Another Middle Eastern country took the right to host the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup.
The AFC held the 33rd AFC General Assembly in Manama, Bahrain on the 1st and selected Saudi Arabia as the host of the 2027 Men’s Asian Cup.
Initially, India, Iran, Qatar, and Uzbekistan announced plans to host the 2027 AFC Asian Cup, but they all withdrew and Saudi Arabia, the sole candidate, took the hosting rights.
As a result, the Asian Cup will be held in the Middle East three times in a row, starting with the UAE in 2019, followed by Qatar in 2023 안전놀이터 and Saudi Arabia in 2027.
Korea entered the competition to host the 2023 Asian Cup last year, when China returned the right to host it, but was pushed back by Qatar and failed to host the tournament after 63 years.
Established in 1956, the Asian Cup is the most prestigious international competition held every four years in Asia. After winning consecutive championships in the first tournament in 1956 and the second in 1960, Korea only finished runner-up four times, never becoming a champion. Although Korea claims to be the leader of Asia, it did not have much fun in the Asian Cup.
Last year, soccer players wished that “World Class” Son Heung-min (Tottenham) could win the championship at home when Heung-Min Son (Tottenham) was in his heyday with the best skills in the world. didn’t make sense
As the Middle East country took over the hosting rights until 2027, the Korean national team’s challenge to win the championship became quite difficult.
In the Asian Cup held in the away country, Korea failed to lift the championship cup every time as it failed to adapt to the opponent’s territorial attitude and unfamiliar environment. Even in the process of advancing to the finals for the 10th consecutive World Cup, the Middle East expeditions always bothered Korea.
Son Heung-min, who is aiming to participate in the 2026 World Cup in North and Central America, is highly likely to be the last Asian Cup to participate in the tournament held in Saudi Arabia a year later with the Taegeuk mark.
For Son Heung-min, if he fails to lift the championship cup at the Asian Cup in Qatar, which is likely to be held in 2024, he will have to go to the next Asian Cup while he is well past his prime.
In Korean football, if Son Heung-min does not win the Asian Cup while playing with the Taegeuk mark, the ‘return of the king’ is highly likely to continue to be delayed.