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Footballer Kwak Tae-hwi switches clubs in Saudi Arabia

2013/12/27 17:22

SEOUL, Dec. 27 (Yonhap) -- South Korean footballer Kwak Tae-hwi has switched teams in Saudi Arabia.

Al-Hilal in the top-flight Saudi Professional League announced on its website that it acquired the 32-year-old defensive back from the rival club Al-Shabab. Kwak signed for 18 months, Al-Hilal added.

Kwak first went to Saudi Arabia with Al-Shabab in January this year, for his second stint in an overseas league after playing for Kyoto Sanga in Japan in 2010.

Al-Hilal is ranked second among 14 clubs in the ongoing season, one spot ahead of Al-Shabab.

Three other South Koreans -- Lee Young-pyo, Seol Ki-hyeon and Yoo Byung-soo -- have played for Al-Hilal, a 13-time Saudi league champion and two-time AFC Champions League title holder.

Kwak, an offensive-minded defender, has netted five goals in 33 international matches for South Korea.

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