The national soccer team, led by coach Jürgen Klinsmann, arrived in Qatar on the afternoon of the 10th (local time) through Doha’s Hamad International Airport.
Klinsmann will compete in the 2023 Asian Cup, which will open on the 12th. In this tournament, Korean soccer is trying to win its first championship in 64 years.
As 64 years of history suggests, winning the Asian Cup has not been an easy task for Korean soccer. The national team, which includes Son Heung-min (Tottenham), Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain), Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich), and Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton), is considered the best member ever, so expectations are high, but as expected, we must not let our guard down.
Notably, Korea has never won a single Asian Cup championship in the Middle East. However, Qatar is a bit different.
Qatar is remembered as the ‘land of promise’ in Korean soccer.
It was the beginning of the final Asian qualifying round for the 1994 U.S. World Cup, which took place back in 1993. At the time, Korea was on the verge of failing to advance to the World Cup, but it dramatically revived.
At that time, the number of cases in which South Korea could advance to the World Cup finals had to win over North Korea by more than three goals in the final match, and Japan had to draw with Iraq. South Korea won 3-0 against North Korea, but Japan was leading Iraq 2-1 until the end of the game, which was a depressing situation.
However, in the extra time of the second half, Korea dramatically advanced to the U.S. World Cup finals as Iraq ended the match with a golden equalizer header from a corner kick opportunity. It is remembered as the “Miracle of Doja” in Korean soccer.
At the Qatar World Cup in November 2022, he also built the golden tower of advancing to the round of 16 at the away World Cup for the first time in 12 years.
South Korea’s chances of advancing to the round of 16 ahead of the final match were only 9%, and South Korea dramatically advanced to the round of 16 as Hwang Hee-chan scored a thrilling come-from-behind goal against Portugal in the second half.
Attention is focusing on whether Korean soccer will be able to stand at the top of the Asian Cup in Qatar, which is remembered as a “land of promise.”