The Korean national under-20 (U-20) soccer team is on a long journey toward advancing to the semifinals for the second consecutive time at the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup, the world’s ‘contest of gemstones’. go to
The 21 Taegeuk Warriors, led by coach Kim Eun-joong, departed for Sao Paulo, Brazil, the U-20 World Cup field training camp site through Incheon International Airport on the afternoon of the 7th. After continuing to quench in Sao Paulo, the national team will move to Mendoza, Argentina, the ‘decisive field’ on the morning of the 17th local time.
This year’s U-20 World Cup was originally scheduled to be held in Indonesia.
However, as the voices of Muslims opposing the entry of Israel, who had passed the European qualifiers, grew louder within Indonesia, FIFA resolutely revoked the hosting rights and decided on Argentina as the new venue last month.
As a result, the U-20 World Cup will be held in four cities in Argentina from May 20 (local time) to June 11.
Originally, the U-20 World Cup was held every two years, but as the 2021 tournament was canceled in the aftermath of the new coronavirus infection (Corona 19), it was held this year and was held every four years.
As the venue suddenly changed, ‘Kim Eun-joong-ho’ also took an emergency to prepare for the tournament.
Although the training plan was set according to the Indonesian climate and time difference, the plan was completely revised due to the change of venue.
As the season entered winter, which is opposite to Korea, and the time difference was 12 hours, I had to quickly pack my winter training clothes and change the training ground to Sao Paulo, Brazil, which has better training facilities considering the situation at the training ground in Argentina.
Kim Eun-joong, who finished preparations after twists and turns, completed local adaptation training in Sao Paulo for 10 days and moved to Mendoza, Argentina on the 17th to prepare for the U-20 World Cup group stage group F match against France, a ‘powerful enemy’ scheduled at 3:00 am on the 23rd Korean time. Enter. 먹튀검증
The best performance in the U-20 World Cup ever in Korean soccer was the runner-up written by ‘Jeong Jeong-yong-ho’ in the 2019 Polish tournament. Prior to this, the only time Korean football had reached the semifinals of the U-20 World Cup was in Mexico in 1983 (fourth place).
Korean football, which took 36 years to reach the semifinals for the first time and advance to the semifinals again, challenges the miraculous story of ‘advancing to the semifinals twice in a row’ at this year’s U-20 World Cup.
From the first tournament held in Tunisia in 1977 to Qatar in 1995, 16 countries participated.
In the first place, passing the group stage was the stage of quarterfinals → semifinals → finals, but from the 1997 tournament, after passing the group stage, one more round of 16 had to be played, making it even more difficult to reproduce the ‘four-final myth’ of Korean football.