Kim Eun-joong’s 2023 FIFA Argentina Under-20 (U-20) World Cup group stage opponent has been decided.
The Korean U-20 soccer team led by coach Kim Eun-joong was included in Group F along with France, Honduras and Gambia in the 2023 U-20 World Cup group draw held at FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland on the 21st (Korean time).
Korea was assigned to pot 2 according to the results of the previous five tournaments. There was a high possibility of avoiding the worst situation of entering the group of death by not meeting Brazil, England, and Colombia belonging to the same port.
As expected, Korea received a decent grouping. First, France, which was in Pot 1, is considered the strongest team. He won the championship in 2013 as a European powerhouse. Korea is also far behind France with 1 win, 3 draws and 4 losses. In the U-20 World Cup, they faced each other twice, in 1997 and 2011, and lost both.
However, it has the advantage of avoiding South American countries, such as Argentina and Uruguay, where great support is expected.
Besides, Port 3 Honduras and Port 메이저놀이터4 Gambia are worthy opponents. Honduras has reached the semifinals of the U-20 Championship of the North and Central America Caribbean Football Federation, but it is evaluated to be better than Nigeria, which was the strongest in Pot 3. Gambia’s participation in the U-20 World Cup is the second time after 2007. But carelessness is forbidden. It is not an easy team to watch as they succeeded in advancing to the World Cup through runner-up in the Africa Cup of Nations. considered a dark horse.
24 teams will participate in this World Cup. 1st and 2nd place in each group, as well as 3rd place teams can advance to the Round of 16. The top 4 teams from the 3rd place in the group advance to the round of 16 tournament. The World Cup will be held from May 20th to June 11th.
Originally, the tournament was scheduled to be held in Indonesia, but a problem arose when Indonesia strongly protested, saying that it could not accept the participation of Israel, with which it is not on good terms. There was even a terrorist threat, which created anxiety. Eventually, FIFA revoked Indonesia’s hosting rights. Instead, Argentina opened it.
Manager Kim Eun-joong said, “It is not an easy opponent as all the teams have advanced to the World Cup. I will prepare well to go to the tournament. The first goal is to advance to the tournament. In the tournament, it is a knockdown system, so it will be a fight for the condition and atmosphere of the day rather than who is good at it. I think I will do well in the group stage so that I can achieve good results in the tournament.”
He said, “There is not much time. Next week, we will have a short call-up training, but we cannot call all of them. do,” he stressed.
On the 20th, Kim Eun-joong announced a call-up list of 26 players in preparation for the World Cup, and from the 24th to the 26th, the national team will train at NFC Paju. Kim Joon-hong (20) and Lee Yeong-joon (20) of Kim Cheon Sangmu were included. The U-20 national team will play practice matches against Incheon United on the 25th and Incheon National University on the 26th.