In finishing runners-up in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland this year, Team Korea achieved one of the greatest feats in the nation's footballing history.
For an analysis of the key factors behind the young Taegeuk Warriors' stellar performance and the future of young standouts like Lee Kang-in of Valencia we have on the line Mads Davidsen, pro football coach of UEFA and a scout himself joining us from London.
Welcome to the show, Mads. It's a pleasure to have you.
Although some may be disappointed to see the team having settled for silver, the Koreans were definitely not among the few champion favorites heading into the World Cup tournament,
What's your take on Team Korea's performance through the knockout stages, semis, and the finals?
18-year-old South Korean starlet Lee Kang-in lit up this summer's U-20 as Korea reached the final and of course, he was awarded the competition's Golden Ball for the best player.
Did he leave an impression on you, as well?
Dutch powerhouses Ajax and PSV have recently been rumored to be interested in Lee, while Real Madrid also seem to be a huge fan, with interest going back a couple of months. But, both in the Eredivisie prefer a transfer rather than a loan deal. In your view, what's the best deal for the Valencia youngster?
Tournaments like the under-20 World Cup present a stunning opportunity for scouts to take advantage of the abundance of talent on show. Other than Lee Kang-in, were there other players on the Korean team, caught in your radar?
Players like Lee Kang-in are still young and in the beginning stages of their football careers. While we have seen players who went on to greatness like Cristiano Ronaldo or David Beckham after being pegged to pull off tremendous feats as junior footballers we've also seen promising young footballers fail after being called the next Lionel Messi or the next Diego Maradona. How should these burgeoning talents who have captured global attention be handled?
Mads Davidsen, technical director and football consultant, many thanks for speaking with us today.