Four games without a win since Klinsmann’s appointment
Could face North and Central American giants Mexico after September trip to Wales
After four draws in four matches under Jürgen Klinsmann, the national soccer team’s first victory under the new coach seems elusive.
Klinsmann’s side drew 1-1 in two A matches against Peru and El Salvador in June.
Although the team was not at 100% capacity, with defense core Kim Min-jae (Napoli) missing the June A match due to basic military training, and captain Son Heung-min (Tottenham) missing the Peru match due to sports hernia surgery, the results were disappointing바카라사이트.
In particular, the draw against El Salvador, a weak team ranked 75th in the FIFA rankings, showed weaknesses in goal decision-making, and public opinion deteriorated sharply, prompting Klinsmann to hold a press conference immediately after the A match to explain.
“We will try to get a result as soon as possible,” Klinsmann said, showing his determination to win.
The team’s next call-up will be in September during the A-Match, when they will not be playing at home, but on the road in Europe.
However, the European opponents will be tough. First, the national team will play a friendly against Wales on September 7. The venue is Cardiff City Stadium in Wales.
It will be the first time in five years and six months that the national team has played an away match against a local country in Europe, having traveled to Northern Ireland and Poland in March 2018.
This will be the first time South Korea and Wales have faced each other in an A-match. The trip to Wales is not expected to be easy.
The Welsh are currently ranked 26th in the FIFA rankings, one spot higher than South Korea at 27th. Wales made their first appearance at a World Cup in 64 years at last year’s tournament in Qatar. With the majority of its players playing in the English Premier League, Wales has been a competitive team at the European Championships, reaching the quarterfinals (2016) and round of 16 (2021) in the last two editions.
Home to the likes of Ryan Giggs and Gareth Bale, Wales is led by Ben Davies and Aaron Ramsey (Nice, France), both of whom are familiar to local fans as Tottenham teammates of Son Heung-min.
While the second opponent for the September A-Match has yet to be announced, North and Central American powerhouse Mexico has emerged as a potential opponent for Klinsmann.
Mexican media outlet Hecord recently reported that “the Mexican national team will play Saudi Arabia and South Korea in England during the September A matches.”
Mexico is ranked 15th in FIFA, higher than Wales. South Korea has four wins, two draws, and eight losses against Mexico, but has lost the last three meetings.
It will be interesting to see if Klinsmann’s men can get back to winning ways in September.