Return to the World Cup After 4 Years’ North Korean Soccer, First Round of Qualifiers Played in a Third Country Instead of at Home
FIFA website, North Korea-Syria World Cup Asia 2nd qualifying round held in Saudi Arabia
It is understood that the North Korean men’s national team,
which is returning to the FIFA World Cup stage for the first time in four years,
will not immediately play a home game in the second qualifying round in the Asian region.
According to the FIFA website on the 2nd, the first match of the North and Central America World Cup Asian region second qualifying round match between North Korea and Syria,
scheduled for 2 a.m. on the 17th, Korean time, will be held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, a third country.
Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal Stadium, the home stadium of Saudi professional soccer team Al-Ittihad,
was assigned as the stadium. 카지노
Through this game, North Korea’s national team A will return to the World Cup stage for the first time in about four years since November 2019.
At the time, North Korea participated in the second Asian qualifying round to advance to the 2022 Qatar World Cup finals and played against South Korea,
but withdrew due to the 2020 novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19).
In this preliminary round, the opposing country must also play a visiting game,
so it was of interest whether North Korea, which closed its borders due to COVID-19,
would accept foreign teams.
In particular, as the team in Pot 3 of each group played its home game against the team in Pot 2,
attention was focused on the location of North Korea’s first match.
North Korean National Team
According to the way the tournament was conducted, North Korea, a 3-pot team,
was supposed to play a home match against Syria, a 2-port team,
in Group B with Japan and Myanmar, but according to FIFA’s notice,
it appears that the game was not opened this time.
Except for Group B, the first game of all groups will be played at the home of the 3-pot team.
It is assumed that the first round will be held in Saudi Arabia, a third country,
as the game cannot be held in Syria, which is suffering from the devastation of the civil war.
After finishing the match against Syria, the North Korean men’s soccer team will play an away match against Myanmar in the second round of the preliminary round at Tuunna Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar, on the 21st.
North Korean men’s soccer, which had disappeared from the international stage for a while,
reappeared through the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games held in September and October.
This is his return to the international stage after about 3 years and 8 months since the AFC Under-23 Championship in January 2020.
The North Korean national team, led by coach Shin Yong-nam,
lost 1-2 to Japan in the quarterfinals held at the Xiaoshan Sports Center Stadium in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China on the 1st of last month and was eliminated.