2002 World Cup success hampering South Korean football?

The stream of South Korean players leaving to ply their trade in Europe may be undermining the national team, says coach Uli Stielike

The surge of interest in South Korean players after the 2002 World Cup has been a source of pride for fans back home, but for national team coach Uli Stielike it is a double-edged sword.

The South Koreans’ unlikely ride to the semi-finals on home soil sparked something of a transfer frenzy, with European clubs snapping up talent such as Park Ji-sung, Lee Young-pyo and Song Chung-gug.

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