South Korea coach Hong Myung-Bo was one of the first to announce an official 23-man squad for the upcoming 2014 World Cup in Brazil on Thursday.
Other names that will be more familiar to European audiences include Kim Bo-Kyung (Cardiff City), Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers), Son Heung-Min (Bayer Leverkusen), Koo Ja-Cheol (Mainz 05), Hong Jeong-Ho and Ji Dong-Won (both Augsburg).
Park Joo-Ho, left-back for Bundesliga club Mainz 05, misses out due to injury, while veteran right-back Cha Du-Ri has also failed to make the cut. With an average age of just 25, and 15 out of the 23-man squad aged 25 or under, South Korea will be taking one of the youngest squads to Brazil this summer.
South Korea became the first Asian team to reach a World Cup semi-final in their exciting run during the 2002 tournament, of which they were co-hosts. The Taeguk Warriors are considered to one of Asia’s strongest teams and will look to make a splash at this summer’s tournament.
Read on for Bleacher Report’s World Cup squad guide for South Korea.