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Seung-Ho Paik celebrates ‘return to the national team’, Birmingham also celebrate

Baek Seung-ho has earned his first taegeuk in nearly a year.

Baek Seung-ho was named to the national team roster announced on Nov. 11. Head coach Hwang Sun-hong included Baek Seung-ho in his 23-man roster for the two World Cup qualifiers against Thailand. The squad is set for two matches against Thailand in the second Asian qualifying round for the FIFA Confederations Cup North America 2026, 안전카지노사이트 marking Baek’s return to the national team after a one-year absence.

His club, Birmingham City of the English Championship (Second Division), congratulated him on his reinstatement. “We would like to congratulate Seung Ho Baek on his re-instatement to the national team,” Birmingham said on the club’s official social media account on Wednesday (KST). “South Korea will play Thailand in the second Asian qualifier for the 2026 FIFA Confederations Cup North America,” the club said in a statement on social media.

Baek Seung-ho joined Birmingham City in the winter transfer window in January and has quickly integrated into the team. He has been in and out of the starting lineup in his time in England. On October 10, Baek Seung-Ho made his first full-time start since joining the club in the 37th round match against Millwall.

After joining Jeonbuk Hyundai from German Bundesliga side Darmstadt, Baek was called up by former coach Paulo Bento to the national team. Although he was not a regular in the starting lineup at the time, behind Hwang In-beom and Jung Woo-young, he made his presence felt in the last World Cup in Qatar, scoring a goal from mid-range against Brazil in the Round of 16.

However, he lost his place under former coach Jürgen Klinsmann. However, Baek Seung-ho has a strong connection with Hwang, as he was called up to the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games last year as a wild card.

In particular, Baek Seung-ho led the team to a gold medal as captain at the Asian Games. After completing his military service, Baek Seung-ho’s steady performances in the K League and Asian Games earned him a spot on the European stage. It will be interesting to see if he can cement his place in the national team with this reinstatement.


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