In Korea, it is expected to see a head-to-head match between striker Oh Hyun-gyu (Celtic) and Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton).
Scotland’s ㅋㅋㅋ벳prestigious Celtic club unveiled the schedule for its pre-season Asian tour this summer on its official website on the 3rd (Korean time). Celtic will have a friendly against English Premier League club Wolverhampton at Suwon World Cup Stadium on July 26th.
Celtic and Wolverhampton are teams where Korean players are playing. First, Oh Hyun-kyu moved from K-League 1 Suwon Samsung to Celtic in January and challenged the European stage. He doesn’t have much playing time, mainly as a substitute, but he scored two goals in 11 league appearances. With this as a stepping stone, he was called by national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann and played an active part in a friendly match in March. At the time, Oh Hyun-gyu was satisfied that he had “grown a lot after moving to Celtic.”
Hwang Hee-chan, the striker of the national team, is also playing in Wolverhampton. He struggled with frequent hamstring injuries this season, but when he started, he showed flashy movements and attracted attention. He has scored 2 goals and 1 assist in 23 league appearances. Hwang Hee-chan returned as a starter in two months against Crystal Palace on the 26th of last month and played 79 minutes, actively leading the team’s attack. At the time, Whoscored.com, a European statistical media, gave Hwang Hee-chan a 6.84.
The Celtic club introduced, “Team striker Oh Hyun-gyu is playing for Wolverhampton, and he will play against Hwang Hee-chan, a fellow national team member who was the hero of last year’s World Cup in Qatar.”
And that’s not all. According to the Celtic club, on July 29, AS Roma and Wolverhampton will play a friendly match. Italian Serie A prestigious Roma is a team led by Jose Mourinho, the ‘master’. Previously, manager Mourinho took charge of Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham (above England) and Real Madrid (Spain). In addition, world-class strikers such as Tammy Abraham and Paulo Dybala are playing for Roma. Several players who showed good performances in the Premier League, such as Chris Smalling, Nemanja Matic and Giorginio Wijnaldum, were also included.
This season, Roma are in 6th place in the league with 17 wins, 6 draws and 57 points. They are competing fiercely for fourth place to advance to the European Champions League next season. AC Milan and Inter, tied for 4th place, also have 57 points, so the rankings are expected to fluctuate depending on the schedule at the end of the season. Teams that advance to the Champions League can come to Korea.
On August 1st, AS Roma and Incheon United are scheduled. Both games will be played at Incheon Asiad Main Stadium. Incheon, which finished fourth in the K-League 1 last year, the club’s highest ever record, is called a dark horse team. The team was strengthened by bringing in veteran Shin Jin-ho, who was the best midfielder in the league, Chun Seong-hun, a 190cm tall striker who returned after experiencing the European stage, Paul Jose Mpoku from Tottenham, and Gerso, a ‘K-League special’.
However, specific information and schedules are expected to be announced at a later date. An official from the Incheon club explained in a phone call with Star News that day, “We are discussing, but nothing has been decided yet. We are not the organizers, but we have been invited, so there are some things to be careful about talking about officially.”