The Stielike Era Ends – Takeaways from Uli Stielike’s failure

It was a matter of when. The first defeat against Qatar in 32 years finally triggered the sacking and the German was dismissed from Korean football this past June. The 3:2 loss in Doha meant Korea conceded more than 2 goals in 3 games and, for the first time, lost 3 games in the final qualification round and failed to win a single away game. Wins were unconvincing, draws were frustrating, losses were humiliating; Uli Stielike ’s KNT (Korea National Team) was far below expectations on the pitch. Off the pitch, he spoke of controversial claims that exacerbated his relationships with players, coaching staff, fans, the KFA (Korea Football Association), and even the media. After 33 months in charge, more than any previous KNT manager, his contract was terminated. Yet Korean football fans’ anger and skepticism has grown bigger than ever before. Demonstrations against KFA resulted in personnel change in the administration office. And today, the KFA and the KNT sit under immense pressure from the critics. Despite qualifying for the 2018 Russia World Cup, too many fans have lost their trust in the team to perform in Russia. After poor preparation that led to shocking results in the 2014 Brazil WC, the KFA went ahead wasting another 4 years of time. Here, we reveal what to take away from Uli Stielike’s failure.

There were questions as to if he was ever competent for the position. His failure with the KNT makes sense after all, given his mediocre coaching career: short spells in Switzerland, Spain, and Ivory Coast. His teams remained fruitless and tedious. He was far from winning trophies or playing attractive football. His coaching capabilities certainly weren’t the reason why he was hired. What did Lee Yong Soo, then the Technical Director of KFA, see in the German coach that gave him the final nod? It was his time spent with the golden generation of German players that won the 2014 Brazil WC. In the early 2000’s when German national team faced its own dark age, Stielike worked with different youth teams for six years and oversaw young German players that went on to impress in the WC a decade later. For this specific reason, Lee Yong Soo chose Stielike and expected him to not just take Korea to Russia but to develop a team that could leave behind a legacy in Korean football. It made absolutely no sense. Who hires a mediocre coach to lead the national team and ask to develop the youth system? This was the start of mass chaos.

The KNT cruised through the 2nd round of qualification scoring 27 goals, winning all 8 games, and keeping all 8 clean sheets. But the quality of play against the very weak sides – Kuwait, Laos, Myanmar, and Lebanon – was seriously concerning. Seeing every game as a build up to Russia WC 2018, the KNT was expected to put pieces together and outperform these teams. But the German and his men never managed to reach that point. Players seemed disconnected, they looked as though they were playing together for the first time. Meaningless possession around the back served no purpose and KNT relied heavily on set pieces to win games.

For strange and frustrating reasons, poor performance against the weak sides never caught the full attention of KFA and KNT coaching staff. The very first punch on the face was facing the mighty Spain that ended in a thumping 6:1 defeat. Moving on to the final round of qualification, Korea was not ready to take on teams who were prepared to penalize Korea’s innumerable weak spots and mistakes. Opponents threatened each game and playing in the WC in Russia was in serious doubt. Defensive issues lingered on. Players were playing out of position. No sign of team spirit or color or unity was visible from the Stielike team. Then there was the outrageous ‘Soria incident’, complaining that the loss in Iran with zero shots attempted was due to lack of players like Sebastian Soria, an Uruguayan forward playing for Al-Rayyan, and ultimately blamed Korea’s youth system, saying it was fundamentally weak. This caused an uproar in the media and fans reacted immediately. He also no longer had control over the dressing room. Watching long videos of John Cryuff during tactical sessions, players no longer had faith in their coach. As a ‘video analyst’ Cha Du-Ri joined in, but he was really invited to reconnect the dressing room to the manager. Sadly, the damage was too large to rebuild the bridge. From disappointing results to irresponsible player management, Uli Stielike drove KNT through one of the worst times in Korean football history.

