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Top 10: Players of Korea/Japan 2002

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3) Hasan Sas 

The Galatasaray legend – who hung up his boots in 2009 and now works as assistant manager for the Istanbul club – led Turkey’s dizzying, unlikely charge to the semi-finals in Korea and Japan. A buccaneering winger with wicked speed and dribbling ability, he gave Turkey the lead against Brazil in their opening group fixture (they lost 2-1), terrorised Costa Rica and China (scoring after six minutes), and was the key man as they outfought Japan (1-0) in the round of 16 and Senegal in the quarters. The semi-final against Brazil proved a step too far – but he dazzled again to become on of the most sought-after wingers in Europe. Alas, serious injury soon afterwards meant this was to be his zenith.
 
Hasan Sas