NO INJURIES

The World Cup 2014 begins in less than 100 days and South Korea’s National team coach Hong Myung-bo has stated that he does not want any of his players get injured again of this major tournament.

South Korea will be in the same group containing the likes of Algeria, Belgium, and Russia. Belgium have already been put forward as the favourites for the group victory, but it will be a straight fight between Algeria, Russia, and South Korea for the final qualifying spot.

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BACK IN THE TEAM

Arsenal striker Park Chu-young has managed to get back into the South Korean national team after being recalled by manager Hong Myung-bo for the upcoming match against Greece. This will be one of the final preparations for South Korea ahead of the World Cup 2014.

The future of Park Chu-young at international level has been highly speculated after the 28-year-old has failed to make a first-team appearance for Arsenal in a long time. However, he recently made the move to Championship outfit Watford on a season-long loan deal.

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OLDER HEADS NEEDED

South Korea's national team manager Hong Myung-Bo has stated that the team needs the presence of a few older players in order to balance the experience ahead of the World Cup 2014. South Korea reached the knockout stage of the last World Cup in South Africa.

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SENG-YONG JOINS RANGDAJIED

The North Korean player, Kim Seng-Yong, has joined the Indian club Rangdajied United.

Rangdajied has bought Yong from Nakhon Ratchasima which is a Thai club. The Korean has signed a 1-year deal with his new club.

Yong has featured for his national side North Korea as well, not at the senior level, but, at U-23 level. Apart from that, he has quite a bit of experience at club level too. He has played for the Japanese club Kyoto Sanga FC for a couple of years. So, he can be considered as a good buy for the struggling Rangdajied United side.

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The rising popularity of sport betting

Betting on cricket, football and other top sports is more popular now in the UK than perhaps it has ever been before, although there has always been a certain level of interest in it.

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PERMISSION GRANTED

The South Korean government has granted permission to the North Korean women’s national football team to land in Seoul where the East Asian Championships is going to be organized.

Earlier, there were speculations that because of the severe tensions between the two countries in recent years, the South Korean government might not allow the North Korean team to land in Seoul, but, those speculations turned out to be wrong.

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IS NEYMAR WORLD'S BEST?

Brazil national team manager Scolari has praised the performance of Santos striker Neymar following the 2-2 draw with Italy in a friendly match. This is the second match in charge for the new manager after taking over from Mano Menezes a few months ago.

However, he is still searching for this first victory in the second spell at the helm of Brazilian football. Scolari's Brazil managed to take a 2-0 lead in the match despite being outplayed by Italy for most of the encounter. However, Italy hit back in the second half with two goals to level the match.

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KOREAN REVAMP

After more than three decades of its start, the Korean football could be set for a major revamp. Even though the league has had success over the years in the form of players – who have went on to represent teams from Germany, France, and England – the match fixing scandals and other problems have become a major issue.

South Korean teams have also been extremely successful when it comes to the Asian version of the Champions league. The teams combined have five titles to their name, while they have also been successful in the domestic competitions as well.

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KOREA LOOK TO KIDS

The Korea DPR manager An Ye Gun has said that he is extremely looking forward to helping the national team lift the AFC U-19 Championship for the second consecutive time. North Korea come into the tournament as the holders of the competition.

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DONG-GOOK LEFT OUT

The South Korean national team manager Choi Kang-hee has decided to leave out the veteran striker Lee Dong-gook out of the scored for the match against Iran. South Korea will be taking on Iran in the final stage of the qualification rounds for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Iran is currently ranked 54th in the world and will be offering a strong opposition to the hopes of South Korea qualifying for the World Cup. The 33-year-old Lee Dong-gook has vast experience of playing at international level after he has been part of the national team in the last 15 years.

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