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Korea won, but Japan and Morocco kicked out… Halil Hodzic also said, ‘Candidate for new director?’

 Former Moroccan national team coach Vahid Halilhodzic, who played a leading role in the ‘Algeria game disaster’ in Korean football, claimed that he “received a phone call from Korea” regarding the Korean national team coaching position.

Croatian media ‘Nacional’ reported on the 29th that in an article entitled ‘Coach Halil Hodzic will take over the Korean national team’, “Coach Halil Hodzic has been named as a candidate for the new national team coaching position by the Korea Football Association.” .

Radio Sarajevo, a Bosnian media, reported the words of director Halilhodzic, “I received a call from Korea.”

Coach Halil Hodzic is famous for giving Korean soccer fans a nightmare.

This is because Halil Hodzic was the coach of the Algerian national team that defeated the Korean national team led by coach Hong Myung-bo 4-2 in the second round of the group stage of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. 

The Korean national team had a good chance of advancing to the round of 16 if they won against Algeria, but they lost terribly to Algeria after conceding 3 goals in the first half.

Korea lost 0-1 in the match against Belgium in the 3rd match, ending their 3 matches in the group stage of the World Cup in Brazil with 1 draw and 2 losses. Since then, Korean football has become a mess.

Algeria, led by coach Halilhodzic, 메이저놀이터 showed an impressive performance by advancing to the round of 16 at the time and going into overtime against Germany.

In an interview with Radio Sarajevo, coach Halil Hodzic explained, “The call with Korea was short-lived,” and “There are many calls from the professional team.” It is argued that it is not only Korea that has been proposed.

After the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, he was also mentioned as a candidate for the Korean national team coach, and his fiery personality is his trademark. Even during his tenure as coach of Algeria, he had an uncomfortable relationship with the football association and the media.

Perhaps because of this personality, Halilhozic went through several national team coaches, but his leadership was on the cutting board when he was sacked three times in 2010, 2018, and 2022 just before the World Cup finals.

During the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, he was the Ivory Coast coach, but he was dismissed four months before the opening of the World Cup.

In April 2018, when he was holding the command of the Japanese national team, he received a notice of dismissal with about two months left before the opening of the World Cup in Russia, and in August, about three months before the opening of the World Cup in Qatar last year, he was kicked out of the Morocco national team coach position.

The reason was mostly due to discord with the association, and when he was the Moroccan coach, he had a conflict with the association over the appointment of Hakim Ziyesh and Nusayr Mazrawi.

Jiye-jeh hated head coach Halil Hodzic and even announced his retirement from the national team.

In the end, the Moroccan Football Association sacked Halil Hodzic ahead of the Qatar World Cup finals and appointed Walid Lakraki as coach. Ziyesh has withdrawn from his national team retirement, and under the new coach, the Moroccan national team reached the semi-finals for the first time in Africa.

Head coach Halil Hodzic is a veteran who has experienced both the national team and the club stage, including coaching the French professional team.

However, if he comes to Korea, it is unknown whether he will harmonize with key players playing in the European big leagues, such as Son Heung-min, Kim Min-jae, and Lee Kang-in.

The Korea Football Association is looking for a successor to head coach Paulo Bento with the goal of being appointed next month.

So far, Jose Bordalas (59, Spain) former Valencia coach, Chichi (61, Brazil) former Brazil coach, and Torsten Fink (56, Germany) former Hamburg coach have been discussed through domestic and foreign reports.


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