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Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba, left, vies with South Korea defender Cho Yong-Hyung, right, during their international friendly football match at Loftus Road Stadium in London, England, on March 3, 2010. ((Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images) )

Cho Yong-Hyung  

Born: Nov. 3, 1983, in Incheon, South Korea

Position: Defender

Clubs played for: Over a five-year career, Cho Yong-Hyung has played for some of South Korea's top professional teams, including seven-time K-League champion Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma, perennial contenders SK Bucheon and two stints with Jeju United.

International career: Cho Yong-Hyung made his first international appearance against Chile in 2008 and has since made 30 appearances for South Korea.

Why is he so special? The versatile 26-year-old is South Korea's jack-of-all-trades in defence. Capable of playing on either side as a full back, a centre back or a defensive midfielder, Cho Yong-Hyung is praised in the K-League for his positional sense and steadiness under pressure.

His most famous moment: Head coach Huh Jung-Moo relied heavily on Cho Yong-Hyung during World Cup qualifying. The defender was present throughout — as starter or substitute — especially during crucial games against Saudi Arabia and Iran, results that aided South Korea's passage to South Africa.

Here is an interesting fact: Cho Yong- Hyung might be on the verge of a move to the English Premier League. Newcastle United along with Fulham will be watching the defender closely during the tournament.