Hong Myung-Bo’s South Korea squad are seen as real contenders to make it into the final sixteen of their eighth consecutive World Cup finals.
In charge since summer 2013, Myung-Bo is considered a national hero. Pele named him one of the greatest 125 living footballers in 2003 and he lead his nation to a bronze medal at the London Olympics.
The players are expected to work hard for him, with Bayer Leverkusen’s club record signing Son Heung Min looking to be the squad’s main creative force.
Meanwhile, Kim Young-Gwon has been tipped ‘one to watch’. His fighting spirit at centre back is not dissimilar to Myung-Bo’s playing style.
Under former coach Choi Kang-hee, South Korea barely edged their way into the second qualification spot and they’re currently ranked 55 in the world by FIFA.
But they have progressed past the group stages in two of the last three World Cups and could be a team to watch out for.
They’ll play in Group H, against Belgium, Algeria and Russia.