South Korea names Hong Myung-bo as new football coach

Former coach and captain Hong Myung-bo is set to return as the head coach of South Korea’s national men’s
football team, according to an announcement by the Korea Football Association (KFA) on Sunday. This appointment
comes five months after the dismissal of Jurgen Klinsmann.

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A spokesman for the KFA confirmed Hong’s appointment but did not disclose the details of his contract. Klinsmann,
a World Cup winner as a player in 1990, was dismissed after South Korea’s semi-final exit from the Asian Cup in February.

Hong Myung-bo, 55, is celebrated as one of South Korea’s greatest football players. He returns as the national team coach
10 years after stepping down following the team’s group-stage exit from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. As a defender, Hong
captained South Korea to the semi-finals of the 2002 World Cup, co-hosted by South Korea and Japan, and scored the decisive
penalty in a quarter-final shootout against Spain.

Klinsmann’s tenure with the South Korean team ended after just a year, following a 2-0 defeat by underdogs Jordan in the Asian
Cup. The dismissal came shortly after a reported bust-up between Tottenham striker Son Heung-min and Lee Kang-in of Paris
Saint-Germain, which left Son with a dislocated finger. Klinsmann later mentioned in an interview with The Athletic that he and
his coaching staff were held responsible for the incident.

The KFA initially targeted former Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch to replace Klinsmann, but Marsch opted to coach Canada instead.
The governing body also considered Iraq’s Spanish coach Jesus Casas, Turkey’s 71-year-old Senol Gunes, and former Saudi Arabia
coach Herve Renard.

Under interim coaches, South Korea, captained by Son, played their last four World Cup qualifier matches.

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