Former World Cup Star To Coach South Korean National Team

Erica Han, Feb. 7, 2017, 10:33 a.m.


Seol Ki-hyeon, a well-known former member of the national football team, will be returning to his old stomping ground as an assistant coach, the Korea Football Association said on Monday.

He signed a contract recently, which runs from March to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Seol, who was part of the national football team that miraculously reached the semifinals in the 2002 World Cup, retired from competition two years ago to manage a university team.

"We wanted to scout someone from Germany or Switzerland but couldn't reach a deal," said Lee Yong-soo, head of the association's technical committee. "We decided on Seol as he has ample experience in European football."

Seol made his professional debut with Royal Antwerp in Belgium in 2000 and played for several foreign clubs before returning to Korea in 2010.

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