The day has arrived for Team Korea’s friendly against Atletico Madrid. After shocking the world in a friendly against Tottenham Hotspur a year ago, Yang Hyun-jun is now a member of Scottish giants Celtic. There’s no reason why the same can’t happen in this friendly against another world-class team.
Team K-League and AT Madrid will face off in the first leg of the Coupang Play Series at 8 p.m. on July 27 at the Seoul World Cup Stadium.
When Son Heung-min’s Tottenham traveled to South Korea during the preseason in July last year, they put on a show. His fan service and eye-catching performances attracted thousands of Korean fans.
On the other hand, there was also a K League player who mesmerized global soccer fans. Yang Hyun-jun, who was playing for Gangwon FC at the time, beat two EPL defenders, Ryan Sessegnon and Eric Dier, in a friendly against Tottenham, and used his speed to get into the back of the Tottenham defense for an assist.
Commentator Lee Young-pyo, who was covering the game, enthusiastically praised Yang, saying, “Yang Hyun-joon took down Tottenham’s left wing back and center back in an instant and took a right-footed shot.” A Tottenham fan who watched the play commented on the club’s official social media, “Sign that Korean player who beat Dyer with a step-over dribble right now.” The game was played in over 100 countries around the world.
The game was streamed live in over 100 countries around the world, making it a great opportunity for foreign clubs to take notice. It was likely after the friendly with Tottenham that Yang Hyun-joon, who wore the jersey of Celtic in Scotland on April 24, began to attract interest from European teams.
There’s no reason why we can’t see a similar story in the upcoming match between AT Madrid and Team K League. Led by Diego Simeone, AT Madrid won the Spanish La Liga title (2013-2014, 2020-2021) in the 2010s and 2020s, when Real Madrid and FC Barcelona split the title, and is a perennial European Champions League contender. With superstars like Antoine Griezmann, Rodrigo de Paul, and Cesar Aspilicueta, their unique 4-4-2 two-row defense has become a household name in Europe.
As a Champions League contender, AT Madrid is a much bigger name in Europe than Tottenham is after winning La Liga. A good performance by a Korean player against this team, even in a friendly in the preseason, would be enough to turn heads in Europe. 메이저놀이터
The team’s K League roster includes former FC Barcelona youth team players Baek Seung-ho and Lee Seung-woo, as well as Seol Young-woo. Na Sang-ho, Bae Jun-ho, and Hwang Jae-won are among the many promising young talents in the K League. It’s not unrealistic to think that Yang Hyun-joon, a former Gangwon prospect, will be able to do the same, given that he made a name for himself in the eyes of the nation after the Tottenham game.
Korean fans are once again treated to a friendly match between Team K League and a European powerhouse that might just be the ‘birthplace of stars’.