Saudi Arabia’s professional soccer Al-Hilal defender Jang Hyun-soo (32) faces Real Madrid (Spain) in the final of the FIFA Club World Cup.
The Club World Cup is a tournament where club champions from six continents gather to determine the world’s best안전놀이터 professional team. Jang Hyun-soo of Al-Hilal, the ‘Asian representative’, contributed to the 3-2 victory against ‘South American champion’ Flamengo (Brazil) in the semifinals held in Morocco on the 8th. He played full-time for the second consecutive time following the second round against Widard Casablanca (Morocco) earlier.
In the semi-final on the 9th, ‘European champion’ Real Madrid defeated ‘African champion’ Al-Ahli (Egypt) 4-1, and Al-Hilal and Real Madrid will compete for the title on the 12th. Jang Hyun-soo blocked Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior, Federico Valverde and Rodrygo, who tasted goals in the semifinals.
According to Reuters on the 9th, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal of Saudi Arabia will give a bonus of 1 million riyals (336 million won) to each Al-Hilal player who reached the final. Alwaleed is a billionaire who owns Kingdom Holdings and is a big fan of Al-Hilal. In addition, the Saudi government decided to pay an additional 500,000 riyals (168 million won).
Al-Hilal became the first team from the Middle East to reach the final of the Club World Cup, which Saudi Arabia regards as a feat comparable to the 2-1 win over Argentina in the World Cup in Qatar. Prince Alwaleed said on social media that he would give each player an additional 1 million riyals if they beat Real Madrid. Jang Hyun-soo is in Saudi Arabia, ‘500 million + @ money’.
Jang Hyun-soo played full-time as a central midfielder when Korean football defeated Germany 2-0 at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. He received military service benefits for winning the gold medal at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, but in 2018, it was revealed that he had fabricated volunteer work documents for students at his alma mater, and was permanently deprived of his national team qualification and fined 30 million won. At the time, Jang Hyun-soo said, “I have nothing to say even if I have ten mouths. He apologized, saying, “I will always self-reflect and become an exemplary player with a mindset of reflection and contrition.”
Jang Hyun-soo left FC Tokyo in 2019 and moved to Al-Hilal, winning three consecutive league titles (2019-22) and two Asian Champions League titles (2019, 2021). On the 20th of last month, Hyun-soo Jang played in the same team with Cristiano Ronaldo as a member of the Al-Nasr-Al-Hilal Alliance All-Star Team. Jang Hyun-soo blocked Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe in a friendly match against Paris Saint-Germain and even scored a header in the 11th minute of the second half.