Director Kim Ki-dong
It has been confirmed that coach Kim Ki-dong (51), who led the professional soccer team Pohang Steelers to second place in K-League 1 and won the Korea Football Association (FA) Cup in the 2023 season, has received an offer to be the head coach of FC Seoul and is discussing it. Future has emerged as a top concern.
An official from the Seoul club said on the 11th, “We are negotiating a contract with coach Kim Ki-dong as our next head coach.”
Coach Kim Ki-dong is a leader who has achieved significant results in Pohang, where he started his career as a professional coach, and has stood tall as a ‘master’ in the K League.
In 2019, his first year in office, he 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, who was recognized as a leader who showed leadership skills and achieved results despite a poor budget, and earned the nickname ‘Mobile Magic’, also received the K-League 1 Manager of the Year award, which was unusual for a manager of a third-place team in the 2020 season.
Before taking over as Pohang head coach, he coached the under-23 (U-23) national team from 2013 to 2016, served as Pohang’s head coach from 2016 to 2019, and played as a player for Yukong (currently Jeju United) and Pohang.
Seoul, which played the remainder of the season under Kim Jin-gyu as acting coach after former coach Ahn Ik-soo resigned in August, has been looking for a new head 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. 스포츠 토토사이트
Including this, the team is in dire need of restoration of its reputation as it has finished in the lower splits for the past four consecutive seasons, and it appears that Coach Kim, who is considered the best tactician in the league, has been selected as the right person to lead that leap forward.
Although it has not yet been confirmed, if Seoul’s recruitment of Coach Kim is successful, it is expected to be one of the biggest transfer cases in the K-League ‘Stove League’, which has just begun.
Meanwhile, Coach Kim renewed his contract with Pohang in December of last year, and this contract lasted until 2025. 슬롯