Dutch Coach May Be Key to Unlocking Group Matches at World Cup

Ton Du Chatinier Ton Du Chatinier

Ton Du Chatinier, who joined the Korean national football team as its new assistant coach this week, said on Thursday he is confident about the team's chances of making it past the group stage of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The 56-year-old Dutch coach first met Korean national team manager Hong Myung-bo when Hong went to Russian club FC Anzhi Makhachkala to learn under Guus Hiddink last year. Du Chatinier worked as an assistant manager under Hiddink at Anzhi from 2012 to 2013.

Hong later recommended Du Chatinier for the assistant's job to the Korea Football Association based on his "deep understanding of Russian and Belgian football, his analytical skills, and his personality that would well suit Korean players."

Du Chatinier will mostly be based in the Netherlands. He will check on Korean players in Europe and analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the Algerian, Belgian and Russian teams, which Korea will face in the group stage at the upcoming World Cup.

He said the team will benefit from his detailed knowledge of players in the Belgian and Russian national teams, and that he is now busy gathering information on the relatively less known Algerian team.

Du Chatinier has enjoyed moderate success as both a player and coach in his career. He played as a defender for FC Utrecht in the Dutch league from 1977 to 1987 and managed the team from 2008 to 2011 before serving as an assistant coach for Anzhi.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jan. 10, 2014 09:51 KST