Alpay was released by Aston Villa FC last October, after receiving heavy criticism in the English media following an incident involving David Beckham during Turkey's UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifier against England in Istanbul. He links up at Incheon with German coach Werner Lorant, whom he worked with at Fenerbahçe SK.
The 30-year-old revealed that his experience at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, where Turkey reached the semi-finals, was a key factor in his decision to move to the Korean Republic despite offers from several Turkish clubs. He said: "The interest and love we were shown during the World Cup in 2002 had a very positive effect on my choice.
I can still hear the cheering of Korean fans at the third-place play-off."
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