FIFA World Cup 2022 South Korean National Team|History

The South Korean national men’s football is another team of FIFA World Cup 2022. It hails from Asia and is the fourth team to qualify for Qatar World Cup from the Asian region. Republic Korea is one of the strong contenders of the AFC, which has been a part of the FIFA World Cup since the 1980s.

Korean Republic team is the most successful Asian team and has participated in nine consecutive and ten overall FIFA World Cup tournaments. The Red Devils team is currently preparing for the coming World Cup. Let’s read more about their current squad, preparation, and history.

South Korean Football History

The Korean Republic has a long history in football. They started playing in the early 1920s. But, their game began highlighting in the late 1940s when they formed Korean Football Association (KFA) and joined the membership of FIFA in 1948.

Korean football’s golden generation started in the mid-1980s. In 1948, the Korean team played their first international match against Mexico at the London Summer Olympics. Korea first qualified for the FIFA World Cup in 1954 by defeating rival Japan.

South Korean football history
South Korean team of 2002 FIFA World Cup, Source: Goal.com

Two years after, Red Devils became the first champion of the AFC Asian Cup (1956), beating Israel in the final. South Korea started its division club league (K League) in 1987.

Notable Korean players from the past inducted into the KFA Hall of Fame include Park Ji-Sung, Kim Joo-sung, Lee Woon-Jae, and Kim Ho.

South Korea at the FIFA World Cup Football

Korean Republic team debuted at the 1954 FIFA World Cup football, but it took 32 years to return to the tournament. In 1986, they won the Asian qualifying round and selected a spot for the 20th edition of the soccer World Cup.

Since 1986, South Korea has been a part of the FIFA World Cup. In 2022, they co-hosted the tournament with Japan, played their best game, and made it into the semifinals.

Korean team ended the competition with the fourth position, which is the best result of their world cup history. However, they lost the match against Germany in the semifinal and Turkey in third place. Since then, they have not made it into the semifinals to date.

Republic Korea FIFA World Cup 2022 Squad

In the Qatar World Cup qualifying round, the South Korean national team became the Top 2 team from the Group A slot of Asia behind Iran and made a spot for the global football event.

Korea is a part of H, where it will face Ghana, Portugal, and Uruguay in group matches. South Korean team will play its first match against Uruguay on November 24, 2022, at Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan.

The Portuguese coach Paul Bento and captain Son Heung-min currently lead the Korean team. Bento has been watching the Korean squad since 2018. During his tenure, Korea won the EAFF Championship in 2019, finished as a quarter-finalist in the AFC Asian Cup 2019, and earned the EAFF runner-up in 2022.

Bento has a 64-36 percent to win-loss ratio. Here is the potential squad of the Korean national team of the Qatar World Cup 2022.

  • Kim Dong-jun (Goal Keeper)
  • Song Bum-keun (Goal Keeper)
  • Jo Hyeon-woo (Goal Keeper)
  • Yoon Jong-gyu (Defender)
  • Kim Jin-su (Defender)
  • Cho Yu-min (Defender)
  • Hong Chul (Defender)
  • Kim Moon-hwan (Defender)
  • Park Ji-soo (Defender)
  • Lee Jae-ik (Defender)
  • Kwon Kyung-won (Defender)
  • Kim Ju-sung (Defender)
  • Lee Yeong-jae (Midfielder)
  • Hwang In-beom (Midfielder)
  • Na Sang-ho (Midfielder)
  • Paik Seung-ho (Midfielder)
  • Kim Jin-gyu (Midfielder)
  • Um Won-sang (Midfielder)
  • Song Min-kyu (Midfielder)
  • Kim Dong-hyun (Midfielder)
  • Kwon Chang-hoon (Midfielder)
  • Goh Young-joon (Midfielder)
  • Lee Ki-hyuk (Midfielder)
  • Kang Seong-jin (Midfielder)
  • Cho Gue-sung (Forward)
  • Son Heung-min (Forward)
  • Cho Young-wook (Forward)

As of August 2022, source: KFA

Honors| Awards of South Korean Football Team

  • FIFA World Cup: Fourth place (2002)
  • AFC Asian Cup: 2X (1956, 1960)
  • Asian Games: 3 Gold Medals (1970, 1978, and 1986)
  • EAFF Championship: 5X (2003, 2008, 2015, 2017, and 2019)
  • AFC Asian Cup Fair Play Award (2011)
  • EAFF Championship Fair Play Award (2008)
  • Most Entertaining Team of FIFA World Cup 2002
  • AFC National Team of the year 2002 and 2009