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Chinese Dalian club parts ways with South Korean coach Park

05-30-2011 16:22 BJT

DALIAN, Liaoning Province, May 30 (Xinhua) -- Former champions Dalian fired South Korean coach Park Sung Hwa Sunday night for the team's slack performance in the Chinese Super League.

Eight-time champions Dalian club announced the decision hours after the team lost 3-0 to Shandong in Sunday's Chinese top soccer league, suffering their fifth loss in nine matches this season. Dalian now rank at the 12th place in the 16-team league.

"Park's virtue and devotion are well recognized by the club's Board of Directors. But the team has been greatly affected by too many injuries and other problems and gone downhill this season. That's why we made the decision," said the announcement.

Park signed an 18-month contract with Dalian in June, 2010 and now he will be replaced by interim coach Li Xicai, who has been in charge of Dalian women's team in the past nine years.

Park led the South Korean U-20 team team to win the Asian youth championship in 2002 and 2004. Under his rein during 1996 and 2000, K-league club Pohang Steelers scaled the height of Asian soccer by lifting the Asian Champions Cup in 1997 and 1998.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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