‘Paul Bento’s former soccer team manager’s debut opponent is Uruguay?’
Uruguay reported that Korea and Uruguay will play a friendly match A in Seoul on March 20th.
On the 28th (local time), Federico Baisan, a reporter and commentator from Uruguay, posted on his personal Twitter account, “The Uruguay national team’s opposing team has been decided in March. They will face off against Korea on March 20 and Japan on March 27. The venues will be Seoul, respectively. and Tokyo are likely,” he wrote. An official from the Korea Football Association’s PR team said on the 29th, “I haven’t heard about the case yet.”
According to the report, the next national team coach will make his debut against Uruguay. The March A match schedule set by the International Football Federation (FIFA) is from March 20 to 28. In other words, March 20th is the first game.
It is a return match that will unfold in about four months after clashing in the first round of the 2022 Qatar World Cup group stage on November 24 last year. The two teams then drew 0-0. After losing to Ghana and defeating Portugal, Korea advanced to the round of 16 for the first time in 12 years with a record of 1 win, 1 draw and 1 loss. Uruguay also had 1 win, 1 draw and 1 loss like Korea, and 4 points, but lost in many points and suffered a high loss from the group stage. Veteran striker Luis Suárez (Gremiu) shed tears on the bench. 스포츠토토
Uruguay is a ‘regular customer’ of our friendly matches. After the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and the 2018 World Cup in Russia, they played an evaluation match in Korea. Since 2000, they have clashed a total of seven times, including the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Their previous record is 1 win, 2 draws and 6 losses from 9 matches.
As reporter Baisan reported, even if the Uruguay national team visits Korea in March, some key players in Uruguay will not be able to play in the Korean match. FIFA imposed disciplinary sanctions against Diego Godin (Veles Sarsfield), Edinson Cavani (Valencia), Jose Jimenez (Atletico Madrid) and Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray) for protesting the referee’s decision against Ghana on the same day. announced it was coming down. Godin and Cavani were suspended for one game and fined 15,000 Swiss francs (about 20 million won), Jimenez and Muslera were suspended for 4 games and fined 20,000 Swiss francs (about 27 million won). If the punishment is confirmed, all four players will not be able to play in the first match of March A.
On the other hand, although Uruguay did not achieve the desired results in the World Cup, even after the World Cup, Diego Alonso, who took the helm in 2021, maintained the system.
On the other hand, Korea is looking for a new head coach after Bento left at the end of the World Cup. On the 25th, the first meeting to elect a coach was held under the presidency of Michael Müller, the Korea Football Association’s National Team Strengthening Committee. Chairman Müller, who is from Germany, said, “Even if it takes time, I will carefully appoint a coach.”