Who is Jürgen Klinsmann’s (GER) “crown prince”?
Klinsmann’s men will face China at the Shenzhen Universiade Sports Center in Guangdong, China, on June 21 at 9 p.m. ET in the second Group C match of the FIFA Confederations Cup North America 2026 Asian qualifiers.
Klinsmann, who made his debut in charge of the South Korean national team back in March, had a rough landing as he recorded his first win in six A-matches against Saudi Arabia.
However, with the momentum from the win, Klinsmann’s side went on to win their next two friendlies against Tunisia (4-0) and Vietnam (6-0).
The team also exploded for five goals in the first leg of the North American World Cup second qualifier against Singapore on Sept. 16 to extend its winning streak to four straight A matches.
In the process, 바카라사이트 Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain) has stolen the spotlight every game.
Under his predecessor,
Paulo Bento, Lee was never sure if he would even make the squad, let alone start.
He began to make his mark on the national team at the World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifying stage, building on his breakout performance in Mallorca (Spain) last year.
Klinsmann has consistently called Lee into the squad, with the exception of the September A-match period when he focused on recovering from a thigh injury, and Lee has played full-time in five of the seven games he has played under Klinsmann.
That’s more full-time appearances than any other midfielder in the squad, making him Klinsmann’s “most trusted player.
Furthermore, he only came on as a 15-minute substitute against Colombia on his debut for Klinsmann’s side, and was subbed off in the 45th minute against Tunisia on March 13, so it’s safe to say he’s played full-time in six of those matches.
As if answering Klinsmann’s call, Lee scored multiple goals against Tunisia, including his A-match debut.
He also stepped up to the plate in a game where South Korea’s mainstay Son Heung-min was sidelined with an injured leg muscle.
In that game,
Lee opened the scoring with a picturesque left-footed curling free kick in the 10th minute, and two minutes later he put on a one-man show, opening the Tunisian goal with a left-footed turner from inside the penalty area.
Son Heung-min praised the team’s performance, saying, “I thought, ‘They don’t need me,'” referring to Lee Kang-in.
After the Tunisia game, Lee played full-time against Vietnam and scored another goal, and then played until the end of the game against Singapore in the World Cup qualifier, scoring a goal in three consecutive games.
Lee Kang-in, who has become the centerpiece of the Klinsmann’s squad, 카지노사이트 순위 will try to score in four consecutive games against China on Nov. 21.
Cho Kyu-sung (Meatwillan), who scored the game-winning goal against Saudi Arabia that turned the tide for Klinsmann’s team, has also been a consistent contributor.
He became the first South Korean player to score multiple goals in a single World Cup match when he exploded for a brace against Ghana in the second match of Group H at the World Cup in Qatar last year.
Overshadowed by Hwang Eui-jo (Norwich City) and labeled as a backup striker in the national team, Cho’s World Cup performance propelled him to the European stage, and he’s now firmly established himself as a frontline striker on board Klinsmann’s ship.
He has appeared in all nine of Klinsmann’s matches, starting against Colombia in his debut for Klinsmann. In seven of those games, he started, averaging 67 minutes on the pitch.
Contrary to Klinsmann’s belief,
Cho had gone scoreless before the Saudi Arabia game.
Nevertheless, Klinsmann’s trust in him was rewarded, as he scored an invaluable goal against Saudi Arabia to give Klinsmann’s side their first win.
He returned to the starting lineup against Singapore on the 16th, scoring again to help his team to a 5-0 victory.
If Cho continues to find the back of the net against China, he will take a step forward in the competition with Hwang Eui-jo and Hyeon-gyu Oh (Celtic) for the European striker spot in the national team.
Klinsmann has also found new ways to use Seol Young-woo (Ulsan) in defense and Park Yong-woo (Al Ain) and Lee Sun-min (Gwangju) in midfield.
Seol is quickly establishing himself as a regular fullback for the national team, while Park Yong-woo is also getting consistent playing time.
Lee Soon-min is fighting to further prove himself in limited playing time.
Jeong Seung-hyun (Ulsan), who has been in and out of the national team, has also proven to be a solid central defense resource alongside Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich).