Will Bento, who led the round of 16 in Korea, meet as an enemy? UAE appointment ‘countdown’, Romano “3-year contract until 2026”
- on Jul 09, 2023
Will we meet coach Paulo Bento as an enemy?
It was reported that coach Paulo Bento (54, Portugal), who led Korean football to the round of 16 at the 2022 Qatar World Cup, would take over as the United Arab Emirates (UAE) command tower. Fabrizio Romano, who is recognized for his public confidence in the transfer market, posted on his SNS on the 9th (Korean time), “It is known that Bento has agreed to take over the new command tower of the UAE national team. He said that the contract period is three years until 2026, and that he plans to sign the contract tomorrow (10th). Correspondent Romano is famous for saying ‘here we go’, which literally means official.안전놀이터
Prior to this, Hekord, a public media outlet in Portugal, Bento’s home country, also said, “Director Bento is negotiating with the UAE.” It does,’ he said. If Bento returns, he will sit on the bench again in the meantime.
Coach Bento left Korea after the World Cup in Qatar. Initially, a renewal of the contract was discussed, but coach Bento said goodbye to Korea. Coach Bento, who led Korean soccer for four and a half years, achieved the enduring beauty of the Qatar World Cup in the round of 16. Coach Bento was a great midfielder during his active career. He enjoyed many honors playing as a defensive midfielder. He also played against Korea in the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup. After his retirement, he turned into a leader.
Bento, who had a reputation as the coach of Sporting and the Portuguese national team, later continued his leadership career at Cruzeiro, Olympiacos, and Chongqing Lifan, but went downhill. At the time of his arrival in Korea, there were also voices of concern. However, after he was appointed to Korea, he was recognized for his leadership with the distinct color of build-up soccer, and once again proved his ability through the World Cup round of 16. Coach Bento left many achievements, such as winning the East Asian Cup.
Korea, led by Bento, advanced to the round of 16 with 1 win, 1 draw and 1 loss against Uruguay, Ghana and Portugal in the group stage. It has been 12 years since the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Although he ended his journey unfortunately by losing to Brazil in the round of 16, his active football was clearly impressive. In the group stage as well as against Brazil, the aggressive football that did not back down received a lot of praise. The players also expressed their satisfaction with the Bento style football. Bento went down in history as the longest-serving coach in Korean football and said, “Korea will always remain in my heart in my career and life.”
South Korea, which sent Bento away, appointed German striker Jürgen Klinsmann as coach and is preparing for the 2026 World Cup in North and Central America. Coach Klinsman failed to win a single match with 2 draws and 2 losses in 4 matches between March and June. He doesn’t show clear colors and has been compared a lot to his former Bento coach. Klinsmann is set to go on a European tour in September. The match against Wales was concluded, but the match against Mexico, scheduled for the second match, was canceled.
Coach Bento, who was recognized for his ability at the World Cup, received love calls from several teams. Last January, the Polish national team was the most active. However, it did not work because the conditions were not met. He was later nominated for the English club and Portugal national team. He has been linked with various teams. The UAE approached coach Bento, who had been taking a break for nearly half a year. Looking at the current atmosphere, the appointment is likely. Director Bento’s choice was once again Asia.
If coach Bento takes the baton of the UAE, he can reunite with the Taegeuk Warriors. You can lead the team from the second round of Asian qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup in North and Central America, which starts in November. As the number of tickets for the World Cup in North and Central America increased to 8.33, the likelihood of the UAE also participating in the World Cup has increased. From Bento’s point of view, it is an open situation to challenge right away. The Asian region qualifier schedule will be announced, and it is expected that they will meet Korea in the final qualifier. As separated by the FIFA rankings, the top eight teams do not meet in the second qualifying round. The UAE’s FIFA ranking is 72nd, 8th in Asia. Korea ranked 28th, ranking fourth after Japan, Iran and Australia.
In the second preliminary round, 18 teams are divided into three groups, and the second place in each group advances to the final preliminary round. The draw for the 1st and 2nd qualifying rounds in Asia will be held on the 27th in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where the Asian Football Confederation headquarters is located.
There is a high possibility of meeting Korea immediately at the 2023 Asian Cup held in Qatar in January 2024. In the Asian Cup, Korea was placed in Group E along with Jordan, Bahrain and Malaysia. The UAE is in Group C along with Iran, Palestine and Hong Kong. There is a possibility that Korea and UAE will face each other in the tournament. With the exception of Iran, the UAE is also highly likely to advance to the round of 16, as it has an advantage over Palestine and Hong Kong. If the matchup between the two teams is successful, that alone could catch the attention of Korean fans. Korean soccer is running with the goal of winning the Asian Cup.