Will Korean women’s soccer, which is at the crossroads of generation change, recover its honor in Hangzhou

The Korean women’s soccer team, which finished the 2023 FIFA World Cup in Australia and New Zealand with 1 draw and 2 losses and eliminated in the group stage, is ahead of important competitions in succession.

The national team, which returns to 토토사이트 Korea on the 5th and returns to their respective teams, prepares for the Asian Games that will open in Hangzhou, China next month.

17 countries, including Korea, will participate in the Asian Games women’s soccer, which will be held from September 25th.

Korea will play the group stage in Group E with Hong Kong, the Philippines and Myanmar.

Korea’s best performance in women’s soccer at the Asian Games held since the 1990 Beijing Games is a bronze medal.

In the past three tournaments, including Guangzhou in 2010, Incheon in 2014, and Jakarta/Palembang in 2018, they all finished third behind Japan, China, and North Korea.

Attention is focusing on whether the team will be able to make a new history by advancing to the finals for the first time in this Hangzhou tournament and clear away the regrets of the World Cup.

South Korea reached the final for the first time at the 2022 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup, a major Asian regional tournament, and finished runner-up.

After the Asian Games, the second round of Asian qualifiers for the 2024 Paris Olympics are scheduled from October 26 without any time to breathe.

Korea has never participated in the women’s soccer finals at the Olympics, so the challenge for another ‘new history’ will continue.

Ahead of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, Korea, which had risen to the final qualifying round, lost 1-2 to China in the first game and then 2-0 in the second game of the away game, dreaming of a double electrode. However, I remember losing the right to advance to the finals right in front of my eyes after losing a run in the second half and being dragged into overtime.

In this second round of qualifiers, 12 countries will be divided into 3 groups to compete, and one team with the best performance among the 1st and 2nd placed countries in each group will advance to the final qualifier scheduled for February next year.

South Korea is evaluated as having entered the ‘group of death’ by being tied to Group B with China, North Korea, and Thailand, the final qualifying opponents of the last tournament.

It was one of the leading powerhouses in Asian women’s football, but North Korea, which has no FIFA rankings due to not playing international matches recently, entered Pot 4 and emerged as a variable in group formation.

After that, there is one more women’s A match period set by FIFA from November 27 to early December, so the national team is expected to finish the 2023 schedule with an evaluation match during this period.

Coach Colin Bell (England), who stressed the need to nurture young players during this World Cup, will give more opportunities to young players.

The average age of Korea’s World Cup players was 29 years old, making them the ‘oldest’ among 32 participating countries. The aging of the national team, which has been packaged as the ‘fighting spirit’ of veteran players, has become more prominent after being eliminated from the group stage for the second consecutive World Cup, and the need for a generational change is more emphasized.

Coach Bell, who raised Chu Hyo-joo (Suwon FC), who was born in 2000, as the main axis by using him from the beginning of his appointment in 2019, gave opportunities to some young players in the World Cup finals.

Born in 2007 to an American father and a Korean mother, Casey Eugene Fair (PDA), a mixed-race player, was selected for the first time in the national team before the World Cup and was included in the final entry for the finals.

Pair was substituted in the second half of the first match of the group stage against Colombia and set the record of being the youngest ever to participate in the World Cup at 16 years and 26 days. .

Chun Ga-ram (Hwacheon KSPO), a striker born in 2002 who stood out from the national team by age and was selected as the number one rookie in the WK League at the end of last year and jumped into the unemployment stage, also started with a pair in the match against Germany and energized the team, revealing the possibility of moderate use in the future.

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