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Jakarta Post

South Korean Shin to take over as Indonesia's national team coach


    Agence France-Presse

Jakarta   /   Fri, December 27, 2019   /   01:33 pm
 South Korean Shin to take over as Indonesia's national team coach In this file photo taken on June 26, 2018, South Korea's coach Shin Tae-yong addresses a press conference in Kazan during the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament. Indonesia on December 28, 2019 will introduce Shin Tae-yong as its new national footbal team coach replacing Simon McMenemy, said the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI). (Agence France Presse/Benjamin Kremel)

Former South Korea coach Shin Tae-yong has been tapped to take over Indonesia's struggling national team, the country's football association said on Friday.

Shin, who led South Korea at last year's World Cup in Russia -- where they famously ousted defending champions Germany -- is expected to be formally unveiled on Saturday.

"We have invited Shin to finalise the contract. After that he will be introduced later on Saturday," Mochamad Iriawan, chairman of the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI), said in a statement Friday.

"Hopefully all the process will run well."

The expected appointment of Shin, 50, comes after the PSSI sacked Scotsman Simon McMenemy in November with Indonesia bottom of their 2022 World Cup qualifying group on zero points from five games.

Indonesia also floundered in last year's Southeast Asian championship, the Suzuki Cup, where they finished fourth out of five teams in their group.

Indonesia have had significant problems off the pitch, with the two former chairmen leaving the PSSI this year amid match-fixing allegations.

In October, Indonesia's football association was slapped with a $45,000 FIFA fine over crowd chaos that erupted at a match against Malaysia in Jakarta. 

Indonesian football and its professional league have been tarnished by a host of problems, including match-fixing scandals and deadly hooliganism.

The 41-year-old McMenemy signed a two-year contract last year to manage the national team.

Simon McMenemy
Simon McMenemy (

McMenemy's sacking was the first major decision by Iriawan, a former Jakarta police chief, since he won his leadership position.

Local media described a heated extraordinary meeting where a raft of candidates walked out before the vote over apparent infighting and concerns about the team's sub-par performance.

The organisation's leadership has been in turmoil after two former chairmen left this year amid match-fixing allegations.