‘Taegeuk Warriors, thank you.
On the 24th, the friendly match between Korea and Colombia was held at Ulsan World Cup Stadium.
It was the 16th minute of the first half when Korea led 1-0 with a goal from ‘Captain’ Son Heung-min. Some 37,000 fans who filled the soccer field stood up one by one. Fans cheered and applauded the Taegeuk warriors while riding the waves. It was a feeling of gratitude for advancing to the round of 16 for the first time in 12 years at the 2022 Qatar World Cup.
Korea surprised the world at the World Cup held in Qatar last December. They overcame the ‘Star Corps’ Portugal and advanced to the round of 16. Cristiano Ronaldo and Joao Felix also shed tears in front of Korea. In particular, when everyone thought ‘it was over’, Korea scored the winning goal and clenched their fists. It reminded us once again that a game is not over until it is over and that the important thing is an unbreakable heart. 토토사이트
About three months have passed since then. Korean soccer has stood at a new starting line. Coach Paulo Bento (Portugal), who led Korea for the past four years, has left. Coach Jürgen Klinsmann (Germany) took the new helm.
Coach Klinsman made his debut as a Korean coach against Colombia that day. He came to Korea on the 8th. He held an inauguration press conference on the 9th and started his work in earnest. However, there was not enough time to prepare ahead of his debut match on the 24th. “We will select players who participated in the World Cup in Qatar,” he said. In fact, all members of Qatar were listed on the national team except Hong Cheol (Daegu FC) and Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton), who left due to injury.
Fans who filled Ulsan expressed their gratitude to the Taegeuk Warriors for their performance. Tickets were ‘sold out’ early. Even before the start of the game, the Taegeuk warriors were energized with hot cheers. It wasn’t over. In the 16th minute of the first half, a gift of applause was sent to celebrate advancing to the round of 16 of the Qatar World Cup.
Son Heung-min, who scored two goals alone on the day, said, “The best gift to fans is to give them a victory after all, but it’s a pity that we couldn’t do that. I hope we can give you a better gift in the next game. It seems to go,” he said. South Korea recorded a 2-2 draw.
Hwang In-beom also said, “I will pour out everything in the next game as well. In the World Cup, I met Uruguay and there were parts where we were equal and there were parts where we overpowered. Korea clashes against Uruguay at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on the 28th.