It may be still 3 years away but qualification for the beautiful games showpiece event started many months ago, when Montserrat met Belize on June 15th on front of 100 people. The game ended 5-2 to Belize and World Cup 2014 was underway.
Two and a half months after the first game was played, South Korea entered the qualification process with a home game against Lebanon a team ranked a lowly 159th in the world. On paper this game played at the Goyang Stadium in Goyang should be a walk in the park for South Korea, a team ranked 28th in the world, and it was. As in front of an excitable crowd of over 37,000 Korea went on to win 6-0 with a hat-trick from Arsenal forward Park Chu-Young and a brace from Sunderland winger Ji Dong-Won proving to much for a spirited Lebanon side.
After this comfortable win Korea set off to the Middle East to face a much stronger test in the form of Kuwait who are looking to reach the World Cup again after a 32year absence. However it looked like they’d be waiting a few more years at least when after 8minutes at the cheerfully name “Peace and Friendship Stadium” Park Chu-Young struck for the 4th time in 2 games to give Korea the lead. However Kuwait held on and half way into the second half leveled the tie with a scrambled finish. And so the game ended 1-1 and now Korea sit atop of their qualifying group after 2 games.
However there’s still a long way to go, with another 4 games in this stage of qualification followed by another at least another 8 after that in order to reach Brazil 2014. 화이팅 KOREA!!