Korean broadcasters competed to hire retired football stars as color commentators for their World Cup coverage and some of these athletes have been better than others in analyzing games.
Lee Young-pyo, the former Tottenham Hotspur defender who now calls the game for KBS, won some credibility with his accurate prediction of the early action in Brazil.
The Netherlands' 5-1 thrashing of defending champion Spain came as a surprise to most, but a little less to Lee, who had predicted the Dutch to avenge their loss in the 2010 final in dramatic fashion.
While Spain still boasts a star-studded lineup that includes Diego Costa, Andres Iniesta and Xavi, Lee told his audience last week that the world has already seen the best of Vicente del Bosque's team.
"I think we will witness the demise of Spain in this World Cup. In the Netherlands team, I see a lot of good young players who will be playing for big European clubs in years to come. This is a team on the rise and I think they are capable of defeating Spain this World Cup,'' said Lee, widely considered as the greatest Korean fullback of all time.
"Everyone says that Netherlands' players (in the defense) are young and inexperienced, but I disagree. These are players that play for big Dutch clubs such as Eindhoven, Feyenoord and Ajax, and they are more experienced in top level competition than you think.''
In his pre-game comments, Lee also predicted Ivory Coast to defeat Japan 2-1 in their Group C opener. That's exactly how the game went on Sunday (KST).
Spain will clash with Chile with its World Cup hopes on the line in the next match. Lee is predicting Chile, with its unwavering midfield pressure, to kill the defending champions for good.
"I like Chile's chances. I feel the possibility of Chile winning is at least 60 percent.''