Side defender Seol Yeong-woo (25, Ulsan Hyundai) has been on the A team of his dreams. In the meantime, even after going through the national team by age group, he had no relationship with the A team, but he finally achieved the goal he had after his professional debut.
He wasn’t on the Klinsman 1st roster from the beginning. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann (59, Germany) made the first roster with Qatar World Cup members as the main focus, and failed to board the team as he chose Lee Ki-je (Suwon Samsung) for the left fullback position, which had many injuries. The match against Colombia held on the 24th at Munsu Soccer Stadium in Ulsan also had to be watched on TV.
However, as Kim Jin-soo (Jeonbuk Hyundai) left the game against Colombia due to an injury, the national team needed a new fullback. In this process, Seol Young-woo was called by manager Klinsman. Seol Young-woo’s boarding of Klinsmann was made official on the 25th, and on the afternoon of the 26th, he entered the Paju National Soccer Team Training Center (NFC) and proudly became a member of the A national team.
On the morning of the official announcement, I heard the news of the dream of winning the national team directly from coach Hong Myung-bo. In this process, Seol Young-woo really sweated. It was because of Coach Hong’s ‘small’ event to celebrate his student’s first promotion to the A national team.
Seol Young-woo met with the reporters on the first day of the call and said, “I was on my way to work for my team’s morning training, and coach Hong Myung-bo called. I never called before, so I thought I was doing something wrong, so I answered it.” “Director Hong spoke harshly on the phone and said, ‘Where are you, come quickly and run into the room’. He looked back and said, ‘You must have done something very wrong.’
I went to the manager’s office nervously and only after meeting with coach Hong heard the news of the first national team promotion with a sigh of relief. He said, “The coach said, ‘The national team contacted me’ and informed me of the selection.” I don’t think I could tell if it was real or not,” he smiled.
Along with the surprise, Director Hong also added sincere advice to his student. Seol Young-woo added, “The coach told me not to be ‘pompous’ and just do what I was doing.
Seol Young-woo is also determined to show his own strengths well during the call-up period, as this is an opportunity that came with difficulty. He is also confident that if he shows the points that are better than other players and differentiated, he will be able to be called by Klinsman consistently.
He said, “The left fullback came to the pro team and was digested for the first time. His main foot is his right foot, which can be inconvenient at times, but if you look at the left side as well as the right side, you have two options. I think he can be a strength over other players,” he explained, “as well as playing a defensive role, linking play with midfielders is my strength.” 안전놀이터
“I want to be an option for the national team by showing as much as I can,” he said. “After becoming a professional player, the goal in my heart was to become a national representative. A glorious opportunity has come, so I want to seize it.”
On the other hand, Seol Young-woo made his professional debut in Ulsan in 2020 after going through Ulsan Hyundai Middle School, Hyundai High School, and Ulsan University. In 2021, he won two K-League and Korea Football Association (KFA) Young Player of the Year awards. He mainly played on the right fullback in the Tokyo Olympics and other age groups, but he mainly played on the left in his team. In the game against Uruguay to be held at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on the 28th, it is expected that Lee Ki-je will compete for the left fullback position.