China Terminates Camacho’s Contract as Soccer Coach, Xinhua Says

China terminated Jose Antonio Camacho’s contract as national soccer coach, the official Xinhua News Agency said, after the team lost all three of its home games in June.

Camacho, a 58-year-old Spaniard, was hired on a three-year contract in August 2011 and failed to guide the team to next year’s World Cup in Brazil. Calls to the China Football Association’s Beijing office seeking comment went unanswered.

Under Camacho, a former player and coach for Spain’s national team, China slumped to its lowest FIFA World Ranking of 109 in March 2013. It’s currently ranked 95th in the world.

China lost to Uzbekistan and the Netherlands this month before slumping to a 5-1 defeat against Thailand’s team of under-21 players on June 15 in Hefei.

South Korea appointed former national team captain Hong Myung-Bo as coach today on a two-year contract, the Korea Football Association said on its website.

Hong, 44, replaces Choi Kang-Hee, who quit last week after South Korea secured its eighth straight World Cup appearance on goal difference from Uzbekistan.

— With assistance by Alexandra Ho

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