Park Ji-sung Hails Korea as Future World Cup Winner

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Former Manchester United player Park Ji-sung said in an interview with the BBC last week that he believes Korea will win the World Cup one day.

The interview comes as part of a 3-minute video clip that introduces the Korean football team. It was posted on the British broadcasting station’s webpage last Tuesday. The BBC uploaded video profiles of the 32 teams that are vying for glory at the upcoming tournament in Brazil.

Korea still lags behind European and South American teams but the gap is narrowing, as can be seen from the last few World Cups, Park said.

Korea advanced to the semifinals of the quadrennial event in 2002, when it co-hosted the World Cup with Japan. The country also made it to the round of 16 in South Africa in 2010. "We have to believe it [Korea's winning the trophy] can happen," Park said.

Park, who announced his retirement from club football last month, will marry Kim Min-ji, a former news presenter, on July 27. Two days ahead of the wedding date, he will play in a K-League All-Star match in Seoul.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jun. 09, 2014 09:17 KST