Simply put, the head coach position is for a candidate with the strongest credentials with proven qualities of coaching. He must be a man on a mission to produce the results. It was never a position to worry about a nation’s football development and it will never will be. When Stielike needed to figure a way out of the current problems on the pitch, he was busy traveling around Korea giving his opinions on the youth system. It is quite a disappointment that KFA took four years to understand that the head coach position is for a candidate with successful experience and competent coaching capabilities. Carlos Queiroz of Iran football is a great example. First off, Queiroz was already a recognized coach, lauded by top managers around the world, including his former boss, Sir Alex Ferguson. He also had the character to fight against the Iran Football Federation. He was a man who did not allow anything to hinder his team from achieving success. Iran, ranked highest amongst Asian teams according to FIFA, has constructed a golden generation of their own by building the team around talented half-Iranese in Europe and successfully qualified for the Russia WC with great potential as a dark horse. Now there’s a strong belief in Iran football that Iran will remain strong even if Queiroz leaves in near future. This is the legacy that a head coach should leave behind, stimulating progress even after a leader steps down, this not only creates leadership continuity, but also growth continuity in the system. Fans never wanted Stielike to leave a legacy on strong youth system reformation.

In chaos and trepidation, coach Shin Tae Yong stepped in and was asked to revive the team and scrap a ticket to the WC. Since the summer of 2010, Korea has pointlessly appointed Korean managers, throwing them into a pit and asking them to find a way out. Players and coaches alike are valuable assets of Korean football. The KFA must avoid using Korean coaches in a panic. And most importantly, it cannot hire coaches like Stielieve ever again. Hiring he head coach should never be done on a short-term basis. It needs to learn from the JFA (Japan Football Association) when selecting a manager. It first filters out 3 to 4 coaches who best fit into their requirements. Then they take three to four years to build enough rapport with each of the nominees to minimize the possibility of a failure. Can KFA learn from the neighboring nation? Coach Shin Tae-yong has been impressive so far, but we cannot have another talented coach like Hong Myung Bo give up on a coaching career.

It takes me back to the unsavory ‘toffees incident’ on return home from Brazil in 2014. Uli Stielike was appointed as the next manager to lead the change in Korean football. ‘TIME FOR CHANGE’ KFA and Stielike shouted, but three fruitless years report to us that there was no change, but a greater setback, deteriorating even further behind. Hiring Stielike was a complete mistake. Even when he was on board, problems were never dealt in right manners, timing to bring in a new manager was missed, and KNT was very poorly managed. This is what happens when you don’t have a plan, a road map, for your team and what’s worse when you don’t bring in the right personnel.

Let’s finish with what Uli Stielike thought about his failure in Korea. Speaking to Dong-A Daily News, Stielike said Korean football’s biggest problem is that the KFA has no clear plan for the future and added that the organization only suffers when faced with unexpected difficulties because of poor leadership and management. Elaborating on the lack of goals and vision, he said there is no long-term plan, instead the picture KFA has contains only the next 2 games or the next 2 months. This is the kind of environment the KFA is creating for their national team coaching staff. Germany changed 3 managers in 20 years when Korea changed 3 managers in just 4 years. Uli Stielike’s departure this June remains as a reminder that KFA are laying their own grounds for failure.


When your best players are not your best players

“Korea, only nation in Asia, to become the sixth nation to advance to the World Cup for the 8th consecutive time”

The media is all about this record when no one, but few, dares to know. There’s really nothing valuable about this record when the team’s performance is hardly convincing.

NISI20160814_0012047959_web.jpgMore and more players picked for the national team are not playing for their respective club teams. Being called up for the national team means the squad has to prepare for the game in a short period of time. However when you have players who are short of game experience from lack of regular football, preparation is slowed down. Anyone who’s been a player will know how much not being able to play slows you down not only physically, but also mentally. The sad reality is that it’s also impossible to obtain this physical and mental aspect of the game through just hard training. A player NEEDS to get in the actual game. Coaches, speaking to the media, will confirm they will only pick players who are first-team members of their respective clubs, but they’re still partial to players who play in Europe – even if they’re struggling to break into the first team at their club. It tells you something about Korean football. The national team, for some reason, is forced to rely on these foreign-based players and has a small pool of players to pick from the domestic K-League. There’s a real dearth of quality players from Korean domestic football, which is the result of a poor coaching system and an ineffective league system, leading to less opportunity for all age groups and genders.

