The history of the Korean Men's team in world competitions over the last 40 years has been rather inconsistent.
Korea has participated in the Olympic Games eight times since 1964 and their best ranking was a fifth place at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984.
The Koreans have won gold three times at the Asian Games, in 1978 in Bangkok, 2002 in Busan and in 2006 in Doha.
In the World Cup, a fifth place in 1991 is the best result ever reached by the Korean Menâ€™s team.
Meanwhile, Korea won four Asian Men's Volleyball Championship titles in 1989, 1993, 2001 and 2003.
In the 2006 World League, Korea team won four matches. Altough this result was not satisfactory, the competition with world-class teams was very good experience and it helped the team to win gold at the 2006 Asian Games.
In the last edition of the World League, the Korean Men won three and lost nine. Although result was not satisfactory, the team gained experience through matches against Brazil, Finland and Canada. Through these experiences, the Koreans are on the way to becoming a top-class team.
This year, young players like Sung-Min Moon, who acquired valuable experience by taking part in international competitions in 2006 and 2007, will become integral parts of the team, while veteran players returning from injury will give the team balance.
Jung-Tak Yoo has been Head Coach of the Korea Menâ€™s national team since 2007.
Before then, he enjoyed a strong career as a player and coach.
Yoo played for the Korean national team from 1983 to 1990. He was part of the team that finished fifth at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984.
He also contributed to the seventh-placed finish at the 1985 World Cup as well as the fourth-place finish at the 1983 Summer Universiade, bronze medal at the 1983 Asian Menâ€™s Volleyball Championship and silver medal at the 1986 Asian Games in Seoul.
From 1995 to 1997, Yoo was Assistant Coach of Koryo Stock Company Menâ€™s Volleyball team before becoming Assistant Coach of the Korean Menâ€™s national team from 1998 to 1999.
In 2000, he became Head Coach of Myunggi University Menâ€™s Volleyball team before becoming Assistant Coach of Hyundai Capital Menâ€™s Volleyball team in 2002, leaving in 2003.