January 20, 2023 13:38
Korea has approached José Bordalás, the former manager of Valencia CF in Spain's La Liga, about coaching the Korean national football team, Spanish media reports said Wednesday.
The Korea Football Association has been currently looking for a new coach since manager Paulo Bento left the team after the World Cup in Qatar last month.
Radio Cadena SER reported that Bordalás, who has been out of work since he left Valencia last summer, received an offer to become Korea's manager. It added that the KFA has been checking him out over the last few weeks.
Bordalás has plenty of experience. He started his coaching career in 1993 and took the helm of several Spanish teams, including Alicante CF and CD Eldense. In 2021, he moved to Valencia CF, where he coached Korean footballer Lee Kang-in. His playing career as a striker ended in his 20s due to injury.
He is known for his excellent defensive tactics, and Korea has long been suffering from its weakness in defense. The question is whether he can adapt to a new life in Korea because he has never worked outside Spain.
Michael Müller, the chief of KFA's technical development committee, said he aims to appoint a new coach by next month.
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