Bento, who led the World Cup to the round of 16, as the UAE head coach…”Now it’s red-handed.”

Paulo Bento (54, Portugal), who led the Korean national soccer team to the round of 16 at the 2022 Qatar World Cup, sat at the head coach of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) national team.

The UAE Football Association announced on the 10th (Korea Standard Time) that it has appointed Bento as the new national team coach. The term of the contract is three years.

Bento, who left the Korean national team after failing to agree to renew his contract with the Korea Football Association after leading the Qatar World Cup round of 16 in December last year, will return to the scene in seven months.

Bento, who played in 35 A matches, including the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup, as a midfielder for the Portuguese national team from 1992 to 2002, started his coaching career with the Portuguese Sporting youth team in 2004.

He led the Sporting professional team from 2005 to 2009 and played for the Portuguese national team from 2010 to 2014, reaching the semifinals of the 2012 European Football Championship (Euro 2012).

Since then, he has been active in clubs such as Cruzeiru (Brazil), Olympiacos (Greece), and Chongqing (China), and was appointed as the head coach of the Korean national team in August 2018.

He led the Korean national team for about four years and four months until the Qatar World Cup, leaving Bento as Korea’s longest-serving head coach based on a single term.

Under Bento’s system, South Korean football advanced to the World Cup finals for the 10th consecutive time, and in the Qatar World Cup finals,메이저사이트추천 it succeeded in advancing to the round of 16 at the away World Cup for the first time in 12 years since the 2010 South Africa tournament.

After leaving South Korea after the Qatar World Cup, local media reported that Bento would take over the Polish national team, but it did not happen, and he continued his leadership career in the UAE, a member of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) like South Korea.

As Bento took charge of the UAE, there is a possibility that he will meet Korean players as opponents in the near future. The second Asian qualifying round for the 2026 North-Central America World Cup will be held from November this year, and the AFC Asian Cup will be held in Qatar in January next year.

Bento is scheduled to start his career as the UAE head coach through a European training camp for about 10 days from the end of this month.

He said, “The UAE national team is facing important tournaments such as World Cup qualifiers and the Asian Cup. “In addition to the existing information on the UAE national team, we have plans for future activities,” he said.

Bento then said, “I will try to get to know the players in more detail.” Regardless of age, the criteria for selecting players is performance, he said. “I will please UAE fans with a victory.”

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