An unprecedented summer that will captivate the eyes and ears of soccer fans is coming. Europe’s top football teams rushed to announce their visit to Korea. As many as seven European football clubs are expected to visit Korea.
The first clubs that decided to go to Korea were Manchester City (hereinafter referred to as Man City), a prestigious English Premier League, and Atletico Madrid (hereinafter referred to as AT Madrid), a powerhouse in the Spanish Primera Liga. Like Tottenham Hotspur (England) and Sevilla (Spain) who visited Korea last year, they are planning to join hands with the Professional Football Federation and engage in a triangular match against K-League All-Stars.
Man City are the favorites to win the Premier League this season. World-class stars such as Elling Holland (23, Norway), Kevin De Bruyne (32, Belgium), and Jack Grealish (28, England), who are breaking the scoring records one after another by scoring 35 goals in the regular season. lined up
Atletico Madrid is competing fiercely for second place in the Primera Liga with local rivals Real Madrid. Recently, there have been reports that Lee Kang-in (22, Mallorca) has been walking his arms around to recruit him. There is a possibility that AT Madrid’s match in Korea will be Lee Kang-in’s initiation ceremony and debut match. AT Madrid will face off against the K-League All-Stars at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on July 27th. Three days later, at the same place, AT Madrid and Man City face off.
Celtic, a prestigious Scottish club, Wolverhampton, a Premier League club, and AS Roma, a prestigious Serie A club, are also visiting Korea. Four teams will play a friendly match with Incheon United in the K-League. Soccer team striker Oh Hyun-gyu (22, Celtic) and Hwang Hee-chan (27, Wolverhampton) will face each other wearing their team uniforms. AS Roma coach Jose Mourinho (60, Portugal), who is popular in Korea, can also be seen.
Napoli and Lee Kang-in’s team Mallorca, which recently confirmed their Italian Serie A championship with Kim Min-jae, are also planning to visit Korea. Unlike European soccer teams visiting Asia, who usually schedule tours right before the new season, the two teams plan to visit Korea early next month, right after the end of this season. The reason why Napoli and Mallorca are rushing to visit Korea in June is because the two teams’ leading stars, Kim Min-jae and Lee Kang-in, are each negotiating a transfer this summer.카지노사이트
The variable is a schedule. It is unclear whether the Korea Football Federation and the Korea Football Association will approve the match due to overlapping schedules with the K-League schedule. The organizers set the dates for the two teams to play in Korea on the 8th and 10th of the following month. The schedule overlaps with the 3 K League 1 matches to be held on the 10th.
The Professional Football Federation is in the position that “the principle is not to allow friendly matches that may infringe on the rights of the K-League.” For the same reason, the confrontation between AS Roma and Wolverhampton, scheduled for July 29, was also decided as ‘not legally possible’. On that day, two K-League 2 (second division) matches will be held.
It is a welcome thing to see prestigious European clubs visit Korea one after another, but careful and elaborate preparations are required. The voice that the incident that occurred during Juventus (Italy)’s visit to Korea in 2019 should be taken as a point of calculation gains persuasiveness. At that time, Juventus players were late to the pitch and delayed the game by 57 minutes. Not only that, but the promise to send Cristiano Ronaldo (38, Al Nasr), the star, was not kept. The aftermath was formidable, with angry fans filing a lawsuit against the organizers. If an accident similar to Juventus’s match in Korea recurs due to lack of preparation, it could pour cold water on the soccer fever.
An official from the Korea Football Association said, “We will carefully examine not only the tournament schedule but also the competitiveness of the organizers promoting European soccer teams’ matches in Korea to determine approval or not.” It becomes an important criterion,” he explained.