Dutch soccer coach Guus Hiddink, who led South Korea's national soccer team to the 2002 World Cup semifinals, is headed to North Korea this week with plans to build sports facilities inside the sealed country.
He's a beloved sports figure in South Korea, and wants to build grounds for futsal — a variation of soccer — for visually impaired athletes, NK News reported. Hiddink, who heads his own foundation, has already built more than a dozen futsal grounds for visually impaired young athletes in South Korea.
Hiddink isn't the first sports celebrity to reach out to the isolated nation. In 2013, former NBA star Dennis Rodman traveled to the country to hang court side with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Hiddink also led the Chelsea Football Club prior in his career.