“Same situation as Son Heung-min,” Lee Kang-in’s AG appearance attracts attention from Western media

Spain’s most popular daily newspaper, Marca, also recognized Lee Kang-in for his Asian Games participation.

Lee was included in the final roster of the Korean national soccer team for the upcoming 2023 Hangzhou Asian Games. However, because the Asian Games are not organized by the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the national team needed to reach an agreement with Lee’s club, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), to release him. Luckily, the timing of Lee’s release was decided before the team left for the Asian Games. Hwang Sun-hong said that Lee will join the team after the UEFA Champions League (UCL) match on Tuesday and is expected to arrive around the evening of the 21st.아톰카지노

Lee’s call-up to the Asian Games has been a hot topic in Europe. Players are often called up to national teams during the season, but usually for the Asian Cup or African Cup of Nations. The Asian Games are not organized by FIFA and the Korean players’ military service benefits are at stake, so it might be a different story in Europe, where compulsory military service is not common.

Spain’s ‘Marca’ highlighted Lee’s withdrawal from the Asian Games, stating, “PSG made a concession to Lee to avoid him having to serve in the military for 21 months. This is a situation that Tottenham Hotspur recently faced with Son Heung-min. Lee will leave the team next week to participate in the Asian Games.” However, his mandatory service in South Korea has now been reduced to 18 months.

“When PSG signed Lee, they knew his military service would be unusual,” the outlet quoted French publication Le Parisien as saying. PSG sent him to South Korea for the Asian Games. PSG’s plan was for Lee to not do his mandatory military service. “But it’s not enough for him to participate in the Asian Games,” he said.

“In fact, the only way to avoid military service is to win the tournament. Heung-min Son accomplished this in 2018 and broke down in tears as he lifted the trophy. “Winning an Asian Games or Olympic gold medal is the only way to skip national service,” he said, using Son Heung-min as an example. In the case of the Olympics, even bronze medals are eligible for service.

Marca also emphasized that Lee needs to compete for a starting spot at PSG. “PSG are still waiting for the player who is still in top form. He has barely played two games due to injury, and the arrival of Ousmane Dembele and Randal Kolo Moani at the end of the transfer window has increased competition. If he participates in the Asian Games, he could miss the UCL match against Newcastle United and the trip to Olympique Marseille.”

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