Bordalas, executive director with no experience outside of Spain… Are ‘Environmental Factors’ Right?

Coach Jose Bordalas, who has been nominated as the successor to coach Paulo Bento. Apart from the football aspect, it is a big challenge for both sides.

Spanish media Cadena Serre reported on the 18th (Korean time) that South Korea had contacted Jose Bordalas, who is currently unemployed. 

The press said, “Bordalas has been contacted by several national teams. One of them is from the Korean national soccer team.” 

Bordalas, a former amateur player, started his coaching career in 1993 as the coach of his hometown team Alicante B.

Since then, he has gained experience in Spanish lower league teams such as Alicante A, Benidorm, Eldense, Perez Zeledon, Novelda, Hercules, and Alcoyano. 

In the 2015/16 season he led Alaves to the La Liga 2 title, and in the 2016/17 season he led Getafe to the 3rd place in La Liga 2 and subsequently promoted the team in the promotion play-offs.

Since promotion, he has been in charge of Getafe for four seasons since the 2017/18 season, and he has performed well by finishing 5th in the top La Liga rankings. With his 5th place finish, he also qualified for the first UEFA (European Football Association) Europa League in his career. 

In the 2020/21 season, he took the Valencia baton. Although he finished ninth in the league, he led the team to the Copa del Rey final.

Although he lost to Real Betis on penalties and finished runners-up, Bordalas was once again recognized for his leadership. 

In terms of career, Bordalas’ seniority is not a big problem football-wise. 

Bordalas plays strong pressing football with a 4-4-2 formation and a tight two-line defense. After taking the ball with this pressure, try to quickly switch to the attack and aim for a goal by finishing the attacking team. 

Of course, it is a philosophy opposite to Paulo Bento’s active soccer, but it is worth suggesting that he has his own philosophy and has achieved results based on it.  바카라사이트

However, my concern is that I have no experience working abroad.

Bordalas has never left the Spanish club for 30 years since he started his coaching career in 1993. 

This point can be caught in the ‘environmental factor’ among the new coach appointment guidelines announced by Michael Müller, the new head of the Korea Football Association’s National Team Power Enhancement Committee, at his inauguration press conference last November. 

Chairman Müller mentioned ‘environmental factors’ at the end of the guidelines for appointing a coach, and said, “I, the Football Association, and the coach will discuss conditions with each other and consider not only football but also life in Korea.” 

The choice of Bordalas, who has no experience as a manager of a foreign club or national team, leaves Spain and comes to distant East Asia or Korea is risky for each other.

The previous two coaches, Uli Stielike, are of German nationality, but have already peaked at Real Madrid as a player, as well as experience with the Swiss national team and the Côte d’Ivoire national team. Before he came to Korea, he also experienced the stage in Qatar. 

Coach Paulo Bento also has experience working abroad in Cruzeiro (Brazil), Olympiacos (Greece) and Chongqing Lifan (China).

While working in China, Bentu experienced the East Asian culture and since then took charge of the Korean national team. 

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