“I will be a stronger player.”
The South Korean women’s national soccer team, led by head coach Colleen Bell, returned home through Incheon International Airport on Friday after being eliminated from the group stage of the FIFA World Cup Australia-New Zealand 2023. The team failed to advance to the round of 16 after going 1-2-2 in Group H against Colombia (0-2 loss), Morocco (0-1 loss), and Germany (1-1 draw). However, the team did see potential in the likes of Chun Garam (Hwacheon KSPO) and Casey Eugene Fair (PDA). They promised to be different four years later.
The most prominent was Chun, who started the final group game against Germany and opened up the offense with his diligent work. Nicknamed “Chun Messi,” she was the No. 1 pick in the WK League Women’s Rookie Draft late last year. Despite her small stature, she is not afraid to get physical and has good footwork and speed.
“It was fun to play in front of 40,000 people, and I was happy to face a strong opponent,” he said in an interview on his return home. I wrote it down so I wouldn’t forget the bitterness of being eliminated. I will prepare myself to be stronger so that I can be happy in four years.”
Eugenie Pair, the youngest player at the Women’s World Cup, born in June 2007, has also matured. After leaving the tournament to return home to the United States, she was the subject of intense media attention at home and abroad during the tournament. She first came on in the last minute against Morocco and was named to the starting lineup alongside Chun in the final game against Germany.
In an interview in Australia, Paire said: “I learned about the pressure of playing in front of so many people. “We showed what kind of team we are in the end,” he said after the match against Germany, ranked second in the Fifa rankings. “I came out to represent my mom’s country, and the country I want to represent is Korea,” the dual citizen said.바카라사이트
In addition, “young blood” Choo Hyo-joo (Suwon FC), born in 2000, made his presence felt at the World Cup as a flanking wing-back, while Kang Chae-rim (Incheon Hyundai Steel, 25) shone as a substitute. The likes of Bae Ye-bin (18-Widok University), who didn’t play, will be looking forward to the next World Cup.
Meanwhile, midfielder Cho So-hyun (35), Korea’s only goal scorer at the tournament, said, “I think the real skill is to be able to show the amount of raises at the World Cup. I think we are still a frog in a well,” he said, giving a sobering diagnosis of the Korean team. As for the World Cup in four years, he said, “If I am fit, I will try it. I’ll have to think about it.”
The national team will take on a new challenge next month at the Hangzhou Asian Games. South Korea is in Group E with Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Myanmar.