‘Pohang Bokdeong → AG’ Go Young-joon “I really wanted to be on the list… ‘One Team’ is the goal” 

 Young-Jun Ko (22) of ‘Pohang’s fortune’ conveyed his feelings about being on the final list for the Asian Games and his resolution ahead of the tournament.

The under-24 Asian Games team, led by coach Hwang Seon-hong, will conduct convocation training at the Paju National Team Training Center on the 25th and 27th.

The Hangzhou Asian Games will kick off in September. Korea is challenging to win the tournament three times in a row, following Incheon in 2014 and Jakarta-Palembang in 2018. If a gold medal is won, the team is given special benefits for military service. It is a very important stage for Korean football and players.

First of all, only 14 out of 21 final entries will participate in this call. On the 21st, the Korea Football Association said, “This is a call except for the Coupang Play Series Team K League selected players and overseas players.”

Atletico Madrid, which is visiting Korea at the invitation of Coupang Play, will have a friendly match against Team K-League at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on the 27th.

Baek Seung-ho (Jeonbuk Hyundai), Seol Young-woo (Ulsan Hyundai), Hwang Jae-won (Daegu FC), and foreign players Park Kyu-hyeon (Dinamo Dresden), Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain), Jung Woo-young (Stuttgart), and Hong Hyun-seok (KAA Gent), who were selected for the Team K-League, are not participating in this call. Since it is not the A-match period, it is not possible to summon overseas players just because you want to. 

Pohang Steelers midfielder Koh Young-joon, who has consistently been on board Hwang Seon-hong, joins this call as he is on the final list for the Asian Games. He has been consistently trusted. He has played 11 games for Hwang Seon-Hong Ho so far. And through the announcement of the final list on the 14th, it was confirmed that they would go to Hangzhou together. 

Together with prominent contenders Baek Seung-ho, Song Min-kyu (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Jung Woo-young, Lee Kang-in, Eom Won-sang (Ulsan Hyundai), and Hong Hyun-suk, Koh Young-joon shakes off his injury concerns and heads for the Asian Games. 

On the 19th of last month, Koh Young-joon was diagnosed with a partial rupture of the medial ligament of the knee joint after his right knee was pressed by a Chinese player during an evaluation match against Hwang Seon-hong-ho against China. After focusing only on recovery for about 20 days, he returned through the Ulsan Hyundai War on the 8th.

On the 21st, after a confrontation with Jeonbuk in the 24th round of the 2023 K League 1 (Pohang 2-1 win), Ko Young-jun said, “I wanted to be on the Asian Games list. He said, “It’s a personal honor.” Managers, coaches, and players communicate a lot. I haven’t done anything yet (with all the players on the final list), so I’m not sure about the atmosphere. But I think everyone is eating properly. The team atmosphere will not be a problem.” Initially, defender Lee Sang-min (Seongnam FC) was also on board, but was recently excluded from the roster after his past drunk driving record was revealed. As a result, the atmosphere of the national team was disturbed once.

Regarding coach Hwang Seon-hong, Koh Young-jun said, “He is a good person outside the stadium, and he is charismatic inside the stadium. He also communicates well with the players. Just by looking at him, he has the feeling that he is a ‘good person’.” 

Regarding the 2nd line competition, he appealed as “the second line penetration and activity is my strength”, but “the team has already been created. Rather than competing, we will have to get through it as a team,” said Koh Young-jun.

He also said, “I knew there were many good players before the list came out. They are players with a lot to learn and different strengths. Director Hwang Seon-hong will take that into consideration and find a combination,” he added.

It was predicted that the friendly match with China, which had a lot of talk and trouble, would have a positive effect. Koh Young-jun said, “Honestly, when I was injured, the Chinese players didn’t do it with malice. I think it is an unavoidable part. I think going to China and adapting to the environment and playing games with Chinese players will be very helpful.” 

The Hangzhou Asian Games men’s soccer matches will be held at 8 stadiums in 6 cities. Jinhua Stadium, where the last match was held against China, is one of them. 카지노사이트

Lastly, Koh Young-jun said, “Pohang coach Kim Ki-dong always advises me to be confident,” and pledged to show off my skills without giving up.