Jürgen Klinsmann’s men’s national team will face Saudi Arabia in the second of their September A matches.
The team will then face Tunisia in the October A match.
“The national team will face Saudi Arabia at St. James’ Park in Newcastle, England, at 1:30 a.m. local time on September 13,” the Korea Football Association said on Saturday.
The Saudis will be Klinsmann’s second European opponent.
The first is Wales, who will face off at 3:45 a.m. on Sept. 8 at Cardiff City Stadium in Wales.
Immediately following the match, Klinsmann will travel to Newcastle.
Saudi Arabia is ranked 54th in FIFA, lower than South Korea (28th).
However, the Saudis shocked the world by beating eventual champions Argentina 2-1 in their first group game at last year’s FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
“As we are likely to face Middle Eastern powerhouses like Saudi Arabia at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup, (the trial) is part of our preparation,” the association said.
South Korea’s all-time record against Saudi Arabia is 17 matches, with four wins, seven draws and six defeats. The most recent friendly was a 0-0 draw in 2018 in a third country, the United Arab Emirates.
After completing the September schedule, the team will next face North African powerhouse Tunisia in the October A-Match.
Tunisia is ranked 31st in the FIFA rankings and was eliminated from the group stage of the World Cup in Qatar with one win and one draw.
However, Tunisia proved to be a formidable opponent, defeating runner-up France 1-0.
South Korea has faced Tunisia twice so far, with a 1-1 record.
The association is also looking for a team to face Klinsmann for the second match in October, with a focus on defense in preparation for the North American World Cup Qualifiers and the Asian Cup.
“In the second match of the A-Match in October, we plan to find a way to break through the dense defense of the Asian team,” the federation said.
The roster for the September A-Match will be announced on September 28.
Players from the K League will convene at Incheon Airport on September 4, 먹튀검증토토사이트 while overseas players will join the team locally.