Reporter Park Ji-hyeok = Will the debut match for former soccer team coach Paulo Bento be against Korea and Japan? In Japan, Korea was mentioned in relation to the opponent for the A-match evaluation match in March.
According to the Japanese sports media Sports Hochi on the 3rd, the Japan Football Association said, “Korea is also a worthy opponent” in relation to the A match next month.
Yasuharu Sorimachi, head of the technical committee of the Japan Football Association, explained, “(Match A match opponent) has not yet been decided. If possible, we plan to play against a team that has a higher FIFA ranking than Japan and has consistently participated in the World Cup finals.” .
Japan is planning two evaluation matches in Tokyo on the 24th of next month and Osaka on the 28th of the same month.
Regarding the possibility of confrontation with Korea, Chairman Sorimachi said, “Korea is also one of the strong players. It is worth considering.” South Korea’s FIFA ranking is 25th, and Japan is 20th.
Korea and Japan advanced to the round of 16 side by side at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar last year and kept the pride of Asian football.
It is not easy for Asian countries such as Korea and Japan to find opponents for the A-match evaluation in March.
In Europe, the 2024 European Football Federation (UEFA) European Football Championship (Euro) qualifying will be held, in North and Central America, the 2022-2023 season Nations League, and in Africa, the 2023 African Cup of Nations qualifiers will be held.
In Korean soccer, as coach Bento left after the World Cup in Qatar, the process of appointing a new coach is in full swing. If the Korea-Japan match is successful, it could be the debut stage for the new command tower. 슬롯사이트
However, Korea is preparing for an A-match in March with South American countries as candidates.
Earlier, an official from the Korea Football Association said, “We are in contact with six South American countries. Argentina is promoting an evaluation match in its country to celebrate winning the 2022 Qatar World Cup, and Brazil, Chile, and Paraguay played an invitational evaluation match in June of last year, so this time they were excluded from the candidate list.” he explained.
Uruguay and Colombia are likely to be mentioned. South American media outlets reported that Uruguay and Colombia are scheduled to visit Korea and Japan in order to hold an away evaluation match.