The infinite competition of the best talents has begun.
The Olympic team
, led by head coach Hwang Seon-hong, was convened at the Paju National Training Center on the 15th. This convocation was composed of domestic groups. However, due to the nature of the Olympic team, which has a very short convocation, this convocation is expected to be a great boost ahead of the full convocation in September.
In addition, this convocation is expected to be a venue for evaluation to select second-line resources, which are considered to be the best ever. The entry for the Asian Games is fixed, but the second line resources are luxurious, so coach Hwang Seon-hong is happy but has troublesome thoughts.
First of all, Um Won-sang, Song Min-gyu, Yang Hyeon-jun, Um Ji-seong, Ko Jae-hyeon, and Ko Young-jun, who participated in this call, are among the best resources in the K-League. Not only this. Jung Woo-young, who plays for SC Freiburg, is also competing. Lee Kang-in of Real Mallorca has already virtually reserved a spot.
Real Mallorca attacking midfielder Lee Kang-in. Photo｜Newsis/AP
This is why coach Hwang Seon-hong said, “In the case of the second round, everyone is so good that it is difficult to say who will make it to the finals.”
Players are also promising healthy competition. Eom Won-sang, who was interviewed as a representative player on the 15th, also said, “Everyone seems to be doing well. I have my own strengths, so I think I have to show good play by thinking about what the coach wants.”
Um Won-sang, wing forward of the Korean Olympic team. Photo┃Reporter Hyungju Lee (Paju)
Which of these talents will be selected to wear the Taegeuk mark on the Olympic stage? The friendly competition has already begun.