After leading the South Korean national soccer team to its third straight Asian Games title, Hwang Sun-hong is finally smiling.
Throughout the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games, Hwang’s smile was rarely seen. He was on edge every minute of every game, even in victory.
But when Hwang finally won the gold medal, a smile spread across his face. South Korea defeated Japan 2-1 in the men’s soccer final on Sunday at the Huanglong Sports Center Stadium in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China.
It was South Korea’s third consecutive title at the tournament, having won back-to-back titles in Incheon in 2014 and Jakarta-Palembang in 2018. In addition, the players won an Asian Games gold medal and received a special exemption from military service.
“The final is always difficult,” said Hwang after the game, “but the players did their best to win,” he said. He also thanked the fans who supported the team until late at night in their home country.
“We spent a lot of time on defense during the tournament,” he said. “The players’ personalities are very strong, so we didn’t want to put them in a box,” he said, adding, “I think the secret was that we tried to utilize their strengths.”
Hwang, who wore a heavy expression throughout the tournament, finally broke into a smile when he reached the top. “The psychological part of the tournament is important, so I tried to keep the tension throughout the tournament,” Hwang said, “sometimes heavy, sometimes fun.” “I tried to control it,” he added. He lightened the mood by joking that “it might be for the broadcast.”
Despite the gold medal, the team is not satisfied. 레모나토토 “I think it’s an ongoing process. “I think it’s not the end of the world,” he said, adding, “Tomorrow I’ll be craving for something again, and it’s my goal as a leader to keep moving forward to achieve it.
Now it’s time to move on to the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympic Qualifiers. “The joy of winning is only for today,” Hwang said, “and we will move forward to prepare for the Olympic qualifiers.”