Korean football will challenge Asia’s top in 64 years at the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup. In the draw for the tournament held in Doha, Qatar on the 11th (Korean time), Korea, ranked 27th in the FIFA rankings, was placed in Group E along with Jordan (84th), Bahrain (85th) and Malaysia (138th). .
Qatar, which obtained the hosting rights returned by China due to the novel coronavirus infection (Corona 19) pandemic, will avoid the harsh heat and hold the tournament from January 13 (opening match) to February 11 (final match) next year instead of originally scheduled July. did. According to the schedule confirmed by the AFC, Korea will play the first group match against Bahrain at Jasim Bin Hamad Stadium on January 15 next year, the second match against Jordan at Altuma Stadium on the 20th, and Malaysia at Abdullah Bin Khalifa Stadium on the 25th. and play the 3rd game.
One thing to note is the kickoff time. All three group stage matches will start at 2:30 p.m. local time. It is 8:30 pm in Korea time, and it can be a considerable burden for the players. January and February in Qatar are winter, but daytime temperatures often exceed 33 degrees Celsius.
Tournaments are similar. If they reach the round of 16 with 1st place in the group as hoped, they will face the 2nd place in Group D, which belongs to Japan, on January 31 next year, followed by a quarterfinal match at Aljanub Stadium on February 3rd. These, too, all kick off at 2:30 p.m. local time. Considering that at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Korea played matches at 4:00 pm (against Uruguay and Ghana), 6:00 pm (against Portugal), and 10:00 pm (against Brazil), the Asian Cup faced more intense heat. . 먹튀검증
Here, except for Altuma Stadium, the rest are small stadiums with about 15,000 seats for Qatari professional football. Jashim bin Hamad is Al Sadd, where veteran midfielder Jung Woo-young belongs, and Abdullah bin Khalifa is the home of Al Duhail, where Nam Tae-hee plays an active part.
Meanwhile, national team coach Jürgen Klinsmann, who attended the group draw following the European checkup in April, will go to the United States, where he has his family, to rest and work remotely instead of returning to Korea. The national team will be convened in line with Peru (June 16) and El Salvador (June 20) and A-match 2 consecutive matches.