OttoSilver wrote:Agreed. Considering that the so called A-Class players who play in other leagues made up the bulk of the rather poor national team, you cant help but see it as obvious. If you are not as good as a bunch of players who are not exactly world beaters themselves, then how can you be included in an A-Class conversation?
To be truthful they were disappointing. They've played a lot better in the past than they did in Brazil. The Korean team played a lot better in 2010 and 2006, not to mention 2002. They can do much better than what they showed. In the first half against Algeria it was clear something was up even before the first goal went in. Algeria did exactly what Russia should've done and came at them early. But by the time the Koreans woke up the damage was done. It happens sometimes, even to the best teams.
I don't think it was obvious that they were going to do poorly just because the players all play bit part roles in mid table, not very good teams of average leagues. Just look at where the Algerians all play. The keeper plays in Bulgaria. Djabou, the scorer of the third goal plays in Tunisia. Halliche plays for a mid table Portugese outfit. Brahimi, the scorer of the fourth goal, plays for a bottom dwelling Spanish team after being out on loan from Rennes for most of his career and the captain Bougherra is currently unattached having been released by Qatari Lekhwiya. Yet this band of second and third-rate guys brought the Germans to within an inch of their lives in the round of sixteen.
And they're not the only ones either. Bryan Ruiz who scored Costa Rica's winner against Italy has spent most of the last four years on the bench at Fulham, Argentina's keeper Sergio Romero who sits on the bench at Monaco hasn't conceded a goal in over five hours of knock-out football and Gary Medel who was a rock in the middle of Chile's defence has just gone down with Kim Bo-kyung and Cardiff City. Some of the players on the German team that destroyed Brazil even play in the same league as the likes of Hong Jeong-ho, Koo Ja-cheol and Son Heung-min. But by far the best is Australia's Massimo Luongo, who plays for Swindon Town. If that isn't a badge of respect and guarantee of pedigree I don't what is.
The Koreans know they can do better. With a bit of luck they will do in the future.