South Korea appoints Stielike

A long saga after Hong Myung-bo's resignation has finally ended with a former Real Madrid man set to take charge ahead of the Asian Cup.

South Korea has finally appointed a new coach, giving German Uli Stielike a four-year deal.

The Korean Football Association (KFA) announced the deal Friday, almost two months after Hong Myung-bo resigned, a decision initally declined by the KFA.

Stielike, who played most of his career at Real Madrid, was last in charge of Al Arabi and has also coached Switzerland and Ivory Coast. Dutchman Bert van Marwijk was heavily linked with the South Korea position and was reportedly close to signing.

South Korea faces Venezuela in a friendly later Friday and Stielike, appointed until the 2018 World Cup in Russia, is likely to be targeting success at the 2015 Asian Cup.

The appointment of Stielike ends a long wait for the Asian nation. Hong resigned after the World Cup, where the Koreans failed to win a game and finished at the bottom of Group H.