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Shin Tae-yong appointed as South Korea national team head coach

Former South Korea U-20 and U-23 coach Shin Tae-yong is to take charge of the country’s senior team, according to reports in South Korea.

Shin will lead the Taeguk Warriors through the 2018 World Cup, should the team qualify for the tournament, The Korea Football Association’s Technical Committee said.

The 46-year-old manager replaces Uli Stielike, who was sacked last month following an embarrassing 3-2 defeat against Qatar in a World Cup qualifier.

Recently, Shin managed South Korea U-20 at the FIFA U-20 World Cup at home, where the team suffered a round-of-16 exit. Prior to that, he was in charge of the country’s U-23 team. He led South Korea at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympic Games, where they reached the quarter-finals.

South Korea are currently occupying the second spot in group A of the 2018 World Cup qualification in Asia, seven points behind Iran, who have already qualified, and one point ahead of Uzbekistan.