South Korea, North Korea, China… Paris Olympics women’s football 亞 qualifying round ‘group of death’
The Korean women’s soccer team met North Korea and China on their way to the Olympic finals, which they challenge for the first time in history, and formed a ‘group of death’.
South Korea was placed in Group B along with North Korea, China and Thailand at the draw for the 2024 Paris Olympics Asian qualifier group held at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on the 18th. South Korea, North Korea, and China, which are evaluated as strong players within the top 20 of the FIFA rankings, were tied up in the same group and predicted a fierce battle.
South Korea’s FIFA ranking is 17th, China’s 13th, and Thailand’s 44th. In women’s football, North Korea is considered a strong player in the top 10 of the FIFA rankings. However, North Korean women’s football, which has not played international matches for more than four years since 2019, before the Corona 19 pandemic, was excluded from the FIFA ranking calculation.
In adult women’s soccer, South Korea is at an absolute inferiority against North Korea with 1 win, 3 draws and 15 losses in 19 matches. On August 4, 2005, Jeonju, North Jeolla Province won the East Asian Football Confederation Cup 1-0, and the only winning record was. They haven’t won since, but since 2016 there have been more draws than losses.
China was once one of the strongest players in women’s football. He is at a disadvantage with 4 wins, 8 draws and 29 losses in 41 matches against Korea. Furthermore, Group B matches of the Asian 2nd qualifying round will be held in China. Our national team also faced the task of overcoming the one-sided cheering of the home crowd during the match against China.
In the second round of Asian qualifiers, Australia, Taiwan, the Philippines, and Iran were placed in Group A, while Japan, Vietnam, Uzbekistan, and India were placed in Group C. The top three countries in each group and one country with the best score among the second place will advance to the Asian finals.
The final qualifying rounds will be held on February 24 and 28, 2024, five months before the opening of the Paris Olympics. The four countries advancing to the final qualifying round will be divided into two groups and the winner will be determined in a ‘home and away’ fashion. The winner will advance to the Olympic finals. Two tickets are given to the AFC to qualify for the finals 먹튀검증.
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