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The South Korea national football team (Korean:대한민국 축구 국가대표팀; recognized as Korea Republic by FIFA) represents South Korea in men's international football and is governed by the Korea Football Association. 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, having participated in nine consecutive and ten overall FIFA World Cup tournaments, the most for any Asian country. Despite initially going through five World Cup tournaments without winning a match, South Korea became the only Asian team to reach the semi-final stages when they co-hosted the 2002 tournament with Japan. South Korea also won two AFC Asian Cup titles, and finished as runners-up on four occasions. Furthermore, the team won three gold medals and three silver medals at the senior Asian Games. The team is commonly nicknamed the "Reds" by both fans and the media due to the color of their primary kit. The national team's supporting group is officially referred to as the Red Devils.

Korea Republic
Nickname(s)태극전사 (Taegeuk Warriors)
아시아의 호랑이 (Tigers of Asia)
AssociationKorea Football Association (KFA)
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationEAFF (East Asia)
Head coachPaulo Bento
CaptainSon Heung-min
Most capsCha Bum-kun
Hong Myung-bo (136)
Top scorerCha Bum-kun (58)
FIFA codeKOR
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 33 (23 December 2021)
Highest17 (December 1998)
Lowest69 (November 2014 – January 2015)
First international
South Korea 5–3 Mexico
(London, England; 2 August 1948)
Biggest win
South Korea 16–0 Nepal
(Incheon, South Korea; 29 September 2003)
Biggest defeat
South Korea 0–12 Sweden
(London, England; 5 August 1948)
World Cup
Appearances10 (first in 1954)
Best resultFourth place (2002)
Asian Cup
Appearances14 (first in 1956)
Best resultChampions (1956, 1960)
EAFF Championship
Appearances8 (first in 2003)
Best resultChampions (2003, 2008, 2015, 2017, 2019)
FIFA Confederations Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2001)
Best resultGroup stage (2001)
South Korea national football team
Hangul
대한민국 축구 국가대표팀
Hanja
大韓民國 蹴球 國家代表팀
Revised RomanizationDaehan Min'guk Chukgu Gukga Daepyo Tim
McCune–ReischauerTaehan Min'guk Ch'ukku Kukka Taep'yo T'im

Contents

Early history

Further information: Football in South Korea

Korea (Joseon) was not introduced to the sport of association football until the late 19th century; it is often said that football in Korea dates to 1882, when the Royal Navy sailors from HMS Flying Fish played a game while their vessel was visiting the Incheon Port. Korea became a Japanese colony in 1905 and was annexed into it outright in 1910.

In 1921, the first All Joseon Football Tournament was held, and in 1928, the Joseon Football Association was organized, which created a foundation to disseminate and develop football in Korea. Korean teams participated in competitions with Japanese teams from around 1926; Joseon Football Club became a de facto national team for Koreans, and won the 1935 Emperor's Cup. Koreans also played for the Japanese national team, most notably Kim Yong-sik who played for Japan at the 1936 Summer Olympics.

The Joseon FA was reorganized in 1945 as Japanese occupation ended with the end of World War II. Following the establishment of the South Korean state in the late 1940s, a new Korea Football Association (KFA) was founded in 1948 and joined FIFA, the international football governing body. The same year, the South Korean national team made its international debut and won 5–3 against Mexico at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London.

First World Cup team (1954)

In 1954, South Korea entered FIFA World Cup qualification for the first time, and qualified for the 1954 FIFA World Cup by beating Japan 7–3 on aggregate. South Korea were only the second Asian team to compete at a World Cup after the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia), and the first fully-independent Asian nation to do so. South Korea lost their only two games by heavy margins: 9–0 against Hungary (the joint-heaviest defeat in World Cup history) and 7–0 against Turkey. Their third scheduled game, against West Germany, was never played because neither were seeded in their group, as per that tournament's rules. It would take thirty-two years before South Korea was able to participate at the World Cup finals again.

Despite this poor performance, South Korea successfully rallied by winning the inaugural AFC Asian Cup in 1956. They hosted the next edition in 1960 and successfully retained the title, beating South Vietnam, Israel, and Republic of China in the process. However, the South Korean players received fake medals, instead of the gold medals they had been promised, and returned them to the KFA. The KFA promised to give them real medals, but this did not occur until 2019. South Korea have not won the AFC Asian Cup since 1960, something that has thus been attributed to the "curse of the fake gold medals."

