The Asian Games (under 24) soccer team led by coach Hwang Seon-hong (55) boasts unprecedented power. Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain), Jung Woo-young (Stuttgart), and Eom Won-sang (Ulsan Hyundai) are regarded as the ‘golden generation’ with outstanding second-line resources. However, the foremost among them is regarded as Hwang Seon-Hong-Ho’s ‘Achilles heel’.

It is also because those who were in the forefront of the Asian Games team were strong. At the 2010 Guangzhou Games, Park Joo-young (Ulsan) and Kim Shin-wook (Kitchie SC) were selected as wild cards for the next tournament. During the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, Hwang Eui-jo (Nottingham Forest) led the championship. It is an age-restricted competition, but players with names have achieved good results in the Asian Games.

Hwang Seon-Hong-Ho’s strikers are Ahn Jae-Jun (Bucheon FC 1995) and Park Jae-Yong (FC Anyang), who are active in the K-League 2. The two were chosen over K-League 1 players Chun Seong-hun (Incheon United) and Lee Ho-jae (Pohang Steelers). Director Hwang Seon-hong said, “(The two) absorb very quickly. The speed of development is also good,” he explained. However, it is still viewed with suspicion. 

Ahn Jae-joon, who faced reporters at the Bucheon Sports Complex on the 18th, said, “It seems that the fans are very worried because they do not know our names well. In fact, Jaeyong hyung and I performed well in the K-League 2. I think I am going (to the Asian Games) because I am not lagging behind any striker in the K League 1,” he said with confidence, “I will endure the voice of concern and make efforts to turn it into a voice of support during or after the tournament.”

Ahn Jae-jun and Park Jae-yong each scored 6 goals in 14 and 18 K-League 2 games this season. Ahn Jae-joon also recorded 3 assists. However, his name is not known, and because of the title of ‘2nd division leaguer’, there are not a few criticisms that he is the weakest striker of all time. Ahn Jae-jun said, “(Outside gaze) is burdensome, but I don’t think you can grow in competitions where there is no pressure. If I play and train under this kind of pressure, I think I will grow into a bigger player after the Asian Games and receive recognition from the fans.”

Ahn Jae-jun is good at momentarily destroying the opponent’s defensive line and seizing chances. He can show good teamwork with second-line resources with excellent passing ability. He said, “(The late) Young-joon and I went through the national team by age (for a long time), so it fits well,” he said. “I am also looking forward to Lee Kang-in. After receiving a pass from a player playing in Paris, I will tell you my review,” he laughed.안전놀이터

There was confidence in the burden in his voice. Ahn Jae-joon expressed his strong aspirations, saying, “(To dispel concerns) there is no answer other than to show a good performance in the stadium.”

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