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(Reuters) -Juergen Klinsmann has been named head coach of South Korea, the nation’s soccer affiliation mentioned on Monday.
Former Germany coach Klinsmann changed Paulo Bento, who stepped down following South Korea’s defeat by Brazil within the World Cup final 16 in December.
The Korea Soccer Affiliation (KFA) mentioned Klinsmann had signed a contract till the 2026 World Cup, which shall be held in the USA, Canada and Mexico.
“I do know that the Korean nationwide staff has been enhancing and attaining outcomes over a protracted time frame,” Klinsmann mentioned in a press release.
“I’m honoured to comply with within the footsteps of the good coaches who’ve led the Korean nationwide staff, from Gus Hiddink to my predecessor, Paulo Bento.
“I look ahead to doing my utmost to assist the staff obtain success on the upcoming Asian Cup and the 2026 World Cup.”
After retiring as a participant in 1998, Klinsmann was Germany head coach from 2004-06 and led them to a third-place end on the 2006 World Cup on residence soil.
He managed his former membership Bayern Munich within the 2008-09 season earlier than turning into head coach of the U.S. nationwide staff from 2011-16.
The 58-year-old led the U.S. to the CONCACAF Gold Cup title in 2013 and was named the CONCACAF Coach of the Yr.
Klinsmann’s first match in control of South Korea shall be a house pleasant towards Colombia on March 24.
The KFA mentioned Klinsmann’s teaching staff had not been finalised, including that the German would stay in South Korea in the course of his tenure.
(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Modifying by Peter Rutherford and Ed Osmond)