Posted November. 28, 2013 06:58,
Choi Yong-soo, head coach of South Korean professional soccer club FC Seoul, failed to grab the Asian championship but has been named the top coach of 2013 in Asia. He won the Coach of the Year award at the annual Asian Football Confederation (AFC) awards ceremony in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Tuesday (local time).
This year, Choi`s FC Seoul advanced to the final of the AFC Championship League, the top annual club competition in Asia, but finished second after losing to Guangzhou Evergrande of China. However, he was highly assessed for his leadership displayed during the process. Last year, Kim Ho-gon, the head coach of Ulsan Hyundai FC, received the honor. Choi became the sixth South Korean coach to win the honor since the award was first introduced in 1994.
"This award is a truly great honor to me," Choi said, thanking his club, fans and the AFC in English. Choi, who took the helms of FC Seoul in 2011, won the K-League championship last year. The club will take another challenge at the AFC Championship League next year, as his club won the right to join the tournament.