Focus: South Korea


The 2006 World Cup is a big one for South Korea. After the glorious
summer of 2002 when the team finished fourth, will the Taeguk Warriors
be able to build on that success and become an established football
power? Or will the events in the Korea/Japan World Cup be forever
regarded as a fluke?

The fact that the country is on its third coach since that time
suggests that not all is well. However, since Dick Advocaat's arrival
in October after Humberto Coelho and Jo Bonfrere had failed to
impress, the team is looking somewhat like its old self. Players like
Park Ji-sung and Lee Young-pyo have excelled in Europe in the past
year or two and young hotshot Park Chu-young may surprise a few
experienced European defenders, though the Korean defence doesn't yet
look as solid as four years ago. A place in the second round would be
considered a success and anything beyond that and Advocaat will be
approaching Hiddink-like status.

How South Korea Qualified

Group 7 Table

Korea 6 4 2 0 9 2 7 14
Lebanon 6 3 2 1 11 5 6 11
Vietnam 6 1 1 4 5 9 -4 4
Maldives 6 1 1 4 5 14 -9 4


South Korea v Togo 13 June; KO 15:00; Frankfurt
South Korea v France 18 June; KO 21:00; Leipzig
South Korea v Switzerland 23 June; KO 21:00; Hannover

Opponents Team Profiles

France >>

Switzerland >>

Togo >>

Probable Squad >>

Squad Profile >>

Player in Focus: Ahn Jung-hwan >>