Correspondent Kang Dong-hoon = While coach Paulo Bento (53, Portugal) leaves while taking the end of his 4 years and 4 months of companionship, the Korea Football Association begins the process of appointing a new command tower in earnest. It is expected to be completed by February next year.

On the morning of the 13th, the Korea Football Association held the last board meeting of the year at the Soccer Hall in Jongno-gu, Seoul, and announced the schedule for the appointment of a new national coach by the National Team Strengthening Committee. The Korea Football Association explains that the appointment of a new command tower will be completed by February next year, and that it has decided to recommend suitable leaders both at home and abroad.

To this end, we plan to finalize the selection criteria and select the first candidates within this month. In January of next year, the final candidates were selected and their capabilities were checked through direct interviews, and in February, individual negotiations were conducted in order according to the priority of the negotiation target, and a final decision was made to appoint a director.

Coach Bento, who took office in August 2018, was offered a renewal contract by the Korea Football Association after completing the final World Cup qualifiers, but negotiations broke down due to disagreements on terms such as the contract period. It is known that he informed in September that he had no intention of renewing the contract. On the night of the 13th, he plans to return to his home country, Portugal. 안전놀이터

Meanwhile, the Korea Football Association has confirmed the budget for next year at 158.1 billion won. This is an increase of 34 billion won from this year (114.1 billion won), the highest ever. The previous peak was in 2013 (KRW 123.4 billion). The reason why the budget for next year has increased significantly is because a large amount of money is invested in the construction of a comprehensive soccer center in Cheonan in 2024.

Among next year’s budget revenues, the Korea Football Association’s own revenue, such as sponsorships from official partner companies, profits from A matches, and FIFA dividends, is the largest at 88.7 billion won. Sports Toto fund revenues of 22 billion come next. In terms of expenditure, the construction cost of the soccer comprehensive center occupies the largest portion at 51.1 billion won. 32.5 billion won in operating expenses for national teams at each level and 26.9 billion won in operating expenses for domestic competitions followed.

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