Hong Hyun-seok? Yongwoo Park? Which midfield guard will work well with ‘Maestro’ Hwang In-beom? 

Hong Hyun-seok? Yongwoo Park? Which midfield guard will work well with ‘Maestro’ Hwang In-beom? 

Korean soccer will play two consecutive A matches against Tunisia (13th, Seoul World Cup Stadium) and Vietnam (17th, Suwon World Cup Stadium) in October. In fact, it is the final inspection opportunity and sparring stage in preparation for the 2026 North and Central America World Cup Asian qualifiers that will start next month and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup that will be held in Qatar early next year.

One of the main tasks of national soccer team coach Jurgen Klinsmann (Germany) in this call-up is the midfield combination. We need to find a partner for ‘Maestro’ Hwang In-beom (27), who joined Crvena Zvezda (Serbia) and is playing in the UEFA Champions League.

Hwang In-beom, who has a wide field of view, high activity level, and exceptional ball sense, is the most important resource in the national team’s third line, which is much weaker than the full offensive second line. He was originally an attacking midfielder, but has increasingly appeared as a central midfielder or defensive midfielder, and has become deeply rooted as a midfield engine for the national team.

But one person is not enough. A strong partner is needed to fully utilize Hwang In-beom’s offensive talent, as he can consistently throw the ball into the opponent’s half and increase the attacking rhythm. Previously, Coach Klinsmann used various formations and mainly used two or more players in the midfield to protect the defense.메이저놀이터

While Baek Seung-ho (26, Jeonbuk Hyundai), who contributed to winning the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games as captain of the U-24 national soccer team, was excluded, the current national team, which is working hard at the Paju National Team Training Center (NFC), is expected to participate in the Asian Games. Other heroes include Hong Hyun-seok (24, Ghent), Park Yong-woo (30, Al Ain), and Lee Sun-min (29, Gwangju FC). Among them, Hong Hyun-seok appears to be one step ahead.

The variable here is the choice of Coach Klinsmann, who lacks understanding of the players. During the trip to Wales (0-0 draw) in September, the national team’s multinational coaching staff made a strange decision. They created difficulties by placing Hong Hyun-seok, who is accustomed to playing centrally and is excellent, on the side. He would have been a great mercenary if the game content and results had been good, but he did not live up to expectations at all.

Following Coach Hwang Seon-hong’s accurate judgment, Hong Hyun-seok played as a central midfielder for the U-24 national team and won a gold medal with brilliant play in offense and defense. Hong Hyun-seok’s utilization and position are expected to have a significant impact on the national team’s midfield combination, saying, “We need to fill in more of the part that receives the ball and gets involved in the lower third line, and the part in the defensive part.”

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