German Uli Stielike appointed South Korea coach

German Uli Stielike appointed South Korea coach

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.

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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