Foundation of Yangzee (1967)

Main article: Yangzee FC

In 1965, the South Korean government was hesitant to play football matches against North Korea and thus withdrew from the 1966 FIFA World Cup qualification to avoid possibly playing the northern neighbors. Kim Yong-sik, the KFA vice-president at that time, had evaluated North Korea as a world class team. This would be proven true, as the North Koreans advanced to the quarter-finals at the 1966 FIFA World Cup. In March 1967, the South Korean Central Intelligence Agency (KCIA) founded Yangzee FC, collecting famous footballers in South Korea to train them intensively. Yangzee players received benefits like exemption from military service, long-term overseas training and high salaries in return for intensive training. At the 1968 Summer Olympics qualification, South Korea was eliminated by goal difference although their points were tied with Japan, the group winners. They also participated in the 1969 Asian Club Championship, finishing as runners-up. However, South Korea failed to qualify for the 1970 FIFA World Cup despite governmental support, and Yangzee was losing support as Kim Hyong-uk, the director of KCIA and supporter of the club, was dismissed from his post, and tensions between South and North Korea were beginning to subside. Yangzee was eventually dissolved in March 1970 without ever having played against North Korea, but players achieved a good result by winning the 1970 Asian Games.

Golden generation (1986)

In 1986, South Korea won the East Asian tournament of the 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification including two victories against Japan in the final round, and was able to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1954. After one of the greatest forwards of German Bundesliga at that time, Cha Bum-kun, joined the existing winning team, the South Korean squad for the 1986 FIFA World Cup was evaluated as the golden generation in their country. South Korea lost 3–1 to the eventual champion Argentina but Park Chang-sun scored the first South Korean goal of the World Cup in the first group match. They drew 1–1 with Bulgaria and faced the defending champion Italy in the crucial last match. They conceded Alessandro Altobelli's opening goal, but Choi Soon-ho scored the equalizer outside the penalty area. However, Altobelli's second goal was followed by Cho Kwang-rae's fatal own goal, and South Korea lost 3–2 in the match although Huh Jung-moo pulled one back. Afterwards, South Korean newscasts and journalists criticized the referee David Socha, claiming that his judgements about situations of the game were poor including the decision to award a penalty to Italy. South Korea redeemed their failure of World Cup success with a gold at the 1986 Asian Games.

Tragedy of Marseille (1998)

In 1997, Cha Bum-kun became the head coach going into the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification. South Korea consecutively won four early qualifiers against Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Japan and the United Arab Emirates, and quickly solidified their position as first place of the group. At the 1998 FIFA World Cup, they lost their first match against Mexico 3–1. Ha Seok-ju scored a deflected free kick for the opening goal, but was then sent off only three minutes after for an ill-advised tackle. South Korea was then thoroughly outclassed by the Netherlands, managed by Guus Hiddink, losing 5–0 in Marseille. Cha was sacked in the middle of the group stage after the loss to the Netherlands. The only South Korean player to be praised from the match was the goalkeeper Kim Byung-ji, who conceded five of the Netherlands' 17 shots on target. The team then managed a 1–1 draw against Belgium.

Hiddink's magic (2002)

On 18 December 2000, the KFA named Dutch coach Guus Hiddink as the manager of the team for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, co-hosted in South Korea. The KFA promised him to ensure long-term training camps and authority about management of coaching staff. At the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup, they lost 5–0 against France, the eventual champions, and failed to advance to the semi-finals although defeating Australia and Mexico. South Korean journalists criticized Hiddnk and gave him a nickname "Oh-dae-ppang", which means five to nothing in Korean, when South Korea lost 5–0 again in the friendly match against Czech Republic after the Confederations Cup. At the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup, South Korea finished in fourth place with two draws and three losses without a win. However, they showed their improvement in friendly matches against European teams just before the World Cup, finishing the preparation for the tournament successfully.

Seoul Plaza during the 2002 World Cup

South Korea co-hosted the 2002 FIFA World Cup tournament with Japan. They had never won a game in the World Cup previously but the South Korean team achieved their first ever victory in a World Cup with a 2–0 victory against Poland when the tournament began. Their next game was against the United States and earned a 1–1 draw, with striker Ahn Jung-hwan scoring a late game equalizer. Their last game was against the favored Portuguese side. Portugal earned two red cards in the match, reducing them to nine men and Park Ji-sung scored the winning goal in a 1–0 victory, allowing the South Korean team to qualify for the second round for the first time in their history. The team's success led to widespread euphoria from the South Korean public, with many people joining the Red Devils, which gained widespread attention with their passionate support of the team.

