Jang Hyeon-soo (32, Al-Hilal) left a significant mark on his club career.
Jang Hyun-soo’s team, Al Hilal (Saudi Arabia), beat ‘South American Champion’ Flamengo (Brazil) 3-2 in the semifinals of the 2022 FIFA Club World Cup held in Tangier, Morocco on the 8th (Korean time) and reached the final advanced The final opponent is the winner of the semifinal between Real Madrid (Spain) and Al Ahli (Egypt). Jang Hyeon-soo, Al-Hilal’s ‘built-in defensive resource’, started as a center back and played full-time for 90 minutes, contributing to the final.
Al-Hilal took the lead with Salem Al-Dausari’s penalty kick (PK) in the 4th minute of the first half. In the 20th minute of the first half, opponent Pedro scored an equalizer, but in the extra time of the first half, he had another chance to take the penalty. Opponent defender Gersong, who had committed a foul, was sent off due to an accumulation of warnings, and even had a numerical advantage. Al-Dausari scored the second goal with a penalty. In the 25th minute of the second half, Al Hilal, who was on the rise, seized the victory with Vieto’s key goal. In the second half of extra time, Flamengo conceded a comeback goal, but no further pursuit was allowed. Jang Hyun-soo knelt on the ground right after the finals were confirmed and spread his arms in joy.
Jang Hyun-soo wore the Taegeuk mark and won a gold medal at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, receiving special military service benefits. And he went through various national teams, including the 2016 Rio Olympics and the 2018 Russia World Cup finals in succession. However, in 2018, he was severely punished with permanent disqualification from the national team for manipulating documents for special military service. Coach Paulo Bento, who led the Korean national team until last year, also used Jang Hyeon-soo as an intermediary at the beginning of his appointment, but he could not use it more as he was disciplined.
Although he put down the Taegeuk mark in despair, his club career is shining. Jang Hyun-soo, who went through FC Tokyo (Japan) Guangzhou Buri (China), transferred to the Saudi League through the transfer market in the summer of 2019. He spent his fourth season at prestigious Al-Hilal, playing as a multi-manager in the defense and winning three league titles in a row since he joined. He also won the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League (ACL) twice (2019 2021) and stepped on the Club World Cup stage.
The best performance ever for a club belonging to AFC in the Club World Cup was runner-up to Kashima Antlers (Japan) in 2016 and Al Ain (United Arab Emirates) in 2018. It remains to be seen whether Al-Hilal will become the first AFC club to win the Club World Cup. The prize money for winning the tournament is 5 million dollars (6.2 billion won). 카지노