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South Korea, which is trying to win the Asian Football Confederation AFC Asian Cup for the first time in 64 years, will begin its journey against Bahrain.

In order to reach the last stage as planned by Korea, it is essential to overcome the most important and tricky first game. For this, the role of veterans with extensive experience in international competitions, including the Asian Cup, is important.

South Korea’s national soccer team, led by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, will play its first group E match against Bahrain at 8:30 p.m. on the 15th at Jasim bin Hamad Stadium in Doha, Qatar.

Korea’s FIFA ranking is 23rd, far higher than Bahrain’s 86th, and the gap between the two teams is wide in objective terms of capability. However, considering the conditions of the first round, Korea cannot relax.

Just as Argentina lost its first match against Saudi Arabia during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, any unusual event can occur in the first match of the tournament.

Korea has a similar experience. Korea recently won the first two Asian Cup matches 1-0 against Oman and the Philippines, respectively. Both teams were weak but struggled.

As such, the role of veterans such as Son Heung-min Tottenham, Kim Young-kwon Ulsan, Kim Seung-gyu Alshabab, and Kim Jin-soo Jeonbuk is important in Korea because the game may not flow as desired from the first game of the tournament.

Son, who is participating in the Asian Cup for the fourth time in his career, will take part as the captain for the second consecutive time following the 2019 United Arab Emirates championship. Son, who joined the national team from the third round of the group league five years ago, has been in good condition since the beginning.

In addition, he prepared for this year’s event while taking care of his teammates. After arriving in Doha, Qatar, Son has been playing a leading role by playing pranks on young players including Seol Young-woo Ulsan and Kim Joo-sung Seoul, who do not have much experience in major competitions.

Kim Young-kwon, Kim Seung-gyu, and Kim Jin-soo are all playing in the third Asian Cup, giving various advice to their teammates on and off the field and conveying their experiences. 스포츠토토

They successfully reached the final at the 2015 Australian Games, and in 2019, they were eliminated from the quarterfinals. Therefore, they know how to handle the Asian Cup.

Chung Mong-gyu, president of the Korea Football Association, also stressed the role of veterans, saying, “Only four players have participated in the 2015 Asian Cup, including Son Heung-min, Kim Young-kwon, Kim Seung-gyu, and Kim Jin-soo Jeonbuk. These veterans should be nice to them.”

Nam Tae-hee Yokohama, who finished second nine years ago, also said, “There is always a burden on the Asian stage. Since there are many experienced players such as Son Heung-min, Kim Young-kwon and Kim Seung-gyu, we will be able to overcome this burden well,” adding, “The older members should take the center stage of the team.”


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