group, player, coach, date… all about the team

Calendar (French time) in group H:

November 24: Uruguay-South Korea, at the Education City stadium (4 p.m., on BeIN Sports 1)

November 28: South Korea-Ghana, at the Education City stadium (4 p.m., on BeIN Sports 1)

December 2: South Korea-Portugal, at the Education City stadium (6 p.m., on BeIN Sports 1)

Their nickname: The Taegeuk Warriors, named after the country’s emblem, made up of the symbols of yin and yang and which appears in particular on the national flag. The Asian Tiger is also used.

The group of 26:

Goalkeepers: Kim Seung-gyu, Song Bum-keun, Jo Hyeon-woo.

Defenders: Kwon Kyung-won, Kim Moon-hwan, Kim Min-jae, Kim Young-gwon, Kim Jin-su, Kim Tae-hwan, Yoon Jong-gyu, Cho Yu-min, Hong Chul.

Environments : Jung Woo-young, Kwon Chang-hoon, Na Sang-ho, Paik Seung-ho, Lee Kang-in, Lee Jae-sung, Hwang In-beom, Song Min-kyu, Son Jun-ho.

Forwards: Hwang Hee-chan, Son Heung-min, Cho Gue-sung, Hwang Ui-jo, Jeong Woo-yeong.

Better Qatar than ever. South Korea has ten consecutive participations in the World Cup, including this 2022 edition (for eleven in total in the country’s football history), a record in Asia for the semi-finalist of “his” World Cup, in 2002.

Coach: Paulo Bento, 53 years. In 2002, it was following a Portugal-South Korea – lost (0-1) – that the Lusitanian midfielder retired from international duty. Twenty years later, the technician will have reminiscences in Qatar, the draw having placed the team he trains in the group of his country, of which he led the selection between 2010 and 2014.

“From an emotional point of view, it will not be an easy game”acknowledged the Portuguese coach, who anticipates “a different experience” for him. At the helm of the Taegeuk Warriors since 2018, Paulo Bento aspires to bring them back to their 2002 colors.

Summary note from the cabinet Le Monde

The strong points. mixing experienced players, having rolled their bump in the European championships, and hopes reaching maturity, the South Korean group qualified without trembling for the world competition. around the captain Son Heung-min (Tottenham), their totem and spearhead in attack, the South Koreans rely on a game of possession, before exploiting the spaces on the wings.

Assumed outsiders of a strong group, the partners of the former Bordeaux player Hwang Ui-jo are advancing without pressure and aiming to cross the group stage, which would be a first since 2010.

The weak spots. if the results of the country since the takeover by Paulo Bento illustrate the progress of the team, the Portuguese technician is not spared from criticism, who considers his team “Sound-dependent” and hardly reassuring in defense. In addition, the selection played many matches in 2022, for a rather positive result, but it hardly faced teams qualified for the World Cup – with the exception of Brazil, against which it was largely inclined ( 1-5).

The rating of the firm (out of 5): 2

With Portugal, Uruguay and Ghana in their squad, the Taegeuk Warriors will have to be in top form to hope to distinguish themselves in Qatar. But their course in Doha is likely not to last forever.

Keep an eye on him:

If the eye of Son Heung-min had been more solid, the face of the World Cup would perhaps have been changed. Victim of four net fractures of the orbit of the left eye, the 1er November in the last match of the Champions League group stage in Marseille, Warriors star striker Taegeuk gave his body for his club. And makes his people shiver, suspended from the participation in the World Cup of the one who recently finished in eleventh place in the classification of the Golden Ball – the best result of an Asian player.

Unlike members of the K-Pop group BTS recently, Son was exempted in 2018 from a long military service, compulsory in the land of the Morning Calm. But if the Korean striker (33 goals in 102 selections) should be enough attack for the World Cup, according to his coach at Tottenham, Antonio Conte, a whole people hopes that he will be on the right foot, good eye in Qatar.

Imagine Arsene… that the Taegeuk Warriors’ first trip to the World Cup was not easy. The second Asian nation to compete in a World Cup (after Indonesia in 1938), the very young South Korea – the country was founded in 1953, at the end of the Korean War – did not shine during the edition of 1954, in Switzerland. Successively curry
9-0 by Hungary from Puskas then 7-0 by Turkey, the South Koreans experienced a complicated baptism of fire.


If you have decided to boycott…

Instead of football, why not indulge in one of South Korea’s favorite activities: hiking? In a country 70% covered by mountains, exploring the peaks – up hill and down dale, like in Seoraksan National Park – is more than recommended. But choose the sector carefully, this end of autumn may be a bit chilly in the north of the country.

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