Same place for all group stages, benefits unique to three countries including Korea


South Korea will play all three group stages of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar at the same venue. In this tournament, there are three countries, including Korea, that enjoy the luxury of having three group matches in the same place.

Korea was drawn into Group H with Portugal, Uruguay and Ghana through the 2022 FIFA Qatar World Cup group draw held at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (ECC) in Doha, Qatar on the 2nd (Korean time).

In the match schedule that followed, Korea had all three group matches at the Education City Stadium located in Al Raian. Korea will play against Uruguay at 10 PM on November 24, Ghana at 10 PM on November 28, and then against Portugal at 0 PM on December 3, so the game time is not bad.

Above all, it is a great advantage for Korea to play all three group stage matches in the same place. Once in the group stage, there is no need to adapt to other stadiums and there is no need to move. Even so, Qatar’s land area is 11571 km2, which is only about the area of ​​Korea’s metropolitan area (11704 km2), so there is no burden on movement.

In Qatar, the host country, only two group matches are played at Al Bight Stadium, but like Korea, there are two other teams that enjoy the luxury of having all their group matches in the same place.

The winning team from the European playoffs in Group B will play in the group stage at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium. The winning team in the European playoffs will play against the United States at 4 am on November 22, Iran at 7 pm on November 25, and England at 4 am on November 30.

In addition, the winning team in Group D’s South America-Asia intercontinental play-off play-off match against France (November 23, 4 am), Tunisia (November 26, 7 pm) and Denmark (00:00 on December 1) at Al Janub Stadium. has

These teams will also play the group stage without moving the stadium, but the game times are not as uniform as in Korea. In Korea, only the last match is different, but all are at 10 PM Korean time. Unfortunately, the time difference is only 2 hours. The time difference between Qatar and Korea is 6 hours, but the fact that the game time is similar is the best way to maintain your condition. Also, the Middle East is a place frequented by Korean players, so it may not be as good as in Europe, but it gives them that much time lag.

Education City Stadium, the venue for Korean matches, is no stranger to stadiums. This is the place where Ulsan Hyundai defeated Melbourne Victory 3-0 in the 2020 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League Round of 16 in December 2020.

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