An interview with the ‘youngest goalkeeper’ in the world.
The South Korean women’s national soccer team, led by head coach Colleen Bell, arrived in Australia on Monday (June 11) for the FIFA 2023 World Cup finals between Australia and New Zealand. After acclimatizing, the team will play an exhibition match before the tournament kicks off on June 25 with the goal of reaching the round of 16.
South Korea will face Colombia (25th in the FIFA rankings), Morocco (72nd), and Germany (2nd) in the group stage. South Korea is ranked 17th. The primary goal is the round of 16.
Competing for the starting goalkeeping spot alongside Kim Jung-mi and Yoon Young-gul is Ryu Ji-soo, who plays for the Seoul Metropolitan Government. Born in 1997, this is Ryu’s first World Cup appearance. She said, 메이저놀이터 “I still can’t believe I’m going to the World Cup, which is a dream stage. I think it won’t be realized until the first game, but if I am given the opportunity, I will try to play to the best of my ability,” she said.
Ryu Jisoo, who kept a cheerful face throughout the interview, is actually a positive personality. “I think a lot of positive thoughts mentally. I’m also good at leading the defense,” she said, explaining her strengths.
The goalkeeper position is one that doesn’t change much once the main players are established. With Bell’s trust in Yoon Young-gul and Kim Jung-mi, Ryu Ji-soo may not get the chance. However, Ryu Ji-soo plans to learn from her sisters’ experience. “I learn a lot from experience. They have more experience than me. I’ve learned a lot about how to deal with that situation,” she said, adding that she is growing through the goalkeeping competition.