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    South Korea Appoints Hong Myung-bo as Taegeuk Warriors Head Coach for Second Time

    Hong Myung-bo has been formally designated as the head coach of the South Korean national football team, Taegeuk Warriors effectively granting one of the nation’s esteemed 2002 World Cup icons a second opportunity to assume the esteemed position.

    Hong assumed the position previously held by Mr. Jurgen Klinsmann, returning to the role he vacated in July 2014 following a 12-month tenure that culminated in an unsatisfactory performance at the World Cup.

    He held the position of team captain for the Republic of Korea national football team during the 2002 FIFA World Cup, which was co-hosted by South Korea and Japan.

    Hong, who is 55 years old, will be leaving Ulsan HD effective immediately. He successfully led the club to back-to-back K-League championships in 2022 and 2023.

    “Ultimately, the ability to bring the team together is the most important aspect,” Korea Football Association (KFA) President Chung Mong-gyu said in a statement announcing the appointment. “It will be up to the coaching staff to handle the tactical side of things.”

    The recent appointment signifies the culmination of a five-month extensive search conducted by the Korean Football Association (KFA). The focus now shifts to the coaching staff, who will assume responsibility for managing the tactical aspects of the team.

    The Korea Football Association had identified American coach Jesse Marsch as their preferred candidate, but he accepted a position with Canada in May. Other potential candidates mentioned in reports include David Wagner, a German coach recently dismissed by Norwich City after failing to secure promotion to the English Premier League, and former Greece manager Gus Poyet.

    Hong, who successfully led South Korea’s Under-23 team to win the bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics, had appeared to have eliminated himself from consideration after a recent K-League game. However, he now has two months to prepare for the commencement of the third round of 2026 World Cup qualification.

    South Korea will commence its campaign against the Palestinian team on September 5th, followed by subsequent matches against Jordan, Oman, Kuwait, and Iraq in Group B.

    In the newly implemented qualification format for the Asian region, the two highest-ranked teams from each of the three groups, each consisting of six teams, will secure their direct spots in the World Cup.

    Six teams that place third and fourth will advance to the fourth round, where two additional spots are available.


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