Making the A-team. Kang Sang-woo (29, Beijing Guoan) is eager and confident.
The South Korean national soccer team, led by Jürgen Klinsmann, has announced its 25-man roster for September’s European away A matches. Kang Sang-woo, who was originally called up under Paulo Bento, will make his first appearance with the A team in nearly 19 months. It is Klinsmann’s first call-up since his appointment.
The player himself was surprised. In an interview with ‘Sporting News,’ he said, “I’ve gotten a lot of calls from people I know. My family is also happy,” he said, adding, “Jung Seung-hyun (Ulsan Hyundai), Kim Jin-hyuk (Daegu FC), and Kim Hyun (Suwon FC) also contacted me. I received a lot of congratulations.” He shared the situation when he was selected.
It’s his second year in China. Kang Sang-woo, who played for Sangju Commerce (now Gimcheon Commerce) and Pohang Steelers, headed to Beijing in 2021. Known as one of the best multiplayer players in the country, Kang has developed into a key flanker for Beijing. This season, he has seven goals and three assists in 20 games, mostly on the left wing.
Klinsmann seems to appreciate Kang’s multi-positional ability, as he is a presence in both the defense and attacking areas. In the call-up list, Kang is categorized as a defender. Lee Ki-je (Suwon Samsung) and Kang Sang-woo are the only left-back options on the September roster.
Kang Sang-woo, who recently watched the national team play, said, “Coach Klinsmann likes aggressive sidebacks. Kang also fights hard.
I’m in great shape because I’ve been playing regularly. Despite three coaching changes in two years, Sang-woo Kang managed to secure a starting spot. He even overcame the pressure of being a mercenary player. “The tactics changed a lot with the coach,” he says. I also thought that I didn’t look like a mercenary player because of my appearance. I had no choice but to show my skills on the training field.” “I’ve been playing as a starter every time the coach changes. He seems to think it’s good. Even after I came back from injury, I was immediately put in the starting lineup. He seems to trust me as a mercenary.”
He joined the A team at the peak of his form and confidence, and as he is about to reach 30 caps, he is even more determined to make this call-up. “I’ve been playing for the team. “I haven’t played many games for the national team. If I look confident on the training field, I’ll get a chance to play. I hope that my name will be imprinted in Coach Klinsmann’s mind.”
Klinsmann’s first major tournament as coach is just around the corner. South Korea will compete in the Asian Cup in Qatar next January. Kang Sang-woo said, “The Asian Cup is a natural goal. It’s a hard-earned opportunity, and I don’t want to miss it.” “The national team is an honor. I’m not so young anymore. This could be my first and last major tournament. This call-up is a great opportunity for me.” 바카라사이트
Klinsmann’s team will face Wales in a friendly at Cardiff City Stadium in Wales on Aug. 8. Five days later, they will face Saudi Arabia at St. James’ Park in Newcastle. Kang said, “England is my first time. I’m still