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 Group A
 France
 Senegal
 Uruguay
 Denmark
 Group B
 Spain
 Slovenia
 Paraguay
 South Africa
 Group C
 Brazil
 Turkey
 China
 Costa Rica
 Group D
 South Korea
 Poland
 USA
 Portugal
 Group E
 Germany
 Saudi Arabia
 Rep of Ireland
 Cameroon
 Group F
 Argentina
 Nigeria
 England
 Sweden
 Group G
 Italy
 Ecuador
 Croatia
 Mexico
 Group H
 Japan
 Belgium
 Russia
 Tunisia

South Korea star player, Ahn Jung-Hwan
World Cup record:
 1954   First round
 1986   First round
 1990   First round
 1994   First round
 1998   First round
 2002   Fourth place

Did you know?
South Korean president Kim Dae-Jung said their quarter-final victory over Spain was the finest moment for the country since Dangung founded the Korean nation 5,000 years ago.

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Coach:
Star player:

Guus Hiddink
Ahn Jung-Hwan
South Korea's amazing World Cup run was one of the great things to come out of this tournament.

To see the impact Guus Hiddink's team had on the Korean people was a joy to behold.

It's true that they enjoyed more than their fair share of good luck with key refereeing decisions against Portugal, Italy and Spain, but the fact is that a team with no World Cup finals victories prior to 2002 went as far as the semi-finals… and that is a phenomenal achievement.

Would they have done so well had they had to play away from Korea?

Almost certainly not, but make no mistake, South Korea's success was as much about good coaching, hard work, belief, determination and no small amount of skill as it was about their incredible supporters.

South Korea's example should be the platform for the whole of Asian football to build on.

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2002 World Cup results

Group D: v Poland 2-0; v USA 1-1; v Portugal 1-0; Second round: v Italy 2-1 (aet); Quarter-finals: v Spain 0-0 (won 5-3 on pens); Semi-finals: v Germany 0-1; Third place play-off: v Turkey 2-3.



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