Korean soccer, playing for the 2026 FIFA North and Central America World Cup, will hold its first preliminary match at the Seoul World Cup Stadium, taking into account the convenience of movement for players and an environment where more fans can cheer.
The Korea Football Association announced on the 20th that the first match of the Group C match between Singapore and North Korea, Central America World Cup Asia 2nd qualifying round will be held at the Seoul World Cup Stadium at 8 p.m. on the 16th of next month.
The Korean national team, led by coach Jurgen Klinsmann, will play the second game on the 21st in China after the first game against Singapore. It is said that Seoul World Cup Stadium was chosen as the venue for the match considering these factors.
An association official explained through Newsis on this day, “The preliminary round will be home and away. We took into consideration the physical distance from the training site, Paju National Training Center (NFC), and the route of departure to China after the Singapore game.”
He also added, “The team’s momentum is really good these days. The fact that it can accommodate a lot of fans was also a factor in choosing the Seoul World Cup Stadium.” Coach Klinsmann does not receive full support from fans, but he is currently on a three-game winning streak.안전놀이터
Apart from not being trusted, the ability to mobilize the audience is also excellent. In particular, for the Vietnam match held at Suwon World Cup Stadium on the 17th, about 41,000 seats were sold out.
However, due to these factors, the preliminary matches are not always held at the Seoul World Cup Stadium. This official said, “All stadiums in the metropolitan area can be candidates,” leaving open the possibility that fans could meet the Taegeuk Warriors not only in Seoul but also in many other stadiums.
Meanwhile, Klinsmann will compete against not only Singapore and China, but also Thailand in Group C of the second preliminary round.
You must be in the top 2 of your group in the second qualifying round to advance to the third qualifying round. At the same time, we will secure the right to participate in the Asian Cup finals to be held in Saudi Arabia in 2027.
Next year, they will play a home game against Thailand on March 21st and travel to Thailand on the 26th of the same month. Lastly, the final match of the second preliminary round will be played away to Singapore on June 6th and at home against China on the 11th.
The first opponent, Singapore, is the team that defeated Guam in the first preliminary round. The FIFA ranking is 157th, which is far behind Korea (26th), so it is a game where victory is expected to be easy.