Peru and El Salvador have been chosen as opponents for the A match of the national soccer team to be held in Korea in June.
The Korea Football Association (KFA) announced 메이저놀이터 on the 21st that the national team led by coach Jurgen Klinsmann will play a friendly match against Peru on June 16 and El Salvador on the 20th. The venue and kickoff time are undecided. Since both matches will be held during the A-match period set by FIFA (International Football Federation), all players from overseas will participate.
Peru is currently ranked 21st in the FIFA rankings, six places higher than South Korea, which is ranked 27th. It has advanced to the World Cup finals a total of five times, and the most recent tournament was the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The last World Cup in Qatar was defeated by Australia after a penalty shoot-out in the intercontinental playoff and failed to advance to the finals. In Copa America, a South American competition, it reached the quarterfinals in the 2021 competition.
Korea has never defeated Peru in national team matches at any level. The previous record between national teams is 2 matches, 1 draw and 1 loss. In 1971, they lost 0-4 in an away friendly match, and 10 years ago, in August 2013, in Suwon, the national team led by coach Hong Myung-bo drew 0-0. As for the national team by age, the 2007 U-17 team and the 2014 U-15 team faced each other once and lost both times.
El Salvador in North and Central America is the first opponent to face. The FIFA ranking is 75th. They have qualified for the World Cup finals twice, but the 1982 World Cup in Spain was their last. Recently, players of El Salvador descent, who are active in the US and Europe, are joining the national team to increase their power. In the 2021 North and Central America Gold Cup, he reached the quarterfinals.
Peru will enter the South American qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup in North and Central America from September. El Salvador is ahead of the 2023 North & Central America Gold Cup, which opens on June 24th. Both teams are expected to play intense matches close to real life as they will visit Korea as a final test stage ahead of an important tournament. Both teams will also play against Japan during this A-match period.