The Korean U20 soccer team led by coach Kim Eun-joong will immediately enter the ‘World Cup Mode’. Coach Kim Eun-joong did not participate in the FIFA U20 World Cup group draw and conducted convocation training in Korea to focus on preparing for the upcoming tournament in a month.
This U20 World Cup has many twists and turns. 스포츠토토Initially, the tournament was scheduled to be held in Indonesia for the first time, but discord arose as Israel, which had a bad relationship with Indonesia, advanced to the finals.
In Indonesia, an Islamic country, anti-Israel public opinion was formed around politicians, and in some regions, there were movements to refuse to host the Israeli national team and even terrorism threats. In response, FIFA revoked Indonesia’s hosting rights three months before the opening of the tournament.
Since then, FIFA has officially announced that it will hold the tournament in Argentina on the 18th (Korean time).
Although the venue change was announced just one month before the event, the event schedule sticks to the original plan and opens on May 21st.
While the host city has not yet been decided, the draw will be held in Zurich, Switzerland on the 21st.
The 24 teams advancing to the finals, including Korea, have no choice but to fall on their feet. Korea is also planning to enter the U20 World Cup mode in earnest as the venue has been changed and the final schedule has been officially confirmed.
An official from the Korea Football Association (KFA) said, “Originally, if the tournament was held in Indonesia, coach Kim Eun-joong was going to attend the group draw ceremony and hear information about the opposing teams on the spot. However, as the venue was changed to Argentina and the group draw was held in Switzerland, A change in the plan has become inevitable. Currently, manager Kim Eun-joong will not attend the group draw.”
Instead, coach Kim Eun-joong plans to spend time convening the players, identifying the squad as soon as possible, and preparing for the tournament.
A KFA official said, “From next week, the U20 national team will be summoned and the preparation will begin in earnest. Coach Kim Eun-joong will also reveal his determination and preparation plan for the tournament.”
Meanwhile, the Korean U20 national team confirmed their 16th appearance through this tournament. In the last 2019 Polish tournament, he recorded the highest ever runner-up, and Lee Kang-in (Mallorca) won the Golden Ball, the best player (MVP) of the tournament.