“Build-up soccer” has mixed reviews
A refreshing finish on the main stage of the World Cup
“I will remember the experience of leading the national team for the rest of my life”
Son Heung-min “I learned a lot”
Coach Paulo Bento (53, photo), who concluded a four-year-long journey with the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, announced his contract termination after the round of 16 match against Brazil on the 6th, saying: experience of lead the korean national team for the rest of my life. “I will remember,” he said.
As the longest-serving national team manager of all time in a single job, he received a lot of criticism, but ended up saying a ‘warm goodbye’ to everyone.
Coach Bento, who was appointed to the Korea national football team immediately after the 2018 World Cup in Russia, introduced “construction football” and received positive reviews at the start. However, as time went by, he gradually started to be criticized as he showed limitations due to fixed tactics and the use of unchanging players. This culminated in an evaluation match against Costa Rica and Cameroon held before the World Cup in September, where Lee Kang-in (Mallorca) was not used for even a minute. However, coach Bento entered the World Cup finals and added more flexibility to his tactics, surprising him with a different appearance than before, and Lee Kang-in, who was not used, was also selected for the final. ‘final entry, and even a reversal to put in all 4 matches up to the 3rd group stage and round of 16. And at the last farewell: “Our players have really shown great skills. Satisfied and proud. This time we showed our style of play well in the round of 16. He’s the best player I’ve ever worked with,” revealing his affection for the Korea national soccer team.
Bento, who was talked about from the outside throughout his tenure, but the players who ate rice with him never lost their faith in him. The players expressed both regret and gratitude at the news of Coach Bento’s departure.
Heung-Min Son (Tottenham), captain of the national team, met reporters in the mixed zone (joint coverage area) immediately after the match against Brazil and said: “I’ve learned so much in the last four years that it’s not enough to say thank you.” nobody. Many people doubted it, but in the end we cheered because we performed well at the World Cup. The coach has always protected and thought of the players. After the coach came, I became the captain, we maintained a good relationship and learned a lot.” He added, “It’s very sad (the breakup), but I sincerely want to support the future of the director more than anyone.”
Central defender Kim Young-kwon (Ulsan) also attached great importance to Bento. Kim Young-kwon said, “I had time to make up for it by training extensively with Coach Bento for four years and learned how to improve a bad situation. It was a good experience,” he said. “The coach told the players: ‘Everyone has worked so hard for four years and thank you for trusting me and sticking with me. I am grateful that the journey was not in vain,” Bento delivered a farewell message in the locker room. Midfielder Jung Woo-young (Al Sadd) said, “Looking back over the past four years, every moment has not been perfect. Every time what happened, the director kept me centered and kept me from shaking, so i got this far.