South Korea to compete with Brazil in pre-World Cup friendly

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South Korea will organize top-ranked Brazil in a friendly before this year’s World Cup, the nation’s football association stated.

The national team, commanded by Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min, will compete with Brazil on 2nd of June in Seoul ahead of squaring off versus Chile and Paraguay on 6th and 10th of June.

The series of planned games with South American teams will give South Korea a ‘good opportunity to assess their objective strength and weakness,’ the Korea Football Association cited in a statement.

Five-time world champions Brazil are the only team to have competed at every World Cup and can call upon some of the best players in the match, such as PSG’s Neymar and Roberto Firmino of Liverpool.

South Korea are 29th in the FIFA rankings and enter their 10th successive World Cup following finishing second after Iran in Group A in the final round of Asian qualifying.

They will compete with Portugal, Uruguay and Ghana in Group H when the World Cup starts in Qatar in November.

South Korea has proceeded to the knockout stage only twice.

Their best showing was a semi-final spot at the 2002 World Cup, which they co-organized with Japan. They made the round of 16 at the 2010 version in South Africa.

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