Reporter Park Dae-ro = The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) pointed out Korean players such as Kim Seung-gyu, Nam Tae-hee and Jang Hyun-soo as players to watch in the AFC Champions League (ACL).
In the East Asian region, Japan’s Urawa Reds beat Korea’s Jeonbuk Hyundai in the semifinals of the AFC Champions League held in August last year to reach the final early. On the other hand, the round of 16 tournament has only begun in the western region.
The eight teams that have passed the group stage in the Middle East and Central Asia will play in the round of 16 in Al Wakrah and Doha, Qatar, on the 19th and 20th. The quarterfinals will be held on the 23rd and the semifinals will be held on the 26th. Teams that have passed the semi-finals will play the finals on April 29 and May 6 in a home-and-away format.
Among the teams that made it to the round of 16 in the Western Region, there are three teams with Korean players. Al-Shabab (Saudi Arabia), played by Kim Seung-gyu, Al-Duhail (Qatar), played by Nam Tae-hee, and Al-Hilal (Saudi Arabia), played by Jang Hyun-soo, will advance to the round of 16.
On the 13th, the Asian Football Confederation introduced five players from East Asia participating in the western region tournament on its website and mentioned these three players. The other two are Shogo Taniguchi (Al Rayyan) and Yukiya Sugita (Foulad Khuzestan) from Japan. 안전놀이터
Regarding Kim Seung-kyu, “After defending the Korean goal in the Qatar World Cup, he is now defending the Al-Shabab goal.” “While competing for the championship against Al Nasr and Al-Hilil in the Saudi League, Kim Seung-gyu played 8 scoreless matches in 15 games.” introduced.
“Kim Seung-gyu has participated in 71 A-matches as a Taegeuk Warrior, but since winning the championship with Ulsan Hyundai in 2012, he has not experienced the AFC Champions League championship for 10 years,” he said.
Regarding Nam Tae-hee, “Nam Tae-hee participated in 53 A matches and scored 7 goals, but was not included in the list of Taegeuk Warriors led by Paulo Bento.” all.
About Jang Hyun-soo, “Jang Hyun-soo played an important role in Al-Hilal’s AFC Champions League victory in 2021 following 2019,” he said.