Korea-Japan World Cup represents a dark page for the history of Argentine soccer. The selection, directed by Marcelo Bielsa at the time, reached the 2002 program as one of the great favorites. to keep the title. However, not only could he not do so, but that was far from the initial objective: The group was eliminated in the field.
More than 20 years after that moment, FIFA shared a behind-the-scenes look at the match in which Argentina national team drew 1 to 1 with Sweden and said goodbye to the World Cup And recalled the dispute between the coach and one of the team members, Juan Sebastian Veron.
“There is a story behind every moment of the FIFA World Cup. Korea-Japan 2002. Argentina is on the verge of extinction. free shot. And then…”, published the official World Cup account (@fifaworldcup_es) with a video of an iconic moment, in which Veron – as he prepares to hit a free kick – tells Bilsa in the 88th minute of the game to calm down.
In the images you can see the exact moment in which Rosario’s coach was desperate as time was running out and Argentina needed a goal, He yells at Veron not to fall short in the center he was about to execute. To which the former midfielder responds by showing the palm of his right hand, as if requesting peace and quiet.
,Seba, Seba, Seba, don’t fall short”, Bielsa yells at him, Basically, he tells him to send him to the first line to prevent the ball from being cleaned in a simple way by Swedish players. The center of the Veyron, however, is too small at the near post, and is rejected without problem.
In the video published by FIFA you can see how Bielsa reacts after seeing the failed center attached by Veron. “Don’t fall short, Seba”, repeats the coach again, holding his head, unable to believe. A few minutes later, the Korea-Japan national team from 2002 was eliminated in the group area.
Dozens of myths were created from that gesture of Veron asking Bilsa to calm down. Many Argentine fans blamed Estudiantes’ now manager for the abolition of that simple gesture., Since then, the relationship between the public and the Little Witch has broken down, Joe nevertheless managed to overcome it and went to the 2010 World Cup with Maradona as DT.