Hosts to get the party started

Although not chronologically the first game to get underway, Korea Republic - Peru marks the official opening of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Korea 2007 and promises to be a game of contrasting styles and plenty of excitement.

The game
Korea Republic vs Peru, 18 August, 20:00 (local time), Suwon

The stakes
With this the first meeting between the sides at any level, on paper there is little to choose between the teams. That said, the hosts will be hoping to take advantage of the passionate home support in the football-mad city of Suwon.

The players
An injury to Kim Min Woo is a major loss to the home side, who have yet to decide on how best to replace the gifted winger. Peru, for their part, have their entire squad fit and available for the opening game.

The past
The two teams have never played each before in either official competition or friendlies.

The words
"I'm very confident that we have the enough quality to reach the semi-finals." Park Kyung Hoon, Korea Republic coach.

"The players are prepared physically, technically and psychologically to have a very good World Cup. Every one of them wants to create their own bit of history and leave the reputation of Peruvian football on a high." Juan Jose Ore, Peru coach.