Lee Young-pyo Wows Viewers with World Cup Predictions

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Lee Young-pyo, the ex-Tottenham Hotspur defender-turned KBS World Cup commentator, is gaining a reputation for accurately predicting the results of matches.

Ahead of the match between Korea and Russia this week, Lee said Lee Keun-ho is the "weapon that can break Russia's tightly-woven defense."

About 10 minutes on the pitch after coming on as a substitute, Lee Keun-ho scored Korea's first goal in the 68th minute.

Lee Yong-pyo earlier forecast that Korea would get a chance to score later in the second half as Russian players tend to get burned out when a game approaches the end, while predicting that mid-range shots would have a powerful effect.

This is not the first time Lee has proven to be a football sage. He had accurately forecast the Netherlands' 5-1 thrashing of defending champion Spain. "I think we will witness the demise of Spain in this World Cup," he forecast just ahead of their match.

He was also correct in predicting Italy's 2-1 victory against England and Ivory Coast’s 2-1 win against Japan.

Lee insisted that his forecasts were merely lucky guesses, but fans have given him the nickname of "octopus," referring to octopus Paul who supposedly made several accurate predictions in the 2010 World Cup.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jun. 19, 2014 12:53 KST