team’s score , Korean soccer once again wrote a ‘four-final myth’. It is an achievement achieved by coming together as one through strong teamwork.먹튀검증
The Korean national soccer team under the age of 20 (U-20) led by coach Kim Eun-joong defeated Nigeria 1-0 in the quarterfinals of the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup held at Santiago del Estero Stadium in Argentina on the 5th. entered the river Choi Seok-hyeon (Dankook University)’s golden header goal from a corner kick in the 5th minute of extra time decided the game.
U-20 third semi-final Shinhwa The U-20 national team players beat Nigeria 1-0 in the quarterfinals of the 2023 International Football Federation U-20 World Cup held at Santiago del Estero Stadium in Argentina on the 5th and succeeded in advancing to the semifinals, then raised the national flag. They are happy to walk around the ground holding it. Santiago del Estero = AP News
With this, Korea vomited its spirit to advance to the semifinals for the second consecutive U-20 World Cup following the runner-up four years ago. It is the fifth time since 1983, the 2019 U-20 World Cup, the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup, and the 2012 London Olympics (sponsored by the International Olympic Committee and sponsored by FIFA) that Korean men’s football has reached the semifinals of a FIFA competition. The national team aims to advance to the final against Italy at 6 am on the 9th.
Nigeria recorded 2 wins and 1 loss in Group D, the ‘Group of Death’, which included Brazil and Italy. In the round of 16, Nigeria was a strong team that beat host country Argentina 2-0, making it a tough opponent for Korea. The national team was dragged around without recording a single shot on target until the first goal was scored, and the total number of shots was far behind at 4-22. However, Korea blocked Nigeria’s wave of offensive with solid organization and showed concentration not to miss a single opportunity. Manager Kim Eun-joong was delighted, saying, “The players persevered and produced good results.” “I am very grateful that it seems to be the future of Korean football.”
The U-20 national team did not receive much attention until the tournament. From the 2017 U-20 World Cup, in which Lee Seung-woo (Suwon FC) and Baek Seung-ho (Jeonbuk) made it to the round of 16, and Lee Kang-in (Mallorca), who won the ‘Golden Ball (MVP)’ in the tournament, in 2019, ‘ There was a ‘star’, but this time, there were no players that drew attention. Concerns were greater than expectations to the extent that even the uncomfortable expression “valley generation,” which means skipping a generation, was followed.
However, the Taegeuk Warriors made a splendid feat of advancing to the semifinals and succeeded in a pleasant rebellion. The players came together in coach Kim Eun-joong’s ‘real soccer’. After blocking the opponent’s attack with a strong defense, he focused on counterattacks and stabbed the opponent’s loopholes through set pieces. This strategy was so successful that 4 of the 8 goals in this tournament came from set-pieces. In this way, Korea was the only team out of the four teams that reached the semifinals to go undefeated in five consecutive games (3 wins, 2 draws).
As the game went on, the preliminary ‘stars’ began to appear. ‘Captain’ Lee Seung-won (Gangwon), who scored 1 goal and 4 assists, played a role as a bridge for the development of the attack. 4 assists is the highest record for a Korean player along with Lee Kang-in in 2019 in FIFA-sponsored competitions. In particular, Lee Seung-won recorded all 4 assists as set pieces (3 corner kicks, 1 free kick), which is the first ever.
Striker Lee Young-jun (Gimcheon) and midfielder Bae Jun-ho (Daejeon) are also outstanding. Lee Yeong-joon is an all-weather striker who is 190 cm tall, organically connected and has excellent decisive power. In the round of 16 match against Ecuador, he connected Bae Jun-ho’s cross with a chest trap followed by a volley, reminiscent of Park Ji-seong (director of Jeonbuk) in the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup match against Portugal. In the game against Ecuador, Bae showed off his presence by recording one goal and one assist while showing off his foot skills to deceive the opponent’s defense and even the goalkeeper.
Goal-scoring defender Choi Seok-hyun emerged as a ‘hero’. Choi Seok-hyun scored the winning goal with a header in two consecutive games following the round of 16. At 178 cm, he is not tall for a central defender, but he boasts formidable jumping power. In addition, players in charge of the rear, such as goalkeeper Kim Joon-hong (Gimcheon), who was nicknamed ‘Bit Jun-hong’ for his successive good performances, and Kim Ji-su (Seongnam) and Bae Seo-jun (Daejeon), who are engaged in hand-to-hand defense, cannot be left out.
Choi Seok-hyun cheers after scoring a header goal in the first half of extra time in the quarterfinals of the 2023 International Football Federation U-20 World Cup held at Santiago del Estero Stadium in Argentina on the 5th. yunhap news
The secret plan to break Italy on the 9th… “Tie up the top scorer Casadei’s feet”
Kim Eun-joong, who achieved the splendid feat of advancing to the semifinals for the second consecutive time at the FIFA U-20 World Cup, will face traditional stronghold Italy in the semifinals. . The Korean U-20 national team, led by coach Kim Eun-joong, will face off against Italy at 6 a.m. on the 9th to advance to the final.
Like Korea, which reached the semifinals for the second consecutive time, Italy also performed well in the recent U-20 World Cup. 3rd place in Korea in 2017 and 4th place in Poland in 2019.
Comparing the results of the two teams in this tournament, Korea has 3 wins and 2 draws, and Italy has 4 wins and 1 loss. Italy lost 0-2 to Nigeria, South Korea’s quarterfinal opponent, in the group stage, but defeated Brazil, considered a strong favorite, 3-2, and defeated another champion, England 2-1, in the round of 16.
He scored 11 goals in 5 games and conceded 6 goals. Compared to Korea, which scored 8 goals and conceded 5 goals in 5 games, it is evaluated that they are slightly ahead in attack and similar in defense.
Italy’s ‘warning target’ No. 1 is Cesare Casade, who is leading the scorer race by scoring 6 goals, more than half of the team’s goals. He is 186 cm tall, has decent physicality, and has the dribbling ability to carry the ball directly with quick feet, as well as good quality passes. Casaday, an attacking midfielder, has been famous as a goal-scoring midfielder since his youth days at Inter Milan, a so-called ‘middle rider’. In the 2021-2022 season, Inter Milan youth played 40 games and scored 17 goals.
Cesare Casadei of the Italian U-20 World Cup team. AP Yonhap News
In August of last year, English Premier League Chelsea acquired Casaday, who had not yet debuted in the adult team, for a transfer fee of 15 million euros (about 21 billion won) and a bonus of 5 million euros (about 7 billion won). In England, Casadei is evaluated as having potential comparable to Chelsea’s legendary midfielder, Frank Lampard.
Casadei started with two goals against Brazil and scored two goals against Dominican Republic in this tournament. He continued his scoring streak in his last three matches, including scoring one goal each against England in the round of 16 and Colombia in the quarterfinals.
Italy played the quarterfinals a day earlier than Korea, and Korea played an extended match in the quarterfinals, so Italy has an advantage in terms of physical strength.
However, in the history of the U-20 national team between Korea and Italy, Korea is ahead with two wins. At the U-20 World Cup in Australia in 1981, Choi Sun-ho (Suwon FC manager) scored two goals to win 4-1.