Indonesian National team

Reasons why STY wants to meet South Korea in Round 3 of the 2026 World Cup Qualification

NOBARTV.CO.ID STY wants to meet South Korea, Indonesian National Team Coach Shin Tae-yong hopes his team will be in the same group as South Korea in the third round of the 2026 World Cup Qualifications in the Asian zone. There is a special reason behind the coach's desire.

The Indonesian national team has qualified for the third round of the 2026 World Cup Qualifications. This qualification was obtained after Shin Tae-yong's team finished in second place in the final standings of Group F in the second round. Throughout the group phase, the Indonesian National Team won three times and drew once. Therefore, with the 10 points they got, Marselino Ferdinan et al qualified for the third round accompanying Iraq (winners of group F).

Next, in the third round, the Indonesian National Team will be joined in one of three groups. So, in the third round, the 18 teams that qualified previously (from the second round) will be divided into three groups. Each group will consist of six teams.

Thus, each team in the group will play again 10 times with a home-away scheme. Not only that, the opponents that Ivar Jenner et al will face in the third round will be much stronger. Japan, South Korea, Iran, Australia and Saudi Arabia could be the Indonesian national team's opponents in the third round.

Reasons why STY wants to meet South Korea in Round 3 of the 2026 World Cup Qualification
Thom Haye celebrates with his colleagues (source: IG @timnas.indonesia)

And interestingly, Shin Tae-yong as the coach of the Indonesian National Team actually hopes that his team will meet South Korea. For your information, South Korea is Shin Tae-yong's birth country. Not only that, Shin is recorded as having been the captain of the Taeguk Warriors (the nickname of the South Korean national team) at the 2018 World Cup.

Previously, with the Indonesian U23 National Team, STY had brought his team to victory over South Korea U23. The meeting between the two teams took place in the quarter-finals of the 23 U2024 Asian Cup. At that time, Shin led the young Garuda squad to win 11-10 via a penalty shootout. And now, at senior level, Shin wants the squad he cares for to meet again.

“If I meet Korea, I think it will be easy because I know the Korean team very well. "I know each of our Korean players well, and all my team will do their best," said STY as quoted by Yonhap.

However, Shin hopes that South Korea and Indonesia can qualify together for the most prestigious football event in the world.

“I hope we qualify together. "In fact, it would be a good thing for us [Indonesia] to participate in the World Cup," added STY.

“But it won't be as easy as I thought, so we will think about it and try hard.”

"We work very hard with the mindset of continuing to level up," he concluded.

That is a summary of interesting information in the news article entitled Reasons why STY wants to meet South Korea in Round 3 of the 2026 World Cup Qualification which has been a team of writers NOBARTV NEWS ( ) extracts from various trusted sources.

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