U-20 World Cup, 'Group of Combat' which is designed by Maradona and Aimar
Date : 2017.03.21
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Guinea, Argentina and England - these are the teams that Korea U-20 National Team, led by Coach Shin Taeyong will have to fight.
The official draw for the 'FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea 2017' was held in Atrium, Suwon on March 15. It is confirmed that Korea's opponents in the group league are Guinea, Argentina and England. There is no doubt that it is the toughest group. Shin Taeyong team must be prepared fully until the opening of the game on May 20.
The official draw had a grand commencement including a show of opening film which introduces 6 host cities such as Suwon. Next, Ahn Junghwan, the honorary ambassador of the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup Organization Committee, also known as a legend player of Korea and the mascot Chaormi have passed the official ball to the stage. Diego Maradona, the legend of Argentina and a world football star, passed a trophy. Maradona played a showmanship by kissing the trophy.
When a boy group called 'NCT DREAM' commenced the opening performance with the official song of the game, 'Trigger the Fever,' the mood was heated. Followed by the Chairman Jung Monggyu's welcoming speech, the official draw was started. The official draw was carried on by Rhiannon Martin, the U-20 World Cup General Manager and Jaime Yarza, the FIFA Competitions Manger.
Pablo Aimar, another legend player of Argentina together with Maradona had a role of assistant drawer. Cha Bumkun, the 'Cha boom' legend of Korea have also joined. Other assistant drawers included Park Yeeun, a women football player who was awarded for the young player award in the KFA awards last year, Choi Minho, a son of Choi Yungyeom, the coach of Gangwon FC and Yeom Taeyeong, the Suwon mayor.
The highlight was the moment when Maradona picked a piece of paper which has Argentina written on it from a ball in a port 2. It was the time to a team to fight in Group A together with South Korea, the host country. Maradona shouted "Argentina!" and the audience was stirred. Maradona shouted with joy as if he was enjoying it.
A few minutes later, Aimar drew a team for Group A from a port 3. "England!" he shouted. The audience was stirred once again. It was the moment to make a group with Argentina, which held six trophies in the U-20 World Cup, England, where the EPL players are playing and South Korea, the host country in one group. Finally, Guinea has joined this combat group.
It was curious to know Coach Shin Taeyong's emotional feeling. Coach Shin showed calmness when the official draw was ended. "It is a group of combat. There is no easy opponent team. Nothing can be changed. Rather than being anxious, we have to relax and get prepared. We have to have a confidence that we can fight with any team. As a captain of the team, I have to have such mind. I will let the team to fight as if it is the final round when we pass the group league," said Coach Shin.??
He also added "England is the most pressured team. They demonstrated very strong plays in Europe recently. I also get pressure for Guinea as it is the first game with them, but we have to win in order to pass the group league. I will request for an Africa team casting in the test event. Our players do not have much experiences with Africa teams. We'll get prepared well and have a good play."
Other coaches of teams in the same group with Korea also have joined the interview. Claudio Ubeda, the Coach of Argentina said "England is traditionally strong, Korea is the host and Guinea has a potential to bring a storm. I'm looking forward for the group league." Ubeda picked England as the most difficulty team. He also said "there's nothing much known about Korea but we have to get prepared for the supporters in the home ground.'
Coach Aaron Danks of England has visited Korea last year with England U-18 national team and U-19 national team. "Korea has strong spirit and is very enthusiastic. We'll get prepared strong in order to get prepared for Korea," said Coach Danks. Coach Diallo from Guinea said "Guinea is the team which has played until the last in Africa and qualified for the finals. Players' skills are excellent. Expect for a storm."
[FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea 2017 Group League Matching Result]
Group A: South Korea, Guinea, Argentina, England
Group B: Venezuela, Germany, Vanuatu, Mexico
Group C: Zambia, Portugal, Iran, Costa Rica
Group D: South Africa, Japan, Italia, Uruguay
Group E: France, Onduras, Vietnam, New Zealand
Group F: Ecuador, US, Saudi Arabia, Senegal
Words: Kwon Taejeong
Translation: Hyejoong Kim
Photo: FA Photos