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Can Korea Republic Be A Surprise Package?

Korea Republic will look to have a good run like they did when they co-hosted the World Cup with Japan in 2002.

It is South Korea’s time as Soccer Laduma take a look at another country’s profile for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Group H – Korea Republic   

World Cup history

The Korea Republic national team has participated in nine FIFA World Cup tournaments in their existence. The team participated in eight consecutive tournaments of those.

The Reds became the first and only Asian team to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup when the tournament was co-hosted by South Korea and Japan in 2002.

They had a good tournament beating some of the top football countries including Portugal, Italy and Spain. They were knocked out of the competition with a 1-0 loss to Germany in the semi-finals. 

2010 World Cup campaign: 

The 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa resulted in massive improvement for the side as they reached the last 16 of the competition.

The side was in Group B with Argentina, Greece and Nigeria. The team finished 2nd of the group with four points behind Argentina.

They beat Greece 2-0 and drew 2-2 with Nigeria. Although they were beaten 4-1 by Argentina, the team still qualified for the last 16, where they lost 2-0 to Uruguay.

How they qualified:

Korea Republic lost 2-1 to Lebanon, beat Kuwait 2-0, drew with Uzbekistan and Lebanon respectively and were defeated by Iran.

They won 1-0 against Uzbekistan and lost 1-0 to Iran on their way to qualification. The team’s qualification was confirmed after Uzbekistan’s 5-1 defeat of Qatar.

Key players:

Jung Sung-Ryong is the experienced goalkeeper that is expected to play a crucial role in helping the team to go further in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The 29-year-old has 61 caps for the team under his name. 

Koo Ja-cheol is expected to dictate terms from midfield for the side. The 25-year-old Mainz midfielder has the ability to create and score goals. Ja-cheol has 12 goals in 37 appearances for the side.  

Coach:

Hong Myungbo is a former footballer for South Korea. He is considered one of the greatest footballers of all time in Asia.

Myungbo was the first Asian player to play in four consecutive World Cups. He was regarded as the best defender of his time in Asia.

He led the South Korea U20 team to the quarter-finals of the 2009 FIFA U20 World Cup. He has coached the South Korea U23 side as well.  

Myungbo helped the U23 side win bronze in the 2012 London Olympics. He has been the head coach of the South Korea senior national team since June last year.  

Fixtures:

17 June – Russia v Korea Republic – 00:00 – Arena Pantanal 

22 June – Korea Republic v Algeria – 21:00 – Estadio Beira-Rio 

26 June – Korea Republic v Belgium – 22:00 – Arena Corinthians    

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