Suk makes the final cut for the national team

Suk makes the final cut for the national team

Korea Republic national team manager Cho Kwang-Rae announced his 23-man squad ahead of the friendly against Iran next week.

Suwon midfielder Kim Du-Hyeon, who has been left out of the national team picture since the East Asian Championship in January, will return after having recovered from a knee injury. The 28 year-old has been an integral part of Suwon’s recent success in winning seven of its last eight matches.

Bolton Wanderers winger Lee Chung-Yong will also make the trip back home from England and suit up for Cho for the first time. Lee had stayed in Bolton and missed the friendly against Nigeria earlier this month after demanding that he needed more time to settle at the club to start the English Premier League season.

Also joining from Europe is Ajax Amsterdam prospect Suk Hyun-Jun. The 19 year-old striker who has yet to score for Ajax’s senior squad in a competitive match has been in excellent scoring form in pre-season as well as reserves matches and earned his first call-up to the national team. The curiosity among fans, about whether or not the youngster would make the final cut, has been rising after he was included in last week’s provisional squad.

The most surprising selection of all, however, is defender Kim Ju-Young who played under Cho at Gyeongnam FC in the last two seasons. Having ranked among top three in the league for the entirety of this season in goals conceded, Gyeongnam have become one of the best defensive sides with the 22 year-old at the heart of its three-man back-line, a system which Cho is trying to implement on the national team after being appointed this summer.

Kim Jae-Sung, Baek Ji-Hoon, Ji Dong-Won, and Lee Seung-Ryul were dropped from the squad.

# National team squad — friendly vs. Iran (Sept. 7)

GK — Kim Young-Kwang (Ulsan), Jung Sung-Ryong (Seongnam)

DF — Cho Yong-Hyung (Al Rayyan), Kwak Tae-Hwi (Kyoto), Lee Jung-Soo (Al Sadd), Kim Young-Kwon (FC Tokyo), Hong Jung-Ho (Jeju United), Kim Ju-Young (Gyeongnam), Lee Young-Pyo (Al Hilal), Choi Hyo-Jin (FC Seoul), Cha Du-Ri (Celtic), Park Joo-Ho (Jubilo Iwata)

MF — Ki Sung-Yong (Celtic), Kim Jung-Woo (Gwangju), Kim Du-Hyeon (Suwon), Yoon Bitgaram (Gyeongnam), Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton), Kim Bo-Kyung (Oita Trinita), Park Ji-Sung (Manchester United), Yeom Ki-Hoon (Suwon), Cho Young-Cheol (Niigata)

FW — Park Ju-Young (AS Monaco), Suk Hyun-Jun (Ajax)

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  1. i wonder if they have enough time to “come together” as a team before the iran match seeing as most are playing outside of korea… will be a very interesting match.

  2. Cho Yong-Hyung and Kim Jung-Woo still there … WTF ?
    Seriously, when Kim JW wasn’t there in the last friendly the middle was less shaky and less balls were lost. The guy gets in panic and gives away the ball to the opposite strikers.

    Korea almost lost 4-2 against nigeria at world cup because of this freak.

    • This team is better with Cho Yong-hyung and Kim Jung-woo than without them.

  3. Well honestly, i seriously think Kim JW doesn’t have what it takes to play international. As for Cho YH, horrible mistakes leading to dangerous situations and goals. Not world class level to me.

    But thats just my opinion though.

  4. kwaejinachingchingnanae /

    What defines “having what it takes” to play international and being “world class level” on a national team of a country whose football is still at a developing stage? Not to mention, both are two of the most technically sound players…

  5. Well i estimate that there is better at this post. And Kim JW technical ? We can’t be talking about the same man. LOL

    He seemed lost at the WC. Seriously the guy doesn’t have the balls to be working in the middle at this level. But again, just my opinion.

  6. Kim Jung-Woo indeed is a finesse player. He didn’t seem lost at all during the WC. The player who seemed more lost was his midfield partner Ki Sung-Yong.

  7. Also Cho Yong-Hyung is quite possibly THE best CB to come out of Korea at the moment.

  8. OK, i guess i’m alone on this one.

    I hope Jo will prove me i’m wrong.

    • icalla91 /

      Actually I felt that Kim Jungwoo was a piece of crap during the WC as well. On the other land like the others have been saying… there’s really no one “better” to replace him since Korea has a limited pool of talent and it doesn’t help that our defense overall just sucks.

      • The best that could happen now in my opinion, is that he learns from past mistakes during WC and use that experience to avoid doing them again in the future.

      • I like Kim JW and thought he had a decent WC. Overall, he’s a really good interceptor of the ball since his play reading abilities are good and he works hard to cover vast spaces.

        He faced a pretty tough task in the WC since DR Cha often gets caught out of position on the overlapping runs of the opposition’s left sided players. He also had to cover centrally b/c KSY hasn’t really learned the fine art of tackling/defending yet. If we played Kim Nam Il alongside him and pushed KSY into the advanced playmaker role, I think Kim JW would have been more composed shielding the defence.

        However, his tackling abilities are mediocre. And his range of passing is poor especially when he’s paired with naturally talented passers like PCY, KSY, LCY and PJS. Plus we never got to see him put a long range strike on target which was extremely frustrating.

        Despite his limitations, he’s a good footballer to have as cover and on the bench for the near future. Plus he will be a good veteran influence for the next WC (if he stays in shape).

        As for Cho YH, I think he’s better as a CDM (or full back) than as a centre half b/c he’s a finesse player who’s undersized in his current position. We need someone more imposing than him in the back. He struggled with long diagonal balls into the box (so did Lee Jung Soo) for that matter).

        And I don’t think he is the best CB from Korea right now. We were definitely missing Kwak TH. I’m also looking forward to how Kim Ju Young, Hong Jong Ho and Kim Young Kwon further integrate into our defence.

        I think we have some solid up and coming options in the back. The U-20 team coached by Hong MB last year was impressive in defence.

        Anyway, tightening up the defence is one of the easier tasks for a good manager. It comes down to preparation and hard work. Even less skilled teams can easily produce great defences. Afterall, defending and being organised was traditionally one of our strengths. Hopefully everything will get sorted out by the Asian cup.

  9. Korea will be Asian Champion

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