Five days before the World Cup, Kim Eun-joong (44), coach of the U-20 (under 20) soccer team, revealed the current situation. The situation is smoothly being prepared.
Coach Kim Eun-joong told the Korea Football Association (KFA) on the 18th (Korean time), “We have done a lot of jet lag and climate adaptation in Brazil. Fortunately, there is no difference from Brazil, so I don’t think the players will have much difficulty adapting,” he said.
Initially, the U-20 World Cup was scheduled to be held in Indonesia. However, as Israel advanced to the finals, ‘anti-Israel’ public opinion was formed in Indonesia, an Islamic country. In the end, FIFA withdrew the right to host the tournament three months before the opening, and decided to host Argentina.
In Korea, where the climate and time difference are vastly different, changing the venue about a month before the opening was a big ‘variable’. Kim Eun-joong moved up the departure date to adapt to the local area and moved to Sao Paulo, Brazil on the 7th. Kim Eun-joong set up a training camp in Sao Paulo and spent 10 days preparing for the competition, and entered Mendoza, Argentina, the land of the decisive battle on the 17th.
Manager Kim Eun-joong said, “It is true that our players lacked a sense of the game or stamina. We conducted two practice games with an emphasis on senses and stamina. It was a camp where all players, including the defense organization, could train together. The focus was on organizational preparation,” he said.
Korea’s first game is coming up in five days. Korea will play the first round of the group stage against France at 3 am on the 23rd. After that, they face Honduras and Gambia in turn. In this tournament with 24 teams participating, the 1st and 2nd places in the group will advance to the round of 16, and the 4 top 3 teams will also step on the tournament stage. 토토사이트
Coach Kim Eun-joong said, “I support the U-20 national team players a lot, so please give me a lot of support so that I can give strength to young players from afar. I will do my best to play a good game so that I can repay your support.”
Kang Sung-jin (FC Seoul), the ace of Kim Eun-joong, also expressed his feelings. He said, “I feel like I came to Argentina after training at the camp in Brazil, so I feel like I’m here for a real competition.” I will play as hard as I can and prepare well.”
South Korea finished runner-up in the previous tournament, the 2019 Poland U-20 World Cup. At that time, Lee Kang-in (Mallorca) made a big success, scoring 2 goals and 4 assists in 7 games, winning the Golden Ball. This is why public attention is focused on the U-20 World Cup.
Kang Seong-jin said, “There must be fans who have been waiting for the U-20 World Cup, but we are preparing hard. As much as I had fun training, I will prepare well to show a better image.”