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Ji to lead South Korea's bid for maiden World Cup win
May 15, 2015 / 4:07 AM / 3 years ago

Ji to lead South Korea's bid for maiden World Cup win

SEOUL (Reuters) - English football’s player of the year Ji So-yun will lead South Korea’s bid for a maiden Women’s World Cup victory after the Asian side’s squad was finalised on Friday.

South Korea's Ji So-yun (10) celebrates with her teammate after scoring a goal against Japan during the Women's East Asian Cup soccer championship match at the Jamsil Olympic Stadium in Seoul July 27, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

The Chelsea Ladies attacking midfielder has notched 38 goals in 74 appearances for the South Koreans, who have been drawn in Group E alongside Brazil, Spain and Costa Rica at the June 6-July 5 tournament in Canada.

The 24-year-old is joined in the squad by striker Yeo Min-ji, who was top scorer in South Korea’s 2010 under-17s World Cup triumph, earning her the most valuable player accolade.

The prospect of the pair combining in Canada have the Koreans aiming for a far better showing that their sole previous World Cup appearance in 2003, where they lost all three group matches and managed only one goal.

Head coach Yoon Duk-yeo has targeted a last 16 appearance.

The Koreans qualified for this year’s edition by finishing fourth at the 2014 Asian Cup. They will face Olympic champions the United States in a warm-up match on May 31 in New Jersey.

Writing by Patrick Johnston in Singapore; Editing by John O'Brien

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