Joo-ho Park struggling at Dortmund

An answer to the question of why a player isn’t getting playing time is rather simple. He’s not good enough. What’s really hard to answer, though, is why Korean players, as a bigger mass, struggle with this issue. Coach Shin Tae Yong, who led the Olympic team to Rio, is very much concerned with this issue. He describes current Korean players as all around too robotic and that they are missing something special in their style of play. Because of this undistinguished style, coaches are rather forced to prefer the veterans. It’s time to correct this stereotyped idea that age is stopping young players from playing. They are only going to get their experience over the veterans when they are set apart from the norm. Marcus Rashford of Manchester United didn’t make his surprise Premier League debut against Arsenal last season because he was young. He was given the chance because he had the abilities which in turn made his potential that much great. That’s the world we live in, asking for striking expertise and competence.

Coach Shin Tae Yong at Rio Olympics

So the root of this problem is planted in Korea’s youth coaching system. How can coaches assist in developing a set of definite qualities into young players? Here, coach Shin stresses the importance of how coaches must learn how to help young players mature and sharpen their innate talents. There’s obviously a ton that goes into youth coaching, but coach Shin says, the primary focus should be on maturing their raw talents. Korean coaches are too focused, or rather, only focused on settling the fundamentals and executing tactics. That’s why Korean coaches prefer the veteran over the rookie. There’s not that much to compare besides the former having more experience. We need to criticize this ‘coach-centered’ coaching. And it just makes coaching that much harder. While perfecting the fundamentals and teaching them how to execute the team’s tactics, coaches are challenged to discover and implement creativeness to players’ natural talents. This is the direction of coaching Korea needs to take, differentiating players with their own unique abilities.

U-19 coach Ahn Ik-Soo

The U-19 coach, Ahn Ik-Soo, approaches the problem of players in late teens and early twenties not getting regular football at a different perspective. He points to the entire league system. No matter how talented you are at age 19 or 20, it’s true that you are more likely to spend more time watching the game than actually playing. But, let’s go back to Marcus Rashford’s example. Before Rashford broke into the first team, he didn’t just train with the first team. He had plenty of opportunities to keep playing for the reserves in the U-21 league, which we know already, is separate from the Championship, the second division. With this subdivided league system in Europe, young players are able to maintain and raise their real game experience and even work on closing down the gap between the regular starters. That’s exactly what Korean football is missing – a subdivided league system. The league system is shallow and does not account for the young players and even the women’s teams. Many players in early twenties are just entering the professional K-League, playing for their universities, or playing in the lower divisions of K-League. In each respective situation, young players simply don’t play because they are rookies. They don’t have an alternate solution for gaining game experience. Like European football, the KFA must develop better young players by reshaping the leagues under K-League and creating more opportunities for each age group and women’s teams to participate in.

Amazingly enough, the KFA has been working on a lofty goal of expanding Korean football league. The table below shows the current league system:

Division Level
K-League (Classic) Pro
K-League (Challenge) Pro
N-League (National) Semi-Pro
K3-League Amateur

KFA, partnered with Korean Olympic Committee, is mapping out a plan to subdivide the entire league system into seven different leagues.

Division Level
K1-League (Classic) Pro
K2-League (Challenge) Pro
K3-League (Advanced) Semi-Pro
K4-League (Basic) Semi-Pro
K5-League (National Best) Amateur
K6-League (18 District Leagues) Amateur
K7-League (142 Regional Leagues) Amateur

emblem_of_korea_football_association-svgStarting next year, K7-League’s 142 regional leagues consisting of 852 teams will begin their establishment. The government is supporting about $2.6 million, so each league will be allocated with about $18,000 to furnish necessary facilities and organize management for the league opening. Going with the new system, the KFA announced earlier this month that all divisions will now be introduced to the promotion and relegation battle just like the European league system. Now, any team from any league can move up and down in the system. Currently this system is only applied to two pro leagues – Classic and Challenge.

