Kim Eun-joong has to fight against adverse conditions.
The Korean national under-20 (U-20) team led by coach Kim Eun-joong will participate in the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup, which will be held from the 20th. Korea, which is tied to France, Honduras and Gambia, departed through Incheon International Airport on the evening of the 7th.
The opening day of the tournament is the 20th, and our first game against France will be held on the 23rd. There is about two weeks of time, but there is a reason why Kim Eun-joong made an early start.
Originally, the U-20 World Cup was scheduled to be held in Indonesia. However, when some in Indonesia, where there are many Muslims, voices against Israel’s entry came out, the International Football Federation (FIFA) revoked the right to host the event. It is said that the change of the host country is irrelevant to us, but the change of the environment of the host country is related to us.
Unlike Indonesia, which seemed relatively easy to adapt to in Asia, Argentina is a country with a completely different environment. Kim Eun-joong also had to completely revise the plan.
This is the reason why I decided to leave earlier than expected. Here, the Argentine training ground facilities were not suitable, so we set up a base camp first in Sao Paulo, Brazil, which is better. I had to bring the cold weather gear that I had left in the chilly weather.
It was not easy to find transportation due to스포츠토토 the sudden change of schedule. Fortunately, we cooperated with FIFA to get a flight. However, even this requires a stopover in Amsterdam, and it is a schedule with waiting time. All conditions are unfavorable.
However, coach Kim Eun-joong is reading the players carefully, and players such as Lee Ji-han and Bae Jun-ho, who were interviewed on the 7th, are following him and creating good interactions. The atmosphere of the team is good, and it is comforting to prepare for the tournament with one heart and one mind.
The time we have been keeping pace and the legend of our national team’s runner-up in the previous competition, 2019, are working as confidence and motivation. Of course, it is never easy to reproduce such achievements, but if we work together, another myth can be created.
Coach Kim Eun-joong threw a vote, saying, “I will make good conditions (in Brazil) so that I can produce good results (in Argentina).” Head coach Kim Eun-joong and his players are fighting in adverse conditions and have set sail to achieve good results.