Cho Young-wook (Kim Chun), a “shooting monster” who played in 78 games for the national team by age alone, declared that the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games would be the last age-specific competition, shouting for Lee Kang-in, who is uncertain to join the national team.
Cho Young-wook, who joined Gimcheon Sangmu for military service in FC Seoul, plans to be discharged early with the Asian Games victory to achieve a successful conclusion. Cho Young-wook, who was born in 1999 and can no longer play for the national team by age unless he is selected as a wild card, expressed his determination to win the gold medal by using this tournament as his last competition by age.
Cho Young-wook was first called by the national team in 2013, and he was selected for the under-14 (U-14) national team and participated in the 2013 Nanjing Asian Youth Games. Cho Young-wook, who played in all six games until the finals of the tournament, scored three goals to lead the national team to victory and graduated from the U-14 national team.
Cho Young-wook, who has been excellent since his youth, was selected for the U-20 national team ahead of the 2016 Suwon JS Cup at the age of 19. Cho Young-wook, who successfully made the U-20 national team with the winning goal in the third leg of the tournament, played 46 games in the U-20 national team alone, including the 2016 Asian Football Confederation U-19 Championship, 2017 and the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup.굿모닝토토
Cho Young-wook, who also played in 26 games for the U-23 national team, played a total of 78 games for the national team by age and scored 35 goals. He played in the 2022 AFC U-23 Asian Cup last year and scored three goals and one assist, and was selected as the Hangzhou Asian Games national team led by head coach Hwang Sun-hong and is preparing for the last tournament.
Hwang Sun-hong was convened in Changwon, Gyeongsangnam-do, and continued his training, but moved to the National Football Training Center (NFC) in Paju, Gyeonggi-do, from the 13th to sweat for the last time ahead of the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games. After three days of training until the 15th, he will leave for Hangzhou, the battlefield, through Incheon International Airport on the 16th.
At 8:30 p.m. on the 19th, it will play the first group match against Kuwait, an ambush in the Middle East, and the second group match against Southeast Asia and Thailand at the same time on the 21st. On the 24th, they will play their last match against Bahrain in the Middle East at the same time. Following the 2014 Incheon Games and the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Games, the national team will challenge to win gold medals for the third consecutive time.
Cho Young-wook met with reporters at Paju NFC on the 14th and said, “This is the last tournament. “I want to achieve the beauty of Yu Jong,” he said, adding, “We have won two consecutive games in the previous tournament, so of course we have to continue that record,” and declared that we would return with a gold medal.
He also added, “I told Lee Kang-in, who has yet to be decided whether to join the national team, to come quickly.”
The following are interviews with Cho Young-wook.
How do you feel about the training.
“We’re about to play the Asian Games, and we’re focusing on the game a little more because we’re training before leaving the country. The players are also preparing well while thinking positively.”
- Based on the warm-up matches so far, there is an evaluation that he is the least heavy offense among the Asian Games national teams ever.
The players are well aware that they are listening to such evaluations. That’s why we’re thinking of attacking and defending together as a team rather than doing it individually. I’m preparing like that again.”
- He’s also very active in his team. He has a lot of good memories playing in the national team by age, but do you have any expectations.
I also think my pace in my team is okay. Now, his confidence is up to some extent. He has played a lot for the national team by age, and since this is his last tournament, he wants to finish well.”
- It is becoming clear that Lee Kang-in’s joining time will be delayed. Does the training method and role change depending on the presence or absence of Lee Kang-in.
“It’s certainly true that there are many empty seats, as well as Kang-in’s problem. But I don’t think so. When Kang-in comes in, we will play a little bit for Kang-in, and there will be movements or plays from our colleagues that Kang-in can do better. For now, as I said earlier, I’m paying attention to moving as a team, and coach Hwang Sun-hong continues to emphasize that.”
- He is one of the closest players to Lee Kang-in among the current national team players. Have you had any private conversations.
“I kept asking when he was coming. Kang-in also contacted me and asked, “How is the team atmosphere?” and “How is it going?” I just keep saying, “Hurry up.” He also said, “I’ll come as soon as possible.”
-What’s your personal goal in this competition.
“As a striker, I’m thinking about scoring first. I don’t try to set a big goal from the beginning. First of all, my personal goal is to score about three goals.”
- I’ve worked with director Hwang Sun-hong before, but did you order anything in particular.
“I always say this to strikers as well as me, but they ask for a lot of ways to move as fast as possible in a scoring position. He tells me to find a way to think for myself. Since the coach used to be a striker, I think he’s asking for more aggressive play or aggressive position.”
-I’m a soldier now, so I think this tournament will be more desperate. How is your mindset.
“I think I should run for the championship first rather than because I am a soldier. Since we won two consecutive tournaments earlier, I think it’s right for us to continue that record.”