Former Portugal boss Paulo Bento will be unveiled Friday as South
Korea's new coach, the Yonhap news agency reported Thursday.
Bento took the Portuguese reins in 2010 after four seasons in
charge of Sporting Lisbon and guided the national side to the
Euro 2012 semi-finals, but was sacked two years later after an
ignominious home defeat to Albania.
He later had stints in charge of Brazil's Cruzeiro and Olympiakos
in Greece, and was appointed coach of Chinese Super League club
Chongqing Lifan in December last year.
The CSL side sacked him last month after he failed to improve the
"Bento has been named as the new coach," Yonhap news agency
quoted a Korea Football Association (KFA) official as saying.
A KFA spokesman declined to comment, saying the new coach will be
unveiled on Friday.
Bento -- a tough-tackling defensive midfielder capped 35 times by
Portugal -- would replace South Korean Shin Tae-yong, whose
contract expired last month.
The contract terms remain unclear but his annual wage is expected
to be higher than the 1.5 billion won ($1.4 million) received by
Germany's Uli Stielike, who coached South Korea from 2014-17,
South Korea -- who reached the World Cup semi-finals in 2002 --
exited Russia 2018 at the group stage after defeats to Sweden and
Mexico, despite stunning Germany to eliminate the defending
Afterwards, Hyundai scion and KFA president Chung Mong-gyu handed
over $3.5 million of his own money to hire a new football coach
in an attempt to turn the national team's fortunes around.
South Korea's next major assignment at full international level
is January's Asian Cup. They were runners-up to Australia at the
last edition of the tournament in 2015.