‘Cooler weather + carpeted grass + huge coverage’: Hwang’s winning equation against Thailand

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Hwang Sun-hong is all set to upset Thailand.

The South Korean national soccer team, coached by interim head coach Hwang Sun-hong, will take on the hosts Thailand at the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand, on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. KST in the fourth match of Group C of the 2026 North American Football Confederations Cup Asia Second Qualifying Round. South Korea will be looking to redeem themselves after a 1-1 draw in Seoul in the third round.

The team held its final training session at Rajamangala Stadium on Friday afternoon, where the final match will take place. All the players practiced hard. The core of the squad, including Son Heung-min and 카지노사이트 Kim Min-jae, is intact, but it is still a secret who will start in the best 11 against Thailand.

In the official press conference, coach Hwang Sun-hong said, “We need to play players who are in good shape and immersed in the game. We will take that into consideration when selecting tomorrow’s team.” The players practiced in an upbeat mood. There was no pressure to draw with Thailand in the third game.

The temperature in Bangkok was 31 degrees Celsius with a high of 39 degrees. However, the wind was blowing strongly on the field, so the actual temperature was described as ‘cool’ and ‘soccer-friendly’. The humidity is a bit high, which can make you tire easily, but as long as you stay hydrated, it’s not a big concern.

The grass was in great condition. It was as good as if it was carpeted.

“When Tottenham came to Thailand last year, the game was canceled due to heavy rain. There was a sense of crisis in Thailand, ‘If this happens, Sonny won’t come to Thailand again,’ so we invested a lot of money to improve the ground. Now, even if it rains heavily, it drains in 10 minutes,” he said.

The enthusiasm for soccer in Thailand is as great as it sounds. A total of 87 journalists came to cover the official press conference between Thailand and Korea. Excluding 13 reporters from Korea, there were 74 Thai reporters. They were also eagerly pressing the shutter every time Son Heung-min and Lee Kang-in appeared.

An official from the Football Association of Thailand said, “Welcome to Thailand. Today there were 87 reporters, but tomorrow there will be a total of 170 reporters at the stadium.”

In the end, there are no variables other than talent. Any environmental factors are just excuses. Korea will have to play their game and beat Thailand.

“The coach also talked about the sense of mission and responsibility we have as a national team. Our players are also preparing for the call-up with such a mindset,” said Lee Jae-sung, vowing to do their best against Thailand.

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