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.


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.

Myung-bo believes that the Asian team has been placed extremely well to reach the knockout stages, but he says that he needs all his top players fit and ready. This might mean having to prevent injuries at this crucial stage since even the most harmless ones may take up to two months to heal. Other national teams have had to deal with injuries to key players with the most high profile being Radamel Falcao of Columbia. The Monaco striker could miss the World Cup after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligaments back in January.

South Korea’s first match of the competition will be against Russia. They will come into the tournament on the back of a mediocre form, which has seen them get defeated in three out of the last six matches. However, they did win their most recent friendly against Greece.

“They have to make sure they avoid injuries at all costs until the World Cup. I am well aware of situations when talented players couldn’t make the World Cup because of injuries or when they were limited by ailments when they did play in the tournament. I want to find out how cohesive and organized they can be. Greece plays systematic football and features some physical players. We must respond well to their ever-changing tactics,” said Hong ahead of the Greece friendly.