Photo via lineupbuilder.com
Lee Woon-Jae: One of Asia’s greatest ever goalkeepers. He announced his international retirement in 2010.
Choi Jin-Cheul: Later won the Asian Champions League with Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors; retired in 2007.
Hong Myung-Bo: The third best player at the tournament behind Oliver Kahn and Ronaldo. Hong had a stint with Los Angeles Galaxy before hanging up his boots to enter the coaching world. He’s experiencing another fairy tale, this time as manager of the South Korean Olympic team.
Kim Tae-Young: One club man at Chunnam Dragons; retired in 2005.
Song Chong-Gug: The classic water carrier during his time at Feyenoord because he did all the donkey work. Recently retired after unsuccessful spells in Saudi Arabia and China.
Yoo Sang-Chul: Strong in the tackle, smart in possession, had the heart of a champion and was a great midfield commando; retired in 2006.
Kim Nam-Il: His career never kicked on after showing the world his ball-winning prowess.
Lee Young-Pyo: In his heyday, he’d run up and down that left flank till the final whistle. He bordered on world-class during his tenure at PSV Eindhoven. Was less dominant during his time at Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund. He’s currently playing for the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Park Ji-Sung: He’s the most successful player of the squad. Even though his last season for Manchester United was below-par, he was a consistent contributor who had a knack for scoring vital goals in big occasions. It will be interesting to see how he performs at Queens Park Rangers.
Ahn Jung-Hwan: Infamously had his contract with Perugia torn up because of his winning goal against Italy. Talking about Italians, his career mirrors that of Totò Schillaci because Ahn’s only credible achievement was the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Schillaci was out of the world special during the 1990 World Cup and that was it.
Seol Ki-Hyeon: In the Premier League, he’d used to get into so many advantageous positions only to fluff his shot. He’s in the twilight of his career with father time catching up.
Lee Chun-Soo: A prodigy and the youngest member of the squad. He never lived up to his potential and seemed trepid during his time in Europe.
Cha Du-Ri: Speed, speed and more speed. He used to be a forward who couldn’t score. He’d blitz past opposing defenders but he didn’t have the finishing ability of his father, Cha Bum-Kun. As a right-back, Du-Ri’s defending is hit-and-miss. Somehow he’s managed to accumulate 65 games for South Korea.
Hwang Sun-Hong: He was a great forward who at one time rivalled Bum-Kun’s legacy. Hwang had his thunder stolen by Ahn Jung-Hwan because the world remembers Ahn but they don’t remember Hwang.
Guus Hiddink: Was a prolific winner at PSV Eindhoven. He turned Australia into a credible footballing nation. Led Russia to the Euro 2008 semi-finals, which allowed star player Andrey Arshavin to secure a move to Arsenal. Tom Henning Øvrebø was karma to Hiddink during his time at Chelsea. The Dutch manager failed as Turkish national team manager and is now making easy cash at Anzhi Makhachkala.
Please read What You Must Know About Cazorla
Connect with +allanjiang