2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™

2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™

9 June - 9 July

2006 FIFA World Cup™

Koreans believe in Hiddink factor

When FIFAworldcup.com readers were asked to predict which two countries would emerge from Monday's Round of 16 games with a place in the quarter-finals, the majority cast their votes in favour of Italy and Switzerland.

Among the 16,000 or so voters, 45 per cent expected Italy to beat Australia in Kaiserslautern in the afternoon and Switzerland to put paid to Ukraine's FIFA World Cup™ adventure in the evening game in Cologne.

Among Italian speakers, the result was not surprisingly a landslide, with 95 per cent of voters of the opinion that Marcello Lippi's side would make it through. Fifty-eight per cent of the same group of voters, including readers from Ticino in Switzerland, cast their votes in favour of Kobi Kuhn's side joining Italy in the quarter-finals, a similar percentage to the number of votes the Swiss received worldwide.

Particularly interesting were the results from Korean-speaking fans, 79 per cent of whom felt that former Korea Republic coach Guus Hiddink would guide Australia through at the Azzurri's expense.

Ukraine were also preferred to Switzerland, the team that ended the South Koreans' FIFA World Cup dream. In a vote of confidence for Oleg Blokhin's side, 54 per cent voted for Andriy Shevchenko and his team-mates to book their place in the last eight.

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