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Jeonbuk sign 2-year contract with new head coach Jose Morais

All Headlines 17:04 December 07, 2018

SEOUL, Dec. 7 (Yonhap) -- South Korean club football champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors confirmed Friday they've signed a contract with Jose Morais of Portugal as their new head coach.

The K League 1 champions said Morais visited Jeonbuk's office on Monday and inked a two-year deal that will keep him at the club until the end of 2020.

Jeonbuk announced last month that Morais will replace outgoing boss Choi Kang-hee, who will leave for Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian. Jeonbuk clinched their second-straight league title in early October, with six matches remaining on the season.

Morais, 53, is the first foreign head coach for Jeonbuk. He served as an assistant to renowned head coach Jose Mourinho on Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Chelsea, and the two teamed up for Inter's European treble -- Serie A championship, Italian Cup victory and UEFA Champions League title -- in the 2009-2010 season.

Morais himself has managed six different clubs in Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Greece, England and Ukraine, before arriving in South Korea.

Jeonbuk said Morais will bring two Portuguese coaches with him -- Dimas Manuel Marques Teixeria, simply known as Dimas, and Joao Cunha who worked as a physical coach.

The six-time K League 1 winners added they will hire two more South Korean assistant coaches for next season to help the foreign coaching staff.

Jeonbuk said Morais will officially lead the squad from Jan. 3.

In this photo provided by Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors football club on Nov. 29, 2018, Jose Morais (R), new head coach for the K League 1 club, holds the club's jersey with Jeonbuk's general manager, Baek Seung-kwon. (Yonhap)

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