Whatever the result over the two matches, football fans in the Korea Republic will surely have something to celebrate as one of their representatives will be in the final for the first time since 2004.  The last time occurred back when Sungnam Chunma's finished runners up; two short years after Suwon Bluewings won the Asian Club Championship, the forerunner to the current competition.

The all-Korean semi-final is also a family affair. Jeonbuk and Ulsan are run by two Hyundai companies, Motors and Heavy Industries respectively. The sides have met on 46 occasions so far in all competitions, with the Tigers winning 26, losing 13 and drawing seven.

However, the Motors' coach Choi Kang-Hee does not want to dwell on the past. "It will be an interesting match as both teams know each other very well," says Choi who used to play for Ulsan as a central defender for 12 years.

Following a 1-1 draw between the two sides in April, Jeonbuk defeated Ulsan in July, a 1-0 away victory in the League Cup which was held during the summer break.

The battle of Korea
Korean FA Cup holders Jeonbuk are struggling in the domestic league, languishing second-from-bottom in the current table.  However, they have been one of the most successful clubs in the AFC Champions League, having reached the semi-final in 2004.

Yeom Ki-Hun played a decisive role in continuing the success this time around, scoring a goal and setting up another as the Motors came back from one goal behind to beat Shanghai Shenhua 4-2 last week (4-3 on aggregate) in the quarter-final.

Meanwhile, K-League champions Ulsan are aiming for a first success in the competition.  They will be boosted by the return of international strikers Lee Chun-Soo and Choi Sung-Kuk, who have scored five goals in the competition so far.

Coach Kim Jung-Nam did not hesitate in revealing his lofty ambitions after the 7-0 aggregate win over Al Shabab, when he said: "We want to win the (AFC) Champions League to qualify for the (FIFA) Club World Cup in Japan this year."

His goal, however, can only be achieved after overcoming Jeonbuk in the first-ever meeting between two teams from the same association in the semi-final stage of Asia's premier club competition.