In all respects, this is exciting news to hear. The KFA is surely making a great first step in raising competition and widening the pool of players to pick for the national team by merging all the leagues and implementing the promotion/ relegation battle for both professionals and amateurs. This is also a great way to invite more amateurs to play, especially to those who couldn’t play up to the standard of pro or given up because of conditions of football environment in Korea. They can start enjoying football again and who knows, we might just see a Korean Jamie Vardy some day. It’s an open game to all.

It’s time for all of us to accept the current situation with Korean football and embrace the fact that Korean football has been poor in producing quality players which in return, worsened the competition in the national team. Coach Shin associates this poor line of production players with weak coaching system and asked for a shift from ‘coach-centered’ coaching to ‘player-centered’ coaching. On top of this problem, this overall problem of players lacking regular football is situated far more deeply than just the national team. Coaches of men’s U-23, men’s U-19, National Women’s team, women’s U-20 are all facing dilemmas with players lacking real game experience. The best players of Korea are coming to play for their country, but they are struggling to play regularly for their club teams. There’s more than just substandard coaching, Korea doesn’t acquire a robust environment for both genders of young players to simply play at their level. However, we’ve seen reports made by the KFA that changes ARE happening. Leagues are merging. Even though there’s still long ways to go to provide more opportunities for young players and even the women’s teams, these long-term changes on youth coaching and overall football environment should have gradual effects on Korean football in all levels and one day bring better performance from the national team.


It has been way too long since I wrote my last blog post on the ‘Transfer Market Mystery series.’ So… There’s a lot to share! Here’s a quick summary of what has been on my mind this semester.


First, I would like to share briefly on Calvin Men’s soccer. It was 2011 last time Calvin was in the Final Four, eventually lost in the final. This is a huge moment for the team, players, coaches, and for the program.

“It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste.” Henry Ford

It’s no miracle that they are in the Final Four. After crashing out in the second round against Ohio Wesleyan last year, the team was already on sight for next season. The amount of dedication the team put in to be where they are now is unbelievable. Through competition, there was teamwork. In free time, there was discipline.

I have several topics in mind to dive deeper into and I hope to unpack some of these big topics after I finish up school in next two weeks! 

  • Football league system in Korea and England

What’s the common denominator from the following players?

Jaime Vardy of Leicester, Chris Smalling of Manchester United, Charlie Austic of QPR, Gary Hooper of Norwich, and Rickie Lambert of West Brom

They are just a few of many players who came from non-league to the Premier League. There are more than 7000 teams of nearly 5300 clubs in the English men’s football league system (Wikipedia). The vast structure of the league really teaches the importance of developing amateur football leagues to intensify and improve the football culture. My plan is to compare and contrast with the football league system in Korea and stress the need for development in amateur football.

  • Abusive coaches

I always have a negative view of coaches in Korea for their abusive attitudes towards the players. Considering the Asian culture of respecting the senior coaches/players, I thought the negative behaviors from the older coaches/players were inevitable. My perspective changed after watching several documentaries on English football and reading up on the history of abusive coaches in the U.S. First, abusive coaches are everywhere. Second, there is a difference in abusive coaches and demanding coaches.

  • Tainting the beautiful game: Match fixing (Ethics in Sports)

While taking a class in business ethics, I have been challenged to apply some of the big concepts into the football world. FIFA scandal is still making headlines and mach fixing is whole another issue. Unethical behaviors from the football leaders/organizations should not be tolerated. Hope to touch on some of the big issues in the game.

Lastly, a couple of thoughts on the EPL and the Korea national team.

As an EPL fan, this season has been far the worst. The quality of the games are well under par. Inconsistent run of results from the top-tier teams have been frustrating as well. Nick Miller of ESPN thinks this brings more excitement to the league.

I’m really excited to see how Korean national team will progress through the qualifications. The team is cruising in current round 2 qualification for 2018 WC and Uli Stielike is working on picking the best of best players to represent Korea. At this moment, the forward position is worth eyeing on.

More to come from me next this month!


2015 EAFF East Asian Cup: Japan VS. Korea Analysis

kor jap

Korea’s second match against the rivals, Japan, was not like the original hot heated KOR-JPN game.

Both teams, determined not to concede, were focused in their defensive discipline which made it difficult for both teams to break down.

