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Group G | World ranking: 29

Qualification: Runners-up Asian Group A
Coach: Dick Advocaat
Key Players: Young-Pyo Lee (defender), Ji-sung Park (midfield), Chu Young Park (forward)
Past Record: Fourth place 2002; Group stages 1998, 1994, 1990, 1986, 1954

Group G Matches:
June 13: Togo (Frankfurt)
June 18: France (Leipzig)
June 23: Switzerland (Hanover)

South Korea comfortably qualified for their sixth successive finals despite losing home and away to eventual Group A winners Saudi Arabia. However, only the most optimistic Korean will believe the country can emulate their experience of four years ago when, as the joint host nation, they swept to the last four on a wave of patriotism. Advocaat has a tough act to follow after replacing fellow-Dutchman Guus Hiddink and his cause has not been helped with the news that top scorer Dong-Gook Lee will miss the finals with a knee injury.

Squad

Goalkeepers:
1. Lee Woon-Jae (Suwon Samsung)
20. Kim Yong-Dae (Busan I.Park)
21. Kim Young-Kwang (Chunnam Dragons)

Defenders:
2. Kim Young-Chul (Seongnam Ilhwa)
3. Kim Dong-Jin (FC Seoul)
4. Choi Jin-Cheul (Chonbuk Hyundai)
6. Kim Jin-Kyu (Jubilo Iwata)
12. Lee Young-Pyo (Tottenham)
18. Kim Sang-Sik (Seongnam Ilhwa)
22. Song Chong-Gug (Suwon Samsung)
23. Cho Won-Hee (Suwon Samsung)

Midfielders:
5. Kim Nam-Il (Suwon Samsung)
7. Park Ji-Sung (Manchester United)
8. Kim Do-Heon (Seongnam Ilhwa)
13. Lee Eul-Yong (Trabzonspor)
15. Baek Ji-Hoon (FC Seoul)
17. Lee Ho (Ulsan Hyundai)

Strikers:
9. Ahn Jung-Hwan (Duisburg)
10. Park Chu-Young (FC Seoul)
11. Seol Ki-Hyeon (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
14. Lee Chun-Soo (Ulsan Hyundai)
16. Chung Kyung-Ho (Gwangju Sangmu)
19. Cho Jae-Jin (Shimizu S-Pulse)

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