South Korea's second round opponents were Italy, who they defeated 2–1. The South Korean team was awarded an early penalty but Ahn Jung-hwan's effort was saved by Italian keeper Gianluigi Buffon. Christian Vieri then scored to put Italy ahead but Seol Ki-hyeon scored an equalizer in the 88th minute, allowing the game to go through to extra time. Francesco Totti was controversially sent off for an alleged dive and Ahn redeemed his missed penalty by scoring the winner with a headed golden goal, allowing them to advance to the quarter-final. South Korea faced Spain in the quarter-finals. Spain managed to score twice in this match, but both goals were disallowed by the referees. The game then went to the penalty shoot-out where South Korea won 5–3, thus becoming the first Asian team to reach the final four. The South Korean team's run was halted by a 1–0 loss to Germany in the semi-finals. They lost to Turkey 3–2 in the third-place match and finished the tournament in fourth place.

Team captain Hong Myung-bo received the Bronze Ball as the World Cup's third best player, the first Asian footballer to be awarded this. In addition Hong was selected for the team of tournament alongside teammate Yoo Sang-chul, the first and only time Asian footballers have been named. This level of success was unprecedented for a country that had never before won a game in the World Cup. They had gone further than any Asian team and upset several established European teams in the process, leading to an increase in the popularity of football in the country. Hiddink became a national hero in South Korea, becoming the first person to be granted honorary citizenship as well as being given a private villa.[citation needed]

Captain Park era (2008)

South Korea playing against Argentina at the FIFA World Cup, in June 2010.

In 2008, South Korea chose Huh Jung-moo as their manager, and Park Ji-sung as the next captain. Under Huh and Park, the South Korean team was undefeated for 27 consecutive games in 2009. At the fourth round of the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification, they recorded four wins and four draws without a loss against North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Iran and the United Arab Emirates.

At the 2010 FIFA World Cup, they won their first game against Greece 2–0, with goals from Lee Jung-soo and Park Ji-sung. They then faced Argentina and suffered a 4–1 defeat, including an own goal by forward Park Chu-young. They then obtained a 2–2 draw in a match against Nigeria, with Lee Jung-soo scoring in the tournament once more and Park Chu-young redeeming his own goal from the previous game by scoring from a free kick. This allowed them to make it to the second round for the first time on foreign soil. In the knockout stage they met Uruguay, who took an early lead with a goal from Luis Suárez. South Korea equalized in the second half after Lee Chung-yong scored his second goal of the tournament but South Korea conceded another goal by Suárez in the 80th minute. Despite maintaining the majority of the possession in the second half, South Korea was unable to equalize again and were eliminated from the tournament.

Miracle of Kazan (2018)

For the combined qualification matches for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, South Korea won all seven matches without conceding a goal in the second round but following a series of poor results in the third round of qualifiers, including losses to China and Qatar, the former manager Uli Stielike was sacked and was replaced by under-23 coach Shin Tae-yong for the remainder of the qualifying round. Under Shin Tae-yong, the team managed to qualify as the second-placed team in their group following two goalless draws against Iran and Uzbekistan, sending South Korea to the World Cup for the ninth consecutive time.

South Korea national team at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

At the 2018 World Cup, they lost their first game against Sweden 1–0 after conceding a penalty kick. They then faced Mexico and lost 2–1 after conceding another penalty kick. However, despite their two consecutive losses, South Korea was not eliminated just yet. To have any chance of advancing, South Korea would have to win their final group stage match against the defending champions Germany by at least two goals and Mexico would have to defeat Sweden in its last group stage game. South Korea for its part did what it had to do to stay in contention and won 2–0 against Germany with goals from Kim Young-gwon and Son Heung-min, causing them to be eliminated in the first round for the first time in 80 years. Germany had 28 shots with 6 on target, but the South Korea's defense, led by keeper Jo Hyeon-woo, did not concede once. However, Mexico lost to Sweden that same day and thus South Korea ultimately finished third in the group. As a result, South Korea saved Mexico from being eliminated and Mexican fans heavily praised the Koreans and celebrated their victory in front of the South Korean embassy. The match is also called the "Miracle of Kazan" in South Korea although they dropped out of the tournament.

Nicknames

The South Korea national football team has been known or nicknamed as the Taegeuk Warriors (Korean:태극전사) and the Tigers of Asia (Korean:아시아의 호랑이).

