The soccer team engraved their own numbers on their training uniforms, not on their uniforms. it’s the first time
The Korean national soccer team, led by coach Jurgen Klinsmann, gathered at the Paju National Training Center (NFC) on the 21st and held a convocation drill. It is an official training that started in earnest ahead of the Colombia match held in Ulsan on the 24th and the Uruguay match held in Seoul on the 28th.
There was a point that caught my attention. The number was written on the right chest of the black training uniform worn by the players that day. This is a scene that has not been seen in the previous command tower, Paulo Bento coach system, and Shin Tae-yong coach system.
It was easy to infer the meaning of the number. Captain Son Heung-min wore the number 7 on his training uniform, Kim Jin-su wrote the number 3, Hwang Eui-jo wrote the number 16, Cho Kyu-seong wrote the number 9, and Hwang In-beom wrote the number 6. The same number as the uniform number they used previously was engraved on each training suit.
Regarding the change in training uniforms, an official from the Korea Football Association said, “This is a matter directly requested by Manager Klinsman and the coaching staff. He explained that the manager and coach had not been able to fully understand the players since they had just arrived in Korea. “In order to memorize the faces and names of the players efficiently, they were instructed to write the numbers on the training uniforms as well.”
This is the part where you can see the active attitude of manager Klinsman and the coaching staff. Manager Klinsmann and his coaching staff are from Germany, Austria and Italy. For those from Europe, it was difficult to distinguish Korean players based on their appearance, so they did ‘numbering’.
The Korea Football Association has yet to disclose the uniform number to be used in the second A-match in March. However, it was possible to identify only the number written on the training uniform worn that day. Oh Hyun-kyu, who was selected as a reserve player without a uniform number at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, was assigned number 26. The rest of the players inherited their favorite numbers.
What if there is a variable that changes the uniform number? An official from the Korea Football Association said, “The number written on the chest of the training suit is a removable sticker. If the uniform number is changed by any chance, you can take it off and attach a different number,”바카라 he told me of the new system introduced in the first season of Klinsmann.