S. Korea to host Australia, Iran in men's football friendlies in June

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Yonhap - South Korea will host Australia and Iran in men's football friendlies in June, the sport's national federation said Friday.

An official with the Korea Football Association (KFA) said Australia will visit South Korea to complete their home-and-away series, with South Korea having faced the Socceroos in Brisbane last November. South Korea and Iran only need to sign an agreement to finalize their meeting.

Based on FIFA's International Match Calendar, two official matches can be scheduled between June 3 and 11. South Korea, coached by Paulo Bento, will assemble on June 3 and play their two matches on June 7 and 11.

It has not been determined on which of those dates Australia and Iran will take on the Taeguk Warriors.

Iran are the top Asian Football Confederation (AFC) team in the FIFA rankings at No. 21, 16 spots ahead of South Korea and 20 spots above Australia.


South Korea have faced Iran 30 times, with an all-time record of nine wins, eight draws and 13 losses. South Korea's last win over Iran came in January 2011 in the quarterfinals of the AFC Champions League. In ensuing meetings, Iran enjoyed four consecutive 1-0 victories over South Korea before they played to a scoreless draw during the FIFA World Cup qualifiers in August 2017.

In 27 meetings against Australia, South Korea have seven wins, 11 draws and nine losses. They have just one win in their past six matches against the Socceroos, with three draws and two losses.

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