On Saturday October 12th 2013 at 8pm at the Seoul World Cup Stadium South Korea will host world cup winning and footballing giants Brazil. With the game a sell out with fans traveling from all over Korea to see the big names. South Korea have played Brazil 4 times in the past and have lost 3 but have won once (1-0 in 1999). The last time these sides met was in 2002 and Brazil won 3-2.
Here are the squads for both sides as well as a brief preview and our prediction.
South Korea and Brazil Squads
Here is the South Korea Squad for there matches against Brazil and also Mali:
Jung Sung-Ryong – Suwon Bluewings
Kim Seung-Gyu – Ulsan Hyundai
Lee Bum-Young – Busan IPark
Kwak Tae-Hwi – Al-Shabab
Kang Min-Soo – Ulsan Hyundai
Hong Jeong-Ho – Augsburg
Kim Young-Gwon – Guangzhou Evergrande
Park Joo-Ho – Mainz 05
Kim Chang-Soo – Kashiwa Reysol
Lee Yong – Ulsan Hyundai
Kim Jin-Su – Albirex Niigata
Yun Suk-Young – Queens Park Rangers
Ki Sung-Yueng – Sunderland
Lee Chung-Yong – Bolton Wanderers
Kim Bo-Kyung – Cardiff City
Son Heung-Min – Bayer Leverkusen
Ko Yo-Han – FC Seoul
Lee Myung-Joo – Pohang Steelers
Yun Il-Lok – FC Seoul
Han Kook-Young – Shonan Bellmare
Park Jong-Woo – Busan IPark
Kim Tae-Hwan – Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma
Lee Keun-Ho – Sangju Sangmu
Koo Ja-Cheol – Wolfsburg
Ji Dong-Won – Sunderland
Here is the Brazil Squad for there matches against South Korea and also Zambia (who they will play in China):
Jefferson – Botafogo
Victor – Atlético Mineiro
Diego Cavalieri – Fluminense
Dani Alves – Barcelona
David Luiz – Chelsea
Marcelo – Real Madrid
Dedé – Cruzeiro
Dante – Bayern Munich
Henrique – Palmeiras
Maxwell – Paris Saint-Germain
Ramires – Chelsea
Lucas Moura – Paris Saint-Germain
Oscar – Chelsea
Paulinho – Tottenham Hotspur
Hernanes – Lazio
Lucas Leiva – Liverpool
Luiz Gustavo – Wolfsburg
Bernard – Shakhtar Donetsk
Neymar – Barcelona
Hulk – Zenit Saint Petersburg
Alexandre Pato – Corinthians
Jô – Atlético Mineiro
Preview & Prediction
This should be an interesting game with most people favoring Brazil to ease past South Korea. The Chosun Ilbo previewed the game by showing how Brazil is the most valuable team in the world with an average value 9 times more than the South Koreans (Full Article Here). However we don’t think that in reality they are 9 times better and it should be pretty close.
Brazil won the Confederations Cup this summer and also beat AFC opponents Australia 6 – 0 in September. They did however lose against Switzerland in August, so they are beatable. Their coach Luiz Felipe Scolari also warned that his team maybe a little Jet Lagged and not to expect them to be 100% (Full Article Here).
South Korea haven’t done so well in recent months although they eased past Haiti last month and have qualified for the world cup, they were average in the East Asian Cup and lost 2 – 1 in their last game vs. Croatia. They do however benefit from being at home and have already played 10 games this year with 8 of them at home (plus still 4 to come). So they are a well drilled and connected team.
Prediction; We don’t think this will not a crazy one sided game with a cricket score but we do feel that Brazil will be too much for South Korea and they will win.
Score Prediction; South Korea 1 – 3 Brazil
South Korea 0 – 2 Brazil
Goals either side of half time from Neymar (Barcelona) and Oscar (Chelsea) where enough to give Brazil the win. Overall it was an exciting and action packed game with plenty of chances for both sides. South Korea didn’t treat the game as a friendly and at times were the better side. However the overall quality and speed of Brazil was too much at times, which lead to numerous fouls. One of these fouls created the opportunity for the first goal, whilst a great quick pass and poor defensive positioning lead to the second. Brazil now head to China to face Zambia, whilst South Korea host Mali.
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