‘Shocking’ news was delivered.
On the 30th, the International Football Federation (FIFA) announced that Indonesia would be stripped of its qualification as the host of the 2023 U-20 World Cup. The U-20 World Cup was scheduled to be held in six cities in Indonesia from May 20 to June 11. It is a shocking situation when the host country changes with less than two months left before the opening ceremony.
The reason is the dominant analysis of ‘religious conflict’. The starting point was that Israel qualified for the U-20 World Cup for the first time ever. Indonesia has the largest number of Muslims in the world, and ‘anti-Israel’ sentiment exploded at the news of Israel’s participation.
Inside Indonesia, voices calling for the entry of Israeli athletes grew louder, and strong Islamic groups even threatened to “kidnap Israeli players.” In addition, ahead of the elections, Indonesia’s political circles also launched a boycott campaign, creating a state of chaos.
In the end, it is judged that the unprecedented choice of changing the venue was made to ensure the safety of the Israeli team. The dream of the U-20 World Cup, which had been prepared for more than three years, collapsed at once, and the Indonesia U-20 national team was also deprived of the right to participate. This is because Indonesia qualified for the tournament as the host country. 바카라
The Indonesia U-20 national team is led by Korea’s head coach Shin Tae-yong. Coach Shin signed a four-year contract with the Indonesian national team in December 2019. It is the role of overseeing the U-23 and U-20 national teams, including the A national team.
After taking part in the 2018 World Cup in Russia as the coach of the Korean national team, he received offers from many teams, but one of the decisive reasons why Shin chose Indonesia, a Southeast Asian and periphery of football, was the hosting of the U-20 World Cup.
At the time, coach Shin said, “I will spend a considerable amount of time on the U-20 World Cup held in my country. Everyone in Indonesia is very interested in the U-20 World Cup. I need to support my performance. In the current situation, to be honest, passing the group stage is not easy. But I have to change the situation. I have time in the future. I will prepare a lot. I will increase my competitiveness. Aim to pass the group stage. I will prepare,” he expressed his determination.
However, the relationship between coach Shin and the U-20 World Cup in Indonesia continued to diverge. Originally, the competition was scheduled to be held in 2021. A team was formed with the goal of 2021, and training was conducted. But then COVID-19 broke out. The tournament has been postponed to 2023.
Coach Shin reorganized the team from scratch and trained again from scratch. I waited patiently for 2023. However, the participation was discontinued due to non-football reasons, not football reasons. What a cruel fate.
On the 30th, ‘My Daily’ had a difficult time contacting director Shin. His usual cheerful, boisterous voice had disappeared. His philosophy, which has always lived with a positive mindset, was bound to collapse this time.
Coach Shin said, “It is as announced by FIFA. Indonesia will not be able to host the U-20 World Cup. Indonesia is no longer the host.”
he asked how he felt.
He confessed, “My heart hurts. But the students of the Indonesian U-20 national team, soccer fans, and the people are hurting more than me.”
The unimaginable happened suddenly. If I had been able to predict it to some extent, the shock wouldn’t have been so great.
Coach Shin said, “I never really thought that I would not be able to host the U-20 World Cup. I have come so far with this goal. I am physically and mentally exhausted because of this.”
And he also blamed himself.
Coach Shin said, “I wish I could do something. If I can change something by doing it, I can do anything. But in the current situation, there’s nothing I can do. There is nothing I can do,” he lamented.
It’s cruel, but it can’t collapse like this.
Coach Shin replied, “Honestly, I don’t know. FIFA made an announcement last night, and the Indonesian Football Association president is now at FIFA. I think we’ll find out when the president returns. We can’t talk about what we’re going to do now.” .