Claims are being made that the Korean national soccer team, led by coach Jurgen Klinsmann, may have a friendly against Peru in June.
On the 17th, the global soccer portal 안전놀이터‘One Football’ said, “The Peruvian Football Association has decided to play against an Asian country that participated in the Qatar World Cup. It seems that we will play against Korea on the 1st.”
Peruvian football association president Agustin Lozano said in an interview, “We are going to Asia, not South America or the United States (for the evaluation match). Everything has already been decided. At the last World Cup in Qatar, Korea and Japan advanced to the round of 16 side by side.
Peru is currently ranked 21st in the FIFA rankings. In preparation for the 2026 World Cup qualifiers in North and Central America, which will start in September, we are promoting an evaluation match against an opponent with appropriate skills. Korea ranks 27th in the FIFA rankings, while Japan ranks 20th. In addition, there are Iran (24th) and Australia (29th), but considering the fact that they have to play consecutive games in a short period of time, Korea and Japan are realistic options.
On the other hand, there was a rumor that Korea would hold an A-match with Japan in June. However, the Korea Football Association dismissed it as “not true”.