Man Utd Squad Profile
Coach: Dick Advocaat
Men to watch: Park Ji-sung , Ahn Jung-hwan , Park Chu-young
Captain: While the new boss feels his way into the job no decision has
been made on who will wear the captain's armband, but it is likely to
be a defender with Choi Jin-Cheul tipped to get the nod.
World Cup pedigree: Have qualified for the last five World Cups but
generally went out in the group stage, although as hosts in 2002 they
achieved a remarkable fourth place.
World Cup high: South Korea did not win a game in their first five
appearances in the finals but that all changed in 2002 when they
shocked the world by seeing off Portugal, Italy and Spain on the way
to the semi-finals.
World Cup low: Korea made their first appearance in the World Cup
finals in 1954, but it proved to be a tough debut as they were thumped
9-0 by Hungary and 7-0 by Turkey.
World Cup legend: Myung Bo Hong was the captain and lynchpin of the
defence that took them so far in 2002. He also played in the 1990,
1994 and 1998 finals and retired with 135 caps.
Present star man: Park Ji-sung. After starring for PSV Eindhoven his
arrival at Manchester United has seen his profile hit the roof. That
has been backed up by some impressive performances in the Premiership.
Strengths: A young side offers plenty of potential and competition for
places in attack and midfield.
Weaknesses: The side has struggled at the back since losing some of
their veteran defenders who helped them to the last four in 2002..
World ranking: 29
Local view: "We are going through a period of recovery after a dark
era and hopefully the new coach will bring about some improvement."
Kim Hyun-cheol, Korea Times.
Prediction: Likely to qualify for the second round, but go no further.