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KOREA Republic National Football Team profile

 

Korea Republic is arguably Asia’s most successful football team and they must rise to that billing at the South Africa 2010 FIFA World Cup. But with opponents such as Argentina, Nigeria and Greece in their Group B, Korea Republic also known as South Korea will need more than their credentials in Asia to shine at this biggest world soccer event in South Africa.

Korea Republic national football team

Korea Republic may have qualified for their seventh consecutive world cup finals, but it was a bumpy ride this time. Despite a series of lacklustre performances in the third round, the South Koreans managed to top their group after two goalless draws with neighbours Korea DPR. The North Koreans proved to be their nemesis again in the final round, holding the Taeguk Warriors to a 1-1 stalemate in Shanghai. However, they bounced back in style with back-to-back wins over United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, before a crucial 1-1 draw with Iran in Tehran. A 1-0 home victory in the Korean derby followed, and the mission was accomplished with a 2-0 win against UAE on the road.

 

Star players of Koera Republic at 2010 FIFA World Cup
Manchester United winger Park Ji-Sung has played a key role in Korea Republic’s two previous FIFA World Cup campaigns and established himself as the captain of his country in recent years. The multifunctional winger of Manchester United is now an indispensible member of the Taeguk Warriors as his South Korea side are known as.

A clinical forward, Park Chu-Young is widely tipped as the one to solve the problem in front of goal. After a below-par performance against Switzerland at Germany 2006, the Monaco marksman is eager to redeem himself in the national team as the No10 prepares for his second appearance at the showpiece event at the age of 24.

But the other factor will be their coach Huh Jung-Moo whose appointment in December 2007 put an end to the Dutch influence under the likes of Guus Hiddink and Dick Advocaat. Despite a sluggish start in the Asian Zone qualifying, the former Korea Republic midfielder silenced his critics by guiding his experimental side into the finals with two games to spare.

Having scored a goal against Italy at Mexico 1986, he is no stranger to this stage as he also took part in Italy 1990 and USA 1994 as fitness trainer and assistant coach respectively. Huh was an interim coach of Korea Republic twice before, and led the U-23 side at the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament Sydney 2000.

“This will be the last chapter in my football life. I will put in all my energy to achieve good results in the World Cup,”  Jung-Moo said in a recent interview.

Korea Republic Records at FIFA World Cup

  • Korea Republic are the most frequent visitors from Asia to the FIFA World Cup, and are set to make their eighth appearance this time in South Africa.
  • The best result the Taeguk Warriors have achieved so far was at Korea/Japan 2002, where they swept past European powerhouses Portugal, Italy, and Spain to reach the last four.

 

 

Korea Republic Football team Squad List at FIFA 2010 World CUp

Nr. Name Date of Birth Position Clubs Height
1 LEE Woon Jae 26/04/1973 GK Suwon Bluewings (KOR) 182
2 OH Beom Seok 29/07/1984 DF Ulsan Hyundai (KOR) 181
3 KIM Hyung Il 27/04/1984 DF Pohang Steelers (KOR) 187
4 CHO Yong Hyung 03/11/1983 DF Jeju Utd. (KOR) 182
5 KIM Nam Il 14/03/1977 MF Tom Tomsk (RUS) 180
6 KIM Bo Kyung 06/10/1989 MF Oita Trinita (JPN) 178
7 PARK Ji Sung 25/02/1981 MF Manchester Utd. (ENG) 178
8 KIM Jung Woo 09/05/1982 MF Gwangju Sangmu (KOR) 183
9 AHN Jung Hwan 27/01/1976 FW Dalian Shide (CHN) 177
10 PARK Chu Young 10/07/1985 FW Monaco (FRA) 183
11 LEE Seung Yeoul 06/03/1989 FW FC Seoul (KOR) 183
12 LEE Young Pyo 23/04/1977 DF Al Hilal (KSA) 177
13 KIM Jae Sung 03/10/1983 MF Pohang Steelers (KOR) 180
14 LEE Jung Soo 08/01/1980 DF Kashima Antlers (JPN) 185
15 KIM Dong Jin 29/01/1982 DF Ulsan Hyundai (KOR) 184
16 KI Sung Yueng 24/01/1989 MF Celtic (SCO) 187
17 LEE Chung Yong 02/07/1988 MF Bolton Wanderers (ENG) 180
18 JUNG Sung Ryong 04/01/1985 GK Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma (KOR) 190
19 YEOM Ki Hun 30/03/1983 MF Suwon Bluewings (KOR) 182
20 LEE Dong Gook 29/04/1979 FW Jeonbuk Motors (KOR) 187
21 KIM Young Kwang 28/06/1983 GK Ulsan Hyundai (KOR) 184
22 CHA Du Ri 25/07/1980 DF SC Freiburg (GER) 181
23 KANG Min Soo 14/02/1986 DF Suwon Bluewings (KOR) 186

Coach: HUH Jung Moo (KOREA REPUBLIC)

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