World Cup 2022: Paulo Bento Leaves Role As South Korea Coach

World Cup 2022: Paulo Bento Leaves Role As South Korea Coach

  • Paulo Bento has decided to resign as head coach of the senior national team of South Korea after their World Cup elimination
  • The former Portugal gaffer was appointed as the boss of the Asian country in August 2018
  • Paulo Bento led South Korea to qualify for the Qatar World Cup

South Korea Head Korea Paulo Bento has announced he is stepping down from his role on the back of the Taegeuk Warriors' exit at the World Cup.

Bento's side were eliminated from the Mundial after a 4-1 thrashing to Brazil on Monday night.

Speaking after the game against the Selecao, the 53-year-old announced he would not continue as the coach for the Asian country.

Paulo Bento, South Korea, Brazil, World Cup 2022, Qatar
Paulo Bento says he is leaving his role following his team’s elimination from the 2022 World Cup in the last 16. Photos by Richard Sellers/Robert Cianflone
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"We just have to think about the future and it will not be with the national team of South Korea," said Bento, via BBC.

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"I have just announced to the players and to the president of the South Korean federation and this was a decision I had already taken since September that was set in stone.

Portuguese-born Bento was named South Korea head coach in August 2018.

The former Cruzeiro and Sporting CP gaffer led South Korea to beat his native Portugal 2-1 in their final group game to finish second in Group H and progress to the last 16.

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Richarlison pulled out a dance from Brazil coach Tite after scoring in the Selacao's first-half mauling of South Korea.

The five-time world champions have been rampant against the Asians in the round of 16 clash with the Tottenham forward netting his side's third.

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Earlier, Sports Brief reported that a ruthless Brazil side cruised to a four-nil lead within 36 minutes, making light work out of their round-of-16 clash with South Korea.

Having suffered their first group stage defeat since 1998 against Cameroon, the five-time world champions turned on the heat against the Group H runners-up.

Vinicius Junior began the demolishing exercise when he connected well with a cutback pass from tricky winger Raphinha after just seven minutes.