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South Korea was the first Asian team to reach the semifinals while co-hosting a World Cup in 2002. Thrice, the team had to adapt to a new coach during the qualification matches of the World Cup tournament this year.

india Updated: Jun 01, 2006 14:21 IST

FIFA world ranking  29
Coach Dick Advocaat
Group G France, Korea, Switzerland, Togo
Previous appearances 6 times

Korea did what the more talented Africans could not in a World Cup. As the co-hosts in 2002, South Korea became the first Asian team to reach the semifinals.

By achieving that, they went a step more than North Korea, who reached the quarterfinals in 1966 World Cup.

But their road to Germany wasn't smooth. Three coaches were changed during their qualifying campaign, but they survived the scare.

They do have a very good chance of entering the second round in Germany. They are expected to beat Togo and even Switzerland to take the second spot behind France in Group G.


Goalkeepers: Lee Woon Jae, Kim Yong Dae, Kim Young Kwang

Defenders: Kim Young Chul, Kim Dong Jin, Choi Jin Cheul, Kim Jin Kyu, Lee Young Pyo, Kim Sang Sik, Song Chong Gug, Cho Won Hee

Midfielders: Kim Nam Il, Park Ji Sung, Kim Do Heon, Lee Eul Yong, Baek Ji Hoon, Lee Ho

Forwards: Ahn Jung Hwan, Park Chu Young, Seol Ki Hyeon, Lee Chun Soo, Chung Kyung Ho, Cho Jae Jin.

First Published: May 06, 2006 18:39 IST