Very few attacking plays finished with a shot, making the game little boring to watch. However Korea still looked better than Japan in terms of possessing the ball and creating chances.

Still, the game ended with a draw and there were three areas Korea lacked to really lead the game.

  1. Slow transition to offense
  2. Lack of off-the-ball movement
  3. Passive attacking

They are all, in a sense, interrelated. Slow transition to offense is the result of lack of quick movements. When you keep possession and have no off-the-ball movement, you won’t be efficient with the ball.

Kim Shin Wook #9 sitting high as Korea’s target forward, you can comfortably guess how Korea’s going to attack. Lump it over to the big man, let him hold and draw defenders, and use the space created by making secondary runs.

The problem arrives here. Kim Shin Wook couldn’t hold the ball because of Japan’s tight defense on him. Also, instead of passing it to his feet, Korea kept finding his head which is far more difficult. When he did get the ball, he couldn’t pass it off quickly to a winger or a CM. It happened again when the ball was lumped over to a winger. The winger couldn’t find anyone to connect to. There was lack of movement. Players couldn’t find themselves available at right times. You can’t really blame one player in this situation or you could recognize Japan’s 11-men defense.

Things really changed when Lee Jae Sung was brought onto the field. He was quick to figure out that Japan’s defense was focused on the striker so he was excellent turning his body to go straight to goal.

I was hoping to have a video on this, but unfortunately I don’t have the full game to edit… SORRY!

2015 EAFF East Asian Cup: China VS. Korea Analysis

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The EAFF East Asian Cup, held every 2 years, is a regional competition played by top four of the East Asian countries. This tournament is not organized by FIFA so the teams in Europe are not obligated to send their Asian players to play for their countries. As a result, the teams are entirely composed of players who play in Asian leagues. The top four countries participating this year are S. Korea, N. Korea, Japan, and China.

This is a great opportunity for Uli Stielike, the head coach of the Korean team, to work with the young players, especially those who play in the K-League.

The first game against the host, China, was very positive. I honestly can’t think of last time Korea played this well as a team. Three things that I saw in the game were:

  • Very organized defensive shape that led to effective pressing

This was the most impressive aspect of the game. Korea exemplified a very good display on how to defend as a team. Pressuring together, closing down space together, forcing long balls, winning second balls, Korea was excellent defensively. This all starts with the striker who really begins the shaping. The forward #18 (Lee Jung-Hyup) was busy and ran tirelessly running left to right to keep Korea’s shape. Behind the forward, Korea placed four players who closed down space. Young midfielders did well pressing and winning the ball. Especially in the first half, China barely had an attempt on goal and hardly crossed over their half because they were forced to lump in long balls from behind.

  • Attacking has gotten better, but there’s always room for improvement

When you defend as a team, you’ll get the ball. The next step is keeping the ball and doing something useful. Unlike the Myanmar game, Korea was way more efficient with the ball. Most of the attack came from the right led by #17 (Lee Jae Sung).  Lee and #22 (Kwon) were really focused on moving the ball towards goal, making sure Korea was attacking! Still, Korea needs improvement in making sure the attack leads to a shot. Korea would do well moving the ball and starting attacking patterns, but the end of the attack was not satisfying.

Here’s a video of what that means.

  • Rise of K-League youngsters!

Several players were key focal points in Korea’s good moments.  Many recognized the work of #17 (Lee) and he definitely deserved the MOTM (Man of the Match), but #22 particularly caught my eyes. Resembling Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere, he loves running past guys with pace and a low center of gravity. His awareness of his surroundings and mental speed in tight spaces were noticeable.

The key thing to watch over the course of this tournament is how consistent these players perform. Overall, very positive stuff from the young Korean team in which tells a lot about our K-League! I’ll be back again after Korea vs. Japan.

Myanmar VS. S. KOREA Analysis


Three points! But Korea has some work to do.

Against a weak team, I expected must higher standard of performance. Despite the win, it was disappointing to see no goals scored from an open-play.

