Korean EPL players give advice to youth players

Four South Korean football players who are playing in the English Premier League met with the “future” of the Korean football. Park Ji-sung (26, Manchester United), Lee Young-pyo (30, Tottenham Hotspurs), Seol Gi-hyun (28, Redding) and Lee Dong-guk (28 Middlesbrough) met with national youth soccer team players aged somewhere between 17 and 20 at a function at the Grand Hilton Hotel in Seodaemun-gu organised by the Korea Football Association.

“Don’t be afraid. I regretted major tournaments that I could’ve done better in. Only when you are free from fear can you realize your true potential,” Lee Young-pyo told young players who will compete at the World Cup Youth Tournaments in Canada from July 1 (those under 20) and in Korea from August 18 (those under 17).

“You should focus your energy on showing what you’ve got. Don’t dwell on your performance. Building experience while playing with world-class players is what really counts,” said Park Ji-sung. “As long as you do your very best, there’ll be no regrets,” said Lee Dong-guk. “You guys look confident about yourselves. That will help bring good results,” Seol Gi-hyun added.

"Their advice was very helpful,” said Park Joo-ho (Soongsil University), the captain of the U-20 squad. Kim Dong-cheol (Taeseong High School), the captain of the U-17 squad, told Donga news, “It was great to see stars I only ever saw on TV. I respect them.”