New South Korean manager to get a good test in friendly
New South Korean manager Paulo Bento will get a stern test in November when the Taeguk Warriors travel to Brisbane to play a friendly with the Socceroos.
The game will take place at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on November 17th with a 17:50 kick off time (Korean time). The game has been arranged by the Football Federation Australia (FFA) who invited South Korea to participate in the match. In return, the Korean Football Association (KFA) will invite Australia to Korea for a friendly match next year.
A stern test for Bento
Australia may have gone out of the World Cup with a whimper, but they are still one of the best sides from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) region and will provide a solid test for the Korean’s and new man Bento to show what he is made of.
One thing the Aussies bring to every match they play is a physical approach that a lot of other sides in the AFC cannot match, some of the West and Central Asian nations can, but it is difficult for a lot of East and South East Asian to compete with this style of play, so the more they play against it, the more they will get used to it. Australia is also similar to the likes of Sweden who South Korea struggled badly against in the World Cup, a big, strong and intimidatingly physical side.
Both sides will have new men in charge
Both sides will have new men in charge at the helm, South Korea has just hired Bento, who some claim is a bit uninspiring as it seems like the KFA had to continue going further and further down their short list before someone accepted their offer.
Australia has appointed Graham Arnold to the role of national team manager after Bert Van Marwijk was only given a contract to see them through the World Cup, and he seemed to be content with that agreement.
South Korea regularly played friendlies against European sides before the World Cup and that was understandable because of who they were drawn to face in the finals, but playing games against the regions best is still required for South Korea to gain the know-how for South Korea to compete with the best sides in the region, because the best sides don’t stagnate.
South Korea will play Costa Rica and Chile next month in what will be Paulo Bento’s first games in charge.