- Title: SOUTH KOREA: WORLD CHAMPIONS BRAZIL ARRIVE FOR FRIENDLY SOCCER MATCH.
- Date: 18th November 2002
- Summary: INCHON (INCHEON), SOUTH KOREA (NOVEMBER 18, 2002) (REUTERS) RONALDO ARRIVING AT INCHON AIRPORT/ RONALDINHO ARRIVING VARIOUS OF BRAZIL TEAM ARRIVING RONALDO BOARDS TEAM BUS/ KOREAN FANS WATCHING (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) BRAZIL'S ACTING HEAD COACH MARIO ZAGALLO SAYING "It is a friendly game, but it will be a game like a World Cup match. Because Brazil will have top players who played at the World Cup finals and South Korea will compose a team with the basically same members so it will be a wonderful game like a World Cup match." SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (NOVEMBER 19, 2002) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF BRAZILIAN PLAYERS ENTERING SEOUL WORLD CUP STADIUM VARIOUS OF BRAZILIANS PRACTICING VARIOUS OF RONALDINHO AND RONALDO MORE OF BRAZILIANS TRAINING ROBERTO CARLOS/ VARIOUS OF TRAINING/RONALDO TRAINING VARIOUS OF BRAZILIAN TEAM'S PRESS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) BRAZIL CAPTAIN CAFU SAYING "There will be no problem with cold weather and strong wind in Seoul because many of our players have been playing in Europe. I know that Korean players are physically strong but we will do our best to win." VARIOUS OF SOUTH KOREAN PLAYERS PRACTICING
- Embargoed: 3rd December 2002 12:00
- Location: SEOUL AND INCHON (INCHEON), SOUTH KOREA
- Country: South Korea
- Topics: General,Sports
- Reuters ID: LVAA7IWTRNE6QQTIYLH90DEUY9SE
- Story Text: World Champions Brazil have arrived in South Korea for an eagerly awaited friendly match-up between the two teams that many football fans had hoped would meet in the World Cup final in Yokohama in June.
World Champions Brazil and the surprise package of last summer's tournament South Korea are preparing for their eagerly awaited friendly match on Wednesday (November 20) night in Seoul.
The 26-member Brazilian team, including World Cup players Ronaldo and Ronaldinho, practiced on Tuesday at Seoul's World Cup Stadium.
The world's number one team on the FIFA rankings has recorded two wins against one loss in its three matches with South Korea, ranked 20th in the world.
The South Korean team, under new head coach Kim Ho-kon, consists of 20 players, including 18 World Cup members.
"It is a friendly game, but it will be a game like a World Cup match. Because Brazil will have top players who played at the World Cup finals and South Korea will compose a team with the basically same members (as the members of World Cup finals).
So it will be a wonderful game like a World Cup match," said acting Brazil coach Mario Zagallo.
Zagallo held the World Cup trophy three times, twice with soccer legend Pele as a player in 1958 and 1962, and once as a head coach in 1970. The upcoming friendly will be his last before he retires.
At the news conference in Seoul, Zagallo did not disclose any strategy for Wednesday's match, while team captain Cafu showed his strong will to win, saying that his collegues could beat South Korea's cold weather with their experience on European soccer fields.
"There will be no problem with cold weather and strong wind in Seoul because many of our players have been playing in Europe.
I know that Korean players are physically strong but we will do our best to win," said Cafu.
Teams for Wednesday's friendly soccer international between South Korea and world champions Brazil at the Seoul World Cup stadium: South Korea: 1-Lee Woon-jae; 20-Hong Myung-bo, 7-Kim Tae-young, 4-Choi Jin-cheul, 22-Song Chong-gug, 6-Yoo Sang-chul, 5-Kim Nam-il, 10-Lee Young-pyo, 14-Lee Chun-soo, 19-Ahn Jung-hwan, 9-Seol Ki-hyeon.
Brazil: 1-Dida; 2-Cafu, 4-Edmilson, 3-Lucio, 6-Roberto Carlos, 5-Gilberto Silva, 8-Kleberson, 11-Ze Roberto, 10-Ronaldinho, 7-Amoroso, 9-Ronaldo.
Referee: Lu Jun (China)
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