Uli Stielike reckons there are a few places up for grabs in his Korean squad ahead of the World Cup qualifiers and he would be closely watching his young players in action versus Uzbekistan to identify the individuals who are capable of filling those places.
Stielike has made it clear that he is not going to make the wholesale changes to the squad that took part in the Asian Cup earlier this year, but, he would be adding a couple of young players based on the basis of the performances in the Uzbekistan game.
South Korea was on search for their 3rd Asian Cup title as they faced off with Australia on January 31 but goals from Massimo Luongo and James Troisi was enough for Australia to rise and claim their first Asian Cup trophy.
The match was a very dramatic one as Australia took the lead in the first half through Luongo and it seemed like it was going to be enough for the home team to snatch the victory but a late goal from Heung-Min Son at the 91st minute forced the match to continue rolling into extra time.
South Korea have called up several new names for the upcoming training camp after coach Uli Stielike said that he was looking for more hungry players. Out of the 28 players who have been called up by the German coach, 13 of them have been playing regularly in the domestic leagues.
They have been waiting for a chance to show their qualities and, according to Stielike,this makes them extremely hungry as far as the national team is concerned. South Korea have so far enjoyed an inconsistent run in the friendly matches after the World Cup.
Uli Stielike took the reins of the South Korean national squad in October and things began in superb form for him as the German coach guided South Korea to a 2-0 victory against Paraguay in his coaching debut on October 10.
Goals from Kim Min-woo and Nam Tae-hee in the first half were enough for Stielike to claim his victory as the coach of South Korea in his first match when playing against Paraguay.
This victory seemed to have fueled UliStielike as the German coach later went on saying that his squad should be able to defeat Costa Rica which was their next opponents.
South Korea was one of the nations that could not win a single match in their campaign through the 2014 World Cup and when the tournament reached its end, Hong Myung-bo stepped down from his position of coaching the Korean side.
The managerial position of South Korea was left vacant for almost 2 months and it wasn’t until a few days ago that the new coach of the national team was announced and the man that was designated to take charge of the team is Uli Stielike.
South Korea’s National team are reportedly looking to make former Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk as their new manager following the exit of Hong Myung-bo after the World Cup 2014. This was after a disastrous World Cup campaign for the Asian team, which came into the tournament as one of the strongest from this region alongside Japan. South Korea, however, were unable to even finished third in the group after managing to get only one point from the three matches. The resignation of Hong Myung-bo was expected to be followed by another South Korean becoming a national team boss.
Korea Republic coach Hong Myung-bo has decided to step down from his role after his team’s poor showing at the World Cup 2014. It was a disappointing tournament for South Korea, who came into the competition as one of the top teams from Asia along with Japan. After having reached the semi-finals of the 2002 World Cup, South Korea have been struggling to hit the same heights in subsequent tournaments. The World Cup 2014 will rank alongside as one of the major disappointments for the nation, especially considering that they had a lot of fans in Brazil.
South Korea manager Hong Myung-Bo has stated that championship outfit, QPR, should consider releasing his defender Yun Suk-young at the least time possible. Yun Suk-young is currently playing for QPR and if he will be involved in the Championship play-off final against Derby County. Hence, it is understood that QPR are unwilling to allow him to leave the club before this key match, which could be helpful towards getting back into the Premier league. QPR failed to qualify for the Premier league automatically, but they still have a chance to do so when they take on Derby at the Wembley.
Arsenal midfielder Park Chu-young has been surprisingly named in the South Korea’s squad for the World Cup 2014 despite not having played regularly for the Premier League club. The 28-year-old has been an Arsenal player since 2011, but he has made just one appearance for the English club in all these years. He has been on loan at Celta de Vigo and Watford during this period, but even then, he has been unable to get regular game time. This has increased speculation that he would miss out on the World Cup 2014 spot.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez has claimed that young defender John Stones is ready to even be part of the England team at the World Cup 2014. England have suffered from a lack of strength in depth at the back following the retirement of players like John Terry and Rio Ferdinand.