Kits and crest

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Red is the traditional shirt color of the South Korean national team, who are consequently nicknamed the "Reds", while the fans are called the "Red Devils". The away shirt has varied between white and blue. In 1994, the home shirt shifted from red to white, but in October 1995, red returned as home color, paired with black shorts.

South Korea used to wear the South Korean flag as their shirt badge until 2001, when their tiger crest was unveiled. On 5 February 2020, the KFA announced a new, more simplistic logo. The emblem retained the tiger, albeit in a more minimalist design, enclosed in a rectangular frame. Red, blue and white, South Korea's traditional colors, have been maintained in the new logo.

Kit suppliers

Kit supplier Period Notes
Adidas, Asics, Kolon Sports,
Prospecs, Weekend [ko]
1977–1985 South Korea didn't have exculsive kit sponsor at that time,
though they contracted with Adidas as their first official kit sponsor.
Weekend [ko] 1985–1988 Sportswear brand of Samsung C&T Corporation
Rapido [ko] 1988–1995 Weekend was renamed "Rapido" in January 1988.
Nike 1996–present Contracted at the end of 1995, and sponsored since 1 January 1996.

Kit deals

Kit supplier Period Contract date Contract duration Total Annual Ref.
Nike 1996–present
December 1995
1996–1997 $3 million $1.5 million
16 December 1997 1998–2002 $38 million $7.6 million
9 January 2003 2003–2007 $50 million $10.0 million
23 October 2007 2008–2011 $49 million $12.3 million
13 January 2012 2012–2019 $120 million $15.0 million
20 January 2020
2020–2031 $204 million $17.0 million

Home stadium

The South Korea national team played their first home match at the Dongdaemun Stadium on 21 April 1956. The match was a qualifier for the 1956 AFC Asian Cup against the Philippines. They currently play their home matches at several stadiums, which are also used by K League clubs.

Rivalries

South Korea's greatest rival is Japan. This rivalry is an extension of a competitive rivalry between the two nations that goes beyond football. Some matches in the past have been tainted with controversy. South Korea leads the all-time series with 42 wins, 23 draws and 15 losses.

A rivalry has also developed with Iran. The two nations have played against each other officially since 1958, totalling 32 matches as of October 2021, including ten World Cup qualifiers. South Korea and Iran were among the strongest Asian national teams during the 1960s and 1970s. Although the teams only had one chance to play against each other in the final match of the AFC Asian Cup, in 1972, they have faced each other five consecutive times in the quarter-finals between 1996 and 2011, with each team recording two wins, two losses, and a draw. Iran leads the all-time series with 13 wins, 10 draws and 9 losses.

Another major rival is Australia, and is also one of the most followed rivalries in Asia.[citation needed] South Korea trails behind Australia with 8 wins, 11 draws and 9 defeats. In major competitions, South Korea won only two official matches against Australia, and also lost in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup Final.

South Korea has had great success against China, with China failing to defeat them in 28 competitive matches before finally winning a game in 2010. They also possess a strong rivalry with North Korea, though matches are infrequent due to diplomatic and security reasons.

Supporters

The official supporter group of the national team, the Red Devils, were founded in 1995. Known for their passionate support, they are commonly referred to as the 12th man. Their most common chant is "Dae-Han-Min-Guk" (Korean:"대~한민국"; literally Republic of Korea or "Great Korea"), followed by five claps. The FIFA Fan Fest was introduced at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea.

Win Draw Loss Fixtures Cancelled or postponed
The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

2021

Japan vSouth Korea
25 March Friendly Japan 3–0South Korea Yokohama, Japan
19:20 UTC+9
Report Stadium:Nissan Stadium
Attendance: 8,356
Referee: Rowan Arumughan (India)

2022

As of 16 November 2021
Year GP W D L Win % Matches
1948–1949 4 2 1 1 050.00 Matches
1950–1959 44 26 8 10 059.09 Matches
1960–1969 90 52 15 23 057.78 Matches
1970–1979 186 117 44 25 062.90 Matches
1980–1989 129 75 29 25 058.14 Matches
1990–1999 151 70 45 36 046.36 Matches
2000–2009 171 76 56 39 044.44 Matches
2010–2019 154 81 31 42 052.60 Matches
2020–present 12 8 2 2 066.67 Matches
Total 941 507 231 203 053.88
Paulo Bento became South Korea's 80th manager in 2018.
Guus Hiddink is widely regarded as one of the greatest managers of all time in South Korea.

