Park Sung Hwa is appointed as the new coach of the Korean U-22 Olympic team.
Coach of both the national team and the Olympic U-22 team, Pim Verbeek, took responsibility for the team’s poor results at the AFC Asian Cup and resigned. The KFA technical committee announced on August 3rd that the Olympic U-22 coach position will be filled by Park Sung Hwa (52).
Park Sung Hwa had just recently been appointed coach of the K League team Busan I.Park following on from former coach Andy Egli who resigned in July. Even though they had just appointed a coach, the Olympic team coach directive is being judged as the KFA neglecting the K League. It came down to Busan I.Park’s manager, Chung Mong Kyu, helping the KFA boss, Chung Mong Joon, by accepting the offer since the KFA hadn’t been able to find a suitable person for the role.
At the beginning it was rumored that Hong Myung Bo would be appointed head coach of both the national team and U-22 Olympic teams. However due to the recent opening created after the Asian Cup tie between Korea and Japan and this having an effect on their Olympic qualifications, the technical committee explained that Hong Myung Bo’s name had been overlooked.
Park Sung Hwa comes from Ulsan and was one of the first generation MVPs of the professional league in Korea. He has played in 88 internationals and scored 25 goals. He started as a defender but blossomed as a striker once he got into the national team, from then on he has played in a variety of positions.
As a coach he was at Pohang Steelers from 1996 to 2000 and won the league championship with players such as Hong Myung Bo and Hwang Sun Hong. Then he was at Humberto Coelho from 2003 and also worked as the national team coach, twice as the U-20 coach between 2001 and 2005, winning the Asian Youth tournament in 2004.
He will try to gel with the staff and continue Hong Myung Bo’s coaching.