Tokcer! Shin Tae-yong’s decision to cut a generation of Indonesian national team players is effective in growing a greater generation. With the material of younger players plus inserting senior players, the Indonesian national team has transformed into a terrible new force.
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The Indonesian national team is currently 23 years old on average plus experienced players Marc Klok and Fachruddin Aryanto as balancers. The new generation of Indonesian national team players such as Witan Sulaeman, Asnawi Mangkualam, Elkan Baggott to Marselino Ferdinand make the character of the Indonesian national team more dynamic.
Shin Tae-yong’s gambling cut off the generation of the Indonesian national team, inevitably taking its toll on the Evan Dimas era. At least, there are four players who have fallen victim to Shin Tae-yong’s generational cuts, namely Evan Dimas, Hansamu Yama, Zulfiandi, and Ilham Udin, who in his era were predicted to be the golden generation of Indonesian football.
In fact, these four players became pillars of the Indonesian national team when they won the AFF U-19 Cup in Sidoarjo, East Java in 2013. All four of them had become regulars in the era of coaches before Shin Tae-yong. However, the winds changed when Shin Tae-yong stepped in to replace Simon McMeney in 2020.
Shin Tae-yong’s experiment was very effective which had implications for the achievements of the Indonesian national team that was slowly getting better. Recently, the Indonesian national team in the Shin Tae-yong era shook the football world when it humiliated the Curacao National Team, which is ranked by FIFA in the 84th position in the world.
The Indonesian national team twice embarrassed the CONCACAF representative with 3-2 and 2-1 wins in FIFA Matchday on 24 and 27 September. The Indonesian national team silenced Curacao with a score of 3-2 in the first leg at the Gelora Bandung Lautan Api Stadium. Three days later, the Garuda squad again clawed at Curacao with a 2-1 victory at Pakansari Stadium, Bogor.
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The two victories add points to the Indonesian national team’s world ranking, which is expected to rise to 152nd in the world. It’s just one more step for the Indonesian National Team to enter the 150th world as originally targeted.
Shin Tae-yong said he was satisfied with his current choice of players who are considered to understand what he wants on the field. The Indonesian national team’s more dynamic game makes Indonesian football fans happy.
They hope that the Indonesian national team game in the era of Shi9n Tae-yong will improve to achieve world achievements.