South Korea sack Stielike after Qatar defeat

South Korea sack Stielike after Qatar defeat

South Korea sack Stielike after Qatar defeat

The Korea Football Association (KFA) said it made a decision to part ways with Stielike following a technical committee meeting at the National Football Center in Paju here.

"Since the contract mentions that Stielike's contract will automatically end only if Korea gets eliminated from group qualification and Korea is still ranked second in the group with two matches remaining, the option of automatic conclusion does not apply", said a KFA associate.

Third place would offer a passage to the World Cup via a playoff against the team in the same position in the other Asian group with another home-and-away tie against a CONCACAF team to follow.

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 reign started brightly, highlighted by Korea Republic's run to the 2015 Asian Cup final without conceding a goal, where they were eventually defeated by hosts Australia in extra time.

Lee Yong-Soo, chairman of the Korean Football Association, also resigned in a shake-up ahead of South Korea's final two qualifying games.

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When asked about pay-off clause in Stielike's contract, Lee said he doesn't know whether the German will receive compensation.

Uli Stielike takes a walk in a hotel in Seoul on Thursday. It was South Korea's third defeat in the last five qualification games and left hopes of progressing to a ninth successive World Cup uncertain.

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

In this Wednesday photo, Uli Stielike, head coach of the South Korean men's soccer team, stands to meet the media after arriving from Qatar at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea.

"I think every national football team head coach is an expert, and one year would be enough to build the team for the 2018 World Cup", he said.

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