Reporter Choi Song-ah = “You have to break the wall yourself and grow further.”
This is the topic that Colin Bell (England) coach, who led the leap of Korean women’s soccer during her three years in office, threw the players at the start of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Coach Bell, who started the first convocation training of the new year in Ulsan on the 30th, emphasized, “Players have to break down their own barriers and push themselves harder to grow. .
Coach Bell took over the helm in the fall of that year after the Korean women’s national team was eliminated from the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France after losing all three matches in the group stage.
Under her coach Bell, the national team prepared for this World Cup and left a remarkable performance.
Although it had difficulties maintaining its performance due to the novel coronavirus infection (Corona 19) pandemic, it showed progress by advancing to the first final and finishing runner-up in the 2022 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women’s Asian Cup.
In October 2021, they drew 0-0 in an away evaluation match against the United States, ranked No. 1 in the FIFA rankings, stopping the United States’ 22-game winning streak at home, and became a team that was not at ease against world-class teams.
South Korea, which was ranked 20th in the FIFA rankings in July of that year right after the 2019 Women’s World Cup, is currently ranked 15th.
Coach Bell said, “After I took charge, I think the Korean national team has grown overall, including tactical and physical aspects. A lot of speedy players have also come in.”
He also expressed his opinion, “The confidence of the players has also become a strength,” and “Now that we have had good training together, we now have a lot of faith in ourselves.”
The Women’s World Cup, which opens on July 20, is a stage where I have to put everything I have spent over three years with coach Bell and prove it.
It is true that the national team has improved in many ways under the leadership of Bell, but as was revealed when they failed to overcome China due to a lack of support in the 2021 Tokyo Olympic qualifiers, which challenged for the first time in history, or the Asian Cup finals aimed at winning last year, it is clear that one bit is lacking Do. 토토사이트
“I’m emphasizing that there is room for a little more to come out of the players,” said coach Bell.
Korea, which wants to advance to the round of 16 for the second time in history and eight years after the 2015 Canadian tournament, was tied to Group H with Germany, Colombia and Morocco in the group stage.
Germany, which has won the European Women’s Football Championship a record eight times, is the second-largest player in the FIFA rankings, closely following the United States, the ‘world’s strongest’.
Colombia (27th) and Morocco (76th) are also teams with lower FIFA rankings than us, but they are not easy opponents to watch.
Coach Bell said, “When you go to the World Cup, you have to have a level of perfection that players have never experienced in their lives. Otherwise, you will not be able to succeed in the World Cup. I think determination and sacrifice are also very necessary.”
After training in Ulsan, the national team departed for England on the 9th and will go to their first practice in 2023 with the Arnold Clark Cup, a four-country friendly competition against European teams such as England, Italy and Belgium.