SEOUL, July 12 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's football governing body on Wednesday announced the new coaches for the men's national team, with two stars from the 2002 FIFA World Cup joining head coach Shin Tae-yong's staff.
The Korea Football Association (KFA) said it has hired Jeon Kyung-jun, Kim Nam-il, Cha Du-ri, Kim Hae-woon and Lee Jae-hong as backroom staff for the national team following Shin's request. The KFA earlier said Shin, who was named the new national team boss last week, had all the rights to form his staff.
Among them, Kim Nam-il and Cha are the two familiar names to football fans, as they helped co-host South Korea reach the semifinals at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. The KFA said the two former star players will utilize their experience to assist Shin in managing the squad.
Kim, 40, recently worked as assistant coach for Chinese football club Jiangsu FC under now-fired South Korean boss Choi Yong-soo. Cha, 36, previously worked as advance scout for the national team from October 2016 to April 2017 while Shin's predecessor, Uli Stielike, was in charge.
Jeon, 43, is a tactician who worked with Shin on the Olympic team and the U-20 squad. Kim Hae-woon is a goalkeeper coach who also helped Shin during the FIFA U-20 World Cup, where South Korea reached the round of 16.
Lee, 34, was a full-time physical instructor at the KFA and previously worked as a physical coach for the women's national football team.
In the final Asian qualifying round for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, South Korea are barely holding on to the final automatic qualification spot with only two matches remaining. The Taeguk Warriors are stuck at 13 points with four wins, a draw and three losses, sitting in second place in Group A and just one point above Uzbekistan.
In Asia, the top two teams from Groups A and B will advance directly to the World Cup in Russia. Two third-place teams must go through playoffs for their final chance.
South Korea, looking for a ninth consecutive World Cup appearance, are scheduled to host already-qualified Iran on Aug. 31 and face Uzbekistan in Tashkent on Sept. 5 to close out the qualifying stage.
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