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World League 2009
20th Edition

 KOR / Korea - Team Composition

Team manager LEE, Chun-Pyo / LEE, Jong-Kyung / PARK, Byung-Lae
Head coach KIM, Ho-Chul
Assistant coach LEE, Sang-Yeol
Doctor LEE, Jun-Hwan / OH, Jae-Keun
Therapist / trainer CHA, Sang-Hyun
Journalist ROH, Woo-Lae / LEE, Won-Man / LEE, Kyung-Jae
  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Si-Hyoung Lim LIM Si-hyoung 29/03/1985 191 80 320 310 Hyundai Capital
  2   Chul-Woo Park PARK Chulwoo 25/07/1985 198 88 332 319 Samsung Fire&Marine Insurance
  C 3 Young-Min Kwon Kwon Youngmin 5/07/1980 190 82 315 309 Hyundai Capital Co.
  4   Sung-Min Moon MOON Sungmin 14/09/1986 198 89 329 321 Hyundai Capital
  L 5 Oh-Hyun Yeo YEO Oh-hyun 2/09/1978 175 70 280 279 Hyundai Capital
  6   Tae-Woong Choi CHOI Tae-woong 9/04/1976 185 80 315 302 Hyundai Capital
  7 Sun-Kyu Lee Lee Sunkyu 14/03/1981 199 90 325 320 KB Insurance
  8   Hyun-Yong Ha Ha Hyunyong 9/05/1982 198 88 330 322 LIG Insurance
  9 Young-Soo Shin Shin Youngsoo 1/07/1982 197 90 335 313 Korean Airlines co.
  10   Bong-Woo Yun Yun Bongwoo 20/01/1982 200 90 332 320 Hyundai Capital co.
  11 Dong-Jin Kang KANG Dong-jin 31/08/1983 192 86 322 311 Korean Airlines co.
  12   Byung-Il Song SONG Byung-il 3/04/1983 196 85 317 297 Woori Capital
  13 Hee-Jin Ko KO Hee-jin 13/07/1980 198 91 330 320 Samsung Fire&Marine Insurance
  14   Yo-Han Kim Kim Yohan 16/08/1985 200 95 335 326 KB Insurance
  15 Sun-Soo Han HAN Sunsoo 16/12/1985 189 80 310 297 Korean Airlines
  16   Hak-Min Kim Kim Hakmin 4/09/1983 193 81 327 319 Korean Airlines
  17 Kyoung-Min Ha HA Kyoung-min 27/07/1982 201 83 320 310 Kepco 45
  18   Yung-Suk Shin SHIN Yungsuk 4/10/1986 198 90 335 325 Hyundai Capital
  L 19 Kang-Joo Lee Lee Kangjoo 30/06/1983 185 75 305 290 Samsung Fire&Marine Insurance
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team profile

The results of the Korean men’s national volleyball team over the past four years have fallen short of expectations, despite the team winning gold at the 2006 Doha Asian Games.

However, there is a belief that the team is moving in the right direction thanks to continued competition against some of the world’s top teams.

The national team finished third at the Asia Men’s Volleyball Championships in 2005 and 2007 and 11th at the 2007 World Cup. In the World League, Korea finished 10th in 2006, 9th in 2007 and 13th in 2008.
The team returned to the FIVB World League in 2006 after an eight-year absence, and went on to win four matches. Although it was a disappointing showing, the competition against world-class opposition was a valuable experience for the team and allowed the players to broaden their knowledge of the game and hone their skills.
In the 2007 World League season, Korea won three matches and lost nine, but exhibited signs that they were becoming a world-class side in their own right during a close five-set battle with Brazil.
Korea failed to qualify for the 2008 Olympic Games after finishing 11th at the 2007 World Cup, but the experience gained at the qualifying tournament helped the team prepare for the upcoming World League season.
Although Korea won only one match last season, the team put in great performances against such world-beaters as Russia, Italy and Cuba. These experiences helped the team claim second place at the 1st AVC Men’s Cup in 2008.
This year, Korea has started a new program targeting qualification for the 2012 London Olympics. A good showing during the 2009 World League will be the first step toward that goal.

Coach profile

Kim Ho-Chul returned to the helm of the South Korean Men's National Team earlier this year, following a stint in charge of the squad in 2006, when they won gold at the 2006 Doha Asian Games.

Nicknamed "Computer Setter" in Korea and "Golden Hand" in Italy, Kim has enjoyed a long and successful career on and off the court. The 53-year-old played for the Korean National Team from 1975-1986, during which Kim won gold at both the 1978 Bangkok Asian Games and 1979 Summer Universiade in Mexico. Kim was also named MVP in the 1986 Korea Super League and Italian League MVP three times.
After retiring as a player, Kim coached various club teams in Italy, including Parma and Trieste. In 2003, he returned to South Korea as manager of Hyundai Capital, which went on to win the V-League crown in 2006 and 2007.

With Kim now back in charge of the National Team, it is predicted that Korea is about to enter another period of great success.


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