Myanmar, unsurprisingly, sat back and packed everyone in defense. Did they defend well?

myanmar defense 6

They were all over the place, disorganized in shape, and looked clueless when they had the ball. For the first 15 minutes, Korea moved the ball well and really used the space that Myanmar players gave. I gathered some clips in first 15 minutes that were good moments for Korea. I also gathered how Korea completely loses what they were doing after that first 15 minutes. (See the video below and please feel free to comment on my analysis.)

Playing defense for 90 minutes is a very difficult task both mentally and physically. That being said, Korea needed to stay patient for the other team to make the mistake and keep the ball moving to open up space. In all, with urgency to go to goal and stay on guard to penalize Myanmar whenever they make the mistake.

There was no sense of urgency: rushing movements, forcing passes, eating up teammates’ space, taking too long to pass, and even walking…Instead of forcing mistakes, players over-committed in defense and created space for the opponent players. 

Myanmar, despite being indiscipline in defense and harmless in attack, somehow managed to stay in the game for a long period of time.

In all of this, Ki Sung Yueng was missed as he has been the one keeping the ball moving and distributing to open space behind defenders. (Ki missed the game due to a minor surgery on his knee last May.)

As game went on, Son Heung Min had to fill in that role. However Son is a type of player who’s much more preferred to be on the end of attack, firing goals.

Korea plays the 4-2-3-1 system, but it ends up being the 4-4-2 with two center midfielders’ playing holding. Time to time, I would see so much gap in between the striker and the center midfielders. I’ve seen this problem before in different games.

Korea should consider placing Ki in that attacking center midfielder position behind the striker as he has developed his game to whole another level with Swansea last season. He will fill in that space and bring in more creativity in attack.

I hope to watch as many as Korean games I can and update you how the Korean team is evolving and developing for the 2018 Russia World Cup.

Again, feel free to comment on things you agree/disagree.

Korea vs. Australia

Uli Stielike’s tactics in the final game was near perfection. He placed versatile Joo Ho Park, a natural defender, on the left wing to shut down Australia’s attacking route on the right. On the other side, he had an attacking duo of Son and Cha. Australia’s left back hardly joined in his attack because he was too busy worrying about the duo. Korea pressed hard throughout the game. In the first half, Australia only had three crosses and those crosses didn’t even hit the main man, Tim Cahil. Korea did have several risky moments from Cahil’s clever off-the-ball movements. Other than that, Korea’s game plan was ‘to-the-point’.

Attacking options for Korea needs more improvement.

Throughout the game, Ki was able to move side to side to start the play and most of the balls were directed to the wingers (Park and Son). There was plenty of overlaps from Jin Su Kim and Cha. Korea’s attack pattern went like this:

[Possess the ball – Full back overlap – Cross – Hopefully get a shot out of it].

It worked in the beginning with Son’s two close chances, but as the game progressed on, it was too predictable. Not many options were created even though we had the possession. Korea’s biggest problem that night was lack of creativity in attack. Korea was too focused on getting the ball wide for a cross. I thought Korea needed to penetrate more in between the Australia center backs. (Korea’s goal came from the center!!!)

It was an unfortunate night. Korea played well, but Luongo’s shot ruined all their game plan. The first goal was a huge mental boost for Australia throughout the game. With the same stamina spent, Australia only needed fewer players to attack while Korea had to put more numbers going from defense to attack. That’s why more Korean players looked fatigued. Despite the near ‘perfect’ game plan executed from the Korean side, Luongo’s goal was just super unfortunate.

So that’s why many many many Korean fans were PROUD of their team. Korea played six games in three weeks. Their determination and zest shown on the pitch for a victory in Asian Cup was animatedly carried into fans’ hearts. Getting a late equalizer at that point in time shows incredible winning mentality. Many fans were supportive after this match even after a loss because the fans saw how much Korea prepared for this tournament during each of the six games. Isn’t it crazy how just months ago, fans were mentioning how Korean football was ‘dead’?

As one of million fans, I also would like to thank and congratulate the Korean players and the coaching staff! 다시뛰자 한국축구!

2015 Asian Cup in Australia – Republic of Korea

It took me 5 hours to make this video. I was too tired to write about my thoughts on 2015 Asian Cup. Here it is. Most of football experts in Korea did not expect to Korea to win the cup before the tournament began.

