The Korean Men’s National Soccer Team, Aiming To Win The Asian Cup
First game against Bahrain on the night of the 15th
194 cm tall striker Abdullah Boundary
Hwang Hee-chan and Kim Jin-soo will not be able to play due to injuries
The Korean men’s soccer team, which aims to win the Asian Cup for the first time in 64 years, will play its first match against Bahrain, an “impregnable enemy.” With some injured players occurring, the match against Bahrain was given homework to break through dense defense and block the opponent’s tall striker.
The national team, led by head coach Jürgen Klinsmann 60, Germany, will play its first match against Bahrain in Group E of the Asian Football Confederation AFC Asian Cup finals at Jasim bin Hamad Stadium in Doha, Qatar on the 14th local time, Korean time at 8:30 p.m. on the 15th. Klinsmann entered Qatar on the 11th after training in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates UAE, and has been adapting to the local area and getting into the last-minute tactics.
Considering its objective capability, Korea, which is considered to have the strongest offensive team ever, is expected to win. In the FIFA rankings, Korea ranks 23rd and Bahrain ranks 86th, showing a wide gap. Korea has 11 wins, four draws and one loss in total A-match games, which gives it an absolute advantage.
Middle Eastern teams have always brought variables, however. Bahraini players advanced to the round of 16 at the last tournament and had to be more vigilant as it was an opponent that had troubled Korea. At that time, Korea was leading 1-0 in the round of 16 before conceding an equalizer in the second half and going through extra time. Kim Jin-soo 32 scored a dramatic finishing goal, but he used up too much physical strength and ended up losing the match to Qatar in the quarterfinals.
The current Bahraini national team is led by Juan Antonio Picci, a native of Argentina. He is a veteran coach who led Chile, Saudi Arabia, and Spain’s prestigious Valencia. Of the 26 players in the national team, Bahrain has filled 23 players with players from its own league, and only three are from overseas. Striker Abdullah Yusuf Helal is the only European player who plays for Mleda Boleslav in the Czech Republic’s top league. The other two are from the UAE and Malaysia.
Abdullah is a 194-centimeter-tall striker who is expected to put considerable pressure on the Korean defense in case the opponent team launches a counterattack. A targeted striker like Abdullah is the ideal scoring weapon for teams that try to counterattack after defending first. Bahrain, which aims to advance to the round of 16, has only a strategy to rely on Abdullah’s height and decision-making power in the event of a counterattack by banking on him while holding on to his tight defense.
For Korea, it is a battle over how to break through Bahrain’s dense defense. If the first goal comes out early, you can expect a great victory inside. On the other hand, if you struggle with dense defense, the situation of the game can be very difficult.
In recent momentum, South Korea, which has won six consecutive A matches and has scored 20 goals without losing a point during this period, is far better than Bahrain, which is struggling with three consecutive A matches and three consecutive scoreless games.
Still, Korea should not let down its guard. Korea lost in all six Asian Cup group matches against Middle Eastern teams. Three of the six losses were against Kuwait, while the other three were against Syria, Qatar, and Bahrain, respectively. Korea suffered a come-from-behind 1-2 loss to Bahrain in the second group match of the 2007 Asian Cup.
The 26-man roster was in good physical condition when he joined Qatar, but Hwang Hee-chan 28, Wolverhampton, Lee Jae-seong 32, Mainz and Kim Jin-soo were injured after the first training session.
Lee Jae-sung is known to be a minor bruise, but Hwang Hee-chan is uncomfortable with his left hip muscle and Kim Jin-soo with his left calf muscle, raising the possibility of missing the match against Bahrain. If Hwang Hee-chan, who has water in his sense of goal, is absent, a blow to the national team is inevitable. Lee Ki-je 33, Suwon Samsung can play as the main player for the left fullback without Kim Jin-soo.
Another bad news is the Chinese judges deployed in the match against Bahrain. According to the Asian Cup organizing committee, the main and deputy judges in the match against Bahrain and the VAR judges were all made up of Chinese judges. As Bahrain is good at rough play and bed football unique to the Middle East, judging by the referee is important, but Korea has had bad relationships with Chinese judges at important moments such as the Olympics and Asian Games. 토토사이트 추천