The South Korean national soccer team, led by head coach Jürgen Klinsmann, will fly to Qatar on Tuesday after a morning training session at their training camp in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The team is in Group E (Korea, Jordan, Bahrain, Malaysia) of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Qatar Asian Cup 2023 (Jan. 12-Feb. 10) and will open its campaign against Jordan on Jan. 15.
The team has been in training camp in Abu Dhabi since the third of this month and has been organizing itself around key players such as Son Heung-min (Tottenham), Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain), Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton) and Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich).
In their previous exhibition match against Iraq, they won 1-0 with a goal from Lee Jae-sung, extending their unbeaten streak to six matches.
Klinsmann is expected to bring more tactical organization to Qatar.
South Korea won the Asian Cup in 1956 and 1960, but have not finished on top since.
Klinsmann said ahead of the tournament that he was determined to “lift the trophy after 64 years”.
Meanwhile, Japan, one of the favorites to challenge South Korea for the title, defeated Jordan 6-1 in a closed-door exhibition match at Al Ersal Stadium in Doha, Qatar, on Sept. 9. 카지노사이트가이드
Japan has been on a scorching goal-scoring spree, including a 5-0 victory over Thailand in their first exhibition game of the new year at the Tokyo National Stadium on January 1.
They are unbeaten in their last 10 matches and have scored a total of 45 goals.
Japan is also ranked 17th in the FIFA rankings, the highest in Asia. Iran is 21st and South Korea is 23rd.
With a deep bench of players and a consistent performance, Japan is considered to be the best soccer team in Asia.