Qatar shined in the round of 16, there were shadows that should not be forgotten
Korean football, which has come to an end with the winter festival, has a new challenge. The shadow behind the appointment of a new coach to lead the next four years and the round of 16 at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar must be erased.
The Korea Football Association announced that it would complete the process of appointing a new coach by next February. It was a measure that was conscious of the worsening public opinion in the process of domestic directors such as Kim Hak-beom and Choi Yong-soo, even before the candidates were selected. A soccer player who requested anonymity shook his head, saying, “The national team coaching position is of utmost interest, but it is difficult to find complaints toward a domestic coach at this level.”
The reason why the association has been embroiled in controversy over the excessive nationality of the command tower is also because the roadmap for selecting a manager with a certain philosophy is not clear. The key to determining the new head coach is Lee Yong-soo, vice president of the association. His discernment plan, which concurrently serves as the head of the national team’s power reinforcement committee, was already proven when he brought in coach Guus Hiddink during the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup. However, there is no mention of the post-Bento era yet.
Four years ago, Kim Pan-gon, then head of the National Team Power Reinforcement Committee, presented a new direction for Korean football and proceeded with negotiations. At that time, he recruited Bento with Ilseong, saying, “I will find a competent coach, not a famous coach.” Currently, without this process, the process of appointing a director is being conducted behind the scenes, so a public opinion trial will take place if only the name is mentioned. The association is in a position to select the first candidates by this month. Before that, it is necessary to present the selection criteria and direction.
The controversy over the medical trainer, which was exposed at the end of the tournament, should also be pointed out. An unqualified trainer, not a doctor or physical therapist, helped the players advance to the round of 16.
In the soccer field, this trainer’s skills are not questioned. However, with the 2019 Asian Cup as an opportunity, the system that thoroughly managed and treated players based on the medical law was broken. According to Article 30-6 of the Enforcement Rule of the National Sports Promotion Act, an unqualified person cannot manage athletes. A physical therapist belonging to the association needs to organize why it was not recognized by the national team players and what happened in the process.
It is also necessary to consider advancing to the round of 16, which guarantees the fighting spirit of individual players. ‘Captain’ Son Heung-min (Tottenham) played with a major injury called an orbital fracture, but his life was at risk. Son Heung-min said, “It’s been about a month since the surgery, but it takes at least three months for the bones to attach. Even if the bones are attached like threads now, it is not enough,” he confessed. His face swelled up as he played the game. He is just glad that he finished the tournament safely. What would have happened if he had received a strong blow to the face.
It is undeniable that the doctors of the national team made sacrifices for Korean soccer. However, it is questionable whether the Korea Football Association’s mandatory subcommittee worked normally. In preparation for the World Cup, it is regrettable that the device to protect the player from the challenge of Son Heung-min, a valuable asset of Korean football, did not work. The head of the medical subcommittee expressed the opinion that Son Heung-min’s injury could be a blessing in disguise rather than a hamstring or ankle injury before the national team departed. It was different from the fact that most of the medical staff dissuaded them from participating. 토토
It may not be the time to be relieved that Son Heung-min finished the tournament safely. Double vision (a phenomenon in which objects are seen as two), the biggest side effect of an orbital fracture, can appear over time. Now is the time to prepare a system that can protect players from making dangerous choices in the World Cup in North and Central America four years from now rather than self-praise.