Stielike sacked after latest Korea defeat

South Korea's head coach Ulrich Stielike

After the 3-2 loss against Qatar on Tuesday, the Korean Football Association made a decision to dismiss Uli Stielike from his position as head coach of the men's national football team during its technical committee meeting at the National Football Center in Paju on Thursday. Stielike's side, however, is just one point above No. 3 Uzbekistan with two matches remaining.

Since the third round of qualification for the 2018 World Cup started however, the former Real Madrid midfielder has come under increasing criticism for the team's indifferent performances and results.

With only the top two guaranteed a place in the finals - and Iran having already sealed the first spot - the KFA opted for a change ahead of its two final games - against Iran and Uzbekistan.

Stielike's high point was leading South Korea to the final of the 2015 Asian Cup where it lost 2-1 to Australia after extra-time.

South Korea have been regular qualifiers even if they have a modest record at the finals themselves.

"I don't know details of the contract between the KFA and Stielike", he said.

Lee Yong-soo, the Korea Football Association technical committee chief, speaks at a press conference at the National Football Center in Paju, north of Seoul, announcing dismissal of the national foootball team head coach Uli Stielike on June 15, 2017. It was Lee who hired Stielike after the 2014 FIFA World Cup. "I'm also in the position to bring results, but couldn't produce what we wanted".

The KFA have not decided yet who will take over as coach for the final two qualifiers.

The latest defeat came in Doha on Tuesday as Qatar - who can not qualify for the tournament in Russian Federation - sprung a surprise, the reversal leaving South Korea only one point ahead of Uzbekistan in third. "The most important task for the next coach will be to boost the players' morale and building up a new team".

Uli Stielike's win percentage in his 37 matches in charge of South Korea.

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