[스포티비뉴스=박대성 기자] The Japanese national team will promote an evaluation match against the winning team of the World Cup, the national team of Argentina. If Japan invites Argentina’s national team, there is a possibility that they will visit Korea.
Japanese media ‘Hochi Sports’ reported on the 7th, “The Japan-Argentina evaluation match is on the rise. According to officials, the Japan Football Association is negotiating behind the scenes with the Argentina national team for an evaluation match in March. And I want an evaluation match.”
In fact, it appears that the Japan Football Association is considering a friendly match with the Argentine national team. Although no specific comments have been made yet, Japan Football Association president Kozo Tajima said, “I want to play against a solid team in the national stadium,” and Executive Director Tsuneyasu Miyamoto also said, “(The match Argentina and evaluation ) are good opponents from a player’s point of view.”
Japan Football Association Technical Committee Chairman Yasuhiro Sorimachi announced the annual schedule for all levels in 2023, saying, “The World Cup in Qatar is over. We must prepare for the next step. We beat the Germany and Spain at the World Cup in Qatar, but we must not rest on our laurels FIFA Rankings Although we have risen to 20th place, we must temper ourselves with a stronger team We will try to play in against a team with a higher FIFA ranking than Japan.
Japan’s national team confirmed an exhibition match against Colombia in March. This is the opponent for the second evaluation match on March 28th.
If Japan faces Argentina’s national team, there is a possibility that they will come to Korea. The Korea Football Association planned four games in June to mark the 20th anniversary of the Korea-Japan World Cup, and Argentina was on the list at the time. There was also a report on the clash with Korea in Argentina.
Argentina planned to return to Korea after a friendly match against Brazil on June 11 in Melbourne, Australia. However, there were evaluation matches in London, England, Italy on June 1st, and Israel on the 6th. Due to the unreasonable schedule of going to and from the continent, Korea and Japan had to play an evaluation game against Brazil.
When inviting world-class teams, there are quite a few instances where Korea and Japan alternated games. Coincidentally, the Korean national team also has an evaluation match against the Colombian national team on March 24th.
Of course, it is not easy as Argentina won the Qatar World Cup for the first time in 36 years. Uruguay was also mentioned as the opponent for the second Korean national team evaluation match. However, if the evaluation match with Argentina is held again in March next year, we could see the ‘god of football’ and the ‘highest scorer in the league’ clash.