SOUTH KOREA (52)
HAVING qualified for their seventh successive World Cup finals, South Koreans are now hoping that they will be able to come close to the success they achieved in 2002, when – as hosts – they reached the semis.
Under former Dutch coach Guus Hiddink at the 2002 World Cup, the Koreans overcame challenges from the likes of Italy, Portugal and Spain to storm through to the semifinals, where Germany ended their race with a 1-0 victory.
Seven years later the country again eagerly awaits the World Cup finals. But if the fourth place finish in 2002 was something of a miracle, the Asians are now confident of a spot in the quarter-finals in South Africa in 2010.