The Purple Devils have defeated India on all three events once they confronted one another within the AFC U16 Championship… QUICK FACTSTeam identify: South Korea
Nickname: The Purple Devils
Supervisor: Music Kyung-subEditors’ Picks
Final recreation: South Korea 1-2 Turkey (January 2020)
TEAM PROFILESouth Korea boasts nice success within the AFC U16 Championship. They received it twice – in Qatar in 1986 and within the UAE in 2002.
They have been on the best facet of penalty shootouts in each finals, with Yemen and Qatar on the receiving finish in 1986 and 2002, respectively.
Of their final 5 appearances within the competitors, Korea managed two silver medals and one semi-final end. After topping the group that additionally contained India in 2008, Korea eased previous hosts Uzbekistan and edged Japan within the quarterfinals and semi-final respectively earlier than succumbing to Iran within the last.
Apparently, they might not qualify for the 2010 version and sat out of the ultimate spherical for under the fourth time in historical past.
Korea completed runners-up but once more in 2014. A cushty group stage constructed as much as two easy knockout rounds with the Purple Devils comfortably getting previous Japan and Syria. However DPR Korea edged them within the finals to assert their second title.
The 2016 AFC U16 Championship that was held in India stays the one version since 1996 during which Korea certified for the ultimate spherical however did not make it out of the group. Nevertheless, they made a press release upon return within the 2018 version with a top-four end.
The Purple Devils defeated two of their present group stage opponents in that version. They topped a gaggle that additionally contained Australia and defeated India within the quarterfinals earlier than dropping to Tajikistan on penalties within the semi-final.
Having remained within the high echelons of Asian soccer persistently, South Korea have featured within the FIFA U17 World Cup very often.
Considered one of their finest runs within the competitors arrived final yr once they certified for the quarterfinals within the match that was held in Brazil. A 1-Zero defeat in opposition to eventual silver medallists Mexico ended their marketing campaign.
LESSONS FROM THE PASTKorea and India have confronted one another thrice within the competitors, with the previous rising victorious on all three events. The Purple Devils eased to a 3-1 win within the quarterfinals in 2002 and additional went on to assert the title.
The score-line was not type to the Blue Colts when the 2 groups squared off within the Group Stage of the 2008 version. Korea registered a 5-2 win as they topped the group with an unbelievable purpose distinction of +12.
Extra not too long ago, Korea halted India’s promising run in 2018 with a hard-earned 1-Zero win within the quarterfinals.
H-H GAMES INDIA WINS DRAWS KOR WINS GOALS (INDIA) GOALS (KOR) GD (INDIA) WIN % (INDIA) v SOUTH KOREA 3 0 0 3 3 9 -6 0 RECENT RESULTSThe Purple Devils breezed previous Thailand, Chinese language Taipei and Myanmar within the qualifiers for the 2020 AFC U16 Championship that was held in Myanmar final yr. They scored 13 and conceded zero objectives in three video games to storm into the ultimate spherical.
Earlier this yr, Korea completed runners-up within the 2020 Mercedes Benz Aegean Cup that was hosted by Turkey in January.
They completed on high of the group that additionally contained Albania, Ukraine and Macedonia. Nevertheless, a 1-2 defeat to hosts Turkey within the last meant that the Purple Devils needed to accept a silver medal.
The footballing world coming to a standstill for 3 months because of the Coronavirus pandemic. Whereas most international locations are but to renew coaching, the Korean U16 group began working collectively from June 22nd and the group of 34 gamers have been in a coaching within the camp till June 26th.
WHAT TO EXPECTManager Music Kyung-sub skilled coaches as an teacher on the Korean Soccer Affiliation (KFA) for 16 years. He began managing professionally in 2017, choosing up the reins at Ok League facet Gangwon FC.
The 49-year-old emphasises in build-up play, together with his defenders beginning the transfer in a affected person method. The group creates probabilities by passing within the last third and capitalising on the best second to sting.
An unbelievable assault paired with a stable defence that didn’t concede a single purpose within the qualifiers makes Korea a power to be reckoned with within the AFC U16 Championship.
PLAYER TO WATCHThe captain of the facet Lee Gyu-baek is an thrilling defender and a stable chief of the backline who has performed a key position in amassing an enormous variety of clean-sheets in current occasions (5 in six video games).
In assault, the Purple Devils have Jang Ha-min, who has scored 14 objectives in his final 13 video games for the U16 facet.