an opportunity to prepare another plan. We hope that Lee Kang-in will recover quickly so that he can quickly adapt to the team and participate in the Asian Games in full fitness. Fortunately, for Cho Kyu-sung and Hwang Hee-chan, we have been in constant communication with their teams and have determined that there is no problem for them to join this call-up, so we have included them in the roster,” said Hwang Hee-chan.
Kang Sang-woo (Beijing Guoan) and Lee Dong-kyung (Ulsan) were called up in January last year, about 19 months after being sacked by Paulo Bento. They are believed to be replacements for Lee Kang-in and Kim Jin-soo (Jeonbuk Hyundai), who are recovering from injuries. Yang Hyun-joon (Celtic) joins the A team about 10 months after being called up in October just before the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Lee Kang-in started the June national team trials and revitalized the national team’s attack ⓒKyun Hye-mi Reporter
Lee Kang-in ⓒKyun Hye-mi Reporter
Lee Kang-in has been training to recover from a left quadriceps injury.
As there was no press conference for the September call-up, Klinsmann explained the reason for the selection through the KFA in advance. He gave an update on Lee Kang-in, who has emerged as the national team’s ace, and key attackers Hwang Hee-chan and Cho Kyu-sung. He also confirmed that the transportation arrangements with the Asian Games team have been completed.
“We had several discussions with the KFA on the issue of calling up some players from the Asian Games squad, and as a result, we decided not to call up Baek Seung-ho, Song Min-gyu, Jung Woo-young (Stuttgart), and Park Kyu-hyun for the European tour, but Seol Young-woo and Hong Hyun-seok will be called up as we believe they are essential for the Wales game,” Klinsmann said in a press release from the KFA.
Na Sang-ho (Seoul) and Park Ji-soo (Wuhan Three Towns), who have been regular call-ups under Bento, were left out, with Park excelling at center back in place of Kim Min-jae, who was away on military training in June. The reason for his exclusion from the September roster is unknown. It doesn’t appear to have been in the expected questions. The press release focused on the status of injured players and the distribution of players to the Asian Games squad.
There were also a number of new faces. Kim Jun-hong (Gimcheon Commerce), Kim Ji-soo (Brentford), and Lee Sun-min (Gwangju FC) were called up to the A team for the first time. Kim Young-kwon (Ulsan Hyundai) and Kim Min-jae are also back after missing time due to injury and military training, respectively.
Kim is a resource that Klinsmann has seen with his own eyes. Kim Jun-hong is the goalkeeping coach’s choice. Lee Soon-min is the goalkeeping coach’s choice after watching Team K-League’s match against Atletico Madrid. Klinsmann has never been to a game of Lee’s club, Gwangju.
Klinsmann watches the team at a national team trial in Ulsan in March ⓒKyung Hye-mi Kim
Lee Soon-min. ⓒKorea Professional Football Association
Coach Klinsmann ⓒKyung Hye-mi Byun
Speaking about the new appointments, Klinsmann said, “Three players are new to the national team. Goalkeeper Kim Jun-hong was selected by goalkeeping coach Köpke himself during the Asian Games squad’s training camp in Paju in early August. Kim Ji-soo was selected by Köpke after seeing him in action at the Asian Games training camp in Paju in early August. Lee Soon-min is a player who has been performing consistently in the K League. These new additions will be the beginning of a transformation to achieve our goal of winning the Asian Cup.”
The ‘miscommunication’ controversy is not new. In June, he held an unusual press conference after the A match to try and clear the air, but his vague answers only fueled criticism. “My philosophy is attacking football. I want to play up front, with a high defensive line, but it’s not so much about what I want to do, what my football is, as it is about how the players coming into the national team can do well. I think it’s important to find out what kind of players you have, how you can get the best out of them, and what system works best for them.” “What do you think?” he asked a reporter who asked a question just before answering.
Before the September call-up, the lines of communication were closed. It wasn’t until just before training and matches that he was told why he was selected. It’s likely he’ll start by explaining the roster at a time when he’ll be asked about game plans. While the press conference was skipped, there was plenty of activity abroad. Shortly before the roster announcement, Klinsmann was quoted in the Mirror as saying to Harry Kane, who left for Munich, “You need to learn German. You’re British, so you shouldn’t have any problems drinking beer,” he said.
Klinsmann ⓒReporter KIM Hye-mi
Coach Klinsmann ⓒKyun Hye-mi Reporter
Korea National Football Team’s September friendly trip to Europe (25 players)
GK: Kim Seung-gyu (Al-Shabab), Cho Hyun-woo (Ulsan Hyundai), Kim Jun-hong (Gimcheon Sangmu)
DF: Kim Young-kwon, Jung Seung-hyun, Seol Young-woo (Ulsan Hyundai), Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich), Lee Ki-je (Suwon Samsung), Kim Joo-sung (FC Seoul), Kang Sang-woo (Beijing Guoan), Kim Ji-soo (Brentford)
MF: Son Heung-min (Tottenham), Moon Sun-min, Ahn Hyun-beom (Jeonbuk Hyundai), Park Yong-woo (Al Ain), Yang Hyun-joon (Celtic), Lee Dong-kyung (Ulsan Hyundai), Lee Jae-sung (Mainz), Hong Hyun-seok (KAA Hent), Hwang In-beom (Olympiacos), Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton), Lee Sun-min (Gwangju FC)
FW: Oh Hyun-gyu (Celtic), Cho Kyu-sung (Mitwillan), Hwang Eui-jo (Nottingham Forest)
Compared to the June call-ups against Peru and El Salvador
[Players called up].
Kim Jun-hong, Kim Ji-soo, Lee Sun-min (first time), Kim Young-kwon, Kim Min-jae, Kang Sang-woo, Lee Dong-kyung, Yang Hyun-joon (reinstated after being excluded from the June roster).
Song Bum-geun, Park Ji-soo, Kim Jin-soo, Park Kyu-hyun, Won Doo-jae, Lee Kang-in, Na Sang-ho
Lee Dong-kyung has been called up to the A team for the first time in about 19 months. He is expected to replace Lee Kang-in. ⓒKorea Professional Football Association
Klinsmann coach Son Heung-min ⓒKyun Hye-mi Reporter