Current personnel

As of 24 March 2020
Position Name
Manager Paulo Bento
Assistant coaches Sérgio Costa
Filipe Coelho
Michael Kim
Choi Tae-uk
Fitness coach Pedro Pereira
Goalkeeping coach Vítor Silvestre

Manager history

As of 16 November 2021

A total of 51 managers managed South Korea during 80 appointments.

No. Manager From To P W D L Win % Competition
1 Park Chung-hwi June 1948 June 1948 0 0 0 0 !
2 Lee Young-min June 1948 August 1948 2 1 0 1 050.00 1948 Summer Olympics quarter-finals
3 Lee Yoo-hyung December 1948 February 1949 2 1 1 0 050.00
4 Kim Hwa-jip March 1950 April 1950 3 2 0 1 066.67
5 Kim Yong-sik April 1953 May 1953 5 3 1 1 060.00
6 Bae Jong-ho February 1954 May 1954 6 2 3 1 033.33 1954 Asian Games silver medal
7 Kim Yong-sik May 1954 June 1954 2 0 0 2 000.00 1954 FIFA World Cup group stage
8 Chu Yung-kwang February 1956 June 1956 6 5 0 1 083.33
9 Kim Sung-gan August 1956 October 1956 4 3 1 0 075.00 1956 AFC Asian Cup champion
10 Kim Kyu-hwan January 1958 March 1958 2 0 1 1 000.00
11 Min Byung-dae April 1958 June 1958 5 4 0 1 080.00 1958 Asian Games silver medal
12 Chung Nam-sik July 1959 September 1959 9 6 2 1 066.67
13 Kim Yong-sik November 1959 December 1959 2 1 0 1 050.00
14 Min Byung-dae February 1960 April 1960 2 1 0 1 050.00
15 Chu Yung-kwang July 1960 September 1960 5 2 3 0 040.00
16 Kim Yong-sik September 1960 June 1961 5 5 0 0 100.00 1960 AFC Asian Cup champion
17 Kim Kyu-hwan September 1961 March 1962 5 1 1 3 020.00
18 Min Byung-dae May 1962 June 1962 0 0 0 0 !
19 Kim Kyu-hwan July 1962 October 1962 7 6 0 1 085.71 1962 Asian Games silver medal
20 Park Kyu-chung July 1963 September 1963 7 3 2 2 042.86
21 Min Byung-dae October 1963 December 1963 2 1 0 1 050.00
22 Kim Kyu-hwan May 1964 October 1964 6 3 1 2 050.00 1964 Summer Olympics group stage
Park Il-kap May 1964 June 1964 3 1 0 2 033.33 1964 AFC Asian Cup third place
23 Chung Nam-sik July 1965 August 1965 6 3 2 1 050.00
24 Han Chang-wha July 1966 September 1966 5 3 0 2 060.00
25 An Jong-soo September 1966 December 1966 2 0 0 2 000.00 1966 Asian Games first group stage
26 Jang Kyung-hwan May 1967 October 1967 15 10 3 2 066.67
27 Park Il-kap October 1967 August 1968 11 8 0 3 072.73
28 Kim Yong-sik September 1969 October 1969 4 1 2 1 025.00
29 Kang Jun-young November 1969 November 1969 5 4 1 0 080.00
30 Han Hong-ki 13 February 1970 6 October 1971 32 20 8 4 062.50 1970 Asian Games gold medal
31 Hong Deok-young 1 November 1971 24 November 1971 4 1 3 0 025.00
32 Park Byung-suk 7 December 1971 15 June 1972 5 1 2 2 020.00 1972 AFC Asian Cup runner-up
33 Ham Heung-chul 12 June 1972 20 December 1972 19 11 5 3 057.89
34 Min Byung-dae 21 December 1972 20 November 1973 13 7 4 2 053.85
35 Moon Jung-sik 20 November 1973 25 December 1973 4 3 1 0 075.00
36 Choi Yung-keun 31 January 1974 28 October 1974 8 2 1 5 025.00 1974 Asian Games second group stage
37 Ham Heung-chul 29 October 1974 13 May 1976 35 25 5 5 071.43
38 Moon Jung-sik 14 May 1976 2 January 1977 14 8 4 2 057.14
39 Choi Chung-min 3 January 1977 16 September 1977 21 14 6 1 066.67
40 Kim Jung-nam 17 September 1977 18 December 1977 5 2 3 0 040.00
41 Ham Heung-chul 2 March 1978 28 March 1979 21 18 2 1 085.71 1978 Asian Games gold medal
42 Jang Kyung-hwan 29 March 1979 3 May 1980 14 11 1 2 078.57
43 Kim Jung-nam 3 May 1980 20 June 1982 30 17 8 5 056.67 1980 AFC Asian Cup runner-up
44 Choi Eun-taek 21 June 1982 28 January 1983 3 1 0 2 033.33 1982 Asian Games group stage
45 Cho Yoon-ok 29 January 1983 22 August 1983 9 5 3 1 055.56
46 Park Jong-hwan 23 August 1983 2 July 1984 12 6 3 3 050.00
47 Moon Jung-sik 3 July 1984 16 March 1985 12 5 3 4 041.67 1984 AFC Asian Cup group stage
48 Kim Jung-nam 17 March 1985 19 November 1986 23 14 3 6 060.87 1986 FIFA World Cup group stage
