Bell Ho reminds me of Hiddink ‘Oh Dae-young’… Reducing performance gap

The Korean women’s national soccer team, led by head coach Colin Bell, was completely defeated by England, who were undefeated in 26 matches before the World Cup, conceding four goals. This rout is expected to be a bitter whip ahead of the Australia-New Zealand Women’s World Cup in July.

Belho lost 0-4 in the first leg of the 2023 Arnold Clark Cup against England held at Stadium MK in Milton Keynes, England on the 17th (Korean time).

England is a strong team. 메이저놀이터 It is the European champion who defeated Germany at the 2022 European Women’s Football Championship (Women’s Euro 2022) held last year and won the championship. As of December last year, England was ranked fourth in the FIFA rankings, following the United States, Germany and Sweden.

England launched a wave of attacks with Chloe Kelly, Alessia Russo, and Lauren James at the fore, while Korea gave up the initiative and focused on defense.

Manager Bell pulled out a three-back card against England. It is a tactic that has been mainly refined since the runner-up in the Asian Cup early last year. From the beginning of the first half, Belho lowered the defensive line and aimed for a counterattack. He also created a good chance with a counterattack in the 5th minute of the first half. However, Choo Hyo-joo’s left-footed shot was Korea’s only shot in the first half, and from then on, England’s wave of attacks continued.

As they trailed by 3 goals, coach Bell tried to change the atmosphere by introducing Park Ye-eun and Shim Seo-yeon at the same time. However, Belho finished the game conceding one more goal in the 33rd minute of the second half without being able to launch a significant attack except for Son Hwa-yeon’s left-footed shot in the middle of the second half.

For Korea, it was regrettable that key players such as Ji So-yeon, Cho So-hyun, Lee Young-joo, and Lee Min-ah were injured. Ji So-yeon participated in this tournament, but kept the bench due to an ankle injury.

The opponents for the rest of the match are also formidable. Belho will meet Belgium in Coventry on the 20th and Italy in Bristol on the 23rd.

Attention is focusing on whether Belho, who received vaccination against a strong player ahead of the Women’s World Cup finals in July, will create a turnaround like Hiddink at the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup.

Hiddink faced France in the Confederations Cup in May 2001 and lost 0-5. In August of the same year, they also lost 0-5 in an away warm-up against the Czech Republic. With this opportunity, coach Hiddink earned the dishonorable nickname of ‘Oh Dae-young’.

Still, Hiddink was not afraid of an evaluation match against a strong team. Afterwards, Hiddink participated in the North and Central America Gold Cup in January 2002, the year the World Cup was held, and faced North and Central American teams.

The Hiddink, which continued to temper itself, held an evaluation match against a strong team right before the World Cup finals and showed a gradually different appearance. After defeating Scotland 4-1 in May, Hiddink drew a 1-1 draw with England, which was considered a favorite, and lost 2-3 to France, the winner of the previous tournament. This move led to the unbelievable achievement of advancing to the semifinals.

Attention is focusing on whether Bell, which has started to strengthen its adaptability against strong European players, will be able to enhance its competitiveness in the finals like Hiddink in the past.


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