For the first time since 1998, South Korea go into a World Cup without a high-profile foreign boss at the helm. Huh Jung Moo, who only got the nod after Gerard Houllier and Mick McCarthy turned the job down, will hope to fare better than Cha Bum Kun, who was sacked midway through France '98 after a 5-0 thrashing from the Netherlands.
Guus Hiddink led Korea to the semi-finals on home turf in 2002 but that is the only time they have gone beyond the group stages. They went Dutch again in 2006, but Dick Advocaat's side were eliminated by Switzerland after holding France and beating Togo. Advocaat later bemoaned an injury to Manchester United's Park Ji-Sung which left the key midfielder short of fitness in Germany. Korean fans will hope history does not repeat itself this year, with star striker Park Chu Young missing the end of the French season due to a thigh problem.
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