‘Millennial strikers’ born in the 2000s are hot on their toes. Attention is focused on the possibility of a change in the perception of the A national team as well as the Paris Olympics.
Oh Hyun-kyu (22, Celtic), born in 2001, exploded his Scottish Premiership debut goal in an away game in the 2022-2023 Scottish Premiership against St. Mirren held at St. Mirren Park in Paisley, Scotland on the 5th (hereinafter Korean time).안전놀이터
Oh Hyun-gyu, who started the game from the bench, stepped on the ground in the 21st minute of the second half. He scored from a penalty kick in the 15th minute. Oh Hyun-kyu was awarded a penalty kick in the 36th minute of the second half due to a foul by his opponent Alexandros Gogić. He stepped up as the kicker and completed the goal with a right-footed shot.
It was Oh Hyun-kyu’s debut goal in the Scottish League. Oh Hyun-gyu, who joined Celtic in January, started scoring in 5 league games. His Celtic debut goal came in the Scottish Cup round of 16 match the previous month. Oh Hyun-gyu has only started once in six games since moving to Celtic. However, he is gradually expanding his position and revealing his presence. The team won 5-1.
Kang Seong-jin (20, FC Seoul), born in 2003, received applause from the fans for his ‘Messi possession goal’. Kang Seong-jin exploded a fantastic goal in the second leg of Group C of the 2023 Asian Football Federation (AFC) U-20 Asian Cup group stage against Jordan held at JAR Stadium in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on the 5th.
Kang Seong-jin, who stepped on the ground as a starter that day, grabbed the ball from near the half-line and displayed explosive dribbles in the 26th minute of the second half when the team was leading 1-0. He beat the opposing defenders one after another and shook the opponent’s net with a left-footed shot from the penalty arc. Kang Seong-jin, who operated the scoring gun in the first game against Oman, saw two consecutive ‘goal taste’. Kang Seong-jin is a talented person who was praised as a “good player” by the head of the Youth Enhancement Office of FC Seoul, Cha Doo-ri, the “teacher.”
It is the counterattack of the millennial generation. They are considered key members of the 2024 Paris Olympics along with the “youngest brother” Lee Kang-in (22, Real Mallorca). It’s not just the Olympics. The Korean national team announces a new start under the coach Jurgen Klinsmann (59, Germany). There is a strong possibility that opportunities will be given to new players as well as existing players. In a recent interview, Chung Mong-kyu, head of the Korea Football Association, said, “The coach said that the connection between the U-20 national team and the adult national team is the most important. I think we need to boldly appoint young players to the national team.”
Talents such as Kim Yong-hak (Portimonense), Seong Jin-young (Korea University), Bae Jun-ho (Daejeon Hana Citizen), and Lee Young-jun (Gimcheon Managing Director), who are active in the national team by age group, are also shining. Attention is focusing on whether millennial strikers will be able to complete a pleasant rebellion.