Preview: Korea Republic (South Korea) co-hosted the 2002 World Cup, and were the Cinderella story of that tournament.  Most observers doubt Korea's ability to produce a similar showing this time around, especially after mixed results in recent international play.  Korea finished second to Saudi Arabia in qualifying play, but beat both United States and Mexico in international play.

The most popular, if not the best Korean player is Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-Sung.  The tireless winger/midfielder exemplifies the youth and fitness of the Korean side.  Look for him and striker Lee Dong-Gook to spark the team in the World Cup.

Result: Korea almost made the most of their chances in the 2006 World Cup.  They got the result they wanted against France and Togo, and finished just a point out of second place.