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Korea Opponent Preview - Daegu


KOREA REPUBLIC AT A GLANCE

 

Federation: Korea Football Association

Founded:  1928

FIFA Affiliated: 1948

Current FIFA World Ranking: 41st

World Cup final appearances: 6 – 1954 (16th), 1986 (20th), 1990 (22nd), 1994 (20th), 1998 (30th), 2002

Overall Record in WC: 0-10-4

Record vs. USA: 3-1-1; 6 GF, 4 GA

Most Recent Match vs. USA: USA 2, Korea Republic 1, in Pasadena, Calif.; January 19, 2002 (Beasley, Donovan; Ghong-Gug)

Championship Honors: 1956 & 1960 Asian Cup champions

 

MORE EXPERIENCED OF TWO CO-HOSTS: Korea Republic are making their fifth straight appearance in a World Cup compared to only two by co-host Japan. Their six overall World Cup appearances are the most of any Asian nation.

 

KOREA WINS 2-OUT-OF-3 GAMES AT 2001 CONFEDERATIONS CUP:  As a warm-up to the 2002 World Cup, the Korea Republic co-hosted the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup last summer.  After dropping a 5-0 decision to the defending World Cup Champions and eventual winners of the FIFA Confederations Cup France in the opener, Korea rebounded and posted back-to-back wins to close out group play.  Korea topped Mexico 2-1 and then blanked Australia 1-0, but were unable to advance to the semifinals.

 

2002 World Cup qualifying: Qualified as co-host

 

THE ROSTER: 

Goalkeepers: 1-Lee Woon-Jae, 12-Kim Byung Ji, 23-Choi Eun-Sung;
 
Defenders: 2-Hyun Young-Min, 4-Choi Jin-Chul, 7-Kim Tae-Young, 15-Lee Min-Sung, 20-Hong Myung-Bo;
 
Midfielders: 3-Choi Sung-Young, 5-Kim Nam-Il, 6-Yoo Sang-Chul, 10-Lee Young-Pyo, 13-Lee Eul-Young, 14-Lee Chun-Soo, 17-Yoon Jong-Hwan, 21-Park Ji-Sung, 22-Song Chong-Gug; 

Forwards: 8-Choi Tae-Uk, 9-Seol Ki-Hyun, 11-Choi Yong-Soo, 16-Cha Doo-Ri, 18-Hwang Sun-Hong, 19-Ahn Jung-Hwan
 
Head Coach: Guus Hiddink (NED)

 

DID YOU KNOW?

Korea Republic has the most appearances in a World Cup (sixth) by any Asian nation, but did not earn a victory until their 2-0 triumph over Poland to open the World Cup on June 4 (1-10-4 overall).

 

The Korea Republic is the only team in the history of the World Cup to overcome a two-goal deficit in the final five minutes of action to salvage a result, accomplishing the feat at the 1994 World Cup in the USA.  Trailing Spain 2-0 with five minutes remaining, Korea scored back-to-back goals to earn a 2-2 draw on the opening day of competition at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

 


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