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4 Facts Ahead of the Indonesia vs South Korea Duel: Arhan Meets His Teammates at Suwon FC!

NOBARTV.CO.ID List of facts about Indonesia vs South Korea, several facts collected ahead of the Indonesia vs South Korea match. What are they?

Shin Tae-yong's team will meet the young squad of the Taeguk Warriors (nicknamed the South Korean National Team) in the quarter-finals of the 23 U2024 Asian Cup. The match will be held on Friday morning (26/04) at the Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Stadium.

The certainty of this duel occurred after South Korea won over Japan 1-0 in the final match of Group B. So, after the Korean squad silenced Japan in the final match of Group B, they had the right to occupy first place in the final standings in that group. Meanwhile, in the previous match in Group A, the Indonesian National Team managed to beat Jordan 4-1, making the young Garuda squad finish in second place in the standings.

In accordance with the regulations set by the AFC, the winner of group B will meet the runner-up of group A in the quarter-finals. On that basis, South Korea, as the winner of Group B, was reunited with Shin Tae-yong's team after winning the duel against Japan.

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It is predicted that this match will be exciting and interesting. The reason is, the Indonesian U23 National Team coach, Shin Tae-yong, who comes from South Korea, will duel with his home country for the first time. Yes, since officially becoming the coach of the Indonesian National Team several years ago, Shin has never played against his country. And in this U23 Asian Cup, this duel finally really happened.

4 Facts Ahead of the Indonesia vs South Korea Duel: Arhan Meets His Teammates at Suwon FC!
Portrait of the celebration of the duo of Indonesian U-23 National Team retainers (source: IG @timnas.indonesia)

Apart from Shin's interesting duel against his country of birth, there are several facts regarding the Indonesia vs South Korea match. Anything? The following are interesting facts to read before the match is held:

Duel between 2 former South Korean national team players

Shin Tae-yong and Hwang Sun-hong (South Korea U23 coach) are former South Korean national team players. These two coaches have worked together to strengthen the Taeguk Warriors senior team. Hwang Sun-hong previously strengthened the South Korean national team from 1988 to 2002 while Shin Tae-yong from 1992-1997.

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Meeting of two Suwon FC retainers

Pratama Arhan, who has the status of a new Suwon FC player, will meet his teammate Sang-yun Sang. At Suwon FC and the South Korean U23 National Team, Sang-yun Sang plays as a midfielder while Pratama plays as a left fullback.

Indonesia is superior in the number of overseas players

In terms of overseas players, the Indonesian national team is far superior to the South Korean squad. The young Garuda squad is strengthened by six overseas players, namely Ivar Jenner (Jong Utrecht), Rafael Struick (ADO Den Haag), Pratama Arhan (Suwon FC), Nathan Tjoe-A-On (SC Heerenveen), Justin Hubner (Cerezo Osaka), and Marselino Ferdinand (KMSK Deinze). Meanwhile, South Korea U23 only has two overseas players, namely Jeong San-bin (Minnesota United) and Kim Min-woo (Fortuna Dusseldorf II)

The Indonesian national team has players with a younger average age

Apart from being superior to the number of overseas players, the Indonesian national team is also strengthened by players with a younger average age. Of the dozens of players brought by Shin Tae-yong, they have an average age of 20,56 years, while South Korea has an average age of 21,5 years.

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