The under-24 (U-24) men’s soccer team led by coach Hwang Seon-hong was assigned to Group E in the group stage of the Hangzhou Asian Games in September. ‘Hwang Seon-Hong-Ho’ was in the same group as Bahrain, Thailand and Kuwait to compete for a ticket to the round of 16.
Korea was placed in Group E along with these three teams in the men’s soccer group draw for the Asian Games held in Hangzhou, China on the 27th. Regarding the results of this group draw, coach Hwang said, “I will have to re-evaluate the strength and information of each country, but I think the strength of the teams we meet in the group stage qualifiers is almost the same.” We will play the group stage aiming for first place in the group.”
Hosts China will face Bangkok, Myanmar and India in Group A. Vietnam faces Saudi Arabia, Iran and Mongolia in Group B. Uzbekistan, Syria, Hong Kong and Afghanistan are in Group C. Group D, which is the only group of three countries, is played by Japan, Palestine and Qatar. North Korea is tied in Group F with Indonesia, Kazakhstan and Taiwan.
In men’s soccer, a total of 23 countries are divided into six groups to play in the group stage. The 12 countries that placed 1st and 2nd in each group and the 4 countries with the best results among the 3rd in each group advance to the round of 16.
Korea is trying to win its third straight men’s soccer title in this tournament. Korea, which won the 2014 Incheon Games, also reached the top in the 2018 Jakarta and Palembang Games, achieving two consecutive victories. Coach Hwang said, “I wonder if we will compete against teams with strengths such as Japan, Uzbekistan, and Saudi Arabia for the championship,” and promised, “I will do my best in every game to get good results.”
But there are variables. Hwang Seon-hong-ho submitted the final list for the Asian Games on the 15th. However, Lee Sang-min (Seongnam) was excluded from the list due to his history of drunk driving. The selection of a substitute player is unclear. In addition, in order for ace Lee Kang-in to join the national team, he must obtain approval from his team, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), to be selected for the Asian Games.스포츠토토
The women’s soccer group draw was also held on the same day. In women’s soccer, a total of 17 countries are divided into five groups. The top five countries in each group and the top three countries in each group advance to the quarterfinals.
The Korean women’s national team will face Hong Kong, the Philippines and Myanmar in Group E. The women’s national team won bronze medals three times in a row from the 2010 Guangzhou Games to the 2018 Jakarta and Palembang Games. North Korea was placed in Group C with Singapore and Cambodia.