‘Host country’ Argentina-‘Resilient’ Uruguay avoided… U20 coach Kim Eun-joong “First goal to advance to the tournament”
“The first goal is to enter the tournament.”
The Korean national under-20 soccer team (U-20), 메이저놀이터 led by coach Kim Eun-joong, played France, Honduras, and Gambia at the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup group draw held at FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland on the 21st (hereinafter referred to as Korean time). organized into groups
Korea, which took second place in the tournament held in Poland four years ago with “Golden Boy” Lee Kang-in (Mallorca), was assigned to pot 2 in the pot formation based on the results of the previous five tournaments.
Korea had a 67% chance of meeting the ‘host nation’ Argentina or the ‘South American powerhouse’ Uruguay in Pot 1, but they avoided it and were included in Group F with France. Honduras went to the same group as Korea in pot 3 and Gambia in pot 4.
Japan was drawn into Group C and faced Senegal, Colombia and Israel. This is Israel’s first appearance, but Senegal and Colombia are difficult to evaluate.
The group of death is group D. Italy, Brazil, Nigeria and the Dominican Republic are drawn in Group 1.
After the group drawing ceremony, coach Kim Eun-joong said through the Korea Football Association, “All the teams that advanced to the World Cup are not easy opponents. I will prepare well for the rest of the period.”
“(Until the competition) there is not much time. We will be convening for short training from next week, but we cannot call all (players). I expect before. At that time, all the players will gather,” he said.
Lastly, “The first goal is to advance to the tournament. In the tournament, rather than one team doing well, I think it’s about the condition of the day, the level of preparation, and the team atmosphere. I will do well in the group preliminaries before going to the tournament so that I can achieve good results.” promised
Kim Eun-joong will train at Paju NFC from the 24th to the 26th, followed by practice matches against Incheon United on the 25th and Incheon National University on the 26th.
■ FIFA U-20 World Cup Group Draw Results
Group A = Argentina, New Zealand, Uzbekistan, Guatemala Group
B = USA, Ecuador, Fiji, Slovakia Group
C = Senegal, Colombia, Japan, Israel Group
D = Italy, Brazil, Nigeria, Dominican Republic
Group E = Uruguay, England, Iraq, Tunisia
Group F = France, South Korea, Honduras, Gambia