Choi Kang-hee continues to be recommended as the head coach of the Chinese national team even though he says he is not interested. “Who else in Asia is Choi Kang-hee other than Choi Kang-hee?”
After Shandong Taishan coach Choi Kang-hee made history during his trip to Korea, local voices recommending him as the head coach of the Chinese national team are growing stronger.
Chinese portal ‘Sohu.com’ introduced Chinese journalists’ comments about coach ‘Seungjang’ Choi after Shandong won 2-0 in the away game against Incheon United in the third match of the 2023-2024 Asian Champions League group stage.
Cheonyong, who was introduced as a ‘famous reporter’ by ‘Sohu.com’, said that today’s match was the most exciting he had seen in the past four years. Shandong won away to Korea for the first time in the club’s history thanks to back-to-back goals from Krizan and Marouane Fellaini in the second half.
Media worker Aoming said, “Through this game, we can see Choi Kang-hee’s commanding ability. Choi Kang-hee has a lot of experience and knowledge about Asian competitions. He is also familiar with the Chinese Super League, so he knows who can play and who cannot.” “Having Choi Kang-hee in charge of the national team will have a higher chance of winning against Thailand than leaving it to Yankovic (current coach of the Chinese national team),” he said.
China will play the first round of the 2026 North, Central and American World Cup Asia 2nd qualifying round in Thailand on the 16th of next month. Afterwards, they will play the second game at home against Klinsmann on the 21st.
Aoming said, “The national soccer team does not have Crijan, Fellaini or Moises, but if we have a better coach, we could perform a little better in the World Cup qualifiers than in the warm-up games in September and October. With a little effort, we could have beaten Thailand. “It is,” he claimed. China lost to Syria and Uzbekistan and drew with Malaysia in the September-October friendly match. They only won against Vietnam.
Journalist Pan Weili said, “Most of the credit for Shandong’s AFC Champions League victory goes to Choi Kang-hee. When I am asked on broadcast, ‘If we change the national team coach, will Choi Kang-hee be able to do it?’, I answer ‘Good’. Can Choi Kang-hee do it?” “You should not ask whether they are there, but whether they are willing to take charge of the national team,” he said.
He continued, “Choi Kang-hee’s status in Asia is comparable to Lippi’s status in world soccer. His biggest strengths are not only his training and leadership skills, but also his deep understanding of Asian soccer. He has covered Asian soccer for half a century. The Chinese national team’s opponents is basically an Asian team. There is no one better suited in Asia than Choi Kang-hee,” he concluded.
Based on their claims, ‘Sohu.com’ said, “If the national team is sluggish or does not perform well in the Asian Cup, it will be a great achievement for Songkai to appoint Choi Kang-hee as the new head of the Korea Football Association,” but added, “If someone does not want it, coercion is not possible.” “You shouldn’t do it. Choi Kang-hee may be thinking, ‘Why should I go to the national team when I can make more money at the club, have less pressure, and win the championship?'” he said.
Coach Choi, who led the Korean national team from 2011 to 2013, drew a line in response to the rumors of his appointment to the national team ahead of this away game in Incheon, saying, “It’s fake news. I have no intention of taking charge of the national team.굿모닝토토” Coach Choi, who took charge of Jeonbuk from 2005 to 2018, established a relationship with Chinese soccer by taking charge of Dalian Yifang and Shanghai Shenhua since 2019. He took charge of Shandong last May.