| Choi Kang-Hee|
| (1959-04-12) 12 April 1959 (age 56)|
Yangpyeong, South Korea
Lee Dong‑gook, Uli Stielike, Hong Myung‑bo, Ki Sung‑yueng, Yeom Ki‑hun
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Choi Kang-hee (footballer) Wikipedia
Choi Kang-Hee (Korean: 최강희) is a South Korean football manager, who is the current manager of Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors.
Choi held his managerial post in charge of K League side Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors for 6 years since 2005 which year he was appointed as new head coach. He focused on pursuing offensive tactics and as a result, the squad became much more aggressive and improved their goal scoring ability. He led Jeonbuk to the K League Championship twice in 2009 and 2011. He also led his team towards the AFC Champions league final but as a result, they lost to Qatari side Al Sadd.
Choi repeatedly turned down offers to become South Korea national football team head coach since former coach Cho Kwang-Rae was sacked. However, after being repeatedly offered the job, he had finally accepted the coaching offer. His post as the national team manager was officially announced on 21 December 2011.
On 25 February 2011, South Korean national football team won against Uzbekistan with the score of 4–2 in friendly match, marking Choi's first victory in his career as a national coach and making many fans look forward to his journey to the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup. Nevertheless, his team showed the poor performance in 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian qualification match on 18 June 2013, which South Korea suffered the 1–0 defeat against Iran and almost failed to directly qualify for the 2014 World Cup finals.
Choi, a former player himself, firmly insisted that his reign would only last until the end of World Cup qualifying. "I asked that [the contract only runs until June 2013]. What we need to do is qualify for the World Cup finals for the eighth time in a row."My mission is to take the national team to the finals. After that, a foreign coach should take over the team. If the KFA does not accept this, I won't sign the contract.As of 18 June 2013
Prior to the final World Cup qualification match against Iran, Carlos Queiroz was offended by Choi Kang-Hee, the coach of South Korea, who complained that Iran did not provide the training facilities with sufficient qualities during Korea's away qualification match against Iran on 17 October 2012. Queiroz stated that Choi humiliated Iranian people and demanded the immediate apology. Choi instead stated that Iran seemed to be afraid enough to make unnecessary provocations and the team would have to watch the world cup from TV. In revenge, Queiroz pinned the sad face of Choi on his black polo shirt. Queiroz also offered to send Choi the jersey of Uzbekistan national football team as Choi stated he would defeat Iran to rather qualify for the World Cup finals with Uzbekistan.
After Iran's victory against South Korea in their final qualification match, Queiroz showed his anger at the South Korean coach with a raised fist gesture which was deemed offensive by the Korean players and staff, almost causing a fight between the two teams. Queiroz had answered previously to Choi that Iran had fairly shared what they had with the Korean team on their visit to Iran.Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
K League Classic: 2009, 2011, 2014, 2015
Korean FA Cup: 2005
AFC Champions League: 2006, 2016
Asian Coach of the Year: 2016