Shin gets nod as Korea coach

28 2017 South Korean football coach Shin Tae-yong speaks to reporters in Cheonan South Chungcheong Province
28 2017 South Korean football coach Shin Tae-yong speaks to reporters in Cheonan South Chungcheong Province
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04 July, 2017

The 46-year-old former global midfielder replaces German Uli Stielike, who was sacked last month in the wake of a poor run of results that left the side's 2018 World Cup hopes in the balance.

Korea Football Association (KFA) technical director Kim Ho-gon said Shin had been given a contract that would see him coach the team through the 2018 finals if they qualified, but terminated if they failed to reach Russian Federation.

The technical committee's chief, Kim Ho-kon, said that the term of the contract with Shin is until the finals of the 2018 World Cup.

Shin led Team Korea to the quarterfinals of the Rio Olympics and the U-20 team to the round of 16 of the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-20 World Cup that ended last month.

He was No. 2 to Stieleke before he was appointed as head coach for the U-20 squad on November.

An ex-midfielder, who made 23 appearances for South Korea, established his reputation as an attacking coach when leading K-League club Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma to the 2010 ACL title.

South Korea is second in Group A in the third round of qualification for the 2018 World Cup with two games left, a point above Uzbekistan in third.

There will be no easy settling-in period for Shin, whose first match comes against group leaders Iran, who have already qualified, before a potentially crunch clash away at Uzbekistan. Only the top two automatically advance to Russian Federation.

'Although the team is in a hard situation, I believe that Shin Tae-yong will be able to demonstrate his abilities, ' said Kim Ho-gon.


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