. The International Football Federation (FIFA) Under-20 (U-20) World Cup group draw will be held at FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland at 0:00 (Korean time) on the 22nd. Korea was assigned to pot 2 for the time being, avoiding a meeting with strong players such as ‘permanent champion’ Brazil and ‘soccer’ England’.
This year’s U-20 World Cup will feature 24 countries and will be divided into 6 groups of 4 countries for the group stage. The 1st and 2nd places in each group advance directly to the Round of 16 tournament, and the top 4 countries from among the 3rd places in each group will additionally join. Korea advanced to the semifinals at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-20 Asian Cup last March, and advanced to the finals for the third consecutive U-20 World Cup. Korea won the runner-up in Poland in 2019, the previous tournament, and achieved the highest score ever in the FIFA Men’s World Cup, and Lee Kang-in (Mallorca) was selected as the Golden Ball (Best Player) winner at the time. According to FIFA on the night of the 20th, Korea was named in pot 2 along with Brazil, England, New Zealand, Ecuador, and Colombia in the group draw pot allocation. Argentina, Uruguay, USA, France, Senegal, and Italy are Port 1, Nigeria, Uzbekistan, Japan, Iraq, Honduras, and Fiji are Port 3, and Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Gambia, Israel, Slovakia, and Tunisia are Port 4. In the group draw, 6 groups will be assigned, one country from each pot. However, no group will contain two countries from the same Continental Confederation. Therefore, Korea in pot 2 avoided Brazil and England, the leading powerhouses.토토사이트
Brazil is the champion of the CONMEBOL U-20 Championship and England is the champion of the UEFA U-20 Championship. In addition, in port 3, you cannot meet Uzbekistan, Japan, and Iraq, which belong to the same AFC. For the best grouping, ‘host country’ Argentina should be avoided. This is because they can experience double trouble even before the fierce cheering of the home fans. The U-20 World Cup was originally scheduled to be held in Indonesia, but FIFA withdrew the hosting rights last month as opposition to Israel, a participating country, intensified in Indonesia. Argentina did not qualify for the U-20 World Cup in the first place, but it hosted the tournament and participated as the host country.
In pot 1, it is good to avoid France and Italy, which are traditional powerhouses along with Argentina. On the other hand, Uruguay, the United States, and Senegal are doing well. In particular, Korea is not far behind the U-20 national team with 3 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses against Uruguay, 6 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss against the United States, and 2 draws against Senegal. In pot 3, Fiji is the weakest team, and in pot 4, if Guatemala or the Dominican Republic are selected, Korea will have the best group.
Korean head coach Kim Eun-joong will not participate in the draw. The national team convenes at the Paju National Training Center (NFC) on the 24th and trains until the 26th. However, most of the main players were excluded because this call does not take place during FIFA’s International Match Day. The national team plans to check new players through practice matches against Incheon United on the 25th and Incheon National University on the 26th. Afterwards, coach Kim plans to move to Argentina to inspect the base camp and stadium before returning home and confirming the final 21 players.