27 April 2024

undeniable reality…Now, Korean soccer is also a challenger on the Asian stage

By pestfood.com

Now that we have humiliated ourselves for two consecutive tournaments, we need to admit the reality cool-headedly. Korean soccer is also a challenger in the Asian arena.

South Korea’s U23 national soccer team, led by head coach Hwang Sun-hong, lost after a penalty shootout after a 2-2 draw against Indonesia in the quarterfinals of the 2024 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U23 Asian Cup on the 26th (Korea time).

South Korea was pushed back in both performance and momentum by Indonesia, which considered one step below objective power, and it finally yielded the result after a passive game management.

Due to the defeat, South Korea missed 3.5 tickets to the Paris Olympics, failing to make its bid for the 10th consecutive Olympic finals.

South Korea expressed confidence enough to win the U23 Asian Cup title for the first time in four years as well as the Olympic ticket, but the reality was that it was in the quarterfinals.

Just two months ago, South Korea also had disappointing results in the Asian Cup, in which the A team participated.

He aimed to become the first Asian champion in 64 years, confident of being the best member ever, but when the lid was opened, he was eliminated from the semifinals after playing an unstable game against teams under his belt. Even if he packed his bags before that, his performance was not unfair.

This is not just a fantasy goal, but rather a cold-hearted performance report card that he actually receives after the competition. “Asian tiger” is an old saying. Now Korea is also a team that ranks fourth to eighth in Asia.

The Asian teams’ power has been leveled.

Qatar, which has won the Asian Cup for two consecutive times with strong support, Uzbekistan in Central Asia, which has consistently seen promising players, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Malaysia in Southeast Asia, which have started systematic development with a hot soccer craze on their backs, have no easy team to beat.

Nevertheless, Korean soccer still “easily” watched the Asian stage. There was a problem.

At the Asian Cup, the team was festering from within. Klinsman did not come to Korea during his term as coach, and his incompetent tactics and near-bystander management caused the first-ever physical conflict between key players. Nevertheless, the Korea Football Association only uncritically defended Klinsman.

It was clearly a problematic situation, but it was a dream that was empty from the beginning because he shouted for the victory without knowing the seriousness. 메이저놀이터

There was also a bad choice at the upcoming U23 Asian Cup. The KFA had no choice but to neglect its main job as it appointed U23 coach Hwang Seon-hong as the interim coach of the senior national team at a critical time, just a month before the event.

Unlike China, where 40 players trained for a month just before the tournament, and Japan and Indonesia, which have been building teams step by step for four years, Korea has always been pressed for time.