This summer is expected to be a hot time for football fans to fully enjoy the fun of intuition. Up to 7 European club teams will visit Korea, and in June, Klinsmann’s A match will be held in the provinces, bringing soccer fans to the stadium.
Last year, Coupang Play, which called Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League (EPL) and Spain Primera Liga Sevilla, to which national team captain Son Heung-min belonged, as invited teams for the Coupang Play Series, announced that it had selected Manchester City and Spain’s strong Atletico Madrid, which are about to win the EPL this year. . The professional soccer K-League All-Stars are scheduled to play in three teams, and world-class soccer players such as Elling Holland (Norway), a “monster striker” with an all-time goal record, and World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann (France) It is an opportunity to meet them in the living room.
European clubs with Korean national team players also visit Korea. Napoli, who won Italy’s Serie A for the first time in 33 years, plans to visit Korea in June, before the summer begins in earnest, together with Spain’s Mallorca. Since Kim Min-jae and Lee Kang-in, who play as key players in each team, are both involved in transfer rumors, it is the calculation that they will visit Korea quickly before leaving the team.
Celtic, the prestigious Scottish club that confirmed the Scottish Premiership (SPL) title early, EPL Wolverhampton, and Serie A AS Roma also chose Korea as their destination. They are scheduled to host a friendly including K-League Incheon United. Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton) and Oh Hyun-gyu (Celtic) will also be able to introduce their teams to their home country fans. They are also scheduled to meet soccer fans first in June, wearing national team uniforms as members of Klinsmann. It is like facing Peru in Busan on the 16th and El Salvador in Daejeon on the 20th.
As such, it is common for European soccer clubs to play leagues in the Chuchunje style (opening in fall and ending in spring) to visit Asia or North America to play friendly matches during the summer break. So far, Japan, China, Thailand, and the United States have been common options, but as Tottenham made huge profits last year with Son Heung-min, the number of European teams visiting Korea naturally increased.
However, the task remains to find gaps by respecting the K-League schedule for professional soccer, the top league in Korean soccer. In order for overseas clubs to play in Korea, they must obtain approval from the Korea Football Association after obtaining the consent of the professional football league, but there are still problems with the schedule. For example, in the case of June 10, when Naples and Mallorca are going to play, 안전놀이터 it is difficult for the federation to agree because three K-League 1 matches are scheduled. A consensus is being formed in the football world that there should be no case like Juventus (Italy), which had a 2019 K-League All-Star visit to Korea and was upset due to tardiness and Cristiano Ronaldo’s failure to appear.
An official from the federation said, “It is clear that foreign teams visiting Korea are welcome in terms of promoting soccer,” but added, “However, it must be acknowledged that the K League 1 schedule, which is the top league in Korea, also has authority and value.” The promoter Untouchable Sports Group (USG), which is preparing to host the Naples and Mallorca match in Korea, also expressed its position that it would “continue dialogue with the federation.”