July 07, 2017 11:07
The new head coach of the national football team vowed he would make every effort to win the last two matches in the final round of Asian qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and secure Korea a berth to the quadrennial event.
"We will pour everything we've got into the remaining qualifying matches in order to advance to the World Cup for the ninth consecutive time," Shin Tae-yong said at a press conference on Thursday.
With the team in danger of elimination, Shin was named to salvage the country's World Cup hopes, replacing sacked coach Uli Stielike. Korea has qualified for every World Cup for the past 28 years, from the 1986 event in Mexico through to the 2014 tournament in Brazil.
Korea will face Iran at home on Aug. 31 and Uzbekistan away on Sept. 5.
Shin served as an assistant manager under Stielike before moving to coach the country's Olympic team in 2015.
"Stielike and I have different styles. I won't limit myself to those players trusted by him," he said. Ki Sung-yueng of Swansea City and Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur, the two main pillars of the national team, are currently injured. "I have spoken with both players. I will select the players who best suit my style of football," Shin said.
"Not having played in a World Cup is my greatest regret in life. I think I have been granted this opportunity so that I can achieve my World Cup dream as a manager," he said.
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