Byun Sung-hwan to focus on U.S., France, Burkina Faso at U-17 World Cup in November

The draw for the 2023 Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) U-17 World Cup in Indonesia this November has been released. The U-17 men’s national team, led by Byun Sung-hwan, will face the United States, France, and Burkina Faso in the final group stage.

FIFA held the draw for the 2023 FIFA U-17 World Cup on Friday (July 15) at FIFA House in Zurich, Switzerland. South Korea was drawn in Group E with the United States, France, and Burkina Faso.

Commenting on the draw, Byun Sung-hwan said, “Watching the draw, I felt the excitement of the World Cup approaching. Anything can happen in the knockout stages, so there is no point in predicting which teams are weak and which are strong. We’ve already been analyzing all the teams and will prepare thoroughly, focusing on our first game against the United States, so that we can breeze through the group stage.”

While the team doesn’t have long to prepare for the World Cup, Byun has a number of plans, including participating in a friendly in October.

“In August, we had a short domestic training camp and traveled to Indonesia. We trained in Jakarta, and we were lucky enough to play the first and second rounds of the group stage in Jakarta. From September 16 to 25, we will hold a 10-day training camp at the Paju NFC. In October, the team will participate in friendlies overseas. However, just like in the preparation for the U-17 Asian Cup, it is very unfortunate that our key players continue to be injured and are not able to train at full strength. It will be important for the new players to integrate well into the team.”온라인바카라

“I want to have a tournament with no regrets, and I will prepare for the players to develop through the tournament and for everyone on the team to feel ‘happy’ at the end of the tournament,” he said.

The tournament kicks off on Nov. 10, with Byun playing her first game on Nov. 12. The first match of the group against the United States will be held on Nov. 12 at 9 p.m. KST, while the second match against France will be held on Nov. 15 at 9 p.m. KST at the Jakarta International Stadium. The final group game against Burkina Faso will kick off on the 18th at 9pm ET at the Jalan Harupat Stadium in Bandung.

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