[FA's TOPICS]"Korea FA appoints Pim Verbeek the Head Coach of the National Team"
Pim Verbeek has been appointed the Head Coach of the Korean National Team. In a press conference held at the KFA House on June 26 at 15:00, Mr. Lee Young Moo, the Chairman of the Korea FA Technical Committee announced that Pim Verbeek had been appointed as the new Head Coach of the Korean National Team. He also revealed that the former senior trainer of the Korean National Team had signed the contract effective through August of 2008 and that he would also lead the Olympic team for the Doha Asian Games in December as well as the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
The KFA Technical Committee Chief said that he had the 2010 World Cup in mind in giving Verbeek reigns over the Korean National Team, adding that KFA will extend his contract depending on his results for the next two years.
Mr. Lee also said that Verbeek got high marks for his thorough knowledge about the strengths and weaknesses of Korean players and the high respect that the players showed him.
“We do not have much time to prepare for the preliminary rounds for the Asian Cup which kicks off in August and the final round of the Asian Cup. In that respect,we have determined that Verbeek is most suited for the job.”, he added.
Verbeek played a key role in taking the Korean National Team to the semi-final during the 2002 World Cup as the senior trainer under then Head Coach Guus Hiddink.
Later on he had stints as the Head Coach of the second division team of PSV Eindhoven, Kyoto Purple Sanga and the National Team of the Netherlands Antilles. In November, 2004, he met Mr. Dick Advocaat at the German Professional Team Borussia MG and worked with him since then.
After coming back to Korea with Dick Advocaat, Verbeek helped the Korean National Team to achieve the first win as well as the best ever results at the World Cup matches played away from home.