The Korea Football Association (KFA) on Wednesday announced the schedule for the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Qatar Asian Cup for the men’s national team, led by head coach Jürgen Klinsmann.
According to the federation, Klinsmann will first convene key domestic players such as Krieger on the 26th, the day after Christmas, to train near Seoul. Afterward, the final roster for Qatar will be finalized after the training. However, during the domestic training, Son Heung-min (Tottenham), Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton), Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain), and Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich) will not be summoned and will fulfill their respective team schedules.월카지노
After selecting the final roster, Klinsmann’s team will depart the country on the 2nd of next month for acclimatization training in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) before arriving in Qatar. On the 6th, the team will play an official exhibition match to improve their game and perfect their tactics. The opponent is currently undecided.
The European squad will join the national team in Abu Dhabi without stepping foot on domestic soil. The Asian Cup is a FIFA mandatory call-up tournament, which means the team can join 15 days before the first match of the tournament. Therefore, the team will be able to train fully upon arrival in Abu Dhabi.
South Korea’s head coach Klinsmann talks to Kim Min-jae after South Korea’s 4-0 victory over Tunisia during the Hana Bank Invitational Football Tournament match between South Korea and Tunisia at Seoul World Cup Stadium in Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea, on Wednesday afternoon. Photo.
Hwang In-beom of South Korea attempts to shoot during the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Round of 16 match between South Korea and Bahrain at the Maktoum Bin Rashid Stadium in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on April 22, 2019.
The team will spend the next eight days in Abu Dhabi perfecting their game before traveling to the Qatari capital Doha for the final on Tuesday. South Korea, which is in Group E with Bahrain, Jordan, and Malaysia, will open the tournament on Sept. 15 against Bahrain at the 15,000-capacity Jassim bin Hamad Stadium. Games two and three will be against Jordan (Sept. 20) and Malaysia (Sept. 25), respectively. With all three group games categorized as relative underdogs and scheduled five days apart, the team should have no trouble reaching the round of 16.
The Asian Cup features 24 nations in six groups (A through F), with the top four best performing teams from the first and second place finishers in each group and the top three in each group advancing to the round of 16.
South Korea hasn’t won the tournament since the inaugural edition in Hong Kong in 1956 and back-to-back titles at home in 1960. With the European “golden generation” of Son Heung-min and Lee Kang-in at the helm, a return to the top after 64 years is possible.
At a press conference earlier this month ahead of the second qualifying round for the 2026 North and Central American World Cup in Asia, Klinsmann said, “Many players such as Son Heung-min, Hwang Hee-chan, Kim Min-jae, Lee Kang-in, and Jung Woo-young are playing on Europe’s top stage, so I have faith that we can achieve the desired result at the Asian Cup.” “We can break Japan and Australia,” he said, emphasizing the goal as ‘winning’.
South Korea’s Hwang Hee-chan celebrates after scoring a second half goal during the 2026 FIFA North America Cup Asia Zone Second Qualifying Match between South Korea and Singapore at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on Saturday. Photo.
The association also has high hopes for the Asian Cup, with the decision to offer a reward of 50 million won per player for winning the tournament.
Japan is the most decorated Asian Cup winner. Japan has won the tournament four times: in 1992 in Japan, 2000 in Lebanon, 2004 in China, and 2011 in Qatar. Iran and Saudi Arabia follow with three titles each.
Host Qatar won its first Asian title at the last edition in the United Arab Emirates (2019).