The Korean women’s soccer team has returned home from the FIFA Women’s World Cup, and now they’re back in action for next month’s Asian Games in Hangzhou.
Ha Sung-ryong reports.안전놀이터
After being knocked out of the group stage and returning home early, the players’ faces were full of disappointment, and they couldn’t smile despite the encouragement of their fans.
[Colin Bell/Women’s World Cup team manager: I’m very disappointed (to not make it to the round of 16)].
A sobering reflection on a World Cup that saw South Korea score the opening goal against ‘powerhouse’ Germany and earn a valuable draw, but ultimately fail to reach the round of 16.
[Cho So-hyun/Women’s World Cup team midfielder: I still think it’s right that I’m a ‘frog in a well’ because I think the players and teams that really show at the World Cup are the real deal….]
Still, she expressed hope that they will learn from their failure and come back stronger in four years.
[Chun Garam/Women’s World Cup team striker: I’ve been through the bitter pain (of losing in the round of 16), and I’ve written it down on a notepad so I won’t forget it, and I’m going to prepare a stronger me for the World Cup in four years].
With no time to rest, the team prepares for the Hangzhou Asian Games next month.
[Colin Bell/Women’s World Cup Team Head Coach: We’ve got to get back to work, and I’m sure the girls will want to perform like they did against Germany again (at the Asian Games)].
Colleen Bell is determined to bury the World Cup hatchet with a fourth consecutive Asian Games medal.