All 24 are familiar faces. No one was a “surprise call-up” to Klinsmann’s squad.
Jürgen Klinsmann’s South Korean national soccer team will play two matches in Korea during the upcoming October A Match. They will face Tunisia at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on Oct. 12 at 8 p.m. before traveling to Suwon World Cup Stadium on Oct. 17 to face Vietnam.
These are friendly matches to prepare for the Asian Cup in Qatar next January. The match against the lower-ranked Vietnamese is expected to be a preliminary practice to break through the ten-back defense they will face at the Asian Cup. It has been 31 years since South Korea has hosted a Southeast Asian nation at home since 1992 (President’s Cup Indonesia).
Ten days ahead of the Tunisia game, the call-up list for the Tunisia-Vietnam match has been finalized. The Korea Football Association (KFA) announced the 24-man roster for the Korea National Team’s two home friendlies against Tunisia and Vietnam on Tuesday afternoon.
There were no major changes. Captain Son Heung-min, Kim Min-jae, Lee Jae-sung, Hwang Hee-chan, Cho Kyu-sung, Hwang In-beom, Hwang Eui-jo, and other key overseas players were all named. The same goes for the Koreans, including Jung Seung-hyun, Kim Young-kwon, Seol Young-woo, and Moon Sun-min. Lee Soon-min, who made his A-match debut against Wales, also made the cut.
Of course, there are some minor changes. Lee Kang-in, who missed last September due to injury, is back, as is Kim Jin-soo, who suffered a face injury in the June A match. Right fullback Kim Tae-hwan also made his first appearance since March.
There are no new faces. All 24 players have been called up by Klinsmann before. There is only one player without A-Match experience, third-choice goalkeeper Kim Jun-hong. He was called up once again following the A-Match in September, but with Kim Seung-kyu and Cho Hyun-woo holding down the fort, his chances of making his debut are close to zero. 레모나토토
As a result, it’s being pointed out that the team hasn’t been doing enough to find new talent. That’s understandable given Klinsmann’s track record. He has spent far more time abroad than at home since taking over the national team, and has reportedly delegated K League observation to Coach Chaduri.
Klinsmann has been focusing on overseas work rather than checking on the domestic scene. He was scheduled to travel to Munich to watch Son Heung-min and Kim Min-jae play after the A-League match in September, but he returned home with the players, conscious of domestic public opinion, and stepped on Korean soil after 45 days. However, he only spent a weekend and left for the United States five days later.