Korea has qualified for the World Cup for 9 consecutive times, whereas no other team has achieved such a feat except Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Italy and Spain. However, the World Cup qualifying campaign for Korea has never been disastrous as this 2014 Brazil World Cup campaign. Losing to Iran 1-0 in the last match, we [Korea] barely booked a flight to Brazil next year, just qualifying ahead of Uzbekistan with the same points, 14, but having a higher goal-difference. 


   With this performance, which was beyond terrible, with no organization, communication, confidence and especially the lack of leadership and tactical usage from the head coach Choi Kang-Hee, we can expect that we will literally finish in the last place in World Cup 2014 tournament. But, there are some hopes left for us.
   The first thing that happened after our loss to Iran, Choi Kang-Hee resigned, leaving the KNT [Korean National Football Team] head coach spot vacant. And as many of us may know already, Hong Myung-Bo, the head coach of 2012 Olympic KNT team who led us to 3rd place in the tournament, has been named the head coach of that vacant spot. Personally, I would have preferred to have Senol Gunes, successful ex-FC Seoul head coach and the man who led Turkey to 3rd place in World Cup 2002, to be selected as our head coach. But no big complaints, Hong’s appointment of our national team is something that we can look forward to because of the following reasons

•Lee Dong-Gook, our striker, with no composure in front of goal, will high likely not play for the national team anymore

•Star midfielders, Koo Ja-Cheol, Ki Sung-Yueng Lee Chung-Yong, and Kim Bo-Kyung will be featured in our squad along with the rising-star Son Heung-Min who recently moved to Bayer Leverkusen

•A man who has been in a huge slump but evidently our striker who can score, Park Chu-Young, will high likely be included in the KNT squad

•Hong will choose the best available players unlike Choi, who stubbornly chose old players such as Kwak Tae-Hwi and Kim Nam-Il over talented youngsters

•We will no longer see long ball or chase-the-ball tactic deployed by Choi which was clearly a failure: losing to Iran twice whilst barely managing a draw against Lebanon
•Hong will bring in assistant coaches who has proved themselves such as Ikeda Seigo and the Dutch Jelle Goes
With all these reasons, Korean citizens can be optimistic about 2014 Brazil World Cup. All we can do now, is wait and see the improvements that Hong Myung-Bo will make as our new head coach.