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Hedinck ``The Search Has Come to An End, Time for Action``

Hedinck ``The Search Has Come to An End, Time for Action``

Posted October. 05, 2001 08:23,   


``We will concentrate on increasing our strength to the utmost from now on.``

Korea National Soccer Team coach, Guss Hedinck stated on the 2nd during the training which opened in Taegu, ``Our primary goal is to fine tune the national team`s total power.`` The dictionary definition of `fine-tuning` states, `A complete adjustment of every detail in order to reach the greatest or the most powerful result`. This means that the period of carefully observing Korean soccer has come to an end and that Korean soccer has entered a new period of development.

Coach Hedinck`s intentions were clearly manifested during the exhibition game with the standing Olympic team which opened on the 4th at the world cup stadium.

First, coach Hedinck found a replacement for the injured Ko Jong-Soo (Suwon) and put Song Jong-Kook (Pusan) in the offense mid-field in order to adjust the defense and offense. However, when the match did not go smoothly, he put Song in the defense mid-field.

In the first half, coach Hedinck put Lee Dong-Kook as striker, Choi Sung-Yong at the left wing, and utilized new players in other positions.

In the second half, he mobilized all the new `best member` players and put them to the test. Defense line key point. In order to stabilize the problematic defense line, Hedinck pulled out his secret ace card. He placed Yoo Sang-Chul (Japan Kashiwa) who formerly played as mid-field or striker in the defense line. Hedinck intended to use Yoo to fix the mid-field defense. Yoo Sang-Chul and Choi Jin-Chul (Northern Cholla), who played a good game in the last exhibit match with Nigeria, guarded the mid-field.

Lee Chun-Soo (Korea University), the `young gun` who starred in the match with Nigeria, stood in the left wing, Choi Tae-Wook (Ahnyang), Choi Yong-Soo (Japan United) in the back and mid-field. The team formation closely guarded the front and back with 4-2-3-1.

Choi Yong-Soo, Lee Chun-Soo, and Choi Tae-Wook took the offensive line and led the attack. Choi Tae-Wook scored two goals and Lee Chun-Soo one, the national team winning 4-2.

Yang Jong-Koo yjongk@donga.com