The Korean women’s soccer team will have a mock test with the best ‘sparring partner’ ahead of the World Cup. Our first opponent is England.
The Korean women’s soccer team, led by coach Colin Bell, will play the Arnold Clark Cup first leg against England at 4:45 a.m. (hereinafter Korean time) on the 17th. This tournament is an international friendly women’s soccer tournament hosted by the England Football Association (FA). A total of 4 countries will participate and compete. Starting with England, ‘Belho’ will face off against Belgium (20th) and Italy (23rd) in succession.
The goal is clear. Korea is ahead of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup to be held between Australia and New Zealand in July. Colombia (July 25) – Morocco (July 30) – Germany (August 3) clash in the World Cup. It’s not easy. Germany, in particular, is a very difficult opponent. Korea is 15th in the FIFA rankings as of December last year. Germany is second. ‘Belho’ is determined to raise its power by facing strong teams in this tournament. On January 30th, the team held their first training session of the new year in Ulsan. On the 10th, I went to England to prepare for the competition.
It is strong from the first mock exam. Korea faces England. England is 4th in the FIFA rankings. Korean women’s soccer has never won against England. The record is 1 draw and 1 loss. In the Peace Queen Cup held in Suwon in 2010, it was a 0-0 draw. In the 2011 Cyprus Cup, they bowed their heads 0-2.
Above all, the atmosphere in England right now is the best. Last year, she won the Women’s Euro 2022 by defeating Germany. After winning the Euro, interest in women’s football has become even hotter. The Korean exhibition is also expected to attract 10,000 spectators. ‘Belho’ has not had much experience playing in front of a full crowd. 안전놀이터
In a recent interview with the Korea Football Association, Lee Geum-min said, “I am very excited because the first game is England. I know that the tickets for the game are sold out. “he said.
The players’ determination is solid. Jang Seul-gi said, “Of course, there will be many difficult parts, but I think a confrontation with a strong team ahead of the World Cup will be of great help to our team.” Kang Chae-rim also said, “Being able to play against strong teams like this ahead of the World Cup is a good opportunity.
Head coach Bell said before the game against England, “I know we can’t be 100% fit. Even so, we will give everything. The players have worked hard. We need to be organized and able to withstand strong pressure against a strong team. It is an opportunity to test our physical and mental abilities.”