Korea Republic headed to the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ without the huge support they had enjoyed on home soil four years earlier.

The squad did nevertheless see some unexpected fans before jetting off to Germany. Indeed the three ball-loving orangutans, pictured above, showcased their skills in front of Dick Advocaat and his troops at a ceremony in Seoul.

Expectations were high in the South Korean camp following their eliminations of Italy and Spain en route to the 2002 semis. However, despite a comeback win over Togo and a draw with France, a loss to Switzerland condemned the Taeguk Warriors to first-phase elimination.