Kim In-gyu became the oldest A-match debutant in history

Ulsan’s Kim In-gyu became the oldest A-match debutant in history when he took the field at the age of 33 years, 343 days in the second qualifier for the 2026 North and Central American World Cup against Thailand on June 21.

But he wasn’t the only ‘late bloomer’ to make his debut that day. Ulsan’s flanker Lee Myung-jae also came on as a substitute and made his first A-match appearance at the age of 30 years, 138 days. His record ranks seventh all-time.

“It’s unfortunate that I’ve been overshadowed by Mingyu, but it’s an honor to play with such good players,” said Lee Myung-jae at the Bangkok Football Club in Thailand ahead of the team’s training session on Thursday. 토토사이트 “It means a lot to me to be selected for the national team after 30 because I’ve been working hard and not giving up.” Lee Myung-jae is a veteran of 175 K League matches (1 goal, 25 assists).

Lee came on as a substitute for Kim Jin-soo against Thailand on Nov. 21 and played at left back.

Fullback is a position that Korean soccer is struggling with. “It’s a good opportunity for me,” Lee said, “I think I have to do my part this time and I’ll get another chance next time, so I’ll do my best to help the team with the time I have.”

There are many of Lee’s Ulsan teammates in the current national team, including Kim Young-kwon, Cho Hyun-woo, Seol Young-woo, and Lee Min-gyu. “Thanks to them, I didn’t have much trouble adapting,” he said, “and I’m also trying to get to know the European players.”

Playing for Ulsan since 2014, Lee has played against Thai clubs in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League. 파워볼실시간 “The Thai fans are very passionate and cheer nonstop from the beginning to the end of the game,” he said, “but the national team players have all played in front of large crowds, so I don’t think there will be any problems.”

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