“A waste of a member. Not good enough to use against us”.
The Korea Football Association (KFA) on Saturday announced the 23-man roster for the A squad that will compete in two Asian qualifiers for the 2026 North American World Cup starting in November.
The squad will convene at a hotel in Seoul on the afternoon of the 13th to train at the Mokdong Stadium main stadium, and will travel to Shenzhen, China on the 16th to face Singapore (20:00, Seoul World Cup Stadium) in the first match of the qualifiers before departing for China (21:00, Shenzhen Universiade Sports Center) on the 19th.
Klinsmann will hold a media conference on the morning of the 13th to discuss the selection and provide an overview of the call-up.
First time in action.
Klinsmann has played eight games since taking over in March, but all of them have been friendlies.
They faced Colombia, Uruguay, Peru, El Salvador, Tunisia, and Vietnam at home and Wales and Saudi Arabia on their September European tour.
The record was three wins, three draws, and two losses.
Klinsmann was heavily criticized for failing to win five games in a row, but things started to pick up against Saudi Arabia.
A 1-0 victory over the Saudis gave them their long-awaited first win, followed by a 4-0 win over Tunisia and a 6-0 win over Vietnam.
Now, it’s on to the second round of World Cup qualifying and the Asian Cup.
In the A-Match, South Korea will be fielding its most elite squad yet. 안전토토사이트
With the Son-Heung-min-Madison combination dominating the English Premier League (PL), Bayern Munich defender Kim Min-jae, and the flashy attacking Lee Kang-in, there are no holes in the defense.
The roster includes the same main players who were called up in October, including captain Son Heung-min (Tottenham), Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich), Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain), Lee Jae-sung (Mainz), Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton), and Cho Kyu-sung (Mittwilan).
In addition to Moon Sun-min (Jeonbuk), Jung Seung-hyun (Ulsan), and Lee Ki-je (Suwon), who have been consistently called up in the K League, Kim Jin-soo (Jeonbuk), Kim Tae-hwan (Ulsan), and Lee Sun-min (Gwangju) have also been called up, while goalkeeper Song Bum-geun (Shonan Belmare) returns to the squad after a five-month absence.
Indeed, Klinsmann’s squad is dominated by Europeans, including key members of the core squad.
Soccer broadcasting site Zvo.com released the Korean roster and said, “Son Heung-min and Kim Min-jae will be at the top of the lineup.”
One netizen pointed out, “In the past, I thought Korea was a rivalry, but now I don’t think anything of it.”
Other fans were equally impressed.
Chinese fans criticized their national team, saying, “Why bring all the main players against China, it will only show the difference,” or “It’s an honor for Chinese football to have Son Heung-min in that game.”