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S. Korea looking to repeat 2010 success at U-17 Women's World Cup

All Headlines 15:28 October 11, 2018

By Joo Kyung-don

PAJU, South Korea, Oct. 11 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will try to repeat their 2010 success at the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup when the biennial youth football tournament kicks off next month, the nation's under-17 women's football head coach said Thursday.

Head coach Hur Jung-jae and 21 South Korean players will take part in the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, to be held in Uruguay from Nov. 13 to Dec. 1. South Korea are representing Asia along with Japan and North Korea at the 16-team tournament.

The U-17 Women's World Cup is the first and only FIFA event that South Korea have won. The young Taeguk Ladies lifted a trophy in Trinidad and Tobago in 2010 after edging Japan out on penalties.

South Korea missed out on the last two editions of the FIFA competition before qualifying for this year's tournament.

The Taeguk Ladies are in Group D with Spain, Canada and Colombia. The top two teams in the group will advance to the quarterfinals.

"Our group stage opponents are all strong teams, but we will fight with confidence," Hur said at the National Football Center (NFC) in Paju, north of Seoul. "We'll play attacking football and will maximize our strength, which is pace."

Hur said he hopes his players collect good results and become core members for the senior team in the future.

"I'm sure our players will make it to the senior team if they give good performances at the World Cup," he said. "We'll play aggressively."

South Korea national women's under-17 football team head coach Hur Jung-jae speaks to reporters at the National Football Center in Paju, north of Seoul, on Oct. 11, 2018. (Yonhap)

Cho Mi-jin, forward and captain of the U-17 team, said she is ready to lead the players at the FIFA tournament.

"I feel more responsibility as a captain, and I really want to see us scoring a goal with team effort," she said. "Our coach always tells us to play with a challenger's mindset, so we'll always work hard."

The U-17 women's team will depart for Uruguay on Oct. 28.

kdon@yna.co.kr
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