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New South Korea coach Dick Advocaat is optimistic the 2002 World Cup semi-finalists can emulate that performance in Germany next year.

The former Holland coach vowed to match the achievements of compatriot Guus Hiddink, who led South Korea to the last four in 2002.

“We will try to get as far as Guus did,” said Advocaat on arrival at Inchon airport.

“It must be possible. There is more experience than three years ago and that’s an advantage.”

Advocaat, who led Holland to the semi-finals of Euro 2004, replaces Jo Bonfrere who was fired after a string of poor results.

“We won’t be at home this time so that is a disadvantage,” he said.

“But there are eight months to go, so with full support from fans and the players we can do a good job.”

Advocaat said he welcomed the challenge of emulating Hiddink’s achievements..

“That’s the reason I took the job,” he said. “Because of the challenge.”

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