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Morais to lead Jeonbuk

Seoul: K League champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors announced the signing of Jose Morais of Portugal as their new head coach on Thursday.

Morais will replace outgoing boss Choi Kang-hee, who will leave for Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian after this season. Jeonbuk clinched their second-straight league title in early October, with six matches to spare.

Choi guided Jeonbuk to six league championships and two AFC Champions League titles during his tenure. Choi has been with Jeonbuk since 2005, with a brief hiatus from 2011 to 2013 to coach the Korea Republic national team.

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Morais, 53, will be the first foreign national to coach Jeonbuk. He served as an assistant to Jose Mourinho at 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 Korea Republic.

"Given his wealth of experience in European football, we felt Jose Morais was the perfect coach for our club's philosophy," Jeonbuk said.

The club's general manager, Baek Seung-kwon, added, "He's a capable coach who can take Jeonbuk to even greater heights. His strategic acumen and experience in winning the European championship will inspire and motivate our players."

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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