An opportunity has come to Cho Hyun-woo.
The Korean national soccer team, led by coach Jurgen Klinsmann, will face Vietnam in a friendly match held at Suwon World Cup Stadium at 8 p.m. on the 17th. Korea’s FIFA ranking is 26th, and Vietnam is 95th.
The starting list was revealed ahead of the game. ‘Captain’ Son Heung-min is back. Korea’s starting lineup includes Son Heung-min, Cho Kyu-sung, Hwang Hee-chan, Lee Jae-seong, Lee Kang-in, Park Yong-woo, Lee Ki-je, Kim Min-jae, Jeong Seung-hyun, and Seol Young-woo. The goal is guarded by Jo Hyun-woo.
Compared to the Tunisia match held on the 13th, the roster is the same except for two positions. Hong Hyun-seok was included in the substitute list to replace the returning Son Heung-min, and Jo Hyun-woo, who had not played so far, dons the goalkeeper gloves.
Even after Coach Klinsmann took office, the national team’s starting goalkeeper has always been Seung-gyu Kim. Kim Seung-gyu, who has not only a decent saving ability but also a stable build-up ability as a goalkeeper, has been responsible for the national team’s goal since the time of his predecessor, coach Paulo Bento. Jo Hyun-woo was consistently called up to the national team, but he seemed to have lost his starting goalkeeper spot to Kim Seung-gyu.
Above all, what was disappointing for Jo Hyun-woo was that he did not even have a chance to compete. Since taking office, Coach Klinsmann has appointed Seung-gyu Kim as the starter, and Hyun-woo Cho has only remained on the bench. Of course, it is true that it was difficult to make major changes to the starting lineup because Klinsmann had not won before the game against Saudi Arabia, but Cho Hyun-woo was disappointing.
Jo Hyun-woo’s chance finally came. Cho Hyun-woo, who finally gets a starting spot, can show his abilities and ignite competition for his national team goalkeeper. Although Vietnam is classified as a relative underdog, they must not let down their guard. There is absolutely no law preventing threatening scenes from appearing in Korea. The player who must reliably protect the team’s goal whenever that happens is Jo Hyun-woo.안전놀이터
There is no big worry. Jo Hyun-woo’s ability to save has already been proven in the K-League. Jo Hyun-woo has always been considered the best goalkeeper in the K League. He also proved this at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. However, Jo Hyun-woo needs to avoid putting too much emphasis on his build-up ability, which is one of his weaknesses. For Jo Hyun-woo, who has to seize the opportunity that comes to him this time, the Vietnam War is bound to be precious.