Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain) won the Asian Games gold medal and became a true ‘golden boy’.
The Korean under-24 ( U-24 ) soccer team led by coach Hwang Sun-hong was supported by consecutive goals by Woo-young Jeong (Stuttgart) and Young-wook Cho (Gimcheon) in the men’s soccer final of the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games held against Korea and Japan at the Huanglong Sports Center Stadium in Hangzhou, China on the 7th. They achieved a thrilling 2-1 comeback victory over Japan. Korea, which won the 2014 Incheon and 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Games, won its third consecutive Asian Games gold medal.
Lee Kang-in, who started as a side attacker, played until he was replaced in the 27th minute of the second half. He waited on the bench, but when Korea’s gold medal was confirmed, he ran out onto the field and enjoyed the joy of winning with his fellow players.
In an interview after the game, Lee Kang-in said, “I am very 먹튀검증happy that I achieved my goal of winning,” and added, “I am grateful to my fellow players, coaching staff, and fans who supported me.” He smiled and said, “In particular, it was a special and good experience for me as it was my first time winning a game representing the Republic of Korea,” and “I don’t think I will ever forget it.” Lee Kang -in won the Golden Ball (Best Player) at the
2019 FIFA Under -20 World Cup, but Korea finished second at the time. Lee Kang-in said, “Because we won, this is a memorable moment (rather than the World Cup),” adding, “I feel every moment,
Regarding national team coach Hwang Seon-hong, he said, “Actually, public opinion was not good before the competition started and he received a lot of criticism, but he believed in the players, and the players believed in the coach. I hope he can win more competitions in the future.”
Lee Kang-in, who received military service benefits for this win, said, “Actually, (military service) wasn’t that big of a burden,” and “It’s true that my future career as a player has become easier, but I don’t have any special thoughts as it is something every Korean man has to do.” The 2024 Olympics will be held in Paris, France. Lee Kang-in, a member of French professional soccer team Paris Saint-Germain, was asked, “Do you have any intention of playing in the Paris Olympics?” and responded, “The Asian Games have just ended. Do you think about the Olympics?” He added, “Right now, I just want to enjoy (the win).” He said.