Four Asian teams were in the 2014 World Cup: Korea, Japan, Australia, and Iran. All four teams ended fourth in their respective groups and could not manage to win a single game. There was a question to Asian football. In the Asian Cup, these four teams are the favorites. This makes this tournament fun to watch.

Now, Korea.

‘First place in Group A with three wins and three clean sheets’ They didn’t play exceptionally well but they got the job done. Up to the finals, they conceded no goals. Uli Stielike’s tactics to this tournament was well planned out. You have to credit to the players for executing the plans on the pitch.

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Iran VS. Korea Analysis

이란… 아픈 기억들이 참 많죠. 솔직히 일본한테 지는것도 억울하지만.. 이란한테 지는것도 어쩔댄 더 아프고 억울합니다. 요번 패배로 이란전 역대 전적은 9승 7무 12패. 곧 아시안컵을 압두고 다 못풀어간 숙제에 다시한번 걱정이 많이되네요.



오늘 free time으로 이란전 재방송을 60-70분 정도 봤습니다. 제가본이란전은 너무 아쉬운점이 많았습니다. 그래도 긍정적인 사인도 보였습니다. 먼저..

1. 손흥민위주로 축구를 해야할것같습니다. 손흥민의 돌파력 그리고 드리블, 슈팅력 모두 잘가추어져있기때문에 한국팀이 손흥민에 마쳐 축구를 하면 더욱더 좋은 기회가 많이 나올것같습니다. 손흥민 위주로 축구를 하자! 라는 말은 손흥민한테만 공을 주라!라는 말이아닙니다. 손흥민선수에 움직임그리고 손흥민 선수에 패스로 다른 한국선수들이 같이 움직여줘야합니다. 손흥민선수의 penetration run 들을 잘 읽어서 공을 배급해줘야하고 그리고 손흥민선수들의 움직임에 따라 empty space를 잘 매꿔줘야합니다.

2. 박주호선수가 전한테는 참 인상적이었습니다. 박주호선수는 주로 왼쪽풀백으로 뛰었는데 독일에서 뛰면서 수비형 미드필더로 이제 활약하고있습니다. 제가보기에는 왼쪽수비보다 미드필더 역활이 더 잘올린다고 봅니다. 박주호선수는 전반 초반부터 이란의 공격을 적절한 태클과 파울 등으로 이란공격을 여유롭게 차단했습니다. 공격으로 transition 하는 과정에서도 과감한 penetrating 패스들도 시도했구요. 박주호선수에 안정적인 수비에 기성용선수는 더 공격에도 집중할수있었던것같아요.

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우선 경기 대부분을 dominant했어도 결과에서는 진이유는…

1. 공격진들에서 무브먼트가 많이 없었던것같았습니다. 수비형미드필더가 두명이 너무 수비에 집중하는것같아 Center Midfielder 선수들에 triangle movement가 좀 적었지 않았나 싶습니다. 구자철, 박주호, 기성용선수 거리가 너무 멀었던것같아요. Equilateral Triangle 최대한 유지해야하는데 isosceles triangle이 되어 볼무브먼트가 공격 final third에서는 많이 부족했던것같습니다.


2. 프리킥상 많이 오심으로 이란이 골을넣다고 생각하시는것같은데. 제가생각하기에는 이란골에서는 파울이없었습니다. 50/50 찬스에서 골키퍼가 이겼다면 파울이 맞았는데 프리킥상황에서 아즈문이 김진현 선수를 이기고 헤딩을했기에 파울이 없었던것같습니다.

3. 한국이 공은 더 오래 가주고있었지만 이란은 더 위협적있어요. 골넣는것에서는 이란이 더 가까웠어요. 수비에도 허술함이보이고요. 제가 보면서 한국 수비 포메이션을 보려했는데 매번매번 라인으 흐틀어저있고 안정적이지못했어요. 어쩔때는 4-4-2 어쩔떄는 4-3-3 계속 왔다갔다 하는같아 이란이 empty space 열리는곳에서 찬스를 살릴수있었던것같아요.

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