Head coach Shin Tae-yong recalled heartbreaking memories while looking back at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Shin Tae-yong, former coach of the Korean national soccer team, recently appeared on the soccer channel ‘Istar TV’ and recalled the World Cup held in Russia five years ago. Korea, led by coach Shin, faced Sweden (0-1 loss), Mexico (1-2 loss), and Germany (2-0 win) in Group F of the Russia World Cup group stage and ended the tournament in third place.
Coach Shin said, “During the World Cup, (Jang) Hyun-soo had a hard time. In the game against Mexico, Hyeon-soo committed a handball foul while tackling, allowing a penalty kick (PK) to be lost. Before the match against Germany, Hyeonsu came to my room and asked for an interview. Hyeon-soo sighed, saying, “I don’t want to play against Germany.”
Jang Hyun-soo was one of the key players in the World Cup in Russia. He was favored by manager Shin Tae-yong for being a multi-player capable of playing not only a central defender but also a defensive midfielder. The previous manager, Uli Stielike, also developed a defensive strategy centered on Jang Hyeon-soo. 메이저사이트
According to director Shin Tae-yong, Jang Hyeon-soo said to director Shin, “It is very difficult. It hurts so much that I feel like I’m harming the team.” Then, coach Shin said, “Even the injured (ki) Seong-yong can’t run. you can’t even run So who runs? There is no one to run for,” he complained. Jang Hyeon-soo replied, “Please give me time to think for just one day.”
When the next day came, director Shin asked Hyun-soo Jang, “What are you going to do?” Still, Jang Hyun-soo confided, “I hope I don’t play against Germany.” In response, director Shin said, “Hyun-soo, I will quit directing when I go back to Korea. So you quit too. Let’s do our best until the end. The beauty of the species must be reaped. If you have regrets when you leave the stadium, you will have regrets for the rest of your life,” he said, persuading Jang Hyun-soo.
In the end, Jang Hyun-soo started the third game and contributed greatly to a scoreless victory against Germany, which was ranked first in the world at the time. That’s how he shed tears after finishing ‘The Miracle of Kazan’. As Director Shin said, it was a kind of beauty.
Director Shin continued to boast of his wit. He said, “I didn’t know that Neuer came out like that at the end of the second half. It didn’t just cross the half line, it also came into our camp and made a mess. he said he was playing Did it turn? This… I felt that Germany’s desire to beat us was like a chimney.”
Coach Shin said, “At that time (Son) Heung-min scored a goal and it was 2-0. Suddenly, I was greedy for the round of 16. When I asked the bench, ‘How was the game over there (Mexico-Sweden)?’, they said 3-0. Of course, I thought Mexico won and liked it, but Sweden won 3-0, so we were eliminated. I lost my strength in one shot,” he said, looking back five years ago.