When the Korean women’s hockey team competing in the final round of the Olympic Qualifier take to the pitch on October 25th and 26th in Valencia, the best of Korean hockey talent will be on display.
The Korean team will face Spain and both teams will play two matches against each other, with the winner of the matches directly confirming their place for theTokyo Olympics 2020.
Ranked 11th on the world ranking table, and 3rd best in Asia, the Koreans will be under pressure when they face the 7th ranked Spanish team.
Road to Qualification
While the Koreans have made it to the Qualifier, after finishing first at the FIH Women’s Series Finals in Banbridge, the Spanish team too have made it to the Qualifiers after finishing first at the FIH Women’s Series Finals in Valencia, Spain.
2016 Olympic Record
Spain last appeared at the Rio Olympics 2016, where they were defeated in the quarterfinals while Korea too made their appearance at the Rio Olympics 2016, however, they failed to go past the pool stage matches. Spain finished 8th while Korea finished 11th on the standing table.
Best Olympic Record
Spain have won a gold at the 1992 Olympics, while Korea’s best finish at the Olympics was a silver medal at the 1988 and 1996 Olympics.
2018 – 2019 Continental Qualifiers
Korea appeared at the 2018 Asian Games, which was a continental qualifier for the Asian teams. The Koreans reached the semi-finals of the 2018 Asian Games, but lost to the eventual champions, Japan, finishing second.
Spain appeared at the EuroHockey Championship 2019 earlier in August , which also served as a continental qualifier for the European teams. The Spanish women edged out the England women’s hockey team in the Bronze Medal match to finish third in the tournament.
While Spain holds an upper hand over the Korean team, the Asian third ranked Korean team will be in full spirits, given their recent performances.
Spain has a healthy mix of experienced professionals and some promising youngsters in the squad. They are one of the most professional teams in the world.
But, if Korea finds a way to get the best from their talented squad and understand how to defend, there is a chance Korea can go further.
Where will the Korea vs Spain Women’s FIH Olympic Qualifier be held?
Korea vs Spain Women’s Olympic Qualifier will take place at the Estadio Betero stadium in Valencia, Spain
When is the Korea vs Spain women’s FIH Olympic Qualifier?
Korea vs Spain women’s FIH Olympic Qualifier will be held on 25 and 26 October 2019 at 20:00 CET.
Have the Spanish women ever won over Korea?
Yes, Spain have beaten Korea at the Olympic Games 2016 in the pool stage. Spain also defeated Korea at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the pool stage match.
How can I watch Korea vs Spain women’s FIH Olympic Qualifier with live streaming?
Watch the Korea vs Spain women’s FIH Olympic Qualifier match on FIH.LIVE