Tuesday, September 13, 2005

South Korea loves the Dutchmen

South Korea has a new manager and guess what, he is Dutch.

Dick Advocaat will take over the coaching duties in preparation for the World Cup. Advocaat is the third Dutchman to lead the team in the last five years.

Guus Hiddink was at the helm during the 2002 Cup. Humberto Coelho (not Dutch) took over after Guus but left last year after a poor performance. Jo Bonfrere took over and got South Korea into their sixth straight finals, but they still didn't feel he was doing good enough.

"Reaction in South Korea to Advocaat's appointment was generally positive, though there were conflicting views about his likely tactics.

The Munwha Ilbo newspaper described Advocaat as a 'bullheaded believer in attacking football,' pointing to his development under his compatriot Rinus Michels, the architect of 'total football.'

However, Han Jung-woo, a member of South Korea's Red Devils fan club, said Advocaat was likely to be more defensive in his approach.

'I think he puts too much emphasis on defending, but it's time to give our full support to the new coach.' Han said."


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