The Korea Football Association’s bizarre move… “Why is this happening?”

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The actions of the Korea Football Association (Chairman Chung Mong-kyu) are not unusual. At the beginning of the year, a foreigner (Mihail Müller, 58, Germany) was first appointed as the head of the national football team’s power reinforcement committee, and then Jose Bordalas (59, Spain), former Spain Primera Liga manager, contacted Valencia team coach, and is not trying to give him the position of the next national team command tower? is being speculated.

There is an atmosphere in which foreign coaches are being promoted again as a successor to Paulo Bento (55, Portugal), who managed to advance to the round of 16 at the 2022 Qatar World Cup. In other words, it seems to be a paving stone to exclude Korean directors.

Of course, it is true that Korean football succeeded in advancing to the round of 16 at the 2014 Brazil World Cup (Hong Myung-bo) and the 2018 Russia World Cup (Shin Tae-yong), led by Korean coaches, and recruited Bento after failing to advance to the round of 16.

However, it is inevitable to point out that the move to prepare for the 2026 North and Central America World Cup by recruiting a foreign coach is very similar to the Korea Football Association’s “Musa Anil style” that tries to handle everything easily. As a preliminary work for this, on the 4th, Lee Yong-soo (64) was replaced by Müller as the head of the Football Association’s Power Reinforcement Committee.

Since April 2018, Müller has been active as the technical chairman of the Football Association, and has been evaluated as having a high understanding of Korean football.

But how long will Korean football depend only on foreigners? In the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, coach Heo Jeong-moo (68) made a splendid feat of entering the round of 16 for the first time in the away World Cup. Unlike Bentuho, who made it to the round of 16 with difficulty at the Qatar World Cup, he reached the round of 16 neatly.

At this point, it is necessary to look at the Bento from a sober perspective. Bentuho reached the round of 16 at last year’s World Cup, but he had to struggle until the end. If Hwang Hee-chan’s goal in extra time in the second half failed to win a dramatic come-from-behind victory over Portugal, or if Uruguay scored one more goal after beating Ghana 2-0, Uruguay would have advanced to the round of 16.

Bento also had a lot of problems with the selection of players. Cho Kyu-sung and Lee Kang-in, who contributed greatly to Korea’s advance to the round of 16, were appointed only in the 29th minute of the second half of the first match against Uruguay, and Lee Kang-in was particularly stingy.

Lee Kang-in had to play only the role of a joker in the Qatar World Cup, not being able to play full-time except for the game against Portugal. No matter how much it is said that the appointment of players is the manager’s authority, it cannot be understood.

Bentoho has many problems… Preference trend for domestic directorsIt is also a global trend that local directors are preferred over foreign directors. Among the 32 countries participating in the Qatar World Cup, only 8 countries had foreign coaches, and 24 countries used native coaches.

In this regard, let’s look at the case of Japan, which was ranked 25th in the world. Japan has achieved remarkable results since 2018 when coach Hajime Moriyasu (55) took charge of the national team.

Japan, which belongs to Group E, dubbed the ‘Group of Death’ at the Qatar World Cup, defeated Germany, ranked 11th in the world rankings, ‘Tank Corps’, and Spain, ranked 7th, ‘Invincible Armada’, 2-1, respectively, and took first place in the group, following the 2018 Russian Championship, and 16 consecutive matches. went up to the river

Japan is the first Asian country to reach the round of 16 twice in a row. It completely subverted expectations. In the round of 16, Japan faced Croatia, who finished runner-up in the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, and lost after a penalty shootout, failing to advance to the quarterfinals, but rose to 9th in the world.

The J-League modeled after the K-League… Top 5 leagues in the worldWhere does the strength of Japanese soccer come from? Japanese soccer, which benchmarked Korean soccer, which launched professional soccer in 1983 during the Chun Doo-hwan administration, set out to “catch up with Korea” by launching professional soccer in 1993, 10 years later.

Since then, Japan, which has established professional soccer for 30 years, operates the J-League with 18 teams, and has grown into one of the world’s top 5 professional soccer leagues. It stands shoulder to shoulder with Germany’s Bundesliga, England’s Premier League, Spain’s Primera League, and Italy’s Serie A.

Will Korea’s K-League, which has only 12 teams, always be recognized by the international soccer community? Another strength of Japanese soccer is that excellent players advance to the big leagues in Europe.

There are 19 Japanese players playing in the Bundesliga, Premier League, and Primera League, but only 7 in Korea, including Son Heung-min. This is why the Korea Football Association has to send many promising players to the European stage. 헤라카지노

We need to look at why the President’s Office turned away from the President of the Axis AssociationOn the 18th, the Korea Football Association selected 44-year-old Lee Dong-guk, who had just retired as an active player, as the association’s vice president. He is in his 40s, but it is not impossible to serve as vice chairman, but it is unknown whether Lee Dong-guk will be able to work properly with other vice presidents in their 60s who are the same age as their teachers.

In December of last year, when the Yongsan presidential office hosted a dinner for soccer team players and coaching staff, including Son Heung-min, it is worth considering why Chairman Chung Mong-kyu was excluded.

The perspective of the head of the Power Reinforcement Committee (Muller), who appoints the national team coach, may be different from mine. But what is clear is that domestic leaders also have sufficient capabilities, so I think they can lead the national team well.”

It is time for the Korea Football Association to heed the words of coach Park Hang-seo (65) of “Saldink,” who will end his five-year coaching job at the end of January.

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