“I heard in advance from an Indonesian Football Association official that ‘the right to host the FIFA U-20 World Cup could be lost’, but I didn’t believe it. With less than two months left before the opening, I really wanted to. When that ‘no way’ became reality, it was really absurd. My head was complicated as the faces of the players and staff I had run with after watching this event for over three and a half years, and the memories we had together were tangled up.”
On the 16th, when we met in Jakarta, Indonesia, coach Shin Tae-yong of the Indonesian national soccer team was ‘crying’ again while explaining the situation he had experienced two weeks ago. On the 30th of last month, FIFA revoked Indonesia’s right to host the U-20 World Cup. It was just 50 days before the opening of the tournament, scheduled for the 20th of next month. It was the reason that the safety of the Israeli players who qualified through the European qualifiers could not be guaranteed.
Indonesia, an Islamic state, regards Palestine, which is hostile to Israel for historical and religious reasons, as a brother country. As the opening of the tournament approached, voices erupted from some parts of Indonesia, saying, “We must block the entry of Israeli athletes,” and it spread into a large-scale demonstration. As the situation worsened, FIFA swung the mace of ‘deprivation of the hosting rights’. At the same time, the automatic qualification for the finals, which was held by the host country, Indonesia, was also lost. One of the key goals for the new coach, who was in charge of the adult soccer team, the U-23 national team, and the U-20 national team in Indonesia, suddenly disappeared.
Over the past three years, coach Shin has devoted himself to improving the competitiveness of the Indonesian U-20 national team. While improving the stamina and tactical performance of key players, the relatively less competitive positions were reinforced by recruiting some multicultural players of Indonesian descent who play in Europe. Coach Shin said, “If the tournament had been held normally, it would have been possible to go beyond the group stage and even advance to the quarterfinals.” It was more difficult to watch,” he confessed.
Director Shin, who had been in a state of disappointment, recently stood up again, pledging to do something about planting. “I am a person who came here to grow and develop Indonesian football,” he said. “In the end, soccer is the only way to overcome the frustration and disappointment received through soccer. I still have the U-23 national team and the A national team.”
Coach Shin’s next goal is the Hangzhou Asian Games in September. It is a competition for players under the age of 23, but since the schedule of the tournament, which was scheduled to be held last year, was postponed for a year due to Corona 19, even under the age of 24 can participate. 먹튀검증
Coach Shin said, “Since taking over the Indonesian national team, we have reorganized the national team of all age groups to focus on players who are smart and full of fighting spirit. As many of the members of the national team A are participating in the Asian Games, we expect to enter the medal table. I will show the results that I am not bluffing.”
After the Asian Games, we will start preparing for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup in January next year. It is the first time in 17 years since 2007 that Indonesia automatically qualified for the tournament as a co-host. A total of 4 rounds of the finals, 2 wins (2 draws, 8 losses) out of 12 matches were all, but Shin coach is looking forward to Indonesia’s final tournament (round of 16) in this tournament.
Coach Shin, who will attend the draw for the Asian Cup finals held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on the 11th of next month, said, “I will meet and greet the Korean national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann on the spot.” If I have to face off at any stage, I will not back down easily,” he said with a broad smile.