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29 SOUTH KOREA

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THEY'VE GOT SOMETHING EXTRA ON THE LINE

Here's the task facing FIFA's 61st-ranked team: a must-win game against No. 23 Sweden, on June 18 (doable); then No. 15 Mexico on June 23 (less so); then No. 1 Germany (oof) on June 27. And here's the opportunity: If the Taegeuk Warriors make a deep run, there's a good chance players will be absolved of mandatory 21-month military duty (as the government has done after some Olympic, Asian Games and World Cup successes) in one of the planet's hot spots.