S. Korea to schedule two football friendlies in Sept.

SEOUL, July 18 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will play two football friendly matches in September in preparation for a major continental competition set for early next year, an official with the national football governing body said Friday, with Uruguay and Venezuela as potential opponents.

"We're preparing for two matches in September, and two more matches each in October and November," an official at the Korea Football Agency (KFA) said. "Our plan is to play six matches over the rest of this year in preparation for the Asian Cup (in January 2015 in Australia)."

South Korea had two losses and a draw at the recently-concluded FIFA World Cup in Brazil, finishing last in Group H in its first winless World Cup since 1998. Head coach Hong Myung-bo resigned in the aftermath and the KFA has yet to name his replacement.

South Korea is trying to win the Asian Cup, the signature tournament held by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), for the first time since 1960.

The official said South Korea has approached Uruguay for a match in September. Venezuela is also being mentioned as a potential opponent.

"In September, European and African nations will play qualifying matches for the Euro 2016 and the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations," the official said. "So we're trying to choose from teams from South America or North and Central America."

Uruguay fell to Colombia in the round of 16 at the World Cup. At the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Uruguay eliminated South Korea from the round of 16 with a 2-1 victory.

Forward Luis Suarez scored both goals in that game. Even if the rematch materializes this year, however, Suarez will be ineligible. He has been suspended by FIFA for nine international matches after biting Giorgio Chiellini of Italy during the World Cup.

Venezuela failed to qualify for the World Cup and has not yet faced South Korea.

South Korea is currently ranked 56th in the world. Venezuela is ranked 30th, and Uruguay is at No. 6

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