Coach Byun Hyung-hwan, who finished the 2023 FIFA U-17 World Cup with a complete defeat, expressed regret, saying his fault was huge.
The U17 national team lost 1-2 in the final third Group E match against Burkina Faso at Jalak Harupat Stadium in Bandung, Indonesia, on the 18th.
As a result, South Korea finished the tournament at the bottom of Group E with all three losses.
South Korea, which aimed to reach the quarterfinals or higher, the highest ever before the tournament, lost 1-3 in the first match against the U.S. and 0-1 in the second match against France, but also lost to Burkina Faso.
After the game, head coach Byun said through the Korea Football Association, “All three games were competitions that did not show enough of what we prepared,” adding, “The result of this national team is a failure.”
“It’s never a failure of our players,” he said, stressing, “It’s my failure as a coach and I’m responsible for the results.” 안전놀이터
This is the first time that Korea has not won a single point in the U17 World Cup finals. It is the first time in 16 years that he has been eliminated from the group stage since the 2007 tournament. South Korea, which looked high, failed to achieve its will due to defensive instability.
Asked by local reporters whether he thought the results were more important than the growth of the players, he said, “I never think so.”
Coach Byeon said, “If I had only thought about the results, I would have chosen ‘defense and counterattack’ without trying to play offensive football in a way that makes it a short pass.” If you followed the results while playing soccer, it would have had a more positive effect on your growth. I believe our players will grow into better players enough,” he said.
Furthermore, coach Byun Hyung-hwan said, “I learned and felt a lot as a leader through this tournament,” adding, “I will try to become a better leader and a leader who contributes more to the development of Korean soccer in the future.”