“Thank you for the new history.” There was no miracle of Shin Tae-yong’s great challenge, but there was no regret

January 29, 2024 | by

There was no miracle. However, there was no regret left behind. Indonesian national soccer team coach Shin Tae-yong turned around nicely as if he were Shin Tae-yong.

Indonesia lost 0-4 to Australia in the round of 16 at the Qatar Asian Cup held at Jasim bin Hamad Stadium in Alayyan, Qatar on Wednesday (Korea time). Indonesia has achieved the feat of advancing to the tournament for the first time in 17 years at this tournament. However, it failed to advance to the quarterfinals due to Australia’s barrier.

After the match, Shin said, “Congratulations on Australia reaching the quarterfinals. Thank you for your hard work and I learned a lot. I say that I did the best out of the four matches I played in this tournament.” However, the first goal was awarded to the defense. We were not lucky. The match was played as we did not lose ground. As the lucky goal followed the opponent, it was a disappointing loss for us. I want to compliment the players for their hard work.”

It was literally a “great challenge.” Indonesia ranks 146th in the FIFA rankings as of December 2023. It was the second-lowest among 24 countries in the latest event. Indonesia ranked third in Group D with one win and two losses (three points). The team advanced to the round of 16 as the third-place wild card. “This is not going to be an easy game. But we never give up. The soccer ball is round,” Shin said, renewing his commitment. In fact, he achieved the “best” result under the worst-case scenario. A representative example is the “Miracle of Kazan.” As the head coach of the Republic of Korea in 2018, he made history of catching Germany in the final group match of the Russia World Cup.

Indonesia is aiming for a new history against Australia, which is ranked 25th. Indonesia pushed Australia hard to win 토토사이트. A miracle did not happen. Australia’s wall was high. Indonesia finished the challenge by allowing two goals each in the first and second half. If Indonesia had won on the day, it could have a chance to face off against Korea in the quarterfinals. The team will face off against the winner of the match between Korea and Saudi Arabia.

“I think it was still a dream (to have a showdown with Korea). As players were young and inexperienced, the outcome of the match was good, but Australia was not good enough in the closing match. If we have more experience, it will become a reality to compete with Korea. I wanted to try it, but my team was not good enough yet. If I have another chance like this, I really want to try it with Korea,” Shin said.

Indonesia’s challenge has come to an end in the round of 16. However, Indonesia’s performance at this year’s event left a big impression on Asia.

“Thank you for making a new history in Indonesian soccer,” Shin told an Indonesian journalist at an official press conference. “The Indonesian Football Association is giving us a lot of support. We are fully committed to our efforts. However, the Indonesian league needs to strengthen. To develop and strengthen the Indonesian league, the league needs to change at its core. The qualifying rounds for the North-China World Cup are underway. It is a challenging journey with one draw and two losses, but our goal is to pass the second qualifying round,” Shin said, expressing greater hope.


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