South Korea national football team: players, coach, World Cup 2022, trophies
South Korea has the most successful Asian football team and has dominated football in Asia since the 1980s. They have won two AFC Asian Cup titles and been the runners-up four times. The South Korean national football team has also participated in ten World Cup tournaments and is the only Asian team to have reached the semi-finals.
The South Korean team knocked Germany out of the 2018 World Cup with a 2 - 0 victory but did not make it to the finals. They also lost the tournament at the group level. Korea has secured a place in the 2022 Qatar World Cup, and looks more promising than ever. This article lists the South Korean national team's players, coaches, world rankings, trophies, and more.
South Korea's national football team profile
|Full name||South Korea national football team|
|Nicknames||Taegeuk Warriors, Tigers of Asia|
|Association||Korea Football Association (KFA)|
|Sub-confederation||EAFF (East Asia)|
|Head coach||Paulo Bento|
|Players with the most caps||Cha Bum-kun, Hong Myung-bo (136)|
|Top scorer||Cha Bum-kun (58)|
|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|
|Best World Cup results||Fourth place (2002)|
|Squad size||24 players|
|Players' average age||27.2 years|
|Squad value||$140.6 million|
The South Korea national football team's players
Records show that Korea was introduced to football in the late 19th century, but it is believed they began playing this game in 1882 when they were still an empire.
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South Korea qualified for the FIFA World Cup for the first time in 1954 by beating Japan 7- 3. They were the second Asian team to compete in World Cup after the Dutch East Indies from Indonesia. Below is South Korea's national football team's roster:
|Position||Player||Caps||Goals||Club (as of Nov. 2022)|
|Goalkeeper||Jo Hyeon-woo||22||0||Ulsan Hyundai|
|Goalkeeper||Song Bum-keun||1||0||Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors|
|Defender||Kim Young-gwon||95||6||Ulsan Hyundai|
|Defender||Kim Jin-su||61||2||Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors|
|Defender||Hong Chul||45||1||Daegu FC|
|Defender||Kwon Kyung-won||27||2||Gamba Osaka|
|Defender||Kim Moon-hwan||21||0||Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors|
|Defender||Kim Tae-hwan||18||0||Ulsan Hyundai|
|Defender||Park Ji-soo||3||0||Gimcheon Sangmu|
|Defender||Cho Yu-min||3||0||Daejeon Hana Citizen|
|Defender||Yoon Jong-gyu||0||0||FC Seoul|
|Defender||Lee Sang-min||0||0||FC Seoul|
|Defender||Park Min-gyu||0||0||Suwon FC|
|Midfielder||Kwon Chang-hoon||41||12||Gimcheon Sangmu|
|Midfielder||Na Sang-ho||23||2||FC Seoul|
|Midfielder||Son Jun-ho||14||0||Shandong Taishan|
|Midfielder||Paik Seung-ho||13||2||Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors|
|Midfielder||Song Min-kyu||12||0||Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors|
|Midfielder||Kim Jin-gyu||8||2||Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors|
|Midfielder||Um Won-sang||7||0||Ulsan Hyundai|
|Midfielder||Ko Seung-beom||3||0||Gimcheon Sangmu|
|Midfielder||Yang Hyun-jun||0||0||Gangwon FC|
|Forward||Cho Gue-sung||15||4||Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors|
|Forward||Oh Hyeon-gyu||0||0||Suwon Samsung Bluewings|
Who is the South Korea national football team's captain?
Son Heung-min is the Korea Republic football squad's captain. He has played for Bayer Leverkusen and is now at Premier League club Tottenham FC. Heung-min is one of the best wingers in Europe. The player's annual salary is around $9.09 million, and he has a net worth of about $20 million.
Heung-Min underwent surgery on a fracture around his eye and has confirmed he is fit for the World Cup with South Korea. More information about this Korean skipper is in the following profile summary;
|Full name||Son Heung-min|
|Birthdate||8 July 1992|
|Birthplace||Chuncheon, South Korea|
|Age||30 (as of November 2022)|
|Current teams||Tottenham Hotspur, South Korea national team (captain)|
|Former club||Bayer Leverkusen|
|Agent||CAA Base Ltd|
|Net worth||$20 million|
Who coaches the South Korea national football team?
Paulo Bento is the Korean Republic football team's current manager. He is a former professional footballer played for two major clubs in his home country, the Primeira Liga. Paulo Bento also played for the Portugal national team in Euro 2000 and the 2002 World Cup.
