‘Will the second Lee Kang-in be born’… U-20 World Cup kicks off on the 21st

The FIFA Under 20 (U-20) World Cup, known as the ‘door to success’ for future soccer stars, opens on the 21st.

The 2023 U-20 World Cup kicks off with a match between Guatemala and New Zealand in Group A and the United States and Ecuador in Group B in Santiago del Estero and San Juan, Argentina, on the 21st at 3:00 a.m. Korean time.

The U-20 World Cup, which celebrates its 23rd this year, will continue for 23 days until the final held in La Plata on the 12th of next month.

The tournament was initially scheduled to be held in Indonesia, but the host country was changed to Argentina as protests in Indonesia intensified over the entry of Israeli athletes.

The team with the most wins in history is Argentina스포츠토토, the host country, who has reached the top a total of 6 times. Next is Brazil (5 times).

Argentina aims to win this tournament for the first time in 16 years since 2007.

In the recent U-20 World Cup, the strength of European teams stood out. Starting with France in 2013, Serbia in 2015, England in 2017, and Ukraine in 2019 rose to the top.

Korea, which wrote the runner-up myth in 2019, is determined to recreate the storm at that time by shouting ‘Again 2019’.

Korea, led by coach Kim Eun-joong, will compete in Group F with France, Honduras and Gambia.

It is evaluated as a relatively smooth grouping while avoiding South American powerhouses such as Argentina and Uruguay.

The first button is important. Korea will play the first round of Group F against France at 3:00 am on the 23rd. France, the champion of this tournament in 2013, is ahead of Korea with 4 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss, and it is expected that it will not be an easy match.

Then, on the 26th at 6:00 am Honduras and the second game, and on the 29th at 6:00 am Gambia and the third game.

All three group stage matches will be held at Mendoza Stadium.
There are no stars like Lee Kang-in four years ago, but 17 of the 21 national team members, or 81%, belong to the K-League, and the proportion of pros is higher than in the 2019 competition.

Seongnam FC defender Kim Jin-soo, FC Seoul’s Kang Seong-jin, and Daejeon Hana Citizen’s Bae Jun-ho, who are recently attracting attention from Brentford in the English Premier League (EPL), are considered players to watch.

Kim Eun-joong, who left for Brazil on the 7th, finished warming up by winning both evaluation matches against the local club team.

On the 18th, after training in Brazil, he entered Argentina, the final battleground, and is in the final stage of hardening, such as adjusting to the time difference.

Coach Kim Eun-joong expressed his determination, saying, “I have successfully adapted to the local area. I will prepare for the tournament in the best condition.”

Striker Kang Seong-jin also said, “Coming to Argentina, I feel like I’m here for a real tournament.”

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