Advancing to the round of 16 at the World Cup for the first time in 12 years!
The word 'dramatic' is appropriate.
It was dramatic to win the third match of the group stage, and the process of waiting for the results of advancing to the round of 16 after the game was even more so.
The people who waited for the results forgot the cold of the harsh winter.
So people say miracles.
But there are those who reject the word 'miracle'.
In particular, coach Paulo Bento, who led the team, asserted, "It is never a miracle because we believed in the training process and we believed in ourselves."
The players also emphasized that it was not a coincidence or a miracle, saying that they were confident about the training process and tactics they had been doing.
Kim Young-kwon, who laid the foundation for victory with a comeback goal against Portugal, said, "The players were confident about the build-up play even before the World Cup," and said they did what they could.
'Build-up' refers to the appearance of preparing for an attack by increasing ball possession from the defender to the final striker, and this was the tactic of our national team.
It was a look that broke away from the past pattern of focusing on defense and aimed at counterattacks, and confidently dominated the game no matter which team it faced.
A new word has even been coined in terms of performance that cannot be achieved without confidence.
The so-called 'half break', which is a shortened version of 'the important thing is an unbreakable mind', became the best buzzword for the winter of 2022.
The pinnacle of 'Jungkkeokma' was, of course, the final match against Portugal.
With a shabby record of 1 draw and 1 loss, we faced the 1st place team in the group, but we won by playing 'our own play'.
Experts say this was the first World Cup to see our national team dominate the game, possess the ball and lead the game.
Now, a new future awaits our national team.
Commentator Kim Dong-wan analyzes that he is at the crossroads of "Because Bentuho has completely changed Korean soccer, will this changed soccer be returned or will it be raised to the next level?"
Japan, who made a splendid achievement like us in the round of 16, has already renewed the contract with manager Moriyasu and is setting a goal for the next World Cup quarterfinals.
It's time to look back at the achievements of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and the challenges ahead.
So this week, SBS News Story has prepared a program titled <'Again 2022 Qatar 'New Dream'?>.
I put a question mark on 'new dream'.
Will Bento inherit the game philosophy that coach Bento has persistently adhered to over the past four years?
SBS News Story can be watched first on YouTube every Friday at 9:00 pm, and on TV from 8:00 am on Saturdays.