Having spent the last eight months perfecting their squad through eight trials, the Klinsmanns are now ready for the ‘real thing’ – the second round of Asian qualifiers for the 2026 FIFA World Cup North and Central America.
Klinsmann’s November opponents are Singapore and China. It might seem like an easy task. However, they are part of the preparation for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup, which kicks off two months later. We have to give it our all because we need to get good results and points to continue our momentum at the Asian Cup.
Jürgen Klinsmann’s men will take on Singapore at 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Seoul World Cup Stadium in the first match of Group C of the North and Central American World Cup Asia Second Qualifying Round.
Singapore is ranked 155th in the FIFA rankings, a far cry from the 24th-ranked South Koreans. In terms of the head-to-head record, South Korea has the edge with 21 wins, 3 draws, and 2 losses.
Naturally, expectations are high for a big goal against Singapore. The last time South Korea faced Singapore, in September 1990, they recorded a 7-0 victory.
International striker Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton) said, “The players are in good form. We will try to score as many goals as possible. It’s our last home game of the year, so we want to give our fans a good show and a good result.”
If Korea wins the Singapore and China games with multiple goals, they will be in good shape for the Asian Cup in Qatar next January.
South Korea will need to score early if they want to win with a lot of goals. South Korea took an early lead against Vietnam in an exhibition match last month when Kim Min-jae scored a header in the fifth minute of the first half, and then went on to score six goals in the second half.
“It’s important to get our rhythm and tempo from the start,” Klinsmann said. If you wait for the opponent to settle down, it can be difficult later on,” Klinsmann said, emphasizing the early goal. 보스토토 도메인
However, things may not go their way in Singapore. “Bayern Munich (Germany) lost to a third division team and were knocked out of the cup,” Klinsmann said. That’s soccer. You can’t take the second qualifier for granted,” Klinsmann said, keeping the team on their toes.
In fact, South Korea had already earned hard-fought one-goal victories over Syria and Kuwait in the second round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. They also drew 0-0 away matches against North Korea and Lebanon in the second round of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.