The Korean national under-20 (U-20) soccer team recorded a record of advancing to the quarterfinals in two consecutive competitions (2019 and 2023) for the first time through the 2023 U-20 World Cup.
Adding one more fact to this, Korea was the only Asian country to advance to the quarterfinals in two consecutive tournaments during this period.먹튀검증
The Korean U-20 national team, led by coach Kim Eun-joong, advanced to the quarterfinals by winning 3-2 against Ecuador in the round of 16 match held at the Santiago del Estero Stadium in Argentina on the 2nd (Korean time).
As a result, Korean football has achieved the achievement of advancing to the quarterfinals six times in the U-20 World Cup (1983, 1991, 2009, 2013, 2019, 2023).
Among them, the best result ever was the runner-up in the 2019 competition. In Mexico in 1983, he placed fourth.
In terms of ‘consecutive record’, Korea advanced to the quarterfinals in two consecutive competitions following the 2019 competition.
Korean football has been held twice in 2009 (8th round), 2011 (16th round), 2013 (8th round), 2017 (16th round), 2019 (runner-up) and 2023 (8th round). Although they have reached the round of 16 in a row, this is the first time they have advanced to the quarterfinals in two consecutive tournaments.
In the last two (2019 and 2023) Asian countries that have participated in the U-20 World Cup, there is no record of advancing to the quarterfinals twice in a row except for Korea.
Korea, Japan, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia participated in the 2019 tournament, and only Korea and Japan passed the group stage.
Coincidentally, Korea and Japan met in the round of 16, and after Korea won, they advanced to the semifinals and took second place.
Korea, Japan, Iraq, and Uzbekistan participated in this year’s tournament, but Korea and Uzbekistan advanced to the round of 16.
On the 31st of last month, Uzbekistan was beaten 0-1 by a theater goal in extra time in the second half by ‘European ambush’ Israel and was eliminated, while Korea defeated Ecuador that day and advanced to the quarterfinals.
In the 2017 tournament, three countries – Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Japan – advanced to the round of 16, but all failed to advance to the quarterfinals.
Japan had previously advanced to the quarterfinals in three consecutive tournaments (quarterfinals in 1995, quarterfinals in 1997, and runner-up in 1999), but since advancing to the quarterfinals in 2003, it has not made it past the round of 16.
With Korea surviving as the only Asian country in this tournament, 8 teams, including the United States (North and Central America), Nigeria (Africa), Italy, Israel (above Europe), Colombia, Brazil, and Uruguay (above South America), participated from the 4th to the 8th Korea time. play a strong battle
While only one team from Asia, North and Central America, and Africa survives, two European teams and three South American teams compete for the ‘semifinal ticket’.
At the U-20 World Cup, which marks its 23rd year this year, South America is the continent that has won the most championships.
In South America, only Argentina (six times) and Brazil (five times) were champions.
In this year’s tournament, Argentina lost to Nigeria in the round of 16 and was eliminated, but three teams, Brazil, Uruguay and Colombia, advanced to the quarterfinals and continued their ‘South American strength’. Brazil will try to tie the record for the most wins in history at this tournament.
As for European countries, only Portugal and Serbia have won the championship twice, and only Ghana has lifted the champion trophy on the African continent. There are no examples of winning Asian countries. Korea’s runner-up in the 2019 tournament is more regretful.
The matchup for the quarterfinals of this tournament is ▲ Israel-Brazil (2:30 am on the 4th) ▲ Colombia-Italy (6:00 am on the 4th) ▲ Korea-Nigeria (2:30 am on the 5th) ▲ USA-Uruguay (5th) at 6 a.m.).
If Korea defeats Nigeria in the quarterfinals, it will play the semifinal against the Colombia-Italy winner at 6 am on the 9th at La Plata.