The first game for the Taeguk Nangja (Female warriors) are fast approaching! The World Cup games are well underway. 8 games have been played so far, with Canada’s very own, Sinclair scoring the first goal through penalty. Tomorrow in Montreal Olympic Stadium at 7pm, the South Koreans will be playing against Brazil for the chance to reach the Round of 16. Let’s recap on the current squad so we can cheer for our beautiful nation together! Here is a clip of the Manager Yoon Duk Yeo, and Captain Cho So-Yun on their Game 9 Pre-Match Press Conference. KOREA REPUBLIC – Match 9 – Pre-Match Press Conference In terms of FIFA Women’s Ranking (http://www.fifa.com/fifa-world-ranking/ranking-table/women/), Group E Korea Republic – 18th Brazil – 7th Costa Rica – 37th Spain – 14th At this point in time, since Korea Republic has not been in the world cup, the current ranking does not represent the current statistics. However, South Korea is also one of the “dark horses” of the game and is tipped to win at least the next few World Cups.
The current squad has never been tested as the last time South Korean Women were entered in the World Cup, was in 2003. Women’s Soccer tends to be very high scoring. Only within the last few games in the World Cup, Germany has scored 10-0 to Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast). Hence, in Women’s Soccer, it is very important to finish the first half ahead.
South Korea has played USA (FIFA Ranking: 1st) on May 30th, and kept a clean sheet. Final score was 0-0 but there were many glimpses of magic in our offence as well as our defence. Taeguk Ladies has been known for strong defence and organized movement, but with the inclusion of recent playmakers such as Ji So-Yun (지소연), Jeon Gaeul (전가을), and powerful Park Eun-Sun (박은선), Republic of Korea is becoming a powerhouse and also a promising team for the future. Our next opponent to play South Korea tomorrow is Brazil (FIFA Ranking: 7th). As Brazil is a strong team, it may be a very difficult game. However, with a tie, we have a strong chance of making it out of the Group Stages and to the Round of 16.
Brazil’s Marta (Marta Vieira da Silva) is renowned to be the Female Neymar of the team. The five time FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year winner is 29-years old and is at the peak of her career. She will be looking forward to achieving a trophy at this World Cup. She is known to be the single talent within the team and with this player in control by our strong defence lead by Shim Seo-yeon (심서연), and Lim Sun-Joo (임선주), this game can definitely be won.
We will most likely stick to the 4-4-2 formation with great emphasis on defence and counter attack using our pacey wingers and attackers. With Korea losing another player Shin Dam-Young (신담영) for injury 2 days before the first Group Stage match, the team will be hoping to push stronger for those who are missing the World Cup. In place of Shin, Kim Hae-Young (김혜영) will be joining the squad. We hope to see her giving it all for the members who can no longer take part in this World Cup. With our great defence and experienced keeper, we hope to survive through this Brazil match in Montreal on June 9th. We will be waiting for mind-blowing goals from Ji So-Yun, Jeon Gaeul, and Park Eun-Sun. Keep on fighting, Taeguk Ladies! South Korea, Hwaiting!