Condition: 7/10 Good. Heavy fading to parts of the jersey (sunlight)
Size: Adult’s Extra Large
Chest Measurement: 44-46 Inches / 112-117 CM
Colour: Red/pink, white trim
Official Nike South Korea home football shirt from the 2002/03 international season.
Condition of this classic football jersey is 7/10 - Good. Heavy fading to parts of the jersey (sunlight) (see photos).
South Korea co-hosted the 2002 FIFA World Cup tournament with Japan. As they had never won a game in the World Cup previously, hopes were not very high. In addition there was pre-tournament criticism concerning Dutch coach Guus Hiddink, who many felt did not take his job seriously. However once the tournament began the South Korean team achieved their first ever victory in a World Cup with a 2–0 victory against Poland. Their next game was against the United States and earned a 1–1 draw, with striker Ahn Jung-hwan scoring a late game equaliser. Their last game was against the favoured Portuguese side.
South Korea's second round opponents were Italy, who they defeated 2–1 in a very physical match. The Korean team was down for most of the match but Seol Ki-hyeon scored an equalizer in the 88th minute, allowing the game to go through to extra time. Ahn Jung-hwan scored the winner with a headed golden goal, allowing them to advance to the quarter-final.
South Korea faced Spain in the quarter finals. Spain managed to score twice in this match, but both goals were cancelled by the referee officials. The game then went to the penalties and South Korea won the penalty shootout 5–3 in a very controversial game, and becoming the first Asian team to reach the final four.
The South Korean team's run was halted by a 1–0 loss to Germany in the semi-finals. They lost to Turkey 3–2 in the third-place match to gain fourth place. Team captain Hong Myung-bo received the Bronze Ball as the World Cup's third best player, the first Asian footballer to be awarded this. In addition Hong was selected for the team of tournament alongside teammate Yoo Sang-chul, the first and only time Asian footballers have been named.
This level of success was unprecedented for a country that had never before won a game in the World Cup. They had gone further than any Asian team and upset several established European teams in the process, leading to an increase in the popularity of football in the country. Hiddink became a national hero in South Korea, becoming the first person to be granted honorary citizenship as well as being given a private villa.
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