The Asian Games national team, led by head coach Hwang Sun-hong, returned home through Incheon International Airport Terminal 1 at around 7 p.m. on the 8th. The airport was crowded with many soccer fans to welcome the national team, which won three consecutive Asian Games games.
Hwang Sun-hong lost the first point in the men’s soccer final of the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games against Japan at Huanglong Sports Center Stadium in Hangzhou, China, on the 7th, but Jung Woo-young ( Stuttgart) and Cho Young-wook (Gimcheon) scored consecutive goals to come from behind to win 2-1.
As a result, the national team, which won the 2014 Incheon Games and beat Japan at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Games, became the first team to win three consecutive Asian Games soccer games.
The championship is also meaningful for Hwang Sun-hong. Hwang Sun-hong has a painful memory of losing 0-3 to Japan in the quarterfinals of the Under-23 Asian Cup in Uzbekistan in June last year. At that time, current Asian Games representatives such as Cho Young-wook, Lee Kang-in (PSG), and Hong Hyun-seok (KAA Hent) played, but collapsed without scoring a goal. 파칭코
The impact was huge. After the A national team lost 0-3 in a friendly match in March 2021, the U-16 national team lost 0-3 in the International Dream Cup in June 2022, losing two consecutive games against Korea and Japan, and few thought it would lead to three consecutive losses.
After the match, Hwang’s leadership was also under fire. There were criticisms that he did not know how to use it properly even with a star player named Lee Kang-in. Three months before the Asian Games, the loss of two consecutive warm-up matches against China, which was promoted as a justification for adapting to China, was even greater. Eom Won-sang (Ulsan Hyundai), who was the mainstay, suffered an ankle injury, and Cho Young-wook and Ko Young-joon (Pohang Steelers) also returned home with minor injuries. The result of the two consecutive games is one win and one loss. It was not a definite achievement either.
For coach Hwang, the Asian Games had to win the gold medal or even to forget the pain of the last face-to-face defeat, and he finally succeeded in receiving cheers from fans by beating his fateful rival Japan.
As if to prove the changed atmosphere, many fans greeted Hwang with shouts the moment he appeared at the arrival hall. The atmosphere, which was full of criticism and doubts ahead of the competition, has changed 180 degrees.
Coach Hwang also grabbed the microphone before the press conference and said, “It was a happy competition with really great players and staff. I made good memories, he said. “I think we built a golden tower of three consecutive losses thanks to the support of the people until late.”
“I will work harder to develop Korean soccer in the future. We ask for a lot of support, and we ask for a lot of praise and encouragement from our players,” he said.
Coach Hwang immediately stood in front of the reporters and explained his current feelings and future plans in detail.