[Hangzhou NOW] Lee Young-pyo’s ‘2002-born’ youngest praised…Korean national team’s ’10-year fullback’ comes out

South Korea’s two goals in the final against Japan were scored by Jung Woo-young and Cho Young-wook.

바카라 But both goals started the same way. Right defender Hwang Jae-won’s right foot. In the 26th minute of the first half, Hwang Jae-won’s right-footed ball hit Jung Woo-young’s head and led to the equalizer. In the 10th minute of the second half, Hwang Jae-won received the ball in the midfield, dribbled past three defenders, and sent the ball into the penalty box. As Jeong Woo-young and the defense contested the ball, the ball spilled out and was headed home by Cho Young-wook.

Hwang Jae-won started six of the seven matches in the tournament, as coach Hwang Sun-hong rotated his squad until the final due to the intense nature of the schedule. Only in the third match against Bahrain, after securing first place in the group, did Hwang start Choi Joon, making Hwang his first choice at right back. Hwang Jae-won has played 415 minutes, second only to Baek Seung-ho (430). Born in 2002, Hwang is the youngest member of the national team along with Lee Han-beom, but he was more important than his three older brothers.

Hwang Jae-won proved himself to be coach Hwang Sun-hong’s first choice, not only in the final but in every game. The quarterfinal match against China was another game where Hwang made a name for himself. He used his speed to shut down China’s attacks, dropping into the midfield to help break up possession, and in attack, he broke down the Chinese flank with smart link-ups and explosive dribbling. Hong Hyun-seok’s first goal from a free kick was also a result of a foul on Hwang Jae-won, and commentator Lee Young-pyo kept praising him during the broadcast. Although they have different feet, they have something in common: they are both fullbacks.

Hwang Jae-won is already a familiar name to fans of the Korean K League. When he joined Daegu last season, he immediately pushed out established defender Lee Tae-hee for a starting spot and played 34 games. He finished his first season with one goal and five assists in 42 games, bouncing back and forth between the league and the FA Cup AFC Championship, winning the K League Young Player of the Year award in May.

What makes Hwang so highly regarded is that he not only has the speed and physicality to be a fullback, but also the off-the-ball movement that modern soccer demands from fullbacks. In fact, ahead of this season, FIFA’s Center for International Sports Studies (CIES) included Hwang in its list of the 10 best attacking right-backs in the world under 21. Hwang is the only Asian player on the list.

First selected by Hwang in September last year, Hwang is a favorite to make the team for the Tokyo Olympics as there are no other players in his age group who can compete for the position. Hwang was included in the first Olympic roster announced by coach Hwang Sun-hong last September.

Many in the soccer world believe that a call-up to the A team is not far off, as Hwang is rapidly improving. While South Korea’s roster has seen a steady stream of new faces in the attack and midfield, the defense has remained relatively unchanged. Ahead of the two A matches in October, head coach Jürgen Klinsmann has called up Kim Jin-soo, Lee Ki-je, Kim Tae-hwan, and Seol Young-woo in the back four, all of whom are in their 30s.

South Korea stood atop the men’s football standings at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games after beating Japan 2-1 in the final at Huanglong Sports Center Stadium in Hangzhou, China, on Sunday. Hwang Sun-hong, who has won five Asian Games titles (1970, 1978, 1986, 2014, 2018), the most of any competitor in history, became the first player in history to win three consecutive titles in Hangzhou.

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