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Ex-World Cup star set to coach K League club Jeonnam

All Headlines 11:09 December 04, 2017

SEOUL, Dec. 4 (Yonhap) -- Yoo Sang-chul, a member of the semifinalist South Korean team at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, is set to coach the pro football club Jeonnam Dragons, a source close to the former player said Monday.

The source said Yoo, who is currently coaching the University of Ulsan, has accepted a job offer from Jeonnam in the top flight K League Classic and will soon sign a contract.

Jeonnam recently decided to part ways with Roh Sang-rae, who has been leading the club since 2014. Under Roh, Jeonnam finished in fifth place in the 12-team Classic last year, but this season, they barely escaped the relegation zone after taking 10th place.

If Yoo inks the deal with Jeonnam, he will return to the Classic for the first time in five years. Yoo previously managed Daejeon Citizen for two seasons before leaving the club at the end of 2012. The 46-year-old has been coaching the University of Ulsan since 2014.

Yoo, who hung up his boots in 2006, is considered one of the top South Korean footballers in his generation. Known for his versatility, playing from defender to forward, he played for Ulsan Hyundai FC in the Classic and Japanese clubs like Yokohama Marinos and Kashiwa Reysol. He netted 18 goals in 124 matches for South Korea.

Yoo scored one goal in South Korea's 2-0 win over Poland at the 2002 World Cup group stage contest and helped the national team finish in fourth place at the tournament. He also netted a goal against Belgium at the 1998 World Cup in France.

In this file photo taken Jan. 16, 2015, former South Korean football player Yoo Sang-chul speaks at an event in Tokyo. (Yonhap)

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