1986 Asian Games gold medal
49 Park Jong-hwan 20 November 1986 30 June 1988 7 4 3 0 057.14
50 Kim Jung-nam 6 July 1988 5 November 1988 2 1 1 0 050.00 1988 Summer Olympics group stage
51 Lee Hoe-taik 5 November 1988 30 June 1990 29 17 6 6 058.62 1988 AFC Asian Cup runner-up
1990 FIFA World Cup group stage
52 Lee Cha-man 3 July 1990 8 August 1990 4 3 1 0 075.00
53 Park Jong-hwan 9 August 1990 23 October 1990 10 8 0 2 080.00 1990 Asian Games third place
54 Ko Jae-wook 22 May 1991 27 July 1991 6 3 3 0 050.00
55 Kim Ho 8 July 1992 30 June 1994 37 14 15 8 037.84 1994 FIFA World Cup group stage
56 Anatoliy Byshovets 24 July 1994 26 February 1995 14 6 4 4 042.86 1994 Asian Games fourth place
57 Park Jong-hwan 26 April 1995 31 July 1995 2 1 0 1 050.00
58 Huh Jung-moo (caretaker) 1 August 1995 12 August 1995 1 0 0 1 000.00
59 Jung Byung-tak (caretaker) 16 September 1995 30 September 1995 0 0 0 0 !
60 Ko Jae-wook (caretaker) 20 October 1995 31 October 1995 1 0 1 0 000.00
61 Park Jong-hwan 15 February 1996 7 January 1997 16 8 3 5 050.00 1996 AFC Asian Cup quarter-finals
62 Cha Bum-kun 8 January 1997 21 June 1998 40 21 11 8 052.50 1998 FIFA World Cup group stage
63 Kim Pyung-seok (caretaker) 22 June 1998 25 June 1998 1 0 1 0 000.00 1998 FIFA World Cup group stage
64 Huh Jung-moo 14 October 1998 13 November 2000 33 17 11 5 051.52 1998 Asian Games quarter-finals
2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup group stage
2000 AFC Asian Cup third place
65 Park Hang-seo (caretaker) 10 December 2000 20 December 2000 1 0 1 0 000.00
66 Guus Hiddink 1 January 2001 30 June 2002 37 14 12 11 037.84 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup group stage
2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup fourth place
2002 FIFA World Cup fourth place
67 Kim Ho-kon (caretaker) 3 November 2002 20 November 2002 1 0 0 1 000.00
68 Humberto Coelho 3 February 2003 19 April 2004 18 9 3 6 050.00 2003 EAFF Championship champion
69 Park Sung-hwa (caretaker) 20 April 2004 15 June 2004 4 2 1 1 050.00
70 Jo Bonfrère 24 June 2004 23 August 2005 24 10 8 6 041.67 2004 AFC Asian Cup quarter-finals
2005 EAFF Championship fourth place
71 Dick Advocaat 1 October 2005 30 June 2006 19 9 5 5 047.37 2006 FIFA World Cup group stage
72 Pim Verbeek 1 July 2006 3 August 2007 17 6 6 5 035.29 2007 AFC Asian Cup third place
73 Huh Jung-moo 1 January 2008 30 June 2010 44 22 14 8 050.00 2008 EAFF Championship champion
2010 EAFF Championship runner-up
2010 FIFA World Cup round of 16
74 Cho Kwang-rae 21 July 2010 8 December 2011 20 12 5 3 060.00 2011 AFC Asian Cup third place
75 Choi Kang-hee 21 December 2011 19 June 2013 14 7 2 5 050.00
76 Hong Myung-bo 24 June 2013 10 July 2014 19 5 4 10 026.32 2013 EAFF Championship third place
2014 FIFA World Cup group stage
77 Shin Tae-yong (caretaker) 2 September 2014 8 September 2014 2 1 0 1 050.00
78 Uli Stielike 24 September 2014 15 June 2017 38 26 5 7 068.42 2015 AFC Asian Cup runner-up
2015 EAFF Championship champion
79 Shin Tae-yong 4 July 2017 31 July 2018 21 7 6 8 033.33 2017 EAFF Championship champion
2018 FIFA World Cup group stage
80 Paulo Bento 22 August 2018 present 37 23 10 4 062.16 2019 AFC Asian Cup quarter-finals
2019 EAFF Championship champion
  1. Does not include one match against Brazil Olympic at the 1964 Summer Olympics.
  2. Participated in the 1964 AFC Asian Cup with B team, but KFA recognised his results as international "A" matches.
  3. Does not include two matches against the Soviet Union Olympic and Argentina Olympic at the 1988 Summer Olympics.
  4. Including one uncontested match against Kuwait, which was registered as a 3–0 win as Kuwait was banned from competing.

