Kim Eun-joong, who will participate in the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup with the goal of ‘Again 2019’, will finally enter Argentina, the final battleground after training in Brazil.
The Korea Football Association announced on the 17th, “The U-20 national team will finish training in Brazil and move to Mendoza, Argentina this afternoon in Korean time.”
The Korean U-20 World Cup team, led by coach Kim Eun-joong, departed from Incheon International Airport on the night of the 7th, set up a training camp in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and focused on preparing for the tournament for 10 days.
The national team will play the first round of group F against France on the 23rd at 3:00 a.m. Korean time, then face Honduras at 6:00 a.m. on the 26th and Gambia at 6:00 a.m. on the 29th to advance to the round of 16.
All three group stage matches will be played at the Malvinas Argentinas Stadium (Estadio Malvinas Argentinas) in Mendoza.
Coach Kim Eun-joong focused on raising the players’ ‘game stamina’ during the training camp in Brazil.
Coach Kim had a lot of worries while preparing for this tournament.
Initially, this year’s tournament was scheduled to be held in Indonesia, but as Indonesian Muslims objected to Israel’s entry into the European qualifiers, FIFA revoked the hosting rights and chose Argentina as the new venue.
With the sudden change of venue, coach Kim faced an absurd situation in which he had to completely revise the training plan he had prepared to match Indonesia’s climate and time difference.
What made coach Kim more difficult was the skills of the players. Most of the 21 players did not get a chance to play properly in their team, so the sense of the game was noticeably lacking.
Before leaving the country, coach Kim said, “I trained with the national team players for about a month, but I still have problems with the game’s stamina to play 90 minutes.”
In the national team, 192 cm tall defender Kim Ji-soo (Seongnam), who recently received a love call from Brentford in the English Premier League, scored his A-match debut goal at the East Asian Football Federation (EAFF) E-1 Championship (East Asian Cup) in July last year. Winger Kang Seong-jin (Seoul) stands out.
In addition, Bae Jun-ho, a second-tier resource for Daejeon Hana Citizen, is also playing a key role for Kim Eun-joong, constantly receiving opportunities to participate in his team.
Since the U-20 World Cup is an age-specific competition in which players of the same age play, it is greatly affected by the changing atmosphere of the players in each game, resulting in unexpected results.
Kim Eun-joong’s top task is to produce results comparable to the runner-up achievement in the 2019 competition. 메이저사이트
However, in order to recreate the myth of the runner-up four years ago, it is urgent for the national team to overcome the wall of the group stage. So, the first goal was to ‘pass the group stage’.
Accordingly, coach Kim trained the players by focusing all training on France, the opponent in the first round of the group stage.
Kim Eun-joong burned his fighting spirit by winning both practice matches he had during training in Brazil.