Klinsmanho’s September European away game and October A-match opponent were announced.
The Korea Football Association announced on the 16th, “The national football team led by Jurgen Klinsmann will have a friendly match against Saudi Arabia on the 13th of next month at 1:30 am in Newcastle, England.”
Saudi Arabia is Klinsmann’s second game in Europe in September. The first game is Wales announced in May. The match against Wales will be held at Cardiff City Stadium in Wales at 3:45 a.m. on September 8, Korea time. After the game, the national team will move to England and face off against Saudi Arabia at St James’ Park, the home ground of Newcastle United in the Premier League.
Since Newcastle is the home stadium of a club owned by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, it seems that it has attracted friendly matches for the Saudi national team in England.
Saudi Arabia currently ranks 54th in the FIFA (International Football Federation) ranking, ranking 5th in Asia following South Korea at 28th. Although they failed to advance to the round of 16 at the World Cup in Qatar last year, they surprised the world by beating Argentina, the champion of the tournament, 2-1 in the first match of the group stage. The Korea Football Association initially intended to play an evaluation match against Mexico, a powerhouse in North and Central America.
The Korea Football Association insisted, “As there is a possibility of meeting strong players in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia, at the Asian Cup to be held in Qatar next January, it is expected to be a definite mock test.”
The previous record of A matches against Saudi Arabia is poor with 4 wins, 7 draws and 6 losses in 17 matches. His most recent match was a goalless 0-0 draw in the United Arab Emirates ahead of the 2019 Asian Cup.
Along with this, the Korea Football Association announced that the first leg (October 13) of the two A-matches to be played in Korea will be played against Tunisia, a strong player in Africa.
Tunisia is currently ranked 31st in the FIFA rankings. At the last World Cup in Qatar, they were eliminated from the group stage with 1 win, 1 draw and 1 loss, but also defeated defending champions France 1-0. With solid physicality, he is good at quick offense and defense conversions. Tunisia will play in Japan after playing our national team. Korea and Tunisia are also in the 13th place in the previous A match record, with 1 draw and 1 loss.스포츠토토
The second leg of the A match in October is expected to be a match to find a solution to break through the dense defense against Asian teams in preparation for the World Cup qualifiers and next year’s Asian Cup.
The Korea Football Association has yet to announce the opposing team, but it is known that a plan to bring Southeast Asia Vietnam into the home is likely. Compared to neighboring Japan, which invited last year’s World Cup participants, such as Canada and Tunisia, rather than preparing for the Asian Cup, and played two consecutive home matches in October, there is a lot of public opinion asking whether it is necessary to play an evaluation match against a team that is 1 or 2 below, such as Southeast Asia.
The list of players participating in the September A match will be announced on the 28th. Players belonging to the K-League will be convened at Incheon International Airport on September 4 and depart for England, and overseas players will join them locally.