The South Korean national soccer team, led by coach Jürgen Klinsmann (59), has enjoyed unexpected popularity with local fans ahead of its A-match trial against Wales.
The team began full training in Cardiff, Wales, on Nov. 4. It was a chance for the domestic players from Korea and the international players from the Middle East and Europe to finally play together.
The call-up list was highly anticipated by football fans as it included a number of young Europeans at the center of a generational shift, including Kim Min-jae (27-FC Bayern Munich), Kim Ji-soo (19-Brentford FC), Yang Hyun-joon (21-Celtic FC), Cho Kyu-sung (25-FC Mitwillan), and Hong Hyun-seok (24-KAA Hent).
The spotlight on the national team continued in Wales. Local fans traveled to the training grounds to watch the team.
The young fans showed their interest by imitating Son Heung-min, 31, of Tottenham Hotspur FC, who has scored goals in the A-League and English Premier League. After the open training session, some fans even took photos with the national team players. The scene was captured on KFATV, a YouTube channel operated by the Korea Football Association.
South Korea will face Wales in an exhibition match at 3:45 a.m. (KST) on Aug. 8 at Cardiff City Stadium in Wales. With two draws and two losses in their previous four A matches, South Korea will be looking for their first win under Klinsmann.스포츠토토
After the Wales game, the team will travel to Newcastle, England, to face Saudi Arabia in their second European test at St. James’ Park on Sept. 13 at 1:30 p.m.