Professional football all-star ‘Team K League’ and Spanish Primera Liga ‘prestigious’ Atletico Madrid (AT Madrid) will face off tonight.
Team K League and AT Madrid will clash on the 27th at 8:00 pm at the Seoul World Cup Stadium as part of the Coupang Play Series.
This event, which was held at the invitation of Coupang Play, will be followed by Manchester City (England) and AT Madrid (Spain) on the 30th, and Paris Saint-Germain and Jeonbuk Hyundai, Lee Kang-in’s team, on August 3rd.
This is the first time AT Madrid, founded in 1903, has visited Korea.
AT Madrid, which finished third in Spanish La Liga last season, is a strong team that has won 11 regular league titles in its career.
After Real Madrid (53 times) and Barcelona (27 times), there are the second most championship cups.
Argentine master coach Diego Simeone has been at the helm since 2011. Under the Simeone system, AT Madrid has been at the top of the league twice (2013-2014 season and 2020-2021 season).
With a total of 27 athletes visiting Korea, a large number of key players, including Antoine Griezmann, Memphis Depay and Cesar Aspilicueta, joined.
In addition, Joao Felix and Alvaro Morata, whose future is unclear this summer, will also stand in front of Korean fans in AT Madrid uniforms.
“We will give enough time to all players,” said Simeone, who was impressed by the hospitality of Korean fans. “We will provide fans with opportunities to meet world-class players,” he said, signaling the participation of the main players.
The AT Madrid team, including Griezmann, Felix and Morata, warmed up in front of more than 1,000 fans in an open training session held at the Seoul World Cup Stadium the previous day.
Despite heavy rain falling during training, coach Simeone and the team responded to the cheers of the fans with bright expressions.
In the confrontation with Team K League, there is interest in whether the ‘second Yang Hyeon-jun’ will be born.
Yang Hyeon-joon, who recently moved to Celtic, a strong player in Scotland, became a national star by playing an active part in a friendly match against Tottenham when he played for Gangwon FC last year.
Gaining confidence in the match against Tottenham, Yang Hyun-joon won the K League 1 Young Player Award that year and succeeded in advancing to Europe, which he had dreamed of, by joining Celtic this summer.
Coach Simeone, who was rumored to recruit Lee Kang-in, who transferred to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG France), said he would closely watch the Korean players in the K-League match.
“There were rumors that Lee Kang-in was interested, but I went to PSG,” he said. “I will see if there are any Korean players who are interested.”
In the Team K-League, Lee Seung-woo (Suwon FC) and Baek Seung-ho (Jeonbuk), who came from FC Barcelona youth in Spain, and Bae Jun-ho (Daejeon), who are the main players in the semifinals of the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup, are attracting attention.