The Spanish media spotlighted Hyun-soo Jang ahead of the Club World Cup final against Real Madrid.
Al-Hilal will face Real Madrid in the final of the 2022 FIFA Club World Cup held at the Prince Moulay Abdela Stadium in Rabat, Morocco at 4:00 am (Korean time) on the 12th. Al-Hilal and Real will face each other for the first time in history.
Al-Hilal made a surprise. On the 8th안전놀이터, Al-Hilal caused a stir by beating Flamengo (Brazil), the champion of South America, 3-2 in the semifinals of the Club World Cup on the 8th. Club World Cup finals often involve European champions and South American champions, and Al-Hilal became the third Asian team to advance to the final after Kamisa Antlers (Japan) in 2016 and Al Ain (United Arab Emirates) in 2018.
Jang Hyun-soo is at the center of it. Jang Hyun-soo has been at the core of the team since moving to Al-Hilal in Saudi Arabia in 2019. In the Club World Cup, I had to be satisfied with the semifinals in the last 2019 and 2021 competitions, but this time I shared the joy of reaching the finals as the main axis of the team.
It is also a name that is not often mentioned in Korea. Jang Hyun-soo won a gold medal at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games and became eligible for special military service. However, in October 2018, it was discovered that he submitted false documents for volunteering as an alternative to military service, and his selection for the national team was permanently stripped.
The Spanish media also took note of this. Spain’s ‘El Mundo’ is titled on the 11th with the sentence “Koreans deported” and “All Korean citizens must complete two years of military service. Jang Hyun-soo received a special exception in 2014, but a few years later It was discovered that it was a lie, so I couldn’t play for the national team again,” explaining Jang Hyun-soo’s public opinion in Korea.
He had no doubts about his performance at Al Hilal. The ‘big mistake’ in the 2018 Russia World Cup was deeply imprinted on domestic soccer fans, but Jang Hyun-soo is functioning as the core of keeping the team’s rear strong by leading Al-Hilal to three consecutive league titles. The media also emphasized that his role is very important in the team, saying, “Jang Hyun-soo was not called up for the Qatar World Cup, but he is the ‘commander-in-chief’ in Al-Hilal.”