“I will follow the path of Lee Kang-in”…Lee’s World Cup ‘Bronze Ball’ aspirations

Lee Seung-won (20-Gangwon FC), who won the ‘Bronze Ball’ at the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2023, has revealed his ambition to “follow the path of Lee Kang-in”.

“I’m learning a lot from them,” Lee said at the U-20 national team’s welcome ceremony at Incheon International Airport Terminal 2 on Thursday. I think I have received a good spirit,” he said.

Lee, who served as captain for Kim Eun-jung-ho, won the Bronze Ball with three goals and four assists in the tournament. It is the tournament’s third-best player award after the Golden and Silver Ball.

South Korea finished fourth in the tournament, behind Israel, but Lee proudly took home the Bronze Ball over the Israelis, who finished third.먹튀검증

Lee accumulated seven offensive points in the tournament alone, surpassing Lee Kang-in (2 goals, 4 assists), who won the Golden Ball four years ago after leading South Korea to a runner-up finish.

Naturally, Lee was frequently compared to his ace from four years ago throughout the tournament, but when asked by the moderator if he had anything to say to Lee, Lee laughed and said, “I don’t think I dare,” but vowed to follow Lee’s successful path as a soccer player.

The South Korean U20 national team has returned home after reaching the quarterfinals of the 2023 FIFA U20 World Cup. Captain Lee Seung-won greeted the team at a welcome home ceremony at Incheon International Airport on Thursday afternoon. The team reached the quarterfinals of the World Cup in Argentina for the second time in a row. Incheon International Airport By Kim Min-gyu mgkim1@edaily.co.kr /2023.06.14/

One of the most unforgettable moments of the tournament was when the whistle blew at the end of the quarterfinal match against Nigeria. It was also the last time Kim Eun Joong-ho won a match at the tournament.

“As soon as the final whistle blew, everyone, including the coaching staff, ran onto the field, and it was very emotional to see that,” said Lee. “It was very meaningful to see that our preparations were coming to fruition one by one.”

On a personal level, he recalls the moment he scored in the first group game against France. Lee sprinted into the opponent’s half on a counterattack and rattled the net after a one-on-one with the goalkeeper. It was Kim’s first goal of the tournament and the start of his team’s run to the quarterfinals.

“I remember scoring in the first game against France the most. I was happy for me personally, but it was also because it was exactly what we had been preparing for. It’s the most memorable because it brought us the result.”

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