Coach Hwang Sun-hong aims to top Kuwait's opponent group for "three consecutive AG challenges" in Bahrain, Thailand
After the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games men's soccer group draw, the plan was revealed on the 27th.
The first match against Kuwait on September 19... AG started 3 consecutive losses with the goal of winning Group E
"Because I have an advantage in the tournament when I go up to first place in the group, I will play the group stage with the goal of first place."
Korean Asian Games coach Hwang Seon-hong, who is challenging for three consecutive Asian Games titles, expressed his will to set the first goal of 'passing first place in the group' when Bahrain, Thailand and Kuwait were placed in Group E in the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games group draw held in Hangzhou, China on the 27th. . As a result of the draw, Hwang Seon-Hong will play against Kuwait on September 19th, followed by Thailand on the 21st and Bahrain on the 24th. All matches will be held at the Jinhua Sports Center Stadium in Jinhua, near Hangzhou. It is familiar to us as the place where Hwang Seon-Hong-Ho went on an expedition to China last month and played two warm-up matches with China.
Head coach Hwang Seon-hong, who announced his impressions and plans for the grouping results through the Korea Football Association right after the group draw, said, "From now on, I will have to figure out information about the opponents, but I think all the teams we meet in the group stage are teams of the same level." The first step is to analyze the strength of the teams to meet. All teams are competitive, so it is important for us to prepare."
Also, regarding candidates who will compete for the championship, he pointed out Japan, Uzbekistan, and Saudi Arabia, and replied, "I think we will compete for the championship with these countries. We will focus on preparing for each game." Hwang Seon-Hong-Ho will have a short convocation training in August and prepare for the competition with a full team in September.
Korean men's soccer will challenge for a third consecutive victory at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games to be held in September following the 2014 Incheon Asian Games and the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games. South Korea, who won the previous tournament, belonged to pot 1 and avoided the hosts China, Japan, Vietnam, North Korea and Uzbekistan, who belonged to the same pot. Korea, which also avoided Group B, which included Saudi Arabia and Iran, met two teams from the Middle East (Bahrain and Kuwait) and Southeast Asian powerhouse Thailand.
In this tournament, a total of 23 teams will compete in the finals and are divided into 6 groups to advance to the round of 16 tournament. Only Group D had 3 teams, and the remaining 5 groups (A, B, C, E, F) were assigned 4 teams each. The 12 teams ranked 1st and 2nd in each group will automatically advance to the round of 16, and the 4 teams with the best grades among the 3rd in each group will join to win the championship in a 16-team knockdown tournament.
According to the Asian Games men's football rules, players under the age of 23 will participate, but this tournament will be postponed for one year due to the Corona 19 incident, so the under-24 national team will participate. Among the total of 22 final entries, there are 3 wild cards that can be drawn regardless of age restrictions. The Korean men's national team, which is aiming for three consecutive gold medals, confirmed its final entry on the 14th.
The women's national team was in Group E with Hong Kong, the Philippines and Myanmar. South Korea, which won the bronze medal in the previous tournament, is in pot 1 and will avoid hosts China, Japan, Taiwan and North Korea in the same pot. However, it is expected that Korea will have a difficult journey as it will meet the Philippines, which competed in the FIFA Women's World Cup finals, and Hong Kong, its opponent in the quarterfinals of the last Asian Games, in the group stage.
A total of 17 teams were divided into 5 groups. Groups A, B, and C each had 3 teams, and Groups D and E had 4 teams each. Eight teams, including 5 first-place teams in each group and 3 teams with better grades among 2nd place, will win the championship through a tournament.
Since there is no age limit for women's soccer in the Asian Games, the national team A will participate in the competition. The final entry for the Korean women's national team, which won bronze medals three times in a row from 2010 to 2018, will be announced as soon as the FIFA Women's World Cup is over.