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2014 World Cup: South Korea selects youthful, predictable squad

South Korea Men's National Team

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South Korea became the sixth nation to release details about their squad as manager Hong Myung-Bo released the 23-man roster that will represent the Asian side in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The Koreans are competing in Group H against Algeria, Belgium and Russia.

There was a very interesting trend that I noticed while looking over the squad, that being the youth movement taking place. Defender Kwak Tae-Twi is the oldest member of the squad at 32 years old with the rest of the team all being younger than 30.

I thought that it was a very interesting move until another correlation jumped off of the page. The nine European-based players called into the squad looks to be the most ever for a South Korean World Cup squad; the interesting note there is that except for stiker Park Chu-Young of Watford, all of the Euro-based players are 25 years old or under.

South Korean soccer is shaping up to be another Asian powerhouse but they do have their work cut out for them during this tournament. They are very inexperienced defensively with only three players who have appeared in more than 10 international matches. It looks like they will struggle to get past the group stage this year but look for them to make another deep tournament, a la 2002, in one or both of the next FIFA World Cups.

Goalkeepers

Jung Sung-RyongSuwon Bluewings (59 caps, 29 years old)
Kim Seung-GyuUlsan Hyundai (5 caps, 23 years old)
Lee Bum-YoungBusan I’Park (0 caps, 25 years old)

Defenders

Kwak Tae-Hwi — Al-Hilal (33 caps, 32 years old)
Hong Jeong-HoAugsburg (23 caps, 24 years old)
Kim Young-GwonGuangzhou Evergrande (19 caps, 24 years old)
Lee Yong — Ulsan Hyundai (10 caps, 27 years old)
Kim Jin-SuAlbirex Niigata (9 caps, 21 years old)
Kim Chang-SooKashiwa Reysol (8 caps, 28 years old)
Hwang Seok-HoSanfrecce Hiroshima (3 caps, 24 years old)
Yun Suk-YoungQueens Park Rangers (2 caps, 24 years old)

Midfielders

Ki Sung-YuengSunderland (56 caps, 25 years old)
Lee Chung-YoungBolton Wanderers (53 caps, 25 years old)
Ji Dong-Won — Augsburg (26 caps, 23 years old)
Kim Bo-KyungCardiff City (26 caps, 24 years old)
Son Heung-MinBayer Leverkusen (23 caps, 21 years old)
Ha Dae-SungBeijing Guoan (12 caps, 29 years old)
Park Jong-WooGuangzhou R&F (10 caps, 25 years old)
Han Kook-Young — Kashiwa Reysol (8 caps, 24 years old)

Forwards

Park Chu-Young — Watford (62 caps, 28 years old)
Lee Keun-HoSangju Sangmu (62 caps, 29 years old)
Koo Ja-CheolMainz 05 (35 caps, 25 years old)
Kim Shin-Wook — Ulsan Hyundai (26 caps, 26 years old)

Check back in with Stoppage Time Soccer for all of your 2014 World Cup news and notes from training camps all the way through the Final.

Matthew Evans is a soccer writer for Stoppage Time Soccer. “Like” him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter, or add him to your network on Google

One Response to 2014 World Cup: South Korea selects youthful, predictable squad

  1. Chris Blakely

    I’m curious how they will do. I’d like to see them make a deep run just for the heck of it.

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