SOUTH KOREA COACH FORFEITS HOLIDAY FOR WORLD CUP PREPARATIONS
The head coach of the South Korean men national football team Uli Stielike is forfeiting his summer holiday plans as he decided to put extra efforts to prepare his team ahead of the FIFA World Cup qualification set to begin in September.
An official of the national football governing body announced to the admiration of reporters.
The Korea Football Association (KFA) official said Stielike wants to spend his time checking the players in the country’s pro football leagues. The first and second division of the local leagues, top tier K and lower division K have matches planned for August and the coach wants to participate actively ahead of their September clashes - he even joked that he should make it more interesting by using a william hill promo code and putting money on each game.
The KFA official said: “Stielike is not thinking of summer vacation as he is focusing on the final World Cup qualification round. Since there are K League matches in the summer, he will stay in South Korea and check domestic players.”
South Korea are set to play Iran, Qatar, Uzbekistan, Syria and China in the Group A in the final Asian qualifying round. They are set to begin their qualification campaign on September 1st against China at home but will play against Syria five days later. The Taeguk Warriors coach gets a month for his annual leave but he hasn’t had any this year yet. He travelled in December to Germany and Spain for vacation but still took time out to visit Doha to see games of the South Korean Olympic team in the Asian Football Confederation Under 23 championship. He also saw midfielder Koh Myong-jin at Qatari club Al-Rayyan. During his down time, he also watched games in the Bundesliga to see South Koreans in action.
When he returned, the 61-year old German was in charge as the national team breezed to the final World Cup qualification round before playing friendly games against Spain and Czech Republic.
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