I did not reveal my desire to wear the ‘Taegeuk mark’. However, the left foot of Lee Jin-hyeon (26, Daejeon Hana Citizen) said enough to qualify for the national team.
On the 26th, Lee Jin-hyun played as a substitute in the second half of the 2023 K-League 1 round 9 away match against Jeonbuk Hyundai, helping to win 2-1. On this day, both teams started rotation side by side, which was to arrange the stamina of the main players.
Lee Jin-hyeon, the core of Daejeon’s midfield, stepped on the pitch in the 17th minute of the second half and broke Jeonbuk’s net in 11 minutes. It was a score worth talking about. Lee Jin-Hyun’s left-footed kick, which started as a right corner kicker, was sucked into the other side of the goal. It was a ‘shooting’ that was aimed at after recognizing that the opponent’s gatekeeper had come out.
Coincidentally, the coach of the national football team, Jürgen Klinsmann, watched the game. Coach Klinsman, who finished meeting with Korean players in Europe, headed straight to Jeonju to observe domestic resources. Lee Jin-hyun, who showed the most outstanding performance in the K-League 1 at the beginning of this season, reacted at this time.
Recently, Lee Jin-hyun has been evaluated as worthy of being selected for the national team. However, Lee Jin-hyeon said, “I’m grateful for praise and encouragement, but I think I need to move forward with humility.”
This is because the Taegeuk mark cannot be worn just by chasing it. Lee Jin-hyun said, “If you think about the national team and play, you can’t concentrate and play well,” he said.안전놀이터
At the beginning of the season, Lee Jin-hyun’s midfield control and sharp left-footed kicks were enough to win Klinsman’s heart. As of 9 league games, Lee Jin-hyun has recorded 3 goals and 4 assists, leading the attack point division along with Lars (Suwon FC, 4 goals and 3 assists).
In addition, Daejeon’s ‘offensive tone’ is also expected to appeal to Klinsman. Coach Klinsman used intense forward pressure in two consecutive A-matches (Colombia and Uruguay) in March. Daejeon is the team that exerts the most aggressive pressure among the 12 K-League 1 teams, and Lee Jin-hyun plays a pivotal role.
Lee Jin-hyun, who made his adult national team debut against Australia in November 2018, has played 4 A matches so far. After the friendly match against Japan (0-3 loss) in March 2021, he has been estranged from the national team.