Paulo Bento has stepped down as coach of South Korea after the rains were eliminated from the 2022 FIFA World Cup Brazil. He announced he won’t be staying on as coach after the 4#1 defeat.
“Now I need to think about the future, but I will not be with the Korea team. I am going to rest and then see,” the 53-year-old former Portugal coach said after the loss in the last 16.
Paulo Bento took over following the 2018 World Cup, succeeding Shin Tae-yong.
While in Qatar, he led South Korea to the knockout round for the first time since 2010 with a last-gasp win over Portugal in their final group game.
However, they were outclassed by Brazil as they found themselves four goals down before half-time at the 974 Stadium in Doha, although they did pull one back late on through substitute Paik Seung-ho.
Bento’s announcement ends four years under the Portuguese manager’s leadership.
Bento’s tenure saw a marked shift in Korea’s tactics to what he called “build-up” football, focusing on a more offensive use of the midfield rather than a solid defensive approach that Korea had taken previously.
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