Paulo Bento's coaching career began in 2004 at the Sporting CP club. He coached several other teams before joining the Korean team in 2018. Here is a profile summary about head coach Bento:
|Full name||Paulo Jorge Gomes Bento|
|Birthdate||June 20, 1969|
|Age||53 (as of November 2022)|
|Career||Football manager, retired footballer|
|Former playing position||Defensive midfielder (1982 - 2004)|
|Teams coached||South Korea national football team (2018 to date);Chongqing Liangjiang Athletic FC (2017 - 2018); Olympiacos FC (2016 - 2017)Cruzeiro Esporte Clube (2006);Portugal national football team (2010 - 2014);Sporting Clube de Portugal (2004 - 2009)|
The South Korea national football team's top players
South Korea has been a major football power in Asia since the 1980s. It top players are Cha Bum-Kun and Son Heung-min. Find out more about them below:
1. Cha Bum-Kun
Cha Bum-Kun is one of the most exceptional players from Korea in the 20th century. The then-teenage striker was the youngest player to join his country's national team in 1972.
The player made it to Korea's all-time goalscoring list after amassing 121 caps and scoring 55 goals. Cha Bum-Kun was a lethal attacker but was heavily manned at the 1986 World Cup to curb his influence on matches.
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.
2. Son Heung-min
Footballer Son Heung-min of South Korea was crowned the Best Footballer in Asia in 2021 for the sixth time in a row. The Tottenham Hotspur forward triumphed by a record margin in the vote polled by 51 judges to earn a fifth title in seven years.
The South Korea national football team's nicknames
The team's nicknames are "The Taegeuk Warriors" and the "Tigers of Asia." Moreover, fans and media houses in Asia also call them the "Reds" or the "Red Devils" because of their playing kit's colour.
What is Korea's FIFA ranking?
The South Korea national football team's ranking is as follows.
|Latest||29||1522.85||10 February 2022|
|Highest||17||57||23 December 1998|
|Lowest||69||481||8 January 2015|
The team has a good FIFA Ranking because of its recent successes in the Asian Cups. They secured a place in the upcoming Qatar tournament by ranking second in their World Cup 2022 qualification group. Iran topped the group with 25 points. The Korea Republic.
How many times did South Korea qualify for World Cup?
The South Korean team has participated in the FIFA World Cup ten times. The team made its debut in 1954 and has consistently appeared in every edition since 1986.
South Korea and Japan co-hosted the 2002 FIFA World Cup, where Korea finished fourth by defeating Poland 2 - 0. They became the first team outside Europe and the Americas to reach the semi-finals. This is South Korea's best World Cup performance to date.
The South Korea national football team's trophies
The Korean national squad has won numerous major trophies over the years, including;
- Asian Cup Winner (2)
- East Asia Champion (6)
- Asian Games Gold medal (3)
- Afro-Asian cup of nations winner (1)
Is South Korea in FIFA 22?
Korea will participate in the 2022 World Cup edition in Qatar.
What is the South Korea national football team's world cup squad?
Players who will represent South Korea in the 2002 World Cup are:
|Jung Woo-young||Kim Jin-su||Son Heung-min||Song Bum-keun|
|Lee Jae-sung||Hong Chul||Hwang Ui-jo||Kim Seung-gyu|
|Paik Seung-ho||Kim Moon-hwan||Cho Gue-sung||Jo Hyeon-woo|
|Yang Hyun-jun||Kim Young-gwon||Hwang Hee-chan||Song Bum-keun|
|Nam Tae-hee||Kwon Kyung-won||Jeong Woo-yeong|
|Song Min-kyu||Cho Yu-min||Kwon Chang-hoon|
|Kang Seong-jin||Kim Tae-hwan||Cho Young-wook|
|Na Sang-ho||Yoon Jong-gyu||Na Sang-ho|
|Son Jun-ho||Lee Yong – Suwon||Son Jun-ho|
|Lee Kang-in||Park Ji-soo||Lee Kang-in|
|Hwang In-beom||Kim Min-jae||Hwang In-beom|
South Korea national football team's jersey
The South Korea national football team's jersey is primarily red. They pair red shirts with blue, black, or red shorts. The team also has white jerseys and black training kits.
What is the South Korea national football team's schedule?
The South Korea national football team's matches are as follows:
|Friday, 11 November 2022||South Korea vs. Iceland||International Friendly||2:00 PM|
|Thursday, 24 November 2022||Uruguay vs. South Korea||FIFA World Cup||FS1 (4:00 PM)|
|Monday, 28 November 2022||South Korea vs. Ghana||FIFA World Cup||FS1 (4:00 PM)|
|Friday, 2 December 2022||South Korea vs. Portugal||FIFA World Cup||FOX (6:00 PM)|
Is the South Korea national football team on Twitter?
The Korean Republic football squad uses these social media handles;
- Instagram: @thekfa
- Twitter: @theKFA
- Facebook: @KoreaFootballTeam
What is the South Korea national football team's website?
The team does not have a website as of November 2022.
Who is the best team in Korea?
The top five best football teams in Korea are:
- Jeonbuk FC from South Korea
- Ulsan Hyundai from South Korea
- Pohang Steelers from South Korea
- Daegu FC from South Korea
- Jeju United from South Korea
Does North Korea have a football national team?
The North Korea national football team is under the DPR Korea Football Association. The team pulled out of the Asian qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in May 2021.
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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