Singapore meets in the first round of the World Cup, and Song Eui-young is a naturalized player

Singapore meets in the first round of the World Cup, and Song Eui-young is a naturalized player

There’s a familiar Korean name in Singapore’s squad that will face South Korea in the second round of the 2026 FIFA World Cup North America in Asia. South Korean forward Song Eui-young (30-Surabaya), who naturalized as a Singaporean in 2021. Having played for Singapore’s prestigious club Ryan City for more than a decade, Song will be one of the Taegeuk Warriors’ most dangerous players.

Klinsmann’s men will take on Singapore at 8 p.m. on Sept. 16 at Seoul World Cup Stadium in the first match of Group C of the North and Central American World Cup Second Qualifying Round in Asia. After the home game, the team will travel to Shenzhen, China, on Sept. 19 for the second leg against China on Sept. 21.토토사이트

In the first leg of their quest to qualify for the World Cup in three years’ time, South Korea will face the underdogs from Singapore. South Korea leads the all-time series against Singapore with 26 wins, 21 losses, three draws and two ties.

However, the teams have not met in over 30 years, with the last meeting coming in the 1990 Asian Games in Beijing (7-0 win).

There is a familiar name on the Singapore squad this time around.

Song was born in Incheon and went to school in South Korea. After graduating from Yeouido High School, he burst onto the Singaporean scene in 2012 when he joined Singapore’s Home United (formerly known as Ryan City), which was then coached by Lee Im-sang.

After scoring 11 goals in 12 games in his debut year in Singapore’s second division, he made the leap to the first team that year and slowly rose to prominence.

By 2018, he was a breakout star, scoring 20 goals in 27 games that season, including 10 in 13 in the Singapore Premier League. From then on, he was a favorite of Singapore, and in 2021, he became a Singaporean citizen.

He made his Singapore A-match debut in a friendly against Kyrgyzstan on November 11, 2021, and scored his first goal for the national team in a 3-0 win over Myanmar at the 2020 AFF Championship in December.

He has four goals and three assists in 20 games for Singapore.

He helped Ryan City win their first title in 18 years in 2021 and has also scored against Korean clubs in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League (ACL).

In the group stage of the 2022 ACL, he caught the eye with back-to-back goals in two games against Daegu FC. He’s not the biggest player at 5’10”, but he can play in the attacking midfield and on the flanks.

After 11 years with Lion City, Song moved to Nong Bua Phichaya of the Thai First Division earlier this year, and last summer he wore the colors of fellow Thai First Division side Persebaya Surabaya.

Song will attend the pre-match press conference for the Singapore-South Korea match at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on Friday.

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