WC2010 review: South Korea

A third successful tournament in a row for the South Koreans who are fast-becoming the powerhouse of Asia when it comes to World Cups.
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A third successful tournament in a row for the South Koreans who are fast-becoming the powerhouse of Asia when it comes to World Cups.

Following their fourth-place finish in 2002 on home turf, South Korea recorded their first win away from Asia in 2006 and then took that form into a Round of 16 qualification in South Africa this year.

Despite a hiccup against Argentina in their second match, the Koreans produced favourable results against Greece and Nigeria before narrowly losing to Uruguay who find themselves in the third place play-off.

The Taeguk Warriors will have to ponder their future without coach Huh Jung-moo who has stepped down after a successful two-and-a-half year stint.

"I have decided not to seek a second term," he said. "This is not a resignation as my contract finishes at the end of June. I want time to recharge myself and spend some time with my family.

"I have made my decision and told this to the KFA. I want to rest for a while. There are many good coaches in our football community. I think they should be given a chance."

Finished: 14th
Record: Wins – 1; Draws – 1; Losses – 2; Points – 4
Matches: Greece (2-0), Argentina (1-4), Nigeria (2-2), RO16-Uruguay (1-2)
Goals: 6
Against: 8

tribalfootball.com’s Star Man
Lee Jung-soo (Was brilliant in defence and going forward, netting twice for his side)

Official statistics

Minutes played
Kim Jung-woo 360
Jung Sung-ryong 360
Park Ji-sung 360
Lee Jung-soo 360
Lee Young-pyo 360
Cho Yong-hyung 360
Lee Chung-yong 359

Top scorers
Lee Chung-yong 2
Lee Jung-soo 2
Park Chu-young 1
Park Ji-sung 1

Total shots
Park Chu-young 20
Lee Chung-yong 8
Park Ji-sung 5
Lee Young-pyo 4

Pass Completion Rate
Lee Young-pyo 81%
Ki Sung-yueng 77%
Kim Jung-woo 73%
Lee Jung-soo 72%

Most Fouls
Cho Yong-hyung 10
Park Ji-sung 7
Park Chu-young 6
Kim Jung-woo 6

Yellow cards
Kim Nam-il 1
Yeom Ki-hun 1
Lee Chung-yong 1
Cha Du-ri 1
Kim Jung-woo 1
Cho Yong-hyung 1

Red cards
none

Saves
Jung Sung-ryong 16

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