South Korea's national football team: players, coach, FIFA world rankings, World Cup 2022, trophies and more

South Korea's national football team: players, coach, FIFA world rankings, World Cup 2022, trophies and more

The South Korean national football team is a group of players representing the Southern Korean Republic in International fixtures. Unlike their neighbours, North Korea, they participate in-world activities and competitions to contribute to harmony in the world. The South Korean national team has been producing stunning performances, not to mention the Asian cup victory.

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South Korea national football team's players, coach, FIFA world rankings, World Cup in 2022, trophies and more. Photo by BENJAMIN CREMEL and Kevin C. Cox. (Modified by author).
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The Asian republic has already secured their place in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. They will improve on their performance in the previous World Cup, where they were knocked out in the group stage. This article will look at the background information about the team and explore details such as the team's rankings, roster and more.

South Korea's national football team profile

  • Full name: South Korea national football team
  • Nickname: Taegeuk Warriors
  • Association: Korea Football Association (KFA)
  • Confederation: AFC (Asia)
  • Sub-confederation: EAFF (East Asia)
  • Head coach: Paulo Bento
  • Captain: Son Heung-min
  • Most caps: Cha Bum-kun, Hong Myung-bo (136)
  • Top scorer: Cha Bum-kun (58)
  • FIFA code: KOR
  • Current FIFA ranking: 29 (as of May 2022)
  • Highest FIFA ranking: 17 (December 1998)
  • Lowest FIFA ranking: 69 (November 2014- January 2015)
  • World Cup appearances: 10 (first in 1954)
  • Best World Cup result: Fourth place (2002)
  • Squad size: 24 players
  • Average age: 27.2 years
  • Squad value: $140.6 million
  • Instagram: @thekfa
  • Twitter: @theKFA
  • Facebook: Korea Football Team

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South Korea national football team's captain

The Korea Republic football squad is captained by the Tottenham Hotspur winger, Son Heung-min. The 29-year-old is arguably one of the best wingers in Europe. He joined Spurs from Bayer Leverkusen in 2015. The following is a brief profile summary of the Korean skipper;

South Korea national football team's captain
South Korea's forward Son Heung-min shoots and scores a goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup match between South Korea and Germany at the Kazan Arena in Kazan on June 27, 2018. Photo by Jewel SAMAD.
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  • Player name: Son Heung-min
  • Player nickname: Sonaldo
  • Player age: 29 (as of May 2022)
  • Birthdate: July 8, 1992
  • Birthplace: Chuncheon, South Korea
  • Zodiac sign: Cancer
  • Jersey number: 7
  • Current club: Tottenham Hotspur
  • Former club: Bayer Leverkusen
  • Playing position: Forward- Left Winger
  • Preferred foot: Right
  • Player height: 1.84 metres
  • Outfitter: Adidas
  • Player agent: CAA Base Ltd
  • Net worth: $20 million
  • Salary: $9.09 million
  • Instagram: @hm_son7
  • Twitter: @Sonny7
  • Facebook: Heung Min Son

Who is the coach of South Korea's national football team?

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The current manager of the Korean Republic football team is Paulo Bento. Paulo is a former professional footballer and a squad member of the Portugal national team. There is a lot of information about Bento, but the following will be a brief profile summary of the head coach:

South Korea national football team's coach
South Korea Head Coach Paulo Bento gestures during the match between Brazil and Korea Republic on November 19, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Photo by Eurasia Sport Images.
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  • Manager name: Paulo Jorge Gomes Bento
  • Birthdate: June 20, 1969
  • Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Manager age: 52 (as of May 2022)
  • Zodiac sign: Gemini
  • Height: 1.74 metres
  • Current club: South Korea (Manager)
  • Former playing position: Defensive midfielder

South Korea's national football team's top players

South Korea has developed and emerged as a major football power in Asia since the 1980s and is historically the most successful Asian football team. Who are their top players?

Cha Bum-Kun

In the beginning, it was evident that Cha Bum-Kun would be an exceptional player for Korea. When he made his national team debut in 1972, the striker was still in his teens and the youngest player ever to do so.

