Korea Republic's perfect ten
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A player who scores a hat-trick can expect a rousing reception from the crowd. A player who achieves the rare feat of scoring four times in a single game will rightly receive the next level of adulation and praise. So what happens when a player bags ten? Ah, but that doesn't happen, you might say. Oh yes it does, as proved by Korea Republic U-20 striker Cho Young Cheol, who hit double figures in an Asian championship qualifier against Guam in November 2007.

"It was a fantastic game. We had Australia in our group, so we knew we'd need as many goals as possible. All that mattered was goals, goals and more goals. I'd actually lost count of how many I'd scored by the end," the youthful Taeguk Warrior exclusively recalled in conversation with FIFA.com. "It meant I set a new South Korean record."

However, Cho would probably be glad to swap a clutch of those goals for just a single strike at the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2009. The Asians have hit the target just once in two matches to date, and are in danger of exiting the tournament at the first hurdle. "We've had so many chances, but we've just not put them away. It's not happening for us in front of goal. It goes a long way to explaining why we only have a single point."

The Koreans must improve their strike rate in the third and final group game, as they can only progress to the last 16 if they beat USA. "It's the most important match for me and my team. We have to win, or we're out. But we mustn't spend too much time worrying about our opponents. We have to be looking at ourselves."

The 1.83m striker, who rates as one of his country's best prospects, feels things can only get better against the powerful North Americans. "All for one and one for all - after our game with Germany, I think we've finally worked out what that really means." A moment of magic akin to the wizardry practised by Brazil ace Kaka would be highly desirable to the Koreans right now. The shy and retiring Cho regards the former FIFA World Player of the Year as his role model, "because he can both create and score goals. He's a good dribbler and strong too, which is why I like him."

Like his idol, Cho wears the No10 shirt. "I admit I was a little concerned when it was assigned to me, because the number brings a whole lot of pressure with it. I was uneasy, because I thought the role was too big for me. But I've changed my mind since then. The number doesn't matter. What counts is your performance."

The young Korean performed well enough to earn a place in his national squad for the Olympic Football Tournament in 2008. "It was the best moment of my career when I saw my name in the squad for the Olympic Games. I was the youngest man in the team. It came as a total surprise. We actually set off for the Games the very next day, so I didn't have time to celebrate. But I did manage a lovely dinner with my family."

The young striker, who was just 19 at the time, appeared twice on the Olympic stage. He has also played twice at the finals in Egypt, but in contrast to Beijing last year, Cho is one of the senior figures for the Koreans in North Africa. He revealed his personal ambitions to FIFA.com: "Every player dreams of making it in Europe one day. I'd love to play for Arsenal in the Premier League. The Arsenal stars just love going out there and playing."

If, here at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt, Cho came even close to repeating his near-unbelievable ten-goal haul two years ago, it would only be a matter of time before the scouts came knocking.