The long-awaited match against Korea and Japan may be the debut match that Paulo Bento’s successor will play.
According to a report by Japan’s ‘Yahoo’ on the 2nd (Korean time), Yasuharu Sorimachi, the Japan Football Association (hereinafter referred to as JFA) Technical Committee Chairman, announced that he would consider Korea against the Japanese national football team’s March A match.
The background of Sorimachi’s remarks is as follows. Japan is currently preparing its first A-match schedule for 2023. In a situation where the A match for March has not yet been decided, Sorimachi said to Sorimachi, “Korea is strong that coach Bahad Halilhodzic may be appointed, and he continues to appear in the World Cup. If we play against Korea, the atmosphere will be very uplifting. Korea Are you also considering it?” was asked.
In response, Sorimachi, technical committee chairman, replied, “We’ll see. We’ll announce the opponent. Korea is strong. We advanced to the round of 16 at the World Cup in Qatar. It’s a consideration.”
Like the JFA, the Korea Football Association is also reviewing opponents for an A match in March. The country the Korea Football Association is considering is known as a South American country. Before Sorimachi’s remarks, reporter Federico Baisan of Uruguayan media ‘Tele Uruguay’ posted on his social media account, “The Uruguay national soccer team’s first opponent for the March A match has been decided.” On the 27th, we will have an away evaluation match against Japan.”
However, if Japan wants an A-match against Korea, the situation could be quite different. During the A-match period in March, it is impossible to play against European, African, and North and Central American countries as they have their respective continental Nations League schedules. The remaining continents are Asia and South America. If there is the will of the associations of each country, the possibility of the Korea-Japan match is not small. Japan, in particular, has less burden on distance, whether away from home or away. Because it is a Korea-Japan match, it can also aim for a box office hit.
Meanwhile, the Korea Football Association also needs to find a new command tower before the A match is held in March. The first video conference was held on the 25th by six members of the National Power Enhancement Committee, including Michael Müller, the National Power Enhancement Committee. A new command tower must be announced before the A-match in March so that a proper team can be formed and the match can be played. 메이저사이트