World Cup 2006 Critique - South Korea

Outright Odds: 250/1

Team G Winners: 10/1

South Korea shocked the football world four years ago when they beat Spain and Italy to-reach the semi-finals of the 2002 World Cup. It had been an extraordinary success. In the group stage, a gap match gain over Poland and a shock 1-0 victory over Portugal guaranteed they truly became the first Asian team to qualify from the group stage since Saudi Arabia in 1994.

In the second round they defeated Italy in additional time, an outcome which found successful goal scorer Ahn Jung-Hwan sacked by his employers at Serie A team Perugia. Before a narrow 1-0 defeat against Germany in the semis brought their story work to a finish they surrounded past Spain on fines in the quarter finals.

Expectations have rise-n dramatically since that time and Guus Hiddink is a hard act to follow. During diploma Korea experienced two instructors before fellow Dutchman Dick Advocaat took over in planning for the finals in Germany.

South Korea were far from effective during qualification and Hiddkinks successor, HUmberto Coelho, lasted just two qualifying matches. After an embarrassing goalless pull against the Maldives whose new reputation features a 17-0 working against Iran and defeat to Syria he resigned.

J-o Bonfrere took over and despite leading the group to their fifth successive World Cup finals, quit in August 2005 following lacklustre tasks. Korea finished as runners-up within their qualifying group but suffered house and away failures to Saudi Arabia and an away sketch to lowly Uzbekistan.

While Hiddink enjoyed almost fifty per cent of a season with the team four years back in preparation for the 2002 finals, Advocaat, by comparison, has barely had an opportunity to make it to know his team.

South Korea will no longer be seen as an unknown quantity and numerous participants are excelling at team level in Europe. Hiddink got a number of quality people with him to PSV Eindoven following the last competition while Park Ji-Sung secured a move to Manchester United.

It may also be argued that Korea have struggled defensively since a number of their frequent defenders retired since the last World Cup. Significantly former chief and defensive lynchpin Myung Bo Hong who participated in the 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002 finals, in the course of time retiring with 135 limits.

Encouraged Guess

Following an exceptional work four years before, South Korea might revert back-to their old methods for maybe not rendering it past the group stage. This witty link has many prodound aids for why to acknowledge it. Hope is at a high but they could suffer a surprise against Togo inside their opening match who could be good enough for a pull.