Lee Kang-in of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) scored his second assist of the season in his team’s last game this year. Korean soccer, which is facing a golden age centered on overseas players including Lee Kang-in, will take on new challenges at major international competitions such as the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup and the Paris Olympics next year.
Lee Kang-in contributed to his team’s 3-1 victory against FC Mes in the 2023-2024 League 1 at Parc des Princes in Paris, France, on the 21st (Korea time). Lee Kang-in, who joined PSG in July, finished the year with one goal and two assists in the league.
Lee is expected to play in the UEFA Champions League next year as well as in the league and the national team. Lee’s PSG is in the round of 16 teams in the UCL. Lee also scored his PSG debut goal in this season’s UCL group stage.
This year, Korean soccer is said to have entered a new turning point with the growth of Lee Kang-in. Launched in March, the “Clinsman” overcame the chaotic atmosphere in the early days and won five wins, three draws and two losses in 10 A matches. Lee Kang-in, who was called by manager Jurgen Klinsman, scored four goals in eight A matches, empowering the national team’s attacking football.
In his recent five-game winning streak, he has scored 19 goals without allowing any loss. Lee has perfectly established himself as a member of the national team, boasting his creative passes, pressure-free play, and sharp free kicks. Expectations for Korea’s win at the Asian Cup next year have also increased.
European leagues such as Lee Kang-in also raged. Team Korea’s “captain” Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur) of the Klin’s team achieved 100 goals overall in the English Premier League and 200 goals overall in Europe, and even kicked his team’s captain’s armband. “Monster defender” Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich) landed in the German stage. In the last league match of this year against Wolfsburg, he played full-time and helped his team win 2-1. Strikers such as Cho Kyu-sung (Mitt Whelan) and Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton) have also become core resources of the team.
The U-23 national soccer team is also drawing attention. Hwang won the title at this year’s Hangzhou Asian Games, becoming the first Korean men’s soccer player to win three consecutive Asian Games titles. Hwang, who won all seven games during the Asian Games, scored 27 goals in his team’s offense. Lee Kang-in, an overseas player, also joined the team after going through twists and turns, contributing to the Asian Games gold medal. He will play again next year as his primary goal to advance to the Paris Olympics 토토사이트먹튀