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He went on to amass 121 caps and score 55 goals, which places him atop the Korea Republic's all-time goalscoring list. Although he had a terrible reputation as a lethal attacker, he was regularly shadowed by two players to hinder his influence on matches at the 1986 World Cup.

South Korea national football team's top players
14 March 2018. The former South Korean soccer player Bum-Kun Cha stands in the German House in the evening. Photo by Jan Woitas.
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Ten years in Germany saw Cha score 98 goals in 308 appearances and win two UEFA Cups and a German Cup. The International Football Hall of Fame and Museum (IFFHS) rated him the best Asian footballer of the 20th century.

Son Heung-min

For the sixth time in a row, Son Heung-min of South Korea was crowned the Best Footballer in Asia in 2021. The Tottenham Hotspur forward triumphed by a record margin in the vote polled by 51 judges to earn a fifth title in seven years.

South Korea national football team's ranking
Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City on May 1, 2022 in London, United Kingdom. Photo by Marc Atkins.
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South Korea's national football team's nickname

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The nicknames of the Korean republic national team are The Taegeuk Warriors and the Tigers of Asia.

South Korea's national football team: roster

The following names were chosen to be the players of the Asian top team:

South Korea national football team's roster
The Korea Republic team pose for a team photo prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup match between Sweden and Korea Republic on June 18, 2018 in Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia. Photo by Elsa.
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Goalkeeper

  • Hyeon-woo Jo
  • Bum-Keun Song
  • Seung-Gyu Kim

Defenders

  • Min-Jae Kim
  • Kyung-won Kwon
  • Ji-soo Park
  • Young-won Kim
  • Jae-ik Lee
  • Jin-Su Kim
  • Tae-hwan Kim
  • Jong-Gyu Yoon

Midfielders

  • Du-Jae Won
  • Woo-young-Jung
  • Seung-beom Ko
  • Min-kyu Park
  • Jae-sung Lee

Forwards

  • Heung-min Son
  • Min-kyu Song
  • Chang-hoon Kwon
  • Young-wook Cho
  • Hee-chan Hwang
  • Ui-jo Hwang

South Korea's national football team: world rankings

The Asian country is currently ranked 29th in the FIFA world rankings with 1519.54 points. Moreover, it ranked highly because of its recent successes in the Asian Cups. Furthermore, they are looking to improve their world ranking even better by improving their previous World Cup campaign.

The Asian star players ranked second in their World Cup 2022 qualification group. Iran topped the group with 25 points. The Korea Republic, therefore, secured their place in the Qatar-based tournament.

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South Korea's national football team in the World Cup

In 2002, South Korea and Japan shared hosting duties for the FIFA World Cup. Although they have never before won a game in a World Cup, the South Korean team did so when the tournament began by defeating Poland 2–0.

South Korea national football team in the World Cup
Yong Lee of Korea Republic passes the ball during the 2018 FIFA World Cup match between Korea Republic and Germany at Kazan Arena on June 27, 2018 in Kazan, Russia. Photo by Shaun Botterill.
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Ten times, the South Korean national football team has participated in the FIFA World Cup. The team made its debut in 1954 and has appeared in every edition without missing a beat. Korea finished fourth in the 2002 tournament, which they co-hosted with Japan.

They were the first team from outside Europe and the Americas to reach the semi-finals. That was their best finish to date.

South Korea's national football team: trophies

The Korean international squad has been able to win some remarkable trophies over the years. The following are the significant trophies that they have bagged over the years;

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  • Asian Cup Winner 2x
  • East Asia Champion 6x
  • Asian Games Gold medal 3x
  • Afro-Asian cup of nations winner 1x

South Korea's national football team on Twitter

The Korean Republic football squad uses various social media platforms to share the squad's affairs with the general public. The following are the team's social media handles;

The South Korean national football team will look to shine in the 2022 Qatar World Cup. Although their last World Cup appearance led to a disappointing group-stage exit, they are arguably one of the best international squads in the Asian continent.

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