Shin Tae-yong Doesn’t Know He’s Ever Faced the Milky Way in the Asian Cup


Shin Tae-yong I just found out that I’ve faced Milky Way from 1996 Asian Cup. At that time South Korea and Indonesian National team are in the same group.

The 1996 Asian Cup was the debut for Indonesia in the continental event, which joined Group A with the hosts United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait and South Korea.

Indonesia against South Korea on the second matchday of the group phase, December 7, 1996 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. Coach Danurwindo fielded his best players such as Hendro Kartiko, Yeyen Tumena, Aples Tecuari, Bima Sakti, Widodo Cahyono Putro, to Ronny Wabia.

Meanwhile, South Korea chose not to lower its star Hong Myung-bo. Meanwhile, Shin played in the 33rd minute to replace Roh Sang-rae.

As a midfielder, Shin was involved in several actions with Bima in the same position. After 24 years had passed, the two of them became colleagues in the Indonesian national team.

Shin was officially introduced by PSSI as Indonesia’s coach at the end of 2019, with an effective period of work starting in early 2020. He handles various age groups ranging from U-19, U-23, to seniors.

Only one position was not taken by Shin, namely the U-16 National Team which was later taken by Bima with the supervision of his colleague. The path of life is unpredictable. Once an opponent, now a co-worker in the same place.

Have Shin and Bima ever reminisced about the meeting in the past?

“Coach Bima never talked about this. I remember playing against the Indonesian national team but I don’t remember which players (Indonesian national team) played. Yes, I just found out today,” said Shin then laughed out loud, in an exclusive interview with detikSport.

For Shin, the 1996 Asian Cup was not the first time he had met Indonesia because he had already done it in 1991. South Korea, which will appear in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, held a trial against Indonesia at the Masan Stadium, Changwon, South Korea. In that match, Shin scored a goal.

“I remember very well, indeed we were the Olympic team playing at the Masan Stadium, Korea, against the Indonesian national team. That was the first test for Korea,” said Shin reminiscing about the past.

“At that time we used 3 defenders for the first time. I happened to play as a wing back and scored two goals, I still remember very well,” said Shin Tae-yong.


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