Incheon International Airport, Reporter Lee Seong-Pil, Video Reporter Lee Choong-Hoon] It is Paulo Bento’s soccer team coach who expressed his gratitude to the fans who came out to see him off.
Director Bento left for Portugal, his native country, via Incheon International Airport on the afternoon of the 13th. After making a relationship with Korea in September 2018, they accompanied him for 4 years and 4 months, and achieved the result of advancing to the round of 16 at the 2022 Qatar World Cup.
This is Bento, who took the Korean baton through strict seniority work. At that time, former coach Kim Pan-gon (current coach of the Malaysia national football team) appointed Bento as head coach, along with ‘active football’, the World Cup, the European Football Championship (Euro), and the European Football Federation Champions League (UCL) in the group stage of the continental competition. and the knockout stage, etc. He said that he looked to see if he had his own guidance program and recruited Bento.
Coach Bento, who achieved results such as the semifinals of the 2012 European Football Championship (Euro 2012) and the group stage elimination of the 2014 Brazil World Cup, had disappointing results in Olympiacos (Greece), etc., but his own soccer philosophy was clear.
Even when he was in charge of the Korean national team, he always emphasized the ‘importance of the process to produce results’. In the 2019 Asian Cup, there was a crisis after being knocked out in the quarterfinals by Qatar, and in March 2021, a 0-3 defeat in Japan left a question mark on his leadership, but in the World Cup finals, he surprised the fans with his proactive and proactive football. climbed the river
Korean football has not abandoned the bad habit of changing leaders when bored. He did not hesitate to use and discard leaders quickly. Former soccer team coach Heo Jung-moo (current Daejeon Hana Citizen), who led the 2010 South Africa World Cup round of 16, and Cho Kwang-rae (current Daegu FC CEO) were fired after 17 months, Choi Kang-hee (18 months) and Hong Myung-bo (13 months, current Ulsan). Head Coach Hyundai), and made it to the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.
Former coach Shin Tae-yong (currently coach of the Indonesian national team), who took over as coach of the Olympic soccer team, faced criticism for not having a clear color. entrusted the finals to
After that, he went to Qatar entirely under the Bento coach system. Although there were questions about whether coach Bento would have accompanied him for more than four years if it had not been for the variable of new coronavirus infection (Corona 19), his unmistakable stubbornness and self-philosophy were clear.
After the World Cup round of 16, fans called him ‘Benverge’. Director Bento expressed his gratitude, saying, “I have always had a good relationship with the fans.” Because of his strong self-belief, he was not shaken by strong external criticism and was able to watch the World Cup without hesitation by implanting a leading soccer based on a stable build-up.
Before leaving the country on this day, coach Bento said to the Football Association’s social network service (SNS), “I would like to thank the people for their support over the past four years.” I don’t know how to thank you for that.
I would like to congratulate everyone who participated in this fantastic journey that made Korea happy and proud.” His expression was even more anxious because it was difficult to know when they would meet again.
Finally, when the national team bus got off at Gate 11 of the arrivals hall, some fans who could not stand the wait ran outside and asked coach Bento for an autograph. Other foreign coaches, such as head coach Sergio Costa, moved to Terminal 2 after a brief greeting due to different flights.
When Director Bento entered the terminal, many words such as “Bento~” and “Thank you” poured out. There was also a voice asking for an autograph. The safety line drawn by the airport security personnel was useless.스포츠토토
After the check-in, an interesting thing happened. It was late at night, so only one door was open during immigration procedures, and Bento became a piper. Park Gyeong-hoon, executive director of the Korea Football Association, who came out to see him off, even mingled with the fans. There was a distance of about 200m from the check-in airline to the door, and all the fans followed Bento. In the process, he and his wife briefly fell apart, and coaches Choi Tae-wook and Michael Kim escorted him.
Selfies and gifts poured in for Bento. Director Bento, smiling brightly, entered the arrivals hall greeted by officials. When he was greeted by the domestic coaches before parting ways, he turned around and showed tears, showing that he has changed from a man who was cold as ice to a man with humanity. Coach Bento prayed for the development of Korean football and promised the following.