26 December 2023

Klinsmann, who promised to win the 亞 Cup, will start preparing today

By pestfood.com

“My goal is to win the Asian Cup. It will be evaluated as the result of the Asian Cup.”
It is the “No. 1 pledge” that Jürgen Klinsmann (59, Germany) announced in his inauguration interview in March. Since then, he has made no secret of his strong will and goal to win the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup at every opportunity. As such, the Asian Cup is an important competition for Korean soccer.

At the same time, the Asian Cup is a painful aspect for Korean soccer. Korean soccer is the leader of Asian soccer, which has advanced to the World Cup finals for 10 consecutive times. Strangely, however, the Asian Cup did not produce any significant results.

Korea won the first Asian Cup in 1956 and became the champion for two consecutive times through the second Asian Cup in 1960. However, Korea only finished second four times (1972, 1980, 1988, and 2015) in the 15 subsequent competitions. Even so, runner-up ranking in 2015 was the best performance ever since the 2000s. At the 2019 Asian Cup, which was held right before the presidential election, Korea had to accept a shocking report card that made it to the quarterfinals. As a result, Korea’s coach Klinsmann has displayed strong obsession to win the Asian Cup championship as soon as he took office. Until now, the management of the national team and selection of players have been thoroughly focused on the Asian Cup.

The team will start preparing for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup tournament in Qatar from January 12 to February 10 next year. Cho Hyun-woo (Ulsan), Song Bum-keun (Shonan Belmare, goalkeeper Lee Sang), Kim Young-kwon, Jung Seung-hyun, Kim Tae-hwan, Seol Young-woo (Ulsan), Kim Jin-soo (Jeonbuk), Lee Ki-je (Suwon), Kim Joo-sung (Seoul, Lee Jae-sung (Mintz), Hwang In-beom (Turbena Zvezda), Jung Woo-young (Stutgart), Moon Seon-min, Park Jin-seop (Jeonbuk), Lee Soon-min (Gwangju, midfielder Lee Sang), and Cho Kyu-sung (Mit Whelan, striker) will participate in the domestic convocation training that starts from the 26th. The 16 players plan to improve their condition by focusing on physical fitness indoors without outdoor training from the 26th to the 31st.

European players including Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur), Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton), Kim Min-jae (Munich), and Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain), who are key members of the national team, will join the national team when the off-season training in Dubai begins on January 2. The final list of the 26 players for the Asian Cup will be officially announced through a press conference on January 28.

Klinsmann, ranked 23rd in the FIFA rankings, belongs to Group E with Bahrain (ranked 86th, 11 wins, 4 draws and 1 loss in history), Jordan (ranked 87th, 3 wins and 2 draws in history), and Malaysia (ranked 130th, 26 wins, 12 draws and 8 losses in history).

Given its objective power, it will not be difficult to rank No. 1 in the group. However, after the round of 16, the team will meet formidable opponents including Iran, Japan, Australia, the UAE, and Qatar, and hence cannot afford to rest assured of every match. 헤라카지노

Ahead of the opening of the championship, the Korean national team will hold its final mock test against Iraq, an “enemy of the Middle East,” in Abu Dhabi on Jan. 6 next year. Iraq belongs to Group D along with Japan, Indonesia, and Vietnam. If Iraq ranks second in Group D and Korea ranks first in Group E, it may have a showdown in the round of 16.

After the Iraq match, the Korean team will enter Qatar on Jan. 10. In the group stage, Korea will play Bahrain at 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 15, Jordan at 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 20, and Malaysia at 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 25.