Will there be a silk road suitable for top seed?
The future of Korean football, which aims to regain the top spot in the Asian Cup after 64 years, will soon be unveiled. The stage will be the 2023 Asian Cup final group draw, which will be held at the Katara Opera House in Doha, Qatar on the 11th.
Coach Jürgen Klinsmann (59) of the national soccer team boarded a plane leaving for the country two days ago to check the opponents he would face in his first championship challenge.
Korea, ranked 27th in the FIFA rankings, was proudly assigned the top seed, Pot 1, in the pot allocation announced prior to the group draw. As Korea avoided Japan (20th), Iran (24th), Australia (29th), and Saudi Arabia (54th), including host country Qatar (61st), there is no worst thorny path. It can be seen as a process of finding a more comfortable opponent in pots 2-4 except for Korea.
In the soccer field, considering the strength and opponent records of the 24 countries in the finals, the best grouping is to meet Jordan (84th, pot 2), Kyrgyzstan (96th, pot 3), and Hong Kong (147th, pot 4). evaluate it as
Jordan in the Middle East is showing results little by little in the 21st century, but before that, they were weak players who did not even have the experience of advancing to the Asian Cup finals. Korea boasts an undefeated record of 3 wins and 2 draws against Jordan, but in the 2004 China Championship, the only Asian Cup match, they drew 0-0 in the group stage.
Kyrgyzstan also lacks Asian stage experience to the extent that the 2019 United Arab Emirates (UAE) competition was its first final appearance. The only match against Korea was this tournament, and I have vivid memories of defender Kim Min-jae (Napoli) scoring his A-match debut goal and winning 1-0. Hong Kong is also classified as the weakest in Pot 4, where the weak are gathered. It is the first time since 1968 that Hong Kong has participated in the tournament, where John Andersen, who led Incheon United in the past, took the helm.
Conversely, there are opponents you want to avoid. If pots 2 and 3 are all made up of Middle Eastern countries, they will be burdened from the group stage. 메이저사이트
Han Joon-hee, vice president of the Korea Football Association (Coupang Play commentator) said, “In pot 2, Iraq (67th), UAE (72nd), Uzbekistan (74th), and in pot 3, Bahrain (85th) and Syria (90th). , Lebanon (99th), etc. are to be wary of,” he said. “For port 4, I hope to avoid Thailand (114th), which is classified as the strongest in Southeast Asia, Malaysia (138th), and Indonesia (149th) led by Korean leaders.” said.
24 countries will participate in the group stage, divided into 6 groups of 4 teams each. The top four teams from 1st to 2nd place in each group and 3rd place in each group advance to the round of 16 to compete for the championship cup. Korea’s last victory in the Asian Cup was in 1960. Coach Klinsman, who is determined to bring back the trophy, is on his way home after checking his local lodging, stadium, and training ground after the draw.