Coach Paulo Bento has been appointed to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) national team.
The UAE Football Association officially announced on its website on the 10th (Korean time) that “Bento has been appointed as the national team coach. He will be in charge of the national team for the next three years.”
Bento entered the leadership path as Sporting youth manager in 2004 after his active retirement. And he became the first team manager in 2005 and won a ticket to the Champions League (UCL) by finishing second in the league that season. Coach Bento, who was rewarded with a renewal contract, won the Taça de Portugal (FA Cup) twice and the Supertasa (Super Cup) twice while working until 2009. Although he finished second in the league the previous season, it was an achievement worthy of recognition.
Next was the Portuguese national team. Coach Bento announced a good start by advancing to the finals of Euro 2012 and semi-finals of Euro 2012. He then extended his contract until Euro 2016, four months after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The injury ward failed to advance to the round of 16 amidst the great bad news. And three months later, he was sacked in a 0-1 defeat against Albania, the first match of the Euro 2016 qualifiers.안전사이트
The first taste of hardness in the Portuguese national team. It was just the beginning. Afterwards, coach Bento recorded 4 wins, 3 draws and 8 losses in 15 matches in Cruzeiro (Brazil), and was hardened due to poor performance in about two months. It went on. In Olympiacos (Greece), he was fired after criticizing the front desk and a specific player through a press conference. At the time, when the club sold a key player, expressing dissatisfaction touched the owner’s planting. Lastly, Bento took over in 2017 at Chongqing Liangjiang Jingji (China). It was the same here. With 5 wins, 2 draws and 8 losses in 15 games, poor performance continued. After 7 months, I packed my bags again.
In the midst of four hardships like this, in August 2018, he took the lead of the Korean national team. At the time, public opinion was not good. A voice of dissatisfaction leaked out, saying, “Why did you bring in a director who has failed in many places?” In addition, the situation only worsened, such as untrusted build-up soccer and being eliminated in the quarterfinals of the 2019 Asian Cup.
However, Ben Tuho steadfastly moved forward, and his biggest goal, the World Cup, paid off. By successfully advancing to the round of 16 for the first time in 12 years, it allowed people around the world to enjoy the festival more. Above all, it provided a new paradigm by presenting soccer that does not back down even against strong teams. In this way, Bento’s contract period of four and a half years ended with ‘expiration’. Bento was able to enjoy the joy of exiting with applause for the first time since his Sporting days.
“I think the most important thing is to have faith in our football,” Bento said. I did, and the players followed with faith,” he said, looking back on the past four years.
“Thanks to that, I think we were able to make it to the round of 16. The current style has never existed before. It was possible because the players thought it was possible and followed with faith and goals. Overall, I would like to congratulate the players. I want to. I was able to overcome difficult moments with the professionalism and one-team spirit shown at the World Cup,” he said, expressing his gratitude.
After saying goodbye to Korea, I was connected to many places. There was a Polish national team and an Ecuador national team. And finally, I chose the UAE national team. Earlier on the 9th, European football transfer market expert Fabricio Romano said, “Coach Bento has agreed to become the UAE coach. A three-year contract valid until 2026 has been reached. It will be signed tomorrow.”
In addition, Portuguese ‘Hekord’ also said, “Coach Bento is negotiating with the UAE. He was in charge of the Korean national team from 2018 to 2022 and left after the World Cup in Qatar.”
As the official announcement came out on the 10th, coach Bento took on a ne
At the press conference, Bento said, “The national team has important competitions ahead. The most important is the 2026 World Cup qualifiers starting next November, and the Asian Cup to be held in Qatar next January. Our aspirations are our ambitions in these competitions. is to achieve,” he said.
“In addition to our previous information about the UAE national team, we have an action plan for the upcoming period. We will try to get a more accurate picture of our players and emphasize that our selection criteria are based on performance and attitude, regardless of age. “he added.
Lastly, he said, “Winning is the way to make UAE fans happy. We have to focus on the present and look to the future. And we need to respect the past efforts without looking at the past.”