The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is expecting good results at the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup, showing absolute trust in Paulo Bento, who coached South Korea earlier.
The UAE national soccer team, led by Bento, conducted training at the Al Eglah Training Center in Doha, Qatar on the 10th (local time).
During the first 15 minutes of the training, which was released to the media, Bento watched the players’ training with a unique blunt expression. Around Bento, “Bentoo Division,” which had also worked for the Korean national team in the past, was joined by head coach Sergio Costa, coach Philippe Coelho, and physical coach Pedro Pereira.
Coach Coelho, who was next to Bento, waved his hands and greeted him when he found Korean media.
UAE, which was eliminated in the semifinals at the 2019 Asian Cup in its own country, is looking forward to this tournament.
This is because he appointed Bento in July last year and eagerly prepared for this tournament.
Bento has coached the Korean national soccer team for four years and four months since 2018, achieving the result of advancing to the round of 16 at the 2022 Qatar International Football Federation (FIFA) World Cup.
Since then, Bento has been mentioned as a candidate for the head coach of various national teams and clubs, including the Polish national team, and eventually took the helm of UAE.
Although not much time has passed since Bento’s appointment, UAE’s trust in him is already strong. UAE, which had been sluggish with one win, two draws and two losses before Bento’s appointment, recorded six consecutive wins after Bento’s appointment before losing 0-1 to Oman recently.
“Bentoo is a professional leader. He changed many things in the national team and made changes to the team. Everything in the team has changed professionally,” an UAE official said.
UAE reporters also positively commented, “A lot of things have changed in the national team since Bento took over. Bento is currently gaining a lot of trust in the UAE.” 헤라카지노도메인
The UAE will play in Group C with Hong Kong, Palestine, and Iran in turn. If Korea in Group E and the UAE in Group C both rank No. 1 in the group, they may face off in the quarterfinals.