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Wooyeong Jeong scores on his Bayern debut

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Wooyeong Jeong wastes little time opening his goal-scoring account for the U-19s

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Back in late June, Bayern announced the signing of highly touted South Korean prospect Wooyeong Jeong, a now 18-year-old left midfielder, from Incheon United of the South Korean K-League, slated to join the club on January 1st, 2018. The South Korean youth international cost Bayern a handsome chunk of change, with the Bavarians sending €700k (roughly $850k) back the other way, according to Transfermarkt.

Today, in his first game with Bayern, Jeong made an immediate impact, scoring his first goal for the club in the 42nd minute of their friendly vs Altinordu Izmir, a club from Turkey’s second division. According to Bayern’s official website, Jeong drifted into the middle from the left side and gave the keeper no chance with a shot from 20 yards out. Jeong was also the only player to play the full 90 minutes.

Bayern’s U-19 aiming for success

Jeong joins a star-studded U-19 that currently sits in 2nd place in the U-19 Bundesliga South/Southwest, 7 points behind TSG Hoffenheim, though with two games in hand. Notable names from this year’s squad include goalkeeper Christian Früchtl, Alexander Nitzl, Lukas Mai, Marcel Zylla, Meritan Shabani, Oliver Batista Meier, Franck Evina and Manuel Wintzheimer.

Led by Uli Hoeneß’s nephew Sebastian, the team hopes to recreate the magic they experienced last season when they made it all the way to the Bundesliga final, falling to Borussia Dortmund in penalties. For the first time since its introduction in 2013/14, Bayern have also managed to qualify for the knock-out stages of the UEFA Youth League, going undefeated in the group stage and topping the group with 14 points, four more than PSG, who finished second.

The team continues its Bundesliga season on January 27th, when they’ll travel west to take on 11th placed 1. FC Heidenheim.