‘High school student overseas’ Lee Ye-chan joins Portimonense, “It starts now”

‘High school student overseas’ Lee Ye-chan joins Portimonense, “It starts now”

“Now is the real start.”

Yechan Lee became a ‘high school student in Europe’ last month. Formerly a defender at Yeongdeungpo Technical High School, he joined Portimonense in the Portuguese Primeira Liga and began playing overseas in earnest. He has been called up to the national team to participate in the 2023 Seoul EOU Cup U-18 International Youth Football Tournament (hereinafter referred to as Seoul EOU Cup), which is being held at Mokdong Sports Complex in Seoul. He is scheduled to travel to Portugal again on the 24th after the tournament.

Lee Ye-chan, who met with this magazine after the first game against Ukraine on the 10th, said, “All players dream of advancing to Europe from a young age. During the Presidential Golden Cup, a team official came to watch the game. “He was lucky enough to be noticed, receive an offer, and even join the team.”

Ye-chan Lee moved to Portugal at the end of August and lived in Portimonense for about a month until early October. Although it was a short time, he felt a lot, saying, “It was definitely different. There is a physical difference. The director said he wanted me to eat a lot of milk and fish and grow taller quickly. “He does a lot of weight training, so I think he needs to bulk up,” he said with a smile. “It was hard to adapt at first because the tempo of the game was fast. “He is adjusting to life without any problems,” he said.

He also went through a hazing ceremony. Lee Ye-chan made his Portugal debut on the 19th of last month as a starter in the 5th round of the league for the U-23 team, scoring his debut goal in the 41st minute of the second half to save the team from defeat. Ye-chan Lee said, “It was good that the team didn’t lose. “And I was happy that he scored his debut goal in his debut game.”토토사이트

Although they were given the title of ‘overseas group,’ this was their first time being selected for the national team. Ye-chan Lee said, “It has always been my dream to represent the national team,” and “I think now is the beginning. “I will not be complacent and will work harder so that I can advance to the top teams in the Portuguese league,” he pledged.

Meanwhile, the EOU Cup is co-hosted and hosted by the Seoul Metropolitan Football Association and the Korea Sports Agents Association, and is sponsored by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, Shinhan Bank, Hyundai Motor Company, Adidas, HY Co., Ltd., Korea Sports Promotion Foundation, and Jeongjeong Seoul Hospital. , WWF Korea, the World Wildlife Fund, participates as a partner.

In this tournament, the U-18 national teams of Korea, Ukraine, Morocco, and Vietnam will compete in a full league over three days. Although the results are important, the head coaches of the four countries view this competition as an opportunity to gain experience through the competition, establish a foundation for growth, and take on new challenges.

Coach Lee Chang-hyun, who leads the Korean national team, said, “Young players need to gain experience by playing against various teams,” and added, “I think it will be a good asset for the young players as they will face strong teams in this tournament. “I will play one game at a time with a learning attitude,” he said.


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