South Korea appoint Hong Myung-bo as manager to replace Jurgen Klinsmann

Hong Myung-bo has been appointed manager of South Korea for a second spell, five months after the sacking of Jurgen Klinsmann.

Klinsmann was dismissed following his side’s Asian Cup semi-final defeat to Jordan in February with 55-year-old Hong selected to succeed the German in the dugout.

Former defender Hong, who is considered one of the greatest ever Asian footballers, was capped 137 times for his nation across a 14-year playing career.

He was first appointed South Korea manager in the summer of 2013 to prepare for the following year’s World Cup, but after a winless group stage campaign — collecting just one point from three matches — Hong resigned from the post.

Hong has subsequently had spells as manager at Chinese club Hangzhou Greentown and most recently, at Ulsan Hyundai — winning the K League title in 2022 and 2023.

His first game in charge will be a World Cup qualification match against Palestine on September 4, followed by a trip to Oman five days later.



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