The former German playmaker, Uli Stielike, has been named as the new man in charge of the South Korea National Football Team.
That position had been vacant for the last couple of months.
Hong Myung-Bo, the previous coach of South Korea, had moved on at the completion of the country’s horrible journey at the World stage in Brazil.
The Korea bosses actually did not want 45-year old to leave the post. They even refused to accept his resignation initially and tried to convince him to continue, but, Myung-Bo was rigid at his stand and at last, the association of Korea had to let him go.
As far as Stielike is concerned, he is from West Germany and his CV as a player and as a manager is quite impressive.
He was a part of the Real Madrid first team from 1977 to 1985, making over 200 Liga appearances for them in that period.
He has the experience of managing international teams. He has been in charge of the Swiss national side as well as Cote d’Ivoire.
Stielike will be working on a long term project with Korea. He’s been appointed till next World Cup.
Stielike will be at his work in 10 days’ time, but, he will be there in the stands in Goyang watching the South Korean boys playing against Uruguay in a friendly at the start of next week.
Stielike’s first match with Korea will be against Paraguay on the 10th of next month. That’s also a friendly match.
South Korea has to participate in the AFC Asian Cup next year. That tournament will take place in Australia and it will be Stielike’s first proper assignment.
The other teams in Korea’s group there in the Asian Cup are Oman, Australia and Kuwait.