South Korea coach Hong Myung-bo announce his 23-man roster for the World Cup on Thursday and there were some interesting additions to the Taegeuk Warriors prior to making a stop in Miami as they would prepare to face Ghana on June 9 prior to heading to Brazil.
The players that stand out the most are Park Chu-Young of Arsenal as well as Yun Suk-Young of QPR and Lee Chung-Yong of Bolton. Obviously Bayer Leverkusen man Heung Min Son was going to be the key component of this side in the midfield alongside as well as Augsburg's Ji Dong Won.
Guanzhou Evergrande defender Kim Young-Kwon also finds himself in great form especially after his club's 5-1 win over Japanese side Cerezo Osaka in the quarterfinal of the AFC Champions League.
The major absence, at least from a historical context on this squad, is that of veteran Lee Dong Gook who was looking to play in his fifth World Cup. The veteran forward for Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors was left off the squad and thus would not be one of three players that would have played in the 1998 World Cup. The only two that would be given that honor would be Cameroonian goalscorer Samuel Eto'o and Colombian goalkeeper Faryd Mondragón.
South Korea would arrive in Miami and train at FIU Stadium and then would head to Brazil where they would face Russia in Cuiabá's Arena Pantanal on June 17. Five days later, they would face Algeria in Porto Alegre and on the 26th they would close out their group stage participation when they play Belgium in São Paulo.
Goalkeepers: Jung Sung-ryeong (Suwon Bluewings), Kim Seung-gyu (Ulsan Horang-i), Lee Bom-young (Busan I'Park)
Defenders: Kim Jin-soo (Albirex Niigata), Yun Suk-young (QPR-ENG), Kim Young-kwon (Guangzhou Evergrande-CHN), Hwang Seok-ho (Sanfrecce Hiroshima-JAP), Hong Jeong-ho (Augsburg-GER), Kwak Tae-hwi (Al Hilal-UAE), Lee Yong (Ulsan Horang-i), Kim Chang-soo (Kashiwa Reysol-JAP).
Midfielders: Ki Seung-yeung (Sunderland-ENG), Ha Dae-Sung (Beijing Guoan-CHN), Han Kook-Young (Kashiwa Reysol-JAP), Park Jung-woo (Guangzhou R&F-CHN), Son Heung-Min (Bayer Leverkusen-GER), Kim Bo-kyoung (Cardiff City-WAL), Lee Chung-yong (Bolton Wanderers-ENG), Ji Dong-won (Augsburg-GER)
Forwards: Koo Ja-cheol (Mainz-GER), Lee Keun-ho (Sangju Sangmu), Park Chu-Young (Arsenal-ENG), Kim Shin-wook (Ulsan Horang-i).