* Date : 2014-06-10
With the 2014 World Cup just around the corner, all eyes are focusing on Brazil. Korean football fans are waiting in excitement, praying that the Taegeuk Warriors will advance beyond the group stage once again. The South Korean national football team advanced to the Round of 16 for the first time on foreign soil in South Africa at the previous World Cup, and the manager who led the team to achieve this unprecedented feat was Huh Jung-moo. He was appointed as the head of delegation to Brazil this time to encourage and support the coaches and the players to enter the quarterfinals.
Although Huh Jung-moo picked up football in his mid-teens, he quickly surpassed other players, who started playing much earlier, and was scouted by Yonsei University. There, he demonstrated his great potential and in 1980, he became the second Korean football player to play in Europe, following Cha Bum-kum. After his retirement, he began coaching the national football team as well as teams in the professional league. In 2009, he was even honored with the AFC Coach of the Year Award. With a keen eye for exceptional talent, he discovered and trained a number of obscure yet promising players including Park Ji-sung, Seol Ki-hyeon and Lee Young-pyo, who later become some of the most successful players out of Korea.
Huh Jung-moo is contributing to the advancement of Korean football and the training of junior football players. He has visited us on The INNERview to talk about his career and lifelong dedication to football, as well as his outlook on South Korea's prospects in Brazil. So, don't miss out!