Top 10: Players of Korea/Japan 2002
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5) Hong Myung-Bo
Currently the dapper manager of the South Korea side heading out to Brazil, Hong is widely rated as one of the best Asian footballers of all time – and it was his All Star Team-making performances at Korea’s home World Cup that really made his name – despite being his fourth visit to the tournament. A classy sweeper with a Stevie G-esque ability to ping it long, he marshalled Korea’s three-man backline with composure as they went on a thrilling run to the semi-finals. His cool head was demonstrated as he slotted home the winning penalty when the Red Devils eliminated Spain on penalties.