AFC Awards

AFC Men's Coach of the Year: Chung Jung-yong

Hong Kong: Korea Republic's Chung Jung-yong was named the AFC Men's Coach of the Year at the 2019 AFC Annual Awards on Monday.

“I’m very pleased and honoured to get such a big award," said Chung. "I would like to thank the Korea Football Association for supporting my work.

"We have seen in the AFC club competitions that Asian teams are very capable of performing. I’m very happy that my team has also shown that on the world stage.”

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Chung, a former professional player, first got involved with Korea Republic's age-group national teams in 2009, where he was the assistant coach to Kim Eun-chul for the AFC U-16 Championship 2010 Qualifiers.

Although the young Taeguk Warriors failed to qualify for the Finals in that edition, Chung was promoted to head coach four years later and was successful in leading the team to the Finals.

Chung had a short stint with the U-23 squad during the AFC U23 Championship 2018 Qualifiers, and took charge for the AFC U-19 Championship 2018 Qualifiers, where the young Taeguk Warriors topped the group without conceding any goals.

The 50-year-old then led his charges to a runners-up finish, losing 2-1 to Saudi Arabia in the final but securing their place in the FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019.

Korea Republic had an incredible run in Poland this year, beating Argentina, Japan, Senegal and Ecuador to reach the final for the first time.

Although Korea Republic suffered a 3-1 loss to Ukraine, Chung's leadership and influence saw star striker Lee Kang-in awarded the tournament Golden Ball for his spectacular performances.

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