The AFC Asian Cup, a cliffhanger match that will determine the supremacy of Asian soccer, will kick off on January 12, 2023 in Qatar, where the joy of advancing to the round of 16 of the 2022 FIFA World Cup remains. The Korean national soccer team, led by coach Jürgen Klinsmann, is challenging for the top spot in this competition, and many fans are looking forward to the Asian Cup in Qatar, hoping that the Taegeuk Warriors will rise to the top in Asia for the first time in 63 years.
This wish is also the same for other Asian countries participating in this competition. Not only countries aiming for the top like Korea, but also underdogs who are considered so-called ‘underdogs’ are hoping that the status of their country’s soccer will be raised in the Asian Cup. In addition, with a large number of superstar players who were not easily seen in the Asian soccer world in the past, the tournament is expected to be more fun than ever.
Accordingly, <Best Eleven> listened directly to the prospects and expectations of the tournament from reporters from major Asian countries who met while staying in Doha, Qatar, from the 7th to the 11th. In addition, we also asked about Director Klinsmann’s working methods. The Asian Cup, viewed from a different perspective than ours, provides new fun.
A total of four questions were asked to seven professional soccer reporters, all of whom are recognized in their respective countries. We deliver their honest answers to Korean soccer fans. This would be quite an interesting reaction given that it is a different perspective from ours. And I would like to express my gratitude to the Asian soccer reporters who responded without hesitation. In the third episode, we asked each team what kind of performance they expect their national team to perform in this Asian Cup.
Reporters each have different goals and calmly look at the possibilities.
Nobuhiro Chiba, Nikan Sports Reporter, Japan
“I expect to win. I have high hopes for Kaoru Mitoma’s performance, but Mitoma has already been studied thoroughly in the Premier League, and it has now become difficult to produce an overwhelming performance. It will probably be thoroughly analyzed in the upcoming Asian Cup. So I think the performance of Takefusa Kubo and Junya Ito, who will play on the right, will be the key to whether Japan wins or not. If we look at it a little more, it is expected that Kubo will win this tournament. “I hope to become the top scorer.”
Takashi Kanagawa, Sports Hochi Reporter, Japan
“We are expecting to win. If our team’s key strikers, such as Mitoma and Kubo, maintain good condition in the Asian Cup, I think Japan’s chances of winning will be even higher.”
Shu Zhihao, China Migu TV Reporter
“First of all, considering the match-up, I expect that the goal will probably be the quarterfinals. If China goes to the round of 16 by finishing first or second in Group A (Qatar, China, Tajikistan, Lebanon), That would be good. If we finish second and go to the round of 16, we will face the second place in Group C (probably UAE). Then we will meet Japan in the quarterfinals, and honestly, the chances of beating Japan are not that great. So China will be ranked 8th. You can stop your journey at the river.”
Mohanmadi Misagi, IRIB TV3 reporter
, Iran’s goal is to advance to the finals, because we have a very good generation. Not only Mehdi Taremi, but also excellent players such as Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Sardar Azmoun. “They have been playing together for almost 10 years, so I think we have a good chance of advancing to the finals. However, the most difficult opponent on the way to the finals would be Korea.”
“If Iran and Korea each win first place in their group, they will face each other in the quarterfinals of the draw. Korea may also think so, but there have been many quarterfinals between Iran and Korea in the Asian Cup. We beat Korea in the 1996 AFC UAE Asian Cup. Four years later, we lost to Korea in Lebanon. In the 2004 AFC China Asian Cup, we won 4-3, but in the 2007 Southeast Asian Four Nations Asian Cup, we were eliminated due to Lee Woon-jae’s save. The same goes for the quarterfinals of the 2011 AFC Qatar Asian Cup. . We lost because of a goal given to Yoon Bit-garam. I still remember Lee Woon-jae and Yoon Bit-garam. The matches between Iran and Korea have always been great matches, and I hope it will be the same if we meet this time. It will be a very exciting quarterfinal.”
Sharafina Najrom Malaysia Astro Arena TV Reporter
“First of all, compared to the most recent Asian Cup (2007 tournament), Malaysia’s current strength is much better. As you all know, our team is led by Korean coach Kim Pang-gon, and we “There are many hopeful elements in the team. In Malaysia, we have very high expectations of advancing to the round of 16. That is our goal.”굿모닝토토 주소
Avilas Narafat, Qatar Asian Cup Organizing Committee PR and former ESPN reporter,
“I am working on the Qatar Asian Cup Organizing Committee, but I am from India. So my team is India. India has actually grown so much that it has entered the top 100 in the FIFA rankings. Gradually. It is improving, but it is not yet at the same level as the top teams in Asia. Moreover, India is in a tough group (Group B/Australia, Uzbekistan, Syria). It is a really tough group, so I don’t know what will happen. However, India is doing its best in every game. We will fight.”
“I would like to recommend a few players. India have some experienced players like Sahal Abdul Samad in the counter-attack. He is a very fast and skilful player. Sunil Chhetri is a legend for our India. If we are lucky, 16 “You will be able to climb the river. Moreover, since there are many Indians living here in Qatar (about 700,000 people), it may feel like a home game. But even if we are lucky and advance to the round of 16, it will be difficult to go further than that.”