• Asian qualifiers for Qatar 2022 resume next week for Indonesia
  • Midfielder Evan Dimas has not said his last word, despite elimination
  • He dreams of following in the footsteps of his idol, Andrés Iniesta

Evan Dimas knows better than anyone that Indonesia no longer has any chance of qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar ™. But his team, which remains on five consecutive defeats in Group G, are not yet finished with the Asian preliminary competition. In order to stop this negative spiral and restore order within the group, the Indonesian leaders have decided to separate from coach Simon McMenemy.

His successor is none other than Shin Taeyong, the coach who gave the Republic of Korea a prestigious victory (2-0) over the German world champions, in the first round of Russia 2018. In the region, no one He has forgotten this feat and, of course, the idea of ​​seeing Indonesia reproduce such performances is not to displease Dimas. “Shin has had great results with South Korea, we are lucky to be working with him,” said the 26-year-old international. FIFA.com. “I will give everything in training and on the field, to apply his instructions properly.”

The last Group G matches will take place in the United Arab Emirates. On June 3, Indonesia will face Thailand, before responding to Vietnam four days later. Dimas and his teammates will then face their hosts, in a final that promises to be complicated to say the least. “So far we’ve never been at our best, but we can do something before the preliminaries are over. Every game is an opportunity and, as far as I’m concerned, I’m determined to do my best. for my country. “

Spanish experience

Dimas, 1m67 under the gauge, is undoubtedly one of the most talented Indonesian midfielders of his generation. Recruited by Persebaya Surabaya before celebrating his twentieth birthday, Dimas had the chance to refine his training in Spain. “I was part of a program that allowed me to go to Spain in 2011. I gave myself everything because I was aware of representing my country.”

Thanks to this early discovery of a very high level, Dimas has opened up new horizons. Five years later, he returned to Spain to train with teams like Llagostera or Espanyol. “I learned a lot during these stays. This new knowledge has refined my understanding of the game in general. It must be said that Spain is very different from Indonesia. I had to start from scratch, starting with passing and possession of the ball. At home the passes are relatively slow, while in Spain the tempo is much brighter. As a result of these experiences my game has changed dramatically. “

Fan d’Iniesta

At the same time, Dimas has become a great admirer of Spain international Andrés Iniesta. “He’s a source of inspiration. He’s very discreet off the pitch but, as soon as the kick-off is given, he’s everywhere.” The Indonesian public therefore discovered another player, upon his return from Spain. Dimas took center stage by scoring five times during qualifying for the 2014 AFC U-19 Championship. His hat-trick against the Republic of Korea (3-2) notably contributed to the qualification of Indonesia for the final tournament.

In the process, he made his debut for the national team the following year, on the occasion of a large 5-1 victory over Laos in the 2014 AFF Championship, signing a goal and an assist. decisive. He has since represented his country in three editions of the Southeast Asian Games, a streak in which Indonesia won a silver medal (in 2019).

Dimas and his partners may no longer have a chance to be on the trip to Qatar, but they do not forget that this campaign also serves as a qualification for the Asian Cup 2023. In this competition, all hopes remain, especially as another series of preliminaries will begin a little later in the year.

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