Kuala Lumpur: Paulo Bento will take Korea Republic to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 looking to overcome his own disappointing memories of a previous tournament while taking on his homeland in the group phase in a highly personal clash.
Capped 35 times as a player for Portugal, the former midfielder experienced reaching the semi-finals of Euro 2000 with his nation while claiming the Portuguese league title with Sporting before taking over as an academy coach at the Lisbon-based club in 2004.
Within a year, Bento was installed as head coach of the club’s senior side and from there he established a reputation for success, especially in knockout competitions, winning the Portuguese Cup in back-to-back seasons in 2007 and 2008. .....
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