Uruguay and the ‘return match’ are quietly raising their heads. It is the first A match of the Korean national soccer team after the World Cup in Qatar, and the opponent for the new coach’s debut is likely to be a South American team including Uruguay.
The Uruguay media ‘Tele Mundial Uruguay’ announced on the 29th that “Uruguay’s national soccer team’s first opponent for the March A match has been decided” and “Uruguay will play away matches against Korea on March 20 and Japan on March 27.” .
If Uruguay is decided as the opponent team, Korea will have a rematch after 4 months of not being able to decide the match by 0-0 in the first leg of the Qatar World Cup Group H group stage. In addition, there is a high possibility that world-class players such 스포츠토토 as Rodrigo Bentancur (Tottenham) and Federico Valverde (Real Madrid) will visit Korea.
Regarding this, an official from the Korea Football Association (KFA) said, “European teams are having a hard time because of the Nations League. That’s why it’s true that we want to recruit from South American teams,” he explained. “Of course, among South American teams, there are teams that are difficult to play, but Uruguay is a team that can play.”
However, an official said, “It is still in the recruiting stage with nothing decided. Uruguay is just one of the candidates, and has not entered into specific negotiations,” he explained.
Meanwhile, FIFA designated March 20-28 as the first A-match week in 2023. During this period, European clubs are also obliged to allow their players to be selected for the national team. An official from the association explained, “As there is plenty of time, we are pushing ahead with the principle of playing two games first.”
As the schedule for the first A-match of this year and the outline of the opponent have been established, more attention is drawn to who will be the new manager to be appointed through this match.
On the 28th, a Bosnian media reported, “Former Brazil national team coach Vahid Halilhodzic said, ‘I received a phone call from Korea. It was a short conversation. I get a lot of phone calls from the national team as well as from clubs,” he said.
Prior to this, Spanish media also reported that Jose Bordalas (59), a native of Spain, had contacted the Korea Football Association. In addition, the names of Chi Chi (Brazil) coach and Thorsten Fink (Germany) were also on the top of the Korean national team’s command tower.