Clinsmanho confirms opponent in Iraq in final warm-up match just before Asian Cup

A soccer official told “News 1” on the 22nd, “Korea’s last opponent before the Asian Cup has been confirmed as Iraq.” The Korea Football Association (KFA) said, “We have finished consultations with Iraq, but we have not yet made a final sign. We will announce it at the KFA level when all the paperwork is completed.”

The match against Iraq will take place in the United Arab Emirates, the national team’s base camp, on Jan. 6. “The A-match will be held officially with spectator seats also open,” a KFA official said. 파워볼게임

The Klinsman team will convene some players from overseas including K-League players who are on a break in Seoul in December, focus on recovering their condition, and announce the final entry for the Asian Cup on the 28th. It will then depart for Abu Dhabi, the UAE, on January 2 next year for the base camp, and begin the Asian Cup mode in earnest. Overseas players will immediately join Abu Dhabi.

South Korea will play its last real test against Iraq on the 6th, and then start the game nine days later through the first Group E match of the Asian Cup against Bahrain on the 15th.

Iraq, the opponent of the warm-up match, is ranked 63rd in the FIFA rankings, lower than South Korea, ranked 23rd, but has a formidable power, so it has been classified as a “dark horse” in each Asian Cup.

Korea had eight wins, 12 draws and two losses from 22 matches, which is advantageous to Korea, but it also has painful memories of losing the match after penalty shootout after drawing 0-0 in the semifinals of the 2007 Asian Cup. Iraq is in Group D along with Japan, Vietnam and Indonesia at this year’s Asian Cup.

For South Korea, it will be a good warm-up match to experience the Middle East team that must overcome in advance to win the tournament, including preparing for the first group match against Bahrain and the second match against Jordan on the 20th.

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