Current squad

The following players were called up for the friendly matches against Iceland and Moldova on 15 and 21 January 2022, respectively.

Caps and goals updated as of 16 November 2021, after the match against Iraq.
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Kim Seung-gyu (1990-09-30)30 September 1990 (age 31) 57 0 Kashiwa Reysol
1GK Jo Hyeon-woo (1991-09-25)25 September 1991 (age 30) 18 0 Ulsan Hyundai
1GK Gu Sung-yun (1994-06-27)27 June 1994 (age 27) 4 0 Gimcheon Sangmu
1GK Song Bum-keun (1997-10-15)15 October 1997 (age 24) 0 0 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors

2DF Kim Young-gwon (1990-02-27)27 February 1990 (age 31) 85 4 Ulsan Hyundai
2DF Lee Yong (1986-12-24)24 December 1986 (age 35) 53 0 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
2DF Kim Jin-su (1992-06-13)13 June 1992 (age 29) 49 1 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
2DF Hong Chul (1990-09-17)17 September 1990 (age 31) 38 0 Daegu FC
2DF Kim Tae-hwan (1989-07-24)24 July 1989 (age 32) 12 0 Ulsan Hyundai
2DF Jung Seung-hyun (1994-04-03)3 April 1994 (age 27) 8 0 Gimcheon Sangmu
2DF Park Ji-soo (1994-06-13)13 June 1994 (age 27) 8 0 Gimcheon Sangmu
2DF Kang Sang-woo (1993-10-07)7 October 1993 (age 28) 1 0 Pohang Steelers
2DF Choi Ji-moog (1998-10-09)9 October 1998 (age 23) 0 0 Seongnam FC

3MF Kwon Chang-hoon (1994-06-30)30 June 1994 (age 27) 28 7 Gimcheon Sangmu
3MF Song Min-kyu (1999-09-12)12 September 1999 (age 22) 7 0 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
3MF Lee Dong-gyeong (1997-09-20)20 September 1997 (age 24) 6 1 Ulsan Hyundai
3MF Paik Seung-ho (1997-03-17)17 March 1997 (age 24) 4 0 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
3MF Lee Dong-jun (1997-02-01)1 February 1997 (age 24) 2 0 Ulsan Hyundai
3MF Lee Yeong-jae (1994-09-13)13 September 1994 (age 27) 2 0 Gimcheon Sangmu
3MF Eom Ji-sung (2002-05-09)9 May 2002 (age 19) 0 0 Gwangju FC
3MF Kim Dae-won (1997-02-10)10 February 1997 (age 24) 0 0 Gangwon FC
3MF Kim Jin-kyu (1997-02-24)24 February 1997 (age 24) 0 0 Busan IPark
3MF Ko Seung-beom (1994-04-24)24 April 1994 (age 27) 0 0 Gimcheon Sangmu

4FW Cho Gue-sung (1998-01-25)25 January 1998 (age 23) 4 0 Gimcheon Sangmu
4FW Cho Young-wook (1999-02-05)5 February 1999 (age 22) 0 0 FC Seoul
4FW Kim Gun-hee (1995-02-22)22 February 1995 (age 26) 0 0 Suwon Samsung Bluewings

