December 22, 2011 10:31
Choi Kang-hee has been named the new head coach of the national football team, and the man tasked with leading it to the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Choi, who is currently in charge of Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in the K-league, was selected on Wednesday during a meeting of the technical committee of the Korea Football Association.
"We chose Choi because he is the perfect person to get the most out of the team in a short period of time, and we believe he can lead the team to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil," said Hwangbo Kwan, who leads the committee, at a press conference.
Korean needs to beat minnows Kuwait at home on Feb. 29 to guarantee its berth at the quadrennial football showcase.
The KFA plans to guarantee Choi's term until after the World Cup if he manages to qualify the team. "We will begin negotiating terms with Choi from Thursday at a similar level to what predecessor Cho Kwang-rae received,” said Kim Jin-kook, executive director at the KFA. Cho reportedly signed up for an annual salary between W500 million and W700 million (US$1=W1,149).
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