South Korea name final World Cup squad

19:52, June 01, 2010      

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South Korea coach Huh Jung-Moo has chosen a mixture of youth and experience in a final 23-man squad for the World Cup which includes 10 players who play abroad.

Three British-based players are in the squad, Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-Sung, Bolton winger Lee Chung-Yong and Celtic's Ki Sung-Yeung.

It will be the fourth World Cup for 37-year-old keeper Lee Woon-Jae, while captain Park will play at his third.

Veteran Ahn Jung-Hwan, 34, who now plays in China for Dalian, is also included after a successful comeback during the Asian qualifiers, as is Freiburg's Cha Du-Ri, 30, who will be at his second World Cup finals.

The three youngest players in the squad are Kim Bo-Kyung, 20, of Japanese side Oita, and the two 21-year-olds Ki Sung-Yueng and Lee Seung-Yeoul.

The South Koreans, who were semifinalists at the 2002 World Cup, have made the quarterfinals a target but are in a difficult group with Greece, Argentina and Nigeria.


Goalkeepers: Kim Young-Kwang (Ulsan), Lee Woon-Jae (Suwon), Jung

Sung-Ryong (Seongnam)

Defenders: Kim Dong-Jin (Ulsan), Kim Hyung-Il (Pohang), Oh Beom-Seok (Ulsan), Lee Young-Pyo (Al Hilal, Saudi Arabia), Lee Jung-Soo (Kashima, Japan), Cha Du-Ri (Freiburg,Germany), Cho Yong-Hyung (Jeju United), Kang Min-Soo (Suwon)

Midfielders: Ki Sung-Yueng (Celtic, Scotland), Kim Bo-Kyung (Oita, Japan), Kim Nam-Il (Tomsk, Russia), Kim Jae-Sung (Pohang), Kim Jung-Woo (Gwangju), Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton, England), Park Ji-Sung (Manchester United, England)

Forwards: Park Chu-Young (Monaco, France), Ahn Jung-Hwan (Dalian, China), Lee Seung-Yeoul (Seoul), Yeom Ki-Hun (Suwon), Lee Dong-Ggook (Jeonbuk).

Source: Xinhua


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