Paju NFC convened on the 30th… Departure to Indonesia on November 6th
Coach Byun Seong-hwan, who leads the men’s under-17 굿모닝토토(U-17) soccer team, expressed his intention to challenge for the quarterfinals, the best performance of all time, in the upcoming World Cup.
The national team was summoned to the Paju National Football Team Training Center (NFC) on the 30th, about two weeks before the 2023 FIFA U-17 World Cup to be held in Indonesia.
The national team will train for 7 days and then leave for Indonesia, the site of the final match, on the 6th of next month. Korea, belonging to Group E, will face the United States on the 12th, France on the 15th, and Burkina Faso on the 18th in the group stage.
24 teams participate in the U-17 World Cup. Korea advanced to the finals for the 7th time. The highest score ever is the quarterfinals. It reached the quarterfinals in 2019, 1987, and 2009.
According to the Korea Football Association, coach Byun Seong-hwan said in an interview at Paju NFC, “The result of the game is unpredictable. But what is clear is that we prepare to win the game,” and “I know that the best performance in the U-17 World Cup is the quarterfinals.” “I will challenge that record,” he said.
We are preparing for revenge against Japan. Byeon Seong-Hwan qualified for the finals at the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-17 Asian Cup held in Thailand last July, but lost 0-3 to Japan in the final. Coach Byun said, “I thought that if things went well for us, we could get revenge on Japan in the round of 16. When we meet Japan again, I want to prepare well for the areas we were lacking and create a situation where we smile with good performance.” revealed.
The presence of injured players is a cause for concern. He said, “Several important players have left due to injuries. The technical aspects I want have improved compared to before, but I cannot say that the organization has improved significantly because many new players have joined.” “As we played the game, each player’s confidence increased a lot,” he said.