“We will play fast soccer by putting teamwork ahead of individual ability.”
Coach Kim Ki-dong takes over as Seoul head coach
Coach Kim Ki-dong (52), who led the professional soccer team Pohang Steelers to second place in K-League 1 and victory in the Korea Football Association (FA) Cup this year, eventually moved to FC Seoul.
The Seoul club announced on the 14th that it had appointed coach Kim as its 15th head coach.
Coach Kim, who played for Yukong (currently Jeju United) and Pohang as a player, appearing in a total of 501 games and ranking second as the most field player in K-League history, is also building a successful career as a coach.
He served as coach of the U-23 national team from 2013 to 2016 and as head coach of Pohang from 2016 to 2019, and debuted as head coach in charge of Pohang in 2019.
Since 2019, his first year in office, Coach Kim led Pohang to 4th place in K League 1, and raised it to 3rd place the following year.
Pohang only ranked 9th in the league in 2021, but achieved runner-up finish in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League, 3rd place in K-League 1 last year, and 2nd place this year, maintaining the top rankings for most of Manager Kim’s tenure. In particular, they also won the FA Cup this year.
Coach Kim Ki-dong during his time in Pohang.
Coach Kim, who has been recognized as a leader who demonstrates leadership and achieves results even with a poor budget, and has earned the title ‘Movement Magic’, also received the K League 1 Manager of the Year award, which is unusual for a manager of a third-place team in the 2020 season. .
Seoul, which played the remainder of the season under Kim Jin-gyu as acting coach after former coach Ahn Ik-soo resigned in August, selected coach Kim as the new coach to lead the rebound.
Seoul attracted a total of 430,029 spectators in 19 home games this season, leading the box office by exceeding 400,000 spectators for a single season home game for the first time since 2018 when the K League began counting only paid spectators, but was pushed to Final B and ranked 7th. It stopped.
Including this, the news that Seoul, which is in dire need of regaining its reputation as it has only finished in the bottom split for the past four seasons in a row, has begun recruiting Coach Kim was reported as soon as the season ended, and was officially announced that day.
The Seoul club said, “Coach Kim is a leader whose strengths include excellent insight into the opponent’s strategy based on highly complete tactics. He introduced himself as a director who is praised for using a variety of data to develop high-level strategies and for demonstrating quick judgment and versatile coping skills.
He continued, “We judged that Coach Kim Ki-dong, who possesses excellent tactics and strong leadership, is the right person to lead the change into a team that fits the club’s philosophy and direction of pursuing fun and dynamic soccer, and above all, to a team that does not collapse easily.”
Director Kim said, “Thank you for choosing me in Seoul. “I will do my best to show that I made the right choice,” he said. “More than anything, I think my role is to recreate Seoul’s brilliant glory.” He expressed his ambition, saying, “I will definitely live up to the many expectations.” 카지노사이트