SOUTH KOREA (52)

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODPASTIMES -

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.

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