South Korea: World Cup Preview

Don’t go sleeping on South Korea at this year’s World Cup! South Korea’s best ever finish in the World Cup was a remarkable fourth place in 2002 when they co-hosted with Japan. A an uninterrupted fixture in the World Cup since 1986, Korea has bottomed out a lot in their tenure as World Cup contestants, however with one world class, elite, European playmaking talent they could turn some fixtures on their hear. But, I don’t think they’re going to win or anything…

Group F:
– Germany
– Mexico
– Sweden
– South Korea

Players to watch for for Korea:

Heung-min Son – Part of the impressive attacking midfield/group of forwards at Tottenham Hotspur, Son is commonly (now) referred to as the most underrated Premier League players. He scored 12 league goals and added 6 more assists this season for Tottenham, and his versatility of play really is what makes him an attractive player. He can cut it as an attacking midfielder, left winger, left midfielder, or a center forward striker. This guy is LEGIT and can drive the Korean bus in a group that will be very competitive.

Ki Sung-yueng – Snubbing a move to West Ham from his club Swansea, KSY showed a lot of loyalty and hard fighting commitment to his team who were eventually relegated in a dog fight of a relegation battle this season. As a midfielder, KSY holds up play well and can manage a game with solid tempo of play. He isn’t a goal scorer (2 goals 2 assists this season) but is a really strong midfielder who will settle down midfield erratic-ness for Korea.

Hee-chan Hwang – A youngster on this squad, Hwang has been impressive in his time at Red Bull Saltzburg in Austrian Top Flight football. He has managed 13 goals and 4 assists in all competitions (37 games) this season, which is look down at. With Son likely orchestrating the teams offence, look for Hwang to be the person on the end of his slicing through balls.

South Korea couldn’t have drawn a better group for themselves. They are a strong, unified group, with many players playing in the Japanese or Korean league, so team chemistry should not be an issue. They will likely be on top of Sweden and battling it out with Mexico for the second spot out of the group with Germany in first.


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