(NAME RECOGNISED BY FIFA FOR SOUTH KOREA)
FIFA RANKING : 47
With the 2010 FIFA World cup not too far away, the evolution of Powerhouses KOREA REPUBLIC continues after the East Asians booked their Seventh successive appearance on the World stage.
Asia's most frequent visitors to the FIFA World cup finals, the Taeguk warriors have also been known as the Continent's most succesful team in the Showpiece event, their 4th place finish as co-hosts at Korea / Japan 2002 surpassing Korea DPR's quarter final finish in England in 1996.
Korea Republic's qualification ride for the 2010 event has been one Roller Coaster. Ups and downs throughout their campaign, they sealed their place in the Main event with a final match day 2-0 win over UAE.
For the South Africa 2010 campaign, the Korean FA has reverted to a home grown manager with former boss Huh Jung-Moo taking the reins at the close of 2007. Huh is in his third spell with the Taeguk warriors following a 12 day stint in 1995 and two years in the hot seat between 1998 and 2000.
Lee Woon-Jae, Jung Sung-Ryon, Kim Young-Kwang.
Oh Beom-Seok, Kim Hyun-II, Cho Yong-Hyung, Lee Yung-Pyo, Lee Jung-Soo, Kim Dong-Jin, Cha Du-Ri, Kwak Tae-Hwi.
Gu Ja-Cheol, Kim Nam-II, Shin Hyung-Min, Park Ji-Sung, Kim-Jung Woo, Kim Jae-Sung, Ki Sung-Yong, Lee Chung-Yong, Kim Bo-Kyung.
Ahn Jung-Hwan, Lee Seung-Yeoul, Lee Keun-Ho, Lee Dong-Gook, Park Chu-Yong, Yeom Ki-Hun.
MAN TO WATCH
Lee Chung-Yong is widely regarded as one of the top young footballing prospects in South Korea. His impressive performances with Bolton have earned him his International call up and he would be very determined to prove his worth to the team.
He has got all the trickery and fancy footwork in him and he would be looking to bring in all his experience of playing in the Barclays Premier League.
Korea Republic has a good blend of youth and experience in their squad and a tactically smart manager in charge. So don't be surprised if you find them through the group stages and into the knockout rounds.
Although they have tough opponents like Argentina, Nigeria and Greece to cope up with, on their day the Taeguk Warriors can upset even the best of teams.