“I don’t want to meet Japan in the round of 16, but…” Manager Klinsman pledges to win the Asian Cup in 63 years

The draw for the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup has been completed. Jürgen Klinsmann (59), head coach of the Korean national soccer team, promised to win the championship for the first time in 63 years.

On the 11th (Korean time)먹튀검증, the 2023 Asian Cup draw ceremony was held at the Katara Opera House in Doha, Qatar. Korea will play against Jordan (84th), Bahrain (85th) and Malaysia (138th) in Group E.

A total of 24 countries participated in the tournament and were divided into 6 groups of 4 countries for the group stage. The top 4 teams from the 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in each group advance to the round of 16 tournament. It will be held from January 12 to February 10 next year in five cities in Qatar.

According to the Korea Football Association (KFA), head coach Klinsman, who watched the group draw ceremony locally, said, “Everyone has good skills. There is no easy group.” lead,” he said. He then expressed satisfaction with the group formation, saying, “Our goal is to go from the group stage to the end of the tournament. It is a good match.”

Coach Klinsman said before the tournament that he plans to play one or two warm-up matches in Qatar or the Middle East. “Qatar hosted the World Cup last year, so both accommodations and training grounds are excellent,” he said. Qatar is no stranger to director Klinsman. At the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, he worked as a FIFA Technical Research Group (TSG) with Cha Du-ri Technical Advisor (technical advisory).

Manager Klinsman said, “The first goal is to pass the group stage. After that, I will go to the final and win the championship.” Regarding the candidates for the championship, he said, “Saudi Arabia defeated Argentina at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Japan beat Germany and Spain. Australia and Iran are also good teams.”

He picked Japan as the team he did not want to meet. “I don’t want to meet a rival like Japan in the round of 16 quickly, but I will do my best to win,” he laughed.

Korea, which is challenging for the first time in 63 years, won the first tournament and the second tournament in a row in 1956 and 1960, but there was no championship or ties after that. There were 4 runner-ups (1972, 1980, 1988, 2015). In their most recent tournament in 2019, they were eliminated in the quarterfinals with a 0-1 loss to Qatar.

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