South Korea’s national coach is stepping down after the World Cup exit


The 1-4 defeat to Brazil on Monday evening was national coach Paulo Bento’s last game in charge of South Korea’s national football team.

The 53-year-old Portuguese tells the press conference after the round of 16 that he is stepping down as national coach.

“I have just informed the players and the president. It was a decision I made already in September, and it is set in stone. I thank the association and the players for everything they have done for me”, says Paulo Bento.

The former Portuguese national team player and national coach joined South Korea after the World Cup in 2018 and thus got about four years in the job.

It is an unusually long time in South Korea, which has had seven different national coaches since 2010.

“In Korean football, it has been a long time since a coach has sat for an entire World Cup cycle. We have always stayed true to our playing style. It makes me happy”, says Paulo Bento.

At the ongoing World Cup, South Korea advanced from the preliminary group stage after a late winning goal against Portugal in the final round of play. That match saw a quarantined Bento from the stands.

In the match before, when South Korea lost 2-3 to Ghana, he was sent off for protesting the referee.


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