Following an early exit from the recent World Cup, the Korea Football Association has once again looked beyond its borders for the right man to whip the country back into contention. When assessing the football life of new price. Germany did, after all, run ram- into a team and making the most out of South Korean national team manager Uli pant over their opponents en route to their talent.” Stielike, there are two different men to this year’s World Cup crown. Additionally, Foreign Manager Preference be considered. On the one hand, there is though high by the KFA’s standards, offer- The Korean Football Association made it Uli Stielike the player: a German standout ing Stielike $2 million per annum - nearly clear from day one that they preferred to who enjoyed a stellar career from 1972- triple what they reportedly paid his pre- hire a foreign manager to turn the nation1984, including more than 200 appear- decessor Hong and the most money they al program around. The signing of Stielike ances with Real Madrid where he was a have ever offered - is quite low for an ex- makes him the seventh foreign manager in Korean national team history, a fan favorite named Best Foreign group of foreign nationals who all Player four times and one of only a HE SAID HE WILL COME TO live in the shadow of Guus Hiddink, handful of players to appear in all KOREA WITH HIS WIFE, the Netherlands native who led Kothree European club finals as well as rea to a fourth place finish at the the World Cup. EXPRESSING HIS WILLINGNESS 2002 World Cup - the highest ever At his position as a midfielder or TO HELP DEVELOP KOREAN finish by any Asian team in World sweeper, known for his stamina Cup play. and keen sense of the field, Stielike FOOTBALL, INCLUDING YOUTH Manning the sidelines with Stiesuited up with the West German naCLUBS AND EVEN FEMALE TEAMS. like will be Argentina native Carlos tional team 42 times, including the Armoa as assistant manager, along 1980 club that won the European perienced international coach. Championships. with assistant coaches Shin Tae-young In short, Uli Stielike, the player, is well- Lee Yong-soo, who was on the commit- and Park Kun-ha and goalkeeping coach deserving of any football fan’s utmost tee that chose the German manager, said Kim Bong-soo. the selection of Stielike was about more Whether the gamble for the KFA pays off respect. Then there is Uli Stielike the manager, than just nationality. or not will be tested early as the Red Deva man who has endured a mixed record According to Lee, one of the most ap- ils head to Tehran to play Iran in Novemthat has seen him managing Switzerland, pealing aspects of Stielike was his desire ber as part of their build up to January’s the Ivory Coast, and Al-Sailiya in Qatar as to uproot from his native land and make Asian Cup in Australia. well as assisting manager Erich Ribbeck Korea his home during his managing tenure - a move that other European canwith his native Germany. The 59-year-old Stielike’s less than im- didates, including number one choice KT SONIC BOOM pressive managing career has left many Dutchman Bert van Marwijk, were unwillSCHEDULE fans and observers wondering why he ing to make. OCTOBER 11 - KGC 2 P.M. was brought in by the Korea Football As- “He said he will come to Korea with his OCTOBER 12 - INCHEON 2 P.M. sociation (KFA) to right the ailing ship of wife, expressing his willingness to help OCTOBER 19 - SK 2 P.M. OCTOBER 25 - GOYANG 4 P.M. Korean football following the resigna- develop Korean football, including youth OCTOBER 29 - SAMSUNG 7 P.M. tion of Korean native Hong Myung-bo in clubs and even female teams,” said Lee. NOVEMBER 8 - ULSAN MOBIS 2 P.M. NOVEMBER 18 - GOYANG 7 P.M. the wake of South Korea’s disappointing Korean fans are less than enthused with NOVEMBER 21 - WONJU PROMY 7 P.M. NOVEMBER 23 - KGC 2 P.M. group-stage exit at this year’s World Cup the selection, with one commenter on soNOVEMBER 28 - WONJU PROMY 7 P.M. cial media writing, “I’m worried about his in Brazil. LOTTE “It is certainly a surprise as his name has leadership because his style is probably GIANTS not been in the media mix,” said Asian behind the times.” SCHEDULE football expert John Duerden, who writes Others, such as South Korean defender OCTOBER 10 - NC DINOS OCTOBER 11, 12 - HANWHA Kim Ki-hee, are throwing their full supfor The Korea Times. OCTOBER 14, 15 - NEXEN “It is a little underwhelming as he is port behind Stielike. OCTOBER 17 - LG much better known for his exploits as a Kim, who played under Stielike at Al-Sailplayer than manager and doesn’t meet a iya, offered up nothing but praise. BUSAN number of the KFA’s own requirements “I remember that he was a good tactiIPARK SCHEDULE for the position as, for example, he has cian who knew how to utilise his assets and respond to oppositions’ strategies,” never managed in the World Cup.” OCTOBER 1 - SANGJU 7:30 P.M. OCTOBER 12 - JEJU 2 P.M. Most observers and fans agree: the se- Kim told Yonhap News Agency. “I think he OCTOBER 19 - GYEONGNAM 2 P.M lection was all about nationality and will be great at molding different players 2014 Oct/Nov _ busanhaps.com 33
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