The 2011 St. Louis Cardinals, 2011 New York Giants, 2012 LA Kings, and the New York Knicks. What do all these teams (except the Knicks lol) have in common? They’re underdogs who fought against the odds to win it all. In soccer, Europe and South America have long taken turns dominating the sport. But Asia has quietly been growing in strength and have two teams (Japan and Korea) that are dark horse medal contenders. Korea, in particular, is throwing out their strongest team ever and actually have a chance to go far and win a medal.

So before everyone goes crazy and jumps on the bandwagon, read this list of players before everyone else that could bring Korea some hardware. You know, because nobody likes bandwagoners.

Words by Victor Yun (