‘Big brothers’ Kim Tae-hwan (Ulsan Hyundai) and Kim Jin-soo (Jeonbuk Hyundai) talked about their responsibilities and motivation after returning to the national team after a long absence.
Kim Tae-hwan and Kim Jin-soo were called up to the national team after six and three months, respectively. For Kim, it was his first call-up since suffering a facial injury during a match against El Salvador in June.
“It seems like it’s been a long time since I’ve been with the national team, but I always feel honored and new every time I come back,” said Kim before an afternoon training session at the Paju National Training Center (NFC) on the 11th.
However, he is not 100%. “Actually, I’m still scared to head it,” he said, noting that he’s still feeling pain. I’m not a striker, so I’m in a position where I have to head and compete all the time. I’m afraid of getting hit by an elbow or a ball. When I touch the injury with my hand, I can feel the pins and I think, ‘How much will it hurt if I get hit?’ I thought about wearing a mask, but then I realized that I couldn’t see very well, so I decided it was better to take it off, so I’m getting used to it.”
Kim Tae-hwan’s outfit when he entered the hospital became a hot topic. His fashionista side shone through. “This is the place I wanted to be the most, and it’s the most important place to me. I wore what I thought was the coolest outfit and showed my own attitude towards it,” he said, showing his love for the team.
The two are in a position to take center stage on the team. Kim Tae-hwan, born in 1989, is the oldest player on the roster. Kim Jin-soo, born in 1992, follows in the footsteps of Kim Tae-hwan and Kim Young-kwon, born in 1990. This means they have a lot of responsibility.온라인카지노
“I realize that a lot has changed,” said Kim Jin-soo. It’s natural to feel more responsible, and that’s the biggest part. Now that I don’t have a few seniors above me, I know what I need to do on the field. It’s the same when I’m not playing. I try to do what I can, not only for the team but also here,” he said. “Now that I’m not so young, I’m motivated in a good way to prepare for what’s next and what I need to do when I’m in the national team.”
The same goes for Kim Tae-hwan. “My goal is to be in the national team until I take off my soccer shoes. That’s my biggest motivation. I will work harder to challenge for the national team until the day I retire,” he said.