2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™

11 June - 11 July

2010 FIFA World Cup™

Group 2 Quotes

Group B

Huh Jung-Moo (Head coach of Korea Republic National Team)
There have no pushovers in our group. Besides, there are three Middle Eastern teams, which means we will face tough trips. But we shouldn't be disappointed to be in a tough group, nor relieved to be in an easy one. We must play as if every game is the final, in this fourth round. I think that we will reach the World Cup finals if we play to our potential.

Chung Hae Soung (Assistant coach of Korea Republic National Team)
Both Iran and Saudi Arabia represent tough opponents for us and besides, traveling a long way to West Asia will be gruelling for us. And we must be fully prepared against Korea DPR, who proved such a difficult side for us in the third qualifying round.

Ali Daei (Head coach of Iran National Team)
Compared to Group A, I personally think Group B is much tougher. All five teams are equally strong, so we have to prepare well for every match. To get the best results we need to field our best players, and we will call up our overseas-based players if they can be ready in time. I expect full commitment from everyone. Korea Republic and Saudi Arabia are two traditional powers in Asia, but Korea DPR could be potentially dangerous for us, given their performance in the third round; they didn't concede a single goal in all six matches.

Abdullah Al Jarbou (Saudi Arabia National (A) Team Coordinator)
This is a marathon competition, and there will be dramatic changes and unforeseen events during the campaign, so every team will have to readjust their competition strategy at times. I am happy that we have avoided Japan and Australia. Our goal is to qualify for the World Cup for the fifth time in a row.

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