Seol Ki-Hyeon is a former professional footballer who used to perform with various European clubs including: Wolverhampton Wanderers and Fulham, just to name a few.
He has recently been appointed as the new assistant coach of the South Korea national football team.
The technical director of the Korean Football Association is Lee Yong-soo and he revealed a few details concerning the appointment of Seol Ki-Hyeon as he said:“Having spent much of his career in Europe, Seol will be able to understand how a foreign manager works. He also brings a lot of football knowledge and experience to the table and this will be a big help to Stielike.”
Ki-Hyeon has the task of helping the head coach Uli Stielike in pushing the South Korean national side to new heights and hopefully not only make them qualify for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup but also get past the group stages as they have struggled trying to make it past those early stages of the worldwide football competition.
The South Korean national side couldn’t make it past the group stages from 1986 until 1998. That’s a total of 4 FIFA World Cups where the Asian nation had to settle with the same position in successive tournaments.
The furthest placing that they have managed to secure was the 4th spot which occurred during the 2002 edition of the FIFA World Cup but after that, South Korea once again continued with their tendency of not making it past the group stages as they snatched that position in 2006 and in 2014.
South Korea are currently competing in Group A of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifications and are positioned in the 2nd spot with 10 points with 1 point less than Iran and 1 more point than the 3rd spot national side Uzbekistan.
Despite being in the 2nd spot of Group A, South Korea are still in a vulnerable position and have not secured their ticket into the 2018 FIFA World Cup as only the 1st and 2nd spots are qualified while the national side that snatches the 3rd spot will have to play more matches and right now South Korea only has 1 point advantage over the 3rd place position Uzbekistan.