Clash with Thailand, Bahrain, and Kuwait “The goal is to top the group”

Korea was placed in Group E along with Bahrain, Thailand and Kuwait in the group draw held in Hangzhou.

I avoided Group B, which included strong Iran and Saudi Arabia, but it is not an easy matchup compared to other groups. Thailand, they managed to win 1-0 after a struggle in the Asian Cup under 23 last year. This is because Bahrain and Kuwait, the ambush in the Middle East, are also tricky opponents.

Head coach Hwang Seon-hong plans to focus on all games with the goal of winning first place in the group.

[Hwang Seon-hong/Asian Games soccer team coach]
“I’m going to prepare for the match by focusing a little bit on each game because I can have a little advantage (in the round of 16) if I go to first place in the group.”

The 4 teams with the best grades among the 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in each group advance to the round of 16, and the national team will play the first group match against Kuwait on September 19th.

The opponent of the 2026 World Cup 2nd qualifying round for the national football team led by coach Klinsmann has also been decided.

Korea was placed in the same group as China and Thailand, Guam and Singapore in the draw for the second round of the Asian region, and is scheduled to play its first match in November.


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