South Korea 2014 FIFA World Cup Squad: Player-by-Player Guide

Vince SiuFeatured ColumnistMay 8, 2014

South Korea 2014 FIFA World Cup Squad: Player-by-Player Guide

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    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.

    A high-profile inclusion was Swansea City’s Ki Sung-Yueng, who spent his Premier League season on loan at Sunderland and had been considered an injury doubt for the tournament.

    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.

Goalkeepers

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    Name: Jung Sung-Ryong

    Date of Birth: January 4, 1985 (age 29)

    Position: Goalkeeper

    Caps/Goals: 59/0

    Club: Suwon Bluewings (K-League)

     

    Name: Kim Seung-Gyu

    Date of Birth: September 30, 1990 (age 23)

    Position: Goalkeeper

    Caps/Goals: 5/0

    Club: Ulsan Hyundai (K-League)

     

    Name: Lee Bum-Young

    Date of Birth: April 2, 1989 (age 25)

    Position: Goalkeeper

    Caps/Goals: 0/0

    Club: Busan IPark (K-League)

Defenders

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    Name: Kim Young-Gwon

    Date of Birth: February 27, 1990 (age 24)

    Position: Centre-back

    Caps/Goals: 19/1

    Club: Guangzhou Evergrande (Chinese Super League)

     

    Name: Hong Jeong-Ho

    Date of Birth: August 12, 1989 (age 24)

    Position: Centre-back

    Caps/Goals: 23/1

    Club: FC Augsburg (Bundesliga)

     

    Name: Yun Suk-Young

    Date of Birth: February 13, 1990 (age 24)

    Position: Left-back

    Caps/Goals: 2/0

    Club: Queens Park Rangers (Football League Championship)

     

    Name: Kim Jin-Su

    Date of Birth: June 13, 1992 (age 21)

    Position: Left-back

    Caps/Goals: 9/0

    Club: Albirex Niigata (J-League)

     

    Name: Hwang Seok-Ho

    Date of Birth: June 27, 1989 (age 24)

    Position: Centre-back/Full-back

    Caps/Goals: 3/0

    Club: Sanfrecce Hiroshima (J-League)

     

    Name: Kwak Tae-Hwi

    Date of Birth: July 8, 1981 (age 32)

    Position: Centre-back

    Caps/Goals: 33/5

    Club: Al-Hilal (Saudi Premier League)

     

    Name: Lee Yong

    Date of Birth: December 24, 1986 (age 27)

    Position: Full-back

    Caps/Goals: 10/0

    Club: Ulsan Hyundai (K-League)

     

    Name: Kim Chang-Soo

    Date of Birth: September 12, 1985 (age 28)

    Position: Full-back

    Caps/Goals: 8/0

    Club: Kashiwa Reysol (J-League)

     

Midfielders

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    Name: Ki Sung-Yueng

    Date of Birth: January 24, 1989 (age 25)

    Position: Central midfielder

    Caps/Goals: 56/5

    Club: Sunderland, on loan from Swansea City (Premier League)

     

    Name: Lee Chung-Yong

    Date of Birth: July 2, 1988 (age 25)

    Position: Winger

    Caps/Goals: 53/6

    Club: Bolton Wanderers (Football League Championship)

     

    Name: Koo Ja-Cheol

    Date of Birth: February 27, 1989 (age 25)

    Position: Midfielder

    Caps/Goals: 35/12

    Club: Mainz 05 (Bundesliga)

     

    Name: Kim Bo-Kyung

    Date of Birth: October 6, 1989 (age 24)

    Position: Attacking midfielder

    Caps/Goals: 26/3

    Club: Cardiff City (Premier League)

     

    Name: Han Kook-Young

    Date of Birth: April 19, 1990 (age 24)

    Position: Defensive midfielder

    Caps/Goals: 8/0

    Club: Kashiwa Reysol (J-League)

     

    Name: Ha Dae-Sung

    Date of Birth: March 2, 1985 (age 29)

    Position: Central Midfielder

    Caps/Goals: 12/0

    Club: Beijing Guoan (Chinese Super League)

     

    Name: Park Jong-Woo

    Date of Birth: March 10, 1989 (age 25)

    Position: Central midfielder

    Caps/Goals: 10/0

    Club: Guangzhou R&F (Chinese Super League)

Forwards

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    Name: Ji Dong-Won

    Date of Birth: May 28, 1991 (age 22)

    Position: Winger/Striker

    Caps/Goals: 26/8

    Club: FC Augsburg (Bundesliga)

     

    Name: Son Heung-Min

    Date of Birth: July 8, 1992 (age 21)

    Position: Winger/Forward

    Caps/Goals: 23/6

    Club: Bayer Leverkusen (Bundesliga)

     

    Name: Park Chu-Young

    Date of Birth: July 10, 1985 (age 28)

    Position: Forward

    Caps/Goals: 91/25

    Club: Watford, on loan from Arsenal (Premier League)

     

    Name: Lee Keun-Ho

    Date of Birth: April 11, 1985 (age 29)

    Position: Winger/Striker

    Caps/Goals: 58/18

    Club: Sangju Sangmu Phoenix, on loan from Ulsan Hyundai (K-League)

     

    Name: Kim Shin-Wook

    Date of Birth: April 14, 1988 (age 26)

    Position: Striker

    Caps/Goals: 26/3

    Club: Ulsan Hyundai (K-League)

     

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