New South Korea coach Cho Kwang-Rae wants to emulate the play of World Cup winners Spain, according to news agency Yonhap. He intends to start playing this style against Nigeria, when both teams clash in a friendly match on August 11 in Seoul.
The coach of Gyeongnam FC thought South Koreaâ€™s passing should have been short and sharp against Uruguay during the World Cup, as the South Americans went on to win 2-1 thanks to a Luis Suarez double in the first knockout round.
â€œSouth Korean football must move and must run again, with short passes to reduce the distance that separates them from the football teams of the global elite. I want to emulate Spain,â€ he said.
Cho believes the Spanish way is the only way to get to the top and if the 2002 co_hosts of the World Cup want to progress further as a nation they need to follow suit.
â€œAfter Spain won the World Cup in South Africa, the ability to pass, quickly attack and transition to defence are increasingly important.
â€œI would try out their style beginning with the friendly match next monthâ€, he added
The South Korean football federation announced that Cho will replace Huh Jung_Moo on a two_year deal, with his first game next month against Nigeria.
The Asian Cup will begin in January and South Korea will be up against fellow World Cup representatives Australia, Bahrain and India. The tournament will take place in Qatar and will give South Korea a better idea if the new coach has what it takes to progress one step further in Brazil 2014.