S. Korea to announce 2018 World Cup squad on May 14
SEOUL, April 23 (Yonhap) — South Korea will unveil their roster for the 2018 FIFA World Cup on May 14, the national football governing body said Monday.
The Korea Football Association (KFA) said South Korea men’s national football team head coach Shin Tae-yong will announce his roster for the 2018 World Cup at a multipurpose hall at Seoul City Hall starting at 10 a.m. on May 14.
For the 2014 World Cup, South Korea announced their 23-man squad at the National Football Center in Paju, Gyeonggi Province.
Shin is currently in the final stages of piecing together his squad. Last weekend, he watched two K League matches to inspect national team players.
On Saturday, Shin attended the K League 1 match between FC Seoul and Daegu FC and went on to see the K League 2 match between Asan Mugunghwa FC and Seoul E-Land the following day.
A KFA official said Shin will look closely at the performances of defenders who are with South Korean and Japanese clubs. The official added the 49-year-old coach is scheduled to fly to Japan this weekend to watch the J1 League match between Sagan Tosu and Gamba Osaka. South Korean defender Jeong Seung-hyeon, who has been considered a back-up center back for the national team, plays with Sagan Tosu.
South Korea are scheduled to play two friendly matches at home with the squad to be unveiled on May 14. The Taeguk Warriors will face Honduras in Daegu on May 28 and take on Bosnia and Herzegovina three days later in Jeonju, North Jeolla Province. They will then fly to Austria to play against Bolivia on June 7 and Senegal on June 11 to fine-tune their preparations for the World Cup.
Shin’s side will move to St. Petersburg in Russia, where its World Cup base camp is located, on June 12. South Korea are in Group F at the 2018 World Cup with Germany, Sweden and Mexico.
In this file photo taken March 29, 2018, South Korea national football team head coach Shin Tae-yong speaks to reporters at Incheon International Airport in Incheon. (Yonhap)