[Women’s World Cup] Last dance with the ‘golden generation’ with mixed feelings of regret and hope

SEOUL (Yonhap) – A World Cup that could be the last for the so-called “golden generation” that has been the backbone of South Korean women’s soccer for more 카지노 than 15 years has ended with a group stage exit. The South Korean women’s soccer team, led by coach Colleen Bell (England), drew 1-1 with Germany in their third match of Group H at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia-New Zealand 2023 at Brisbane Stadium in Australia on Wednesday. After losing 0-2 to Colombia on Sept. 25 and 0-1 to Morocco on Sept. 30, South Korea finished last in Group H with one point and failed to qualify for the round of 16.The tournament was seen as the de facto final tournament for players born in the 1980s or early 1990s, who have been the mainstay of the national team. This includes “Aces” Ji So-yeon (32-Suwon FC) and Cho So-hyun (35-Independent), who are tied for the most appearances by a South Korean player with 148 A-match caps. Veteran striker Park Eun-sun (36-Seoul City Hall) and goalkeeper Kim Jung-mi (Hyundai Steel), who was born in October 1984 and holds the record for the oldest Korean women’s World Cup participation (38 years, 9 months), are “big sisters” whose first World Cup appearance was more than 20 years ago. Defenders Kim Hye-ri (33), Lim Sun-joo (32-Hyundai Steel), and Shim Seo-yeon (34-Suwon FC) are similarly aged .While some of them will still be playing at the World Cup in four years’ time, this is likely to be their last World Cup, making the group stage exit all the more disappointing .Ji and her teammates have been dubbed the “Golden Generation” because of their success on the international stage in the early and mid-2010s.South Korean women’s soccer dominated age-group competitions, finishing third at the 2010 U-20 World Cup and winning the U-17 World Cup. Most of the original roster was also present at the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada, where the team reached the round of 16 for the first time ever. Several players have gone on to play in Europe, including Ji So-yeon, who became the first Korean women’s soccer player to play in England in a Chelsea jersey, and has been recognized as a “world-class” player while helping the team and the league grow. This could have been a defining moment in the growth of women’s soccer in South Korea, but the country’s World Cup performance took a step backwards .Since the round of 16 in Canada (1 win, 1 draw, 1 loss in group play), South Korea’s women’s soccer team has lost three straight group games at the World Cup, including one in France four years ago, and has drawn two .Bell, the first foreign coach to take the helm since the French World Cup, promoted “high intensity” and achieved results, including a runner-up finish at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup, but ultimately did not achieve the desired results at the World Cup .Leaving aside the old excuse of not being able to overcome the psychological pressure of a big game, the reality is that the “high intensity” that Bell has been preaching at the top of his lungs hasn’t worked at the World Cup. With a natural advantage in size and strength, the oldest team in the tournament (average age 29) was bound to struggle against Western nations from Europe, Africa, and elsewhere who have made significant strides in recent years in developing women’s soccer .After two consecutive defeats, the draw was significant as they faced Germany, the second-ranked team in the FIFA rankings, and prevented them from advancing to the round of 16, but the challenge was even more pronounced .The need for generational change, which came to the forefront four years ago when the team lost its third consecutive World Cup in France, was amplified by this tournament .While their older sisters have a strong ‘younger sister’ image, Lee Geum-min (29-Brighton), Lee Young-joo (31-Madrid CFF), Jang Seul-ki (29-Hyundai Steel) and Yoon Young-gul (35-BK Hecken) will be in their mid-to-late 30s in four years. It is ifficult to hope that players like Ji So-yeon and Cho So-hyun will suddenly emerge from a shallow pool of only about 1,000 specialized girls’ players, which is why continuous prospect discovery and nurturing is urgently needed. The 16-year-old Casey Eugene Fair (PDA) and 20-year-old Chun Garam (Hwacheon KSPO), who started against Germany, and 2000-born Chu Hyo-joo (Suwon FC), who has been a mainstay since the beginning of 카지노 Bell’s regime, experienced the big stage through this tournament and left behind hopes for the future despite their disappointment.

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