South Korea: World Cup 2014 Team Preview
Best Ever Finish: Fourth Place (2002)
Captain: Lee Chung Yong
Manager: Hong-Myung Bo
South Korea won the stage 3 group in qualifying then finished in 2nd place behind Iran in stage four to qualify for the World Cup.
All in all, South Korea are a team based on energy, efficiency and a collective will to work hard.
Aside from that, there is little genuine quality within their ranks. Much depends on Son Heung Min, who has the capability to create and score goals, but they are very, very dependant on being well organised and disciplined.
They will have excellent memories of the 2002 tournament on home soil, in which they reached the semifinals. But away from their home nation, their record in major tournaments is much to be desired.
If you can match their enthusiasm and endeavour, most teams should be able to get the better of this transitionary outfit. There won’t be many teams too disappointed drawing South Korea in the group stages and an early exit beckons.
Key Player – Son Heung Min
He adds guile and excellent creativity just behind the front line. A huge chunk of the sides creative responsibility lies with Son and he looks to be getting better and better at Leverkusen following his summer move from Hamburg.