South Korea will face Brazil in a friendly match before the World Cup | Soccer News

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SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea will host top-seeded Brazil in a friendly ahead of this year’s World Cup, the national soccer federation said on Wednesday.
The national team, led by Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min, will face Brazil on June 2 in Seoul before taking on Chile and Paraguay on June 6 and 10.
The series of scheduled matches with South American teams will give South Korea “a good opportunity to assess its objective strength and weakness”, the Korea Football Association said in a statement.
Five-time world champions Brazil are the only team to have played in every World Cup and can call on some of the best players in the game, such as Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar and Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino.
South Korea are 29th in the FIFA rankings and are entering their 10th consecutive World Cup after finishing second to Iran in Group A in the final round of the Asian qualifiers.
They will face Portugal, Uruguay and Ghana in Group H when the World Cup kicks off in Qatar in November.
South Korea have only reached the knockout stage twice.
Their best performance was a place in the semi-finals at the 2002 World Cup, which they co-hosted with Japan. They made the knockout stages of the 2010 edition in South Africa.
This year the team will look to captain Son, who scored 19 goals in the 2021-22 Premier League season, to lead them beyond the group stages.
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