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Bento “The solution to bed football, playing better than your opponent”

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When coach Bento asked about the solution to the Middle East team’s ‘bed football’, he said, “It’s about playing a better game than your opponent.” [뉴스1]

“We have no choice but to play better than our opponents.”

5 teams from the Middle East in the World Cup final qualifier

Paulo Bento (52, Portugal), the coach of the Korean national football team, emphasized that the only solution to ‘bed soccer’, a major variable in the Asian final qualifier for the 2022 Qatar World Cup, is ‘overwhelming performance’. Bed soccer refers to a strategy in which players lose time by pretending to be injured even in the slightest contact with their opponents during a match.

South Korea were drawn into Group A with Iran, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Iraq, Syria and Lebanon as a result of the draw on the 1st. Coincidentally, we only had to face burdensome Middle Eastern teams. Coach Bento held a press conference at the Paju National Training Center (NFC) on the 5th and said, “It is a very difficult group with all teams having similar skills. “He said.

Coach Bento showed a nervous reaction by kicking a water bottle in front of the bench when the Lebanese players of the opposing team deliberately collapsed in the final match of the Asian 2nd qualifier on the 13th of last month. After the match, he criticized, “‘bed soccer’ is hindering the development of Asian football.” Bento said, “I don’t know if it’s like basketball, where time stops every time the game stops. Unless the rules (like basketball) change at all, it can’t be stopped (bed soccer). We need to focus on controlling only the variables we can control. do,” he added.

Iran, which has met four times in a row in the World Cup final qualifier, is the most difficult opponent in this final qualifier. South Korea’s record of previous opponents also fell behind with 9 wins, 9 draws and 13 losses. In the last 6 matches alone, they are inferior with 2 draws and 4 losses. Bento said, “Iran is a very difficult opponent. It is a team with excellent organizational and individual abilities. They have a large physique, so you have to be careful.”

Still, he said, “It’s not an opponent I can’t overcome. I have the skills and preparation to overcome any team and anywhere. I will prepare well with confidence.” Korea, which is challenging to qualify for the World Cup finals for the 10th time in a row, will start the final qualifiers with a home match against Iraq on September 2 and an away match against Lebanon on the 7th. After that, 10 games will be played, two games each, at home and away in October and November of this year and January and March of next year. The teams placed 1st and 2nd in Groups A and B advance directly to the finals. The 3rd place in each group will play a playoff. The winner will go to the playoffs for each continent (match undecided) and challenge the last ticket to the finals.

By Pi Joo-young, staff reporter [email protected]



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