Shin Tae-yong: Facing South Korea Not Special Motivation, Just Part of Process

Shin Tae-yong, Indonesia's U-23 coach, faces his former team South Korea in the 2024 Asian Cup quarter-finals, aiming to create history and end Korea's Olympic streak.

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Shin Tae-yong: Facing South Korea Not Special Motivation, Just Part of Process

Shin Tae-yong: Facing South Korea Not Special Motivation, Just Part of Process

Shin Tae-yong, the head coach of the Indonesian national football team, stated that the upcoming match against South Korea in the quarter-finals of the 2024 U-23 Asian Cup is not a special motivation for him, but rather a part of the process. Despite his long history with South Korean football, having coached their national teams at various levels, Shin emphasized that his background would not interfere with his ambition to create a new history for Indonesian football.

The Indonesian squad is in good condition, with key players like Nathan Tjoe A On, Rizky Ridho, Muhammad Ferrari, and the attacking trio of Marselino Ferdinan, Rafael Struick, and Witan Sulaeman ready to face South Korea. Shin expressed confidence in his team's ability to create another surprise and eliminate South Korea, which would end the country's streak of consecutive appearances in the men's football event at the Olympics since 1988.

Why this matters: The match between Indonesia and South Korea in the quarter-finals of the 2024 U-23 Asian Cup holds significant implications for both teams. A victory for Indonesia would not only secure a spot in the semi-finals and the 2024 Paris Olympics but also mark a historic achievement for Indonesian football on the international stage.

Shin also addressed a previous incident where he was greeted with egg and pillow throws by fans after the 2018 World Cup, stating that it is not a special motivation for him, but rather just a part of the process. "Despite the unpleasant experience, I have no regrets and will work hard to prepare for the match," Shin said. He initially hoped to face the Japanese U-23 team, but with the Warriors winning their group, Indonesia will now meet the South Korean U-23 team in the quarter-finals.

The upcoming match will be an emotional one for Shin Tae-yong, as he previously coached the South Korean U-23 national team and led them to a 4-0 victory over the Indonesian U-23 team in a 2016 AFC U-23 Championship qualification match. However, Shin stated that his current position is as the head coach of the Indonesian U-23 national team, and he is confident that the Indonesian team has an advantage over South Korea due to having more rest time before the match. Shin also acknowledged that his familiarity with the South Korean team's strengths will benefit the Indonesian team in the quarter-final match scheduled for April 26, 2024.

Key Takeaways

  • Shin Tae-yong, Indonesia's coach, faces South Korea in 2024 U-23 Asian Cup quarters.
  • Indonesia's squad is in good form, with key players ready to face South Korea.
  • A win for Indonesia would secure a spot in the semi-finals and 2024 Paris Olympics.
  • Shin previously coached South Korea's U-23 team, leading them to a 4-0 win over Indonesia.
  • Shin confident Indonesia has an advantage due to more rest time before the match.