The KFA has just announced our new manager. Ten points to the person who knows who this dude is: Uli Stielike. All I know about this guy is his Wikipedia page and a Yonhap article. So here goes nothing.
First off, Stielike is German, 59 years old and he is affectionately known as “The Stopper” in Germany.
In his 16 year long playing career, Stielike played for Borussia Monchengladbach, Real Madrid, and some random Swiss team, Neuchatel Xamax. He played as Central Midfielder or as a Sweeper. In his tenure in Spain, he was “named best foreign player 4 times” (Yonhap News). He earned 42 caps with West Germany, winning two Euros and finishing 2nd in the 1982 FIFA World Cup.
Stielike began managing in Switzerland, taking charge of their national team for 2 years, before being replaced by current England manager Roy Hodgson. The year after, 1992, he managed his former Swiss team, Neuchatel Xamax, then from 1994-95 managed Mannheim, off to Almeria in 1996 and from 1998-2006 he managed in Germany, from being an assistant to a youth team manager. He took charge of the Ivory Coast in 2006, after their World Cup exit, but had to quit in 2008 due to personal reasons in his family. He returned to Switzerland in 2008 to manage FC Sion, but was fired after just 2 months. Off to the Middle East, two stints with Al-Arabi and one with Al-Salliya. He managed Kim Ki-Hee at Al-Salliya, as Kim was sent on loan there.
And now he’s found himself with South Korea. He’s the first foreign manager we’ve had since Pim Verbeek in 2007.
Honestly, this feels like a step down. I mean we were talking about Bert Van Marwijk and Neil Lennon and Radomir Antic and Prosinecki just a few days ago, but then Ciro Ferrera’s name popped up. I was worried we were shooting low. At one point we had contacted Martin Jol. Martin Jol! He turned the KNT down though.
I don’t know anything about Stielike other than what I’ve just written, and he’s yet to really prove himself, or so it seems, in a managerial job other than doing youth duty in Germany. I’m not convinced by his résumé and what he offers to the KNT. He is going to have to do an awful lot of convincing to get me to believe in him.
But Lee Yong-Soo hired Hiddink, so I’ll refrain from declaring this a “terrible choice” for now. Emphasis on “for now”…
Stielike’s first chance to prove himself and take the reins of the KNT in a match will be the October friendlies, which I believe are against Paraguay and Costa Rica. But the German international will be in attendance for tomorrow’s friendly against Venezuela – remember, it’s on the 5th of September, tomorrow if you’re reading this today (three cheers for my logic), 8pm KST, 7am Eastern time. There will be links up on the Tavern twitter and my twitter @korfan12 (if I wake up, yikes) for links to watch the game. It’s broadcast on SBS in Korea,
(or SBS2? Korea-based people? Help?), which means their streaming requires you to prove you live in the motherland. Which I, and many of you, are not. Hence the links on twitter.
Anyhow, what do you think of our managerial selection? Will he last 4 years? His contract does last through the World Cup. Let us know in the comments section below. Jalgayo.
잠깐만요! Jae jumping in here. I think like most, I was a bit surprised at A) the fact that there was an announcement today, and B) who was announced. Like Tim, I hadn’t really heard of Uli Stielike before today. His management record isn’t one that I really had tracked, and his playing days pre-date me a bit. I can’t say that it’s an impressive hiring, and it’s one that seems unlikely to placate the demanding Korean public.
Hopefully he’ll be given time (and money) to make improvements in Korea’s footballing infrastructure. I’m assuming, given his history with Germany’s youth system, that’s the main reason why he’s been hired. His senior management history is nothing much (African Cup of Nations qualifying with Ivory Coast and Switzerland boss from over 20 years ago) and I don’t put much stock in his management in the Mid East.
Stielike is supposed to be at the Uruguay game on Monday (maybe I can meet him). At the very least though, at least these friendlies will mean a little something. Players will need to convince him of their worth and perform against decent opposition.