Korea Books Final Training Camp in Florida Before World Cup

      February 27, 2014 10:55

      Hong Myung-bo

      Korea will play its last friendly before the 2014 World Cup in Brazil against Tunisia in Seoul on May 28, and leave for final overseas training in Florida two days later, the Korea Football Association said on Wednesday.

      The KFA plans to submit its 30-man roster to FIFA between May 10 and 13, and announce its final 23 players for Brazil on May 29, one day after the game with Tunisia.

      Manager Hong Myung-bo intends to make his choices before heading to Florida for the final round of overseas training.

      "If I make the cut midway through training, it could have a negative impact on team spirit, so I plan to decide the final entries before our training in Florida," he said.

      The team will stay in Florida for about 10 days before leaving for Foz do Iguaçu in Brazil, where the players will be based during the World Cup. Florida has a similar climate to Cuiabá, site of Korea's first match in the group stage against Russia. When the daylight saving time comes into effect in June, there will be no time difference between Florida and Cuiabá.

      Ecuador, England, Honduras and Spain are also planning to practice in Florida before the World Cup. Korea plans to have at least one friendly while training there, ideally against a team with a similar style to Russia.

      FIFA requires all teams to arrive at their base camp five days before the first match starts. Korea hopes to prepare for the World Cup by staying in Florida as long as possible, but will have to arrive in Foz do Iguaçu by June 13 at the latest. The team will play Russia on June 17, Algeria on June 22 and Belgium on June 26.

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