JO YUN-MI

Born: Jan. 5, 1987, in North Korea

Position: Midfielder

Clubs played for: 4.25 Sports Team (North Korea)

International career: Information on North Korean players is hard to come by, but Jo Yun-Mi has distinguished herself for her country with her consistent play, both at the youth and senior level. The talented midfielder was a key figure at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Russia. She scored two goals at the tournament, and found the net three times at last year's Women's Asian Cup en route to being named tournament MVP.

Why is she so special? A skilful playmaker, Jo Yun-Mi possesses sublime skills on the ball, and is noted for her accurate passes and for creating dangerous scoring opportunities for her teammates.

Her most famous moment: Scoring the opener in a 5-0 win over China in the final of the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.

What they're saying about her: "[She] rarely cedes of the possession ball, moving it to teammates carefully and precisely. Jo Yun Mi is one of the best players in the world at the moment." — Shek Borkowski, former coach of Russian women's club Zvezda-2005

Here's an interesting fact: She began playing soccer during her time in secondary school.