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to the South Korea squad within the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Kim Jin-hyeon (1987-07-06)6 July 1987 (age 34) 16 0 Cerezo Osaka v.Lebanon, 13 June 2021

DF Kwon Kyung-won (1992-01-31)31 January 1992 (age 29) 18 2 Gamba Osaka v.Iceland, 15 January 2022 WD
DF Kim Min-jae (1996-11-15)15 November 1996 (age 25) 38 3 Fenerbahçe v.Iraq, 16 November 2021
DF Kim Moon-hwan (1995-08-01)1 August 1995 (age 26) 14 0 Los Angeles FC v.Lebanon, 7 September 2021
DF Lee Ki-je (1991-07-09)9 July 1991 (age 30) 2 0 Suwon Samsung Bluewings v.Lebanon, 7 September 2021
DF Kim Young-bin (1991-09-20)20 September 1991 (age 30) 1 0 Gangwon FC v.Lebanon, 13 June 2021
DF Park Joo-ho (1987-01-16)16 January 1987 (age 34) 40 1 Suwon FC v.Japan, 25 March 2021
DF Yoon Jong-gyu (1998-03-20)20 March 1998 (age 23) 1 0 FC Seoul v.Japan, 25 March 2021

MF Won Du-jae (1997-11-18)18 November 1997 (age 24) 6 0 Ulsan Hyundai v.Iceland, 15 January 2022 WD
MF Son Heung-min (1992-07-08)8 July 1992 (age 29) 96 30 Tottenham Hotspur v.Iraq, 16 November 2021
MF Lee Jae-sung (1992-08-10)10 August 1992 (age 29) 59 9 Mainz 05 v.Iraq, 16 November 2021
MF Jung Woo-young (1989-12-14)14 December 1989 (age 32) 58 3 Al-Sadd v.Iraq, 16 November 2021
MF Hwang Hee-chan (1996-01-26)26 January 1996 (age 25) 43 7 Wolverhampton Wanderers v.Iraq, 16 November 2021
MF Hwang In-beom (1996-09-20)20 September 1996 (age 25) 29 4 Rubin Kazan v.Iraq, 16 November 2021
MF Jeong Woo-yeong (1999-09-20)20 September 1999 (age 22) 2 1 SC Freiburg v.Iraq, 16 November 2021
MF Um Won-sang (1999-01-06)6 January 1999 (age 23) 2 0 Gwangju FC v.Iraq, 16 November 2021
MF Na Sang-ho (1996-08-12)12 August 1996 (age 25) 16 2 FC Seoul v.Iran, 12 October 2021
MF Ju Se-jong (1990-10-30)30 October 1990 (age 31) 29 1 Gamba Osaka v.Lebanon, 7 September 2021
MF Son Jun-ho (1992-05-12)12 May 1992 (age 29) 12 0 Shandong Taishan v.Lebanon, 7 September 2021
MF Nam Tae-hee (1991-07-03)3 July 1991 (age 30) 53 7 Al-Duhail v.Iraq, 2 September 2021 INJ
MF Yoon Bit-garam (1990-05-07)7 May 1990 (age 31) 15 3 Jeju United v.Japan, 25 March 2021 INJ
MF Lee Kang-in (2001-02-19)19 February 2001 (age 20) 6 0 Mallorca v.Japan, 25 March 2021
MF Lee Jin-hyun (1997-08-26)26 August 1997 (age 24) 4 0 Daejeon Hana Citizen v.Japan, 25 March 2021
MF Kim In-sung (1989-09-09)9 September 1989 (age 32) 3 0 Seoul E-Land v.Japan, 25 March 2021
MF Cho Jae-wan (1995-08-29)29 August 1995 (age 26) 0 0 Gangwon FC v.Japan, 25 March 2021

FW Hwang Ui-jo (1992-08-28)28 August 1992 (age 29) 40 14 Bordeaux v.Iran, 12 October 2021
FW Kim Shin-wook (1988-04-14)14 April 1988 (age 33) 56 16 Lion City Sailors v.Lebanon, 13 June 2021
FW Jung Sang-bin (2002-04-01)1 April 2002 (age 19) 1 1 Suwon Samsung Bluewings v.Lebanon, 13 June 2021
FW Lee Jeong-hyeop (1991-06-24)24 June 1991 (age 30) 25 5 Gangwon FC v.Japan, 25 March 