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Japanese soccer coach assigned to ‘group of death’ “As expected, we are in a difficult group”

World Cup 3rd qualifying round competition with Australia, Saudi Arabia, China, etc. in Group C

Japan national football team coach Hajime Moriyasu, who will compete with Australia (23rd), Saudi Arabia (56th), Bahrain (81st), China (88th), and Indonesia (134th) in the third round of Asian qualifying for the ‘2026 International Federation of Association Football

(FIFA) North and Central America World Cup’, evaluated it as a difficult group. On the 27th (Korean time), the draw for the ‘2026 North and Central America World Cup Asian third round of qualifying’ was held at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Japan was placed in Group C, which is considered the group of death. Japan avoided Iran (20th) and Korea (22nd) by receiving the top seed with the highest FIFA ranking among Asian countries, but will compete in the same group as Asian powerhouses such as Australia and Saudi Arabia. 스포츠 토토사이트

In addition, Bahrain and China are difficult opponents to travel to, and Indonesia has grown into an embarrassment in Asia since coach Shin Tae-yong took office. The schedule is expected to be difficult to hope for an easy victory.

After the group draw, Coach Moriyasu also commented through the Japanese media ‘Soccer Digest Web’, “As expected, we entered a difficult group.”

However, he expressed confidence in advancing to the World Cup finals, saying, “We had a difficult path in the final qualifying round of the last (Qatar) World Cup, and we will face an even harsher battle this time. However, I want to approach (the third qualifying round) with determination and courage.” showed.

The third preliminary round will be divided into three groups, and the top two from each group will advance directly to the World Cup finals. It will be played home and away from September to June next year. In the 2026 North and Central America World Cup, where the number of participating countries has increased to 48, the number of finals tickets allocated to AFC is 8.5. The remaining 2.5 will be divided into the 4th qualifying round and intercontinental playoffs. Japan’s first game of the third preliminary round will be a home game against China on September 5. Meanwhile, unlike Japan, who were expected to face difficult competition in the Group of Death, Korea was placed in a relatively easy group despite having to face all Middle East players. They will compete with Iraq (55th), Jordan (68th), Oman (76th), Palestine (95th), and Kuwait (137th) to advance to the World Cup finals for the 11th consecutive time. 스포츠토토사이트

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