S Korea announces WC squad

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:40 IST

South Korea coach Dick Advocaat named 10 World Cup veterans on Thursday in his squad for the finals in Germany.

S Korea announces WC squad

Seoul:

South Korea coach Dick Advocaat named 10 World Cup veterans on Thursday in his squad for the finals in Germany.Manchester United's Park Ji-sung and Lee Young-pyo of Tottenham are part of the 23-man squad that includes most of South Korea's Europe-based players. Veteran Ahn Jung-hwan of German side Duisburg will spearhead the offence with Seol Ki-hyun of Wolverhampton Wanderers, Cho Jae-jin of Japan's Shimizu S-Pulse and Chung Kyung-ho, Lee Chun-soo and Park Chu-young. Balanced squadAhn, 30, rose to stardom at the 2002 World Cup, co-hosted by South Korea and Japan, with his dramatic golden goal that sent fancied Italy home after the second round. "We have a very balanced squad and a squad that can surprise a lot of people in the world," said Dutch-born Advocaat said at the squad announcement.     Advocaat included 13 players who will make their first appearance at the sport's showpiece contest, scheduled for June 9-July 9 in Germany. Surprise inclusion  One surprise inclusion was Song Chong-gug playing for domestic K-League's Suwon Samsung.      Song, 27, was a member of the country's 2002 squad, but has not been included in the national team since Advocaat took it over last September. South Korea stunned the world in 2002 with its amazing run to the semifinals, beating Portugal, Italy and Spain on the way. (AP)



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