Coach Inspects World Cup Stadiums Where Korea Will Play

A Korean delegation including national team manager Hong Myung-bo, coaching staff and sports officials visited the stadiums where Korea will be playing its group matches at Brazil 2014 after the draw for the FIFA World Cup finals was held on Friday.

Over the weekend, they headed to the Estádio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, where Korea will have its second group match against Algeria on June 22. Next they stopped by the Arena Pantanal in Cuiabá to see the stadium for the first match against Russia, which will take place on June 17.

National football team manager Hong Myung-bo (left) holds a poster of the Iguazu Falls, a gift from the city of Foz do Iguaçu in Brazil on Monday. National football team manager Hong Myung-bo (left) holds a poster of the Iguazu Falls, a gift from the city of Foz do Iguaçu in Brazil on Monday.

Their final destination was Foz do Iguaçu, where the Korean team will set up its training camp.

"We will spend two or three days in the three cities for the matches, and the rest of the time in the base camp," said Hong.

FIFA regulations stipulate that all teams should arrive at their respective training camps at least five days before the World Cup kicks off.

Korea will play all three of its group matches in southern Brazil, making Foz do Iguaçu a convenient location to return to between games. It is located 1,124 km from Cuiabá, 856 km from São Paulo and 596 km from Porto Alegre.

englishnews@chosun.com / Dec. 11, 2013 10:49 KST