Bae Jun-ho, the ace who led Korea to the quarter-finals of the U20 World Cup, has inherited the number 10 shirt of last year’s tournament MVP Lee Kang-in and is looking to go beyond the quarter-finals and reach the final, just like his senior four years ago.
Lee Jung-chan is a reporter.
The round of 16 match against Ecuador was the game that really showed Bae’s true colours.
In the 11th minute, he literally set up his ‘roommate’ Lee Young-joon’s opener with a pass that could have been measured with a ruler, and eight minutes later, he repaid Kim Eun-jung’s faith in him with his first goal of the tournament with a calm finish following an exquisite individual effort.스포츠토토
[Bae Jun-ho/ U-20 National Team striker: “Coach Kim Eun-joong always believes in me and encourages me, so there was no pressure, but I think I could have done better”].
Bae Joon-ho, who plays for Daejeon and is one of the K League’s leading young guns, is an exciting prospect to inherit the number 10 jersey from Lee Kang-in, who was named the MVP of the last tournament after leading Shinhwa to runners-up honours.
[‘Bae Jun-ho/ U-20 national football team striker: the next Lee Kang-in’] He’s one of the seniors I’m proud of and look up to, so I think I’m trying to learn a lot from him].
He didn’t have much to show for his efforts in the group stages due to a thigh muscle injury, but he’s been waking up at crucial moments and inspiring confidence in the team.
He is determined to lead the team as high as possible beyond Nigeria, just like Lee Kang-in did four years ago.