Rewards for progress

South Korea reveal financial incentives

April 5, 2010
By Soccernet staff

South Korea players will be handsomely rewarded if they can reach the second round at this summer's finals in South Africa - with the Korean Football Assoociation offering financial incentives for progression.

Park Ji-Sung South Korea
GettyImagesJi-Sung Park and his South Korea team-mates will be richly rewarded if they impress in South Africa

Ji-Sung Park and co will receive up to 170 million won (£100,000), if the team makes it to the last 16, with the exact amount varying according to each player's individual contribution.

South Korean players were rewarded with 300 million won each when they shocked the world to advance all the way to the 2002 World Cup semi-finals on home soil.

This time around, cash rewards for players will be classified into four categories ranging from 20 million won to 70 million won for the group stages, while financial incentives ranging from 70 million to 100 million won each are on offer for progress to the second round.

Any player who makes a key contribution to the team's progress can expect to get up 170 million won and coach Huh Jung-Moo will receive 300 million won if South Korea reach the quarter-finals.

Huh has previously stated his intention to guide South Korea into the second round, through a tough group containing Nigeria, Argentina and Greece.

"Our first target is to reach the round of 16 and, should we make it, we will definitely strive to go one better," Huh said. "Our group is one of the toughest groups but we are confident that we can complete our mission."