Klinsmann Ho, September A match 2nd match against Saudi Arabia… “Director accepts”
“Preparing for the 2023 Asian Cup, it’s not bad to play against a Middle East team”
In fact, Saudi Arabia has been decided as the second opponent for the away A-match of the Korean national soccer team led by coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
An official from the Korea Football Association said on the 10th,
“It is not realistically easy to recruit a European team for the second match in September.”
The contract has not been signed yet,
but it can be considered that it has actually been dropped as Saudi Arabia.”
The Football Association initially agreed to play friendly matches
against Wales and Mexico in England while preparing for the second consecutive away A match in September.
Accordingly, Klinsmanho It was decided to play the first match against the Wales national team at Cardiff Stadium in Wales on September 8th at 3:45 am Korean time. 스포츠토토
Before the match against Korea,
Mexico was scheduled to play a warm-up match against Saudi Arabia.
However, on the 4th of last month,
Mexico abruptly canceled the evaluation match schedule
after requesting the Korea Football Association and the Saudi Arabian Football Association to suspend negotiations due to TV broadcasting time.
The Football Association is urgently trying to find a second A-match opponent,
but since the 2024 European Football Championship (Euro 2024)
qualifiers are held during the September A-match period (September 4-12),
it is difficult to recruit a European team.
I got into a difficult situation.
In the end, the Football Association, like us,
is proceeding with the second best plan to play a match in Saudi Arabia and England,
which have misaligned schedules with Mexico.
As it is not easy to find a new opponent due to the tight schedule for the evaluation match,
Saudi Arabia has been virtually eliminated as the second opponent for the September A match.
Match date is scheduled for September 12 local time.
A place and time need further consultation.
An official from the Korea Football Association explained, “We are constantly trying to find a European team that is stronger than our national team, but it is not easy.
Korea competes with Jordan, Bahrain and Malaysia in Group E of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup group stage to be held in Doha, Qatar in January next year.
Prior to this, the national team will also start the 2026 International Football Federation (FIFA)
World Cup Asia Regional 2nd Qualifier from November.
In the second qualifying round, they will face off against the winners of the first qualifying round from China, Thailand and Singapore-Guam.
As the national team is going to the European away evaluation match after 5 years and 6 months,
competing with the powerhouses in Europe can also please the fans’ eyes,
but in preparation for the Asian Cup next January and the World Cup 2nd round starting in November.
The Middle East team Dealing with is also evaluated as a not bad attempt.
As there is no schedule to face the Middle East team ahead of the World Cup qualifiers and the Asian Cup.
Coach Klinsman also wants to gain practical experience against Saudi Arabia in September’s warm-up match.
In addition, in the 2nd consecutive October A match (October 9-17) scheduled to be held in Korea,
Vietnam is promoting an evaluation match.
According to the Football Association,
Klinsman coach Klinsman wanted an opponent who would defend densely during the October A match,
Unfortunately, in the second qualifying round for the World Cup
He is in the same group as Thailand and is expected to play an evaluation match with Vietnam as a ‘virtual opponent’.