Set to make their third appearance at a World Cup this summer, South Korea (or Taegeuk Nangja) will need to call upon all their experience to see them safely through the group stage.
The team slightly more of an unknown quantity to those outside of Asia with the majority of the squad playing at home in the WK League.
A nation that might have a reputation for parking the bus, the team certainly have more than one dimension to their game.
However, their discipline to sit it as a unit and block deserves high praise when it’s utilised to stifle and frustrate their opposition, the squad with its fair share of technical players – none with a higher profile that Chelsea’s Ji So-yun – they can break to devastating effect.
Relying on a fine balance between defending with a low block and attacking with precision, Yoon Deok-yeo’s team is likely to cause more than one headache to their Group A opposition.
Goalkeepers: Jung Bo-ram (Hwacheon KSPO), Kang Ga-ae (Gumi Sportstoto), Kim Min-Jeong (Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels).
Defenders: Hwang Bo-ram (Hwacheon KSPO), Jang Sel-gi (Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels), Jeong Yeong-a (Gyeongju KHNP), Kim Do-yeon (Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels), Kim Hye-ri (Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels), Lee Eun-mi (Suwon UDC), Lim Seon-joo (Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels), Shin Dam-yeong (Suwon UDC).
Midfielders: Cho So-hyun (West Ham United), Kang Chae-rim (Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels), Kang Yu-mi (Hwacheon KSPO), Lee Min-a (INAC Kobe Leonessa), Lee So-dam (Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels), Lee Young-ju (Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels), Moon Mi-ra (Suwon UDC).
Attackers: Ji So-yun (Chelsea), Jung Seol-bin (Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels), Lee Geum-min (Gyeongju KHNP), Son Hwa-yeon (Changnyeong), Yeo Min-ji (Gumi Sportstoto).
Though likely to be a thorn in the sides of their group opposition, it’s hard to see South Korea progressing from Group A, the three teams they’ll come up against just having something a little more than their Asian counterparts.
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