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The Beautiful Tale of Guus Hiddink and South Korea, The work of the South Korean national team in the 2002 World Cup is still in the spotlight because it managed to penetrate the semifinals, which has not been repeated until now. Guus Hiddink and South Korea‘s achievement can not be separated from the cold hands of the coach, Guus Hiddink and South Korea.
Guus Hiddink and South Korea had an impressive coaching career while commanding the South Korean national team. The 2002 World Cup became Hiddink’s momentum to make achievements in the World Cup
Hiddink had just been appointed coach of South Korea one season before the 2002 World Cup rolled. Under Hiddink’s concoction, South Korea was transformed into a formidable dark horse team.
The Dutch coach managed to bringGuus Hiddink and South Korea through to the 2002 World Cup Semifinals. At that time, South Korea appeared surprising by subverting several leading teams.
South Korea’s passage to the semifinals is the best record for the Ginseng Country in the World Cup . Hiddink’s name will always be remembered throughout the history of Guus Hiddink and South Korea football.
Guus Hiddink and South Korea did very well when he was in charge of South Korea. Under Hiddink’s tutelage, South Korea impressed during the 2002 World Cup.
Not only did they look good, Guus Hiddink and South Korea even became a killer for the top teams. Some of the victims of South Korea are big European teams.
Portugal became South Korea’s first victim. both joined in Group D, Guus Hiddink and South Korea managed to beat Portugal with a thin score 1-0 in the final match of the Group Phase.
The result also eliminated Portugal from the 2002 World Cup. Meanwhile, Guus Hiddink and South Korea managed to win Group D.
Portugal was just the initial victim of the toughness of Hiddink’s team. In the knockout phase, South Korea again gave a surprise.
In the round of 16 it was Italy’s turn to be the victim. Giovanni Trapattoni’s team had to bow 2-1 to South Korea after going through extra time.
In the quarter-finals, it was Spain’s turn to feel South Korea’s toughness. At that time, Spain, who drew 0-0, lost on penalties.
But the trail of Guus Hiddink and South Korea‘s toughness had to end in the semifinals. Meeting Germany, South Korea finally bowed with a narrow score 1-0.
Hiddink’s contribution to the Korean national team in the 2002 World Cup cannot be forgotten by South Korean football fans. For Hiddink’s great service, South Korea immortalized his name in one of the stadiums where the 2002 World Cup was held.
Guus Hiddink Stadium became the name chosen to appreciate the services of the famous Dutch coach. Guus Hiddink Stadium replaces its previous name, Gwangju World Cup Stadium.
Uniquely, this stadium is the place when South Korea succeeded in overthrowing Spain in the quarter-finals. The match was called the most impressive match for the South Korean public and became a symbol of their success in the World Cup.
In the last two decades , Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated the world football scene. They successively won the title of the world’s best player or the Ballon d’or, to present abundant titles for club and country.
However, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have one thing in common. Both have never tasted the World Cup title.
After both debuting at the 2006 World Cup until the last at the 2018 World Cup, both of them always went home empty-handed.
At the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, it is likely that both will experience the last edition of the biggest football event. This year Messi will be 36 years old and Ronaldo will be 37 years old.
If they don’t win the 2022 World Cup, they will have to wait four years ago. This means that they are getting older and the chances of being called up to the national team are also slim.
Then in the previous four editions, how was the record of the two and who was greater? Here are the statistics of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi at the World Cup.
Messi actually has the best chance of winning the World Cup in 2014 in Brazil. Unfortunately, despite scoring four goals in the tournament, he and Argentina lost to Germany in the final.
At the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, Argentina also only stuck until the quarter-finals. La Pulga also suffered a big disappointment at the 2018 World Cup, because Argentina lost in the last 16.
In four editions of the World Cup, Messi played 19 times and scored six goals. But his debut in the 2006 World Cup was very special because he immediately scored one goal and one assist.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s achievement in the world cup is far from spectacular. He played in 17 World Cup matches with Portugal and contributed seven goals.
Unlike Messi, who scored in the 2010 World Cup, Ronaldo has always found the back of the net in the four editions he has played. However, Portugal is far from the championship ladder.
Despite having Ronaldo, Portugal only reached the semifinals at the 2006 World Cup. In the 2010 and 2018 World Cups, Portugal only made it to the last 16 and in 2014 Ronaldo cried because he was eliminated in the group stage.
Argentina and Portugal are both in Pot 1 or Pot seeded for the 2022 World Cup Draw. As a result, it is impossible for Messi and Ronaldo to face off in the group stage.
Lionel Messi et al are in Group C, while Ronaldo cs are in Group H. They are on opposite sides of the bracket and will not clash until the final if both teams win the group.
If anyone does not win the group then they can meet earlier. Their meeting is predicted to occur in the semifinal match.
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