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FRIENDS AND RIVALS

Posted on 13 June 2006  - 12:00

Lee Young-Pyo suspects he could be heading for a World Cup showdown with his great friend Johann Vogel in Germany.

Lee Young-Pyo suspects he could be heading for a World Cup showdown with his great friend Johann Vogel in Germany.

The South Korean full-back kicks-off his campaign against Togo in Group G at 2pm this afternoon.

Young-Pyo will come up against Vogel, his former team-mate at PSV Eindhoven, when South Korea take on Switzerland in the final group match on June 23.

The pair were together at PSV for three seasons – including a run to the Champions League semi-final in 2004-05 – before Young-Pyo moved to Spurs and Vogel switched to Italy and AC Milan last summer.

They will now face each other, France and Togo in Germany.

“There is no weak team in the World Cup,†said Young-Pyo. “France is one of the world's best teams, Switzerland have a very good organisation and never lose a match by many goals and Togo must be strong to qualify.

“One of my best friends is with Switzerland, Johann Vogel, who plays for AC Milan and I played with him at PSV.

“I think we will play against Switzerland for second place. It's 50-50.

“Our target has to be to get to the knockout stages. I'm very positive because we played in the semi-final of the last World Cup and that is very advantageous for us, that will help us.â€Â