After qualifying for the World Cup for the first time at the 2003 tournament in the United States, the Korean women’s soccer team qualified for the second time in 12 years at the 2015 World Cup in Canada, where they won their first World Cup title and advanced to the round of 16. The team was placed in Group E and lost 0-2 to Brazil in the first leg, then drew 2-2 with Costa Rica in the second leg before coming from behind to beat Spain 2-1 in the third leg.
The first game of the group stage will be crucial for the Korean women’s soccer team to achieve the ‘Again in 2015’ at the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, which kicks off on June 20. The 17th-ranked South Koreans are in Group H and will face Colombia (25th) on Sept. 25, Morocco (72nd) on Sept. 30, and Germany (2nd) on Sept. 3. All three are first-time opponents. Morocco’s lowest ranking makes it a perfect one-win offering, but a must-win against Colombia is the best-case scenario as South Korea will have to face Morocco with a psychological deficit if they lose against Colombia.
With that in mind, the South Korean women’s national soccer team, led by head coach Colleen Bell, will play its final domestic test against a fictional Colombia at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on Aug. 8 at 5 p.m. The opponent is Haiti, a fellow North American country. Ranked 53rd in the FIFA rankings, Haiti is lower than Colombia, but it made a splash in the intercontinental playoffs of this year’s World Cup qualifiers, defeating Senegal (82nd) in Africa and Chile (41st) in South America to qualify for its first-ever tournament. Haiti was drawn in Group D with China, England, and Denmark. 메이저사이트
Against Haiti, South Korea will be looking to see the effects of a recent 20-day “high-intensity training program” focused on improving fitness and resilience. The game against Haiti will also serve as the team’s World Cup kickoff. After the game, the national team will circle the field with a large flag to send off the fans, and hip-hop label AOMG artists will perform a concert with the theme of ‘Hip-Hop Ground’.
After the match, the team will have one day off on the 11th before departing for Australia on the 10th, and will train every day until the 25th against Colombia. On the 16th, the team will also face the Netherlands, ranked ninth in the FIFA rankings, in a closed-door trial.
“We will analyze our weaknesses from the two games and work on tactics,” Bell said in a press conference on Friday. “Colombia is an active, physical team. “They are an active, physically strong team, and we will prepare for these two games with that in mind.