8/16/2018 1:31:32 PM (GMT+3)

South Korea to unveil Bento as new coach, says local media

South Korea to unveil Bento as new coach, says local media

SEOUL, South Korea: Former Portugal boss Paulo Bento will be unveiled as South Korea's new coach on Friday, the Yonhap news agency reported Thursday.

"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 former Benfica and Sporting Lisbon midfielder, will succeed Shin Tae-yong and sign a contract to lead South Korea through the 2022 World Cup.

He took the Portuguese reins in 2010 after four seasons in charge of Sporting Lisbon and guided the national side to the Euro 2012 semifinals, 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 side's fortunes.

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