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Jurgen Klinsmann named new South Korea manager

Jurgen Klinsmann has been appointed head coach of South Korea on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

The German manager succeeds Paulo Bento, who stepped down after taking the Asian country to the World Cup in Qatar.

South Korea were eliminated in the round of 16 after losing 4-1 to Brazil.

Klinsmann has World Cup experience as a head coach and will be keen to take the Taegeuk Warriors to the next level.

Their best performance at the perennial tournament was at the 2002 edition, where they finished fourth.

Klinsmann was in charge of Germany for two years and helped them place third at the 2006 World Cup.

The 58-year-old won the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup with the United States of America. He took the USMNT to the round of 16 of the 2014 World Cup.

Klinsmann has also managed at club level, taking charge of Bayern Munich ahead of 2008-09. He was sacked with five games left in the Bundesliga campaign.

The former Tottenham Hotspur striker returned to the German top flight to manage Hertha Berlin in 2019.

However, he lasted just ten weeks before stepping down and has been out of work since.

Klinsmann’s first game in charge of South Korea will be a home friendly against Colombia on March 24.

He has been tasked with taking the team to the 2023 AFC Asian Cup and the 2026 World Cup.

South Korea boast the likes of Spurs’ forward Heung-min Son, Napoli centre-back Kim Min-Jae and Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Hwang Hee-chan.

They are the third-best team in Asia behind Japan and Iran and 25th in the world in the latest FIFA ranking.

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