Blake Lovell
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Hong Myung-Bo Resigns as South Korea Manager

Jul 09, 2014 11:40 PM EST

South Korea manager Hong Myung-Bo has stepped down from his position after the team finished at the bottom of Group H at the 2014 World Cup.

While certain resignations were to be expected during the World Cup, this particular resignation sort of caught everyone off guard given the history of the two parties involved.

Hong is without question one of the most popular players in South Korea football history thanks to his part in leading the team to the semifinals back at the 2002 World Cup. He also has the most caps of any other player, so it's easy to understand why some may thought he would hold this position for many years to come.

But after Korea's underwhelming performance in Brazil, there's no doubt that Hong was feeling the heat from fans around the country.

Korea's campaign started off well enough with a somewhat impressive draw against Russia, but after that, things went downhill in a hurry.

The team gave up four goals to Algeria in the next match and simply couldn't find any sort of attack in a loss to Belgium, which ultimately resulted in the last-place finish in the group.

After a Round of 16 appearance at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, fans were hoping that Hong would be able to repeat that type of success this summer. Instead, the squad could never find a way to reach its full potential.

With the 22-year-old superstar Son Heung-Min leading the way, and considering the young talent on the roster, the future is bright for South Korea football.

But at some point, potential has to translate into results if this team is ever going to make the strides that it wants to on the international stage.