Chung Mong-joon, the outgoing FIFA vice president from South Korea, became the honorary vice president for football’s international governing body on Thursday.
At the FIFA Congress in Zurich, Switzerland, Chung took the honorary post. His term as vice president ended at the start of this month.
He was nominated for the honorary position by FIFA’s Executive Committee in March. In January this year, Chung lost to Jordanian Prince Ali bin al-Hussein in his bid for a fifth term. Chung had been vice president since 1994.
A Korean lawmaker and a scion of the conglomerate Hyundai Group, Chung helped bring South Korea its first FIFA World Cup in 2002, when it co-hosted the event with Japan. Hyundai is one of FIFA’s major sponsors.