Colin Bell, coach of the Korean women’s national soccer team, revealed that he referred to Guus Hiddink, the ‘hero’ of the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup, while looking for a way to lead Korea to success in the Women’s World Cup.
In an interview with the BBC World Service ahead of the first leg against Colombia, Bell admitted that “managing the Korean culture and the players was a challenge”.
Coach Bell explained, “I read coach Hiddink’s old interview in 2002. It’s because he went through the same thing as me when he took over as coach ahead of the Korea-Japan World Cup.”
“In Korea, age is very important, so there is a hierarchy,” she said. “Sometimes I think younger players can’t say anything to their seniors,” she said.
Coach Hiddink also pointed out that young players at the time were afraid of senior players and were suppressed, emphasizing that regardless of the hierarchy, they should talk to each other and lead the game.
In this way, Hiddink put Korea in the semifinals.
Bell said she was nervous ahead of her first World Cup match as manager, but her other love of music would win her over.
He said, “I have a small music studio. I record the songs I sing there and send them to my family. It’s good to relax,” he said. “I’m a big fan of singer Gary Newman.”
“I’ve known her for a year now,” Bell said of Casey Fair, a 16-year-old mixed-race player wearing the national flag.
She continued, “The pair are very powerful, very fast and strong. She has the confidence to look forward to winning”.온라인카지노
Bell also confessed that he had spoken to Tottenham striker and South Korean star Heung-Min Son.
“Sonny is a great player. We had two or three really good conversations before the World Cup in Qatar. We started in English, spoke in Korean and ended in German,” he said.