The younger brothers won before the older brothers. The under-18 men’s national soccer team defeated Vietnam 2-0.
Korea, led by under-20 soccer team coach Lee Chang-hyeon, defeated Vietnam 2-0 in the final match of the 2023 Seoul EOU Cup U-18 International Youth Tournament (EOU Cup) held at Mokdong Stadium in Seoul on the 15th. Kim Do-yoon (Suwon FC U-18) scored the first goal in the 9th minute of the second half after receiving a pass from captain Jeong Ma-ho (Shinpyeong High School), and in the 20th minute of the second half, Jin Jun-seo (Gwacheon High School) scored an additional goal with a devastating mid-range shot.
Korea became the first champion of the tournament with 2 wins, 1 draw, and 7 points. Korea defeated Ukraine 4-2 in the first game and drew 1-1 with Morocco in the second game. Ukraine, with 2 wins and 1 loss, was in second place. Morocco was in 3rd place with 1 win, 1 draw, and 1 loss, and Vietnam was in 4th place with 3 losses.
Korea, which needed 3 points to win, attacked Vietnam from the beginning. It was unfortunate that the kicks hit by Kang Do-wook (Bupyeong High School) and Jin Jun-seo went straight to the goalkeeper. The first half ended 0-0, and Vietnam’s player defense and post-counterattack power paid off.
In the second half, Korea became more aggressive. Compared to the first half, the passing speed was increased and mobility was also improved. Korea won the game by scoring two goals early in the second half. Korea later substituted several players and had several chances to score additional points, but their finishing shots were not accurate, so they had to be satisfied with a two-goal victory.
Korea received a championship trophy made of oak. Jeong Ma-ho, who played in all weathers as a midfielder and attacker, was selected as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player (MVP). The Eco-Play award went to Vietnam. The Eco Play Award is a group award given to the team that uses the least amount of plastic and is most active in separating waste. At the closing ceremony that followed, athletes representing four countries planted a tree commemorating the EOU Cup. The organizers said, “We hope that the youth players representing each country will grow into adult national team players, and the idea is to work together to preserve the global environment.”먹튀검증
The name of this competition, EOU, stands for ‘EARTH ON US.’ ‘ALL LIFE ON EARTH DEPENDS ON US’ is the slogan. The purpose is to raise awareness of the importance of a sustainable planet through soccer. The EOU Cup was co-hosted by the Seoul Metropolitan Football Association and the Korea Sports Agents Association. It was organized by the Seoul Metropolitan Sports Council and the Korea Sports Agents Association. Seoul Metropolitan Government, Shinhan Bank, Hyundai Motor Company, and Adidas participated as sponsors.
Meanwhile, the Korean national team (26th in the FIFA rankings), led by coach Jurgen Klinsmann, will play an evaluation match against the Vietnamese national team (95th in the FIFA rankings) at Suwon World Cup Stadium on the 17th. On the 13th, Korea defeated African enemy Tunisia (29th in FIFA rankings) 4-0.