Hwang Sun-hong’s match against Thailand is ‘out of stock’

Tickets for the second Group C and the third round of the Asian qualifying round for the 2026 North-Central American World Cup, the first match for the men’s national soccer team under Hwang Sun-hong, were sold out. Amid various controversies surrounding Korean soccer, there was even a “refusal to cheer” (boycott) movement, but it failed to press fans’ interest in the national team.

The Korea Football Association said on its official social networking service (SNS) on the afternoon of the 13th, “Thanks to the support of soccer fans, all tickets for the match against Thailand on the 21st were sold out.” All seats except wheelchair seats and Skybox are sold out, so additional tickets can be obtained only when cancellation tickets are issued.

The match against Thailand, which will be held at Seoul World Cup Stadium in Mapo-gu, Seoul, at 8 p.m. on the 21st, is the first match played by the national team, which has been reorganized under interim coach Hwang Sun-hong after former coach Jurgen Klinsmann was replaced. Coach Hwang announced the list of 23 national team members who will play in the match against Thailand on the 11th. Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain), who was criticized for having a physical conflict with captain Son Heung-min (Tottenham) at the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Qatar Asian Cup, was also included. On one side, there were voices calling for Lee Kang-in to be given time to self-reflect instead of selecting Lee Kang-in for the national team, but Hwang called Lee Kang-in, saying, “What happens on the field should be solved on the field.” The match is expected to be a match between Lee Kang-in and Son Heung-min after the defeat against Jordan in the Asian Cup (fourth round).

Soon after the Asian Cup, there was a controversy over the selection process of Klinsmann, leading some fans to boycott the match. The move was aimed at emptying the spectators’ seats and expressing their protest to the Korea Football Association. However, the Red Devils, the official support group for the Korean national team, told social networking services, “The essence of our existence is to cheer for the players. We will not boycott and cheer with a louder voice,” expressing opposition to the boycott.

The national team will start a training session to prepare for the match against Thailand at Goyang Stadium in Gyeonggi Province on Tuesday. The team will have its first match against Thailand on Tuesday, before moving to Bangkok in Thailand on Tuesday, where it will have an away match at Rajamangala Stadium on Tuesday. 스포츠토토

Meanwhile, the Korea Football Association (KFA) announced on Wednesday that some players and team leader-level officials of the Korea Football Association (KFA) were found to have played cards with money at their accommodation during a training camp in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates ahead of the 2023 Qatar Asian Cup. The KFA has dismissed the staff member and is considering whether to take additional disciplinary action.

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