The South Korean national soccer team, led by Jürgen Klinsmann, will compete at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup in Qatar next January. It will be the first time South Korea has won the tournament in 64 years, since 1960. South Korea won back-to-back titles in 1956 and 1960. However, it hasn’t been back to the top since.
In his first official press conference since taking over in February, Klinsmann said, “Trophies and wins are very important for the team. The short-term goal is to win the Asian Cup. After that, we’ll talk about it after we qualify for the World Cup.”월카지노
Full sailing ahead Klinsmann returned home on the 11th and began preparations. On the 12th, he will watch the final Asian Champions League (ACL) group stage match of the 2023-2024 season between Ulsan Hyundai and Kawasaki Frontale (Japan) at Ulsan Munsoo World Cup Stadium. On the 13th, he will travel to Jeonju World Cup Stadium to watch Jeonbuk Hyundai and Bangkok United (Thailand) face off to check on the players.
Klinsmann will announce the list of players who will participate in the domestic training camp on the 18th. The domestic squad will begin training on the 26th in the suburbs of Seoul. The final roster for the tournament will be announced in the last week of December. The squad will travel to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), for a final training camp next month. Klinsmann’s team will play an exhibition match on the 6th of next month before traveling to Doha, Qatar, for the final match on the 10th.
The overseas players, including “Captain” Son Heung-min (Tottenham), Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich) and Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain), will be able to join the squad from the training camp in Abu Dhabi. As a continental competition, the Asian Cup allows teams to call up players up to two weeks before the first match. South Korea kicks off its campaign next month with a Group E match against Bahrain on Jan. 15 at 8:30 p.m. KST. They will then face Jordan (Jan. 20 at 8:30 p.m.) and Malaysia (Jan. 25 at 8:30 p.m.).
South Korea will also play a friendly against a Middle Eastern team prior to the tournament. The KFA did not reveal the opponents, but Middle Eastern teams such as Iraq, the UAE, and Qatar are reportedly in the running. South Korea has a history of being knocked out of the Asian Cup by teams from the Middle East. In fact, they packed their bags after losing to Qatar in the quarterfinals of the last edition in the UAE in 2019. In the 2007 Southeast Asian Games, they lost to Iraq on penalties in the semifinals. In 2004 in China, they lost to Iran in the quarterfinals, and in 2000 in Lebanon, they bowed to Saudi Arabia in the semifinals. In the 1996 tournament in the UAE, they lost 2-6 to Iran in the quarterfinals. South Korea seems to be planning to use the friendlies as a way to get a solid “shot in the arm” against Middle Eastern teams.
Meanwhile, the KFA held a board meeting last month and decided to give each player 50 million won in incentives if they win the Asian Cup. The national team’s coaching staff, including Klinsmann, will receive separate incentives according to the terms of their contracts.