‘Table Tennis Gate’ Lee Kang-in Wears the Taegeuk Mark

‘Table Tennis Gate’ Lee Kang-in Wears the Taegeuk Mark… Son Heung-min and sortie against Thailand

World Cup Preliminary National Team List Announcement

Coach Hwang Seon-hong: “Conflicts between the two players and the team must be resolved on the playground.”

Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain), who was at the center of ‘Table Tennis Gate’,

was selected for the national team and will play in the A match (match between national teams) against Thailand this month.

National soccer team interim coach Hwang Seon-hong included Lee Kang-in when announcing the 23-member national team list at the Shinmun-ro Soccer Center in Seoul on the 11th.

Lee Kang-in

The national team will play the 2026 North and Central America World Cup Asia 2nd qualifying match

against Thailand at home and away on the 21st and 26th, respectively. 파워볼게임

Lee Kang-in, who is considered the ‘next-generation ace’ of Korean soccer,

was on the chopping block after it was revealed that he clashed with ‘captain’ Son Heung-min (Tottenham)

and had a ‘bottom line’ at the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Qatar Asian Cup held earlier this year.

There were loud voices saying that he should not be selected for this international match,

even just to give him time to self-reflect, but Coach Hwang chose Lee Kang-in.

Coach Hwang, whose main job is the head coach of the under-23 (U-23) national team,

is taking on the important responsibility of interim coach of the A national team with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-23 Asian Cup,

where qualification for the 2024 Paris Olympics finals is at stake, ‘two birds with one stone’.

You have to catch them all.

Lee Kang-in is a ‘favorite disciple’ who contributed to winning the men’s soccer gold medal at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games held last year under his guidance.

Coach Hwang Seon-hong

Director Hwang said, “I sympathize with (the negative public opinion),” but added,

“I don’t think this problem will be resolved just because we call next time.”

“I communicated with the two players,” he said.

“If (this conflict) is resolved quickly, (the team) will become stronger,

and the best way to resolve what happened on the playground is on the playground.”

Lee Kang-in assisted Kylian Mbappe’s additional goal against Real Sociedad (Spain)

in the second leg of the round of 16 of the 2023-2024 UEFA Champions League (UCL)

held on the 6th to help Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) score 2-1.

He is showing unwavering skills and contributing to victory.

Son Heung-min, who scored 1 goal and 2 assists in the league game against Aston Villa the previous day,

was also selected for the national team.

In this national team, three K-League players who tended to be neglected under the previous foreign manager system were selected for the first time in their lives.

Striker Ju Min-gyu (Ulsan), who was the top scorer in K League 1 in 2021 and 2023,

was selected by Coach Hwang.

Coach Hwang said, “There is no player (other than Joo Min-gyu)

who has scored 50 goals in the league over three years,” and “there is no need for further explanation.”

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