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German Uli Stielike appointed South Korea coach

05 September 2014, 09:33

Seoul - South Korea have appointed former Germany international and ex-Switzerland boss Uli Stielike as the national team's new coach, the Korea Football Association said Friday, completing its search for a foreign coach.

Stielike -- who played 42 times for West Germany -- has signed a contract taking him through to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the association said in a statement.

He replaces Hong Myung-Bo who resigned in July following South Korea's disappointing group-stage exit at the World Cup in Brazil.

The German will arrive in South Korea on Monday and will watch South Korea's home friendly against Uruguay before taking charge.

The KFA had sought a foreign coach following Hong's departure.

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Stielike will be South Korea's first manager from overseas since Dutchman Pim Verbeek stepped down in 2007.

Guus Hiddink, also from the Netherlands, has been the most successful, taking South Korea to the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2002.


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