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Korea DPR - Formidable outfit

Although Korea may not be a strong contender for the title, their stamina, speed and 'never-say-die' team spirit make them a formidable opponent to even the most powerful teams.

They were first recognised as an impressive team when they won the Asian Cup final in 2001, a title they subsequently retained in 2003.

They previously qualified for the 1999 and 2003 FIFA World Cups but didn't make it past the group stages.

However, they won their first world honour when their U20's side had a surprise victory in Russia 2006 winning them the World Cup title in that age category and forming new found hopes for the team in China.

The senior squad booked their place at this year's World Cup by winning a third place play-off match against Japan in the Asian Cup.

The man in charge of Korea is experienced coach, Kim Kwang-Min, who has provided the right work-ethic to enable the team to improve.

He sets his ambitions high and was disappointed at the third place position they achieved in the qualifying stages.

But, having completely renovated the team, they will come into this tournament with a possible wild-card potential which will draw audiences to this unpredictable side and perhaps deliver a surprise package to their opponents.