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Paulo Bento steps down as South Korea coach after World Cup exit


Soccer Soccer - Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup - Round of 16 - Brazil v South Korea - 974 Stadium, Doha, Qatar - December 5, 2022 Son Jun-ho, Son Heung-min of South Korea Quoc and coach Paulo Bento looked depressed after the game as Korea was eliminated from the World Cup

Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup – Round of 16 – Brazil v South Korea – 974 Stadium, Doha, Qatar – December 5, 2022 Son Jun-ho of South Korea, Son Heung-min and coach Paulo Bento looks depressed after the game as Korea is eliminated from the World Cup REUTERS/Paul Childs

Paulo Bento announced he will not continue as South Korea’s coach after they were knocked out of the World Cup with a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Brazil on Monday.

“Now I need to think about the future, but I won’t be with the Korean team. I’ll rest and see,” the 53-year-old former coach of the Portuguese national team said after the loss in the last 16.

“I just spoke to the players and the president of the national federation.

“This is a decision I made in September. It was destined and I confirmed it today. I have to thank them and am very proud to be their manager.”

Bento took over after the 2018 World Cup, succeeding Shin Tae-yong.

In Qatar, he led South Korea to the knockout stage for the first time since 2010 with a goal a final breathtaking victory over Portugal in their last match.

However, they were trailed ahead of Brazil by four goals before half-time at Doha’s Stadium 974, although they were able to equalize at the end of the game thanks to substitute Paik Seung. -a cough.

“I believe we can be very proud of what we have accomplished in this World Cup and what we have done over the past four years to get here,” said Bento, who has coached his hometown team. his hometown at the 2014 tournament in Brazil, said.

A South Korean team captained by Son Heung-min went to Qatar by finishing second in the qualifying group behind Iran but their elimination in the last 16 means they have yet to secure a spot. attend the World Cup knockout round outside their home country.

“I think we did very well in the group stage although I think we could have won more points because we should have beaten Ghana,” said Bento.

“But I think we can be very proud and I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished over the last four years.”

He added: “This is definitely one of the best groups of players I’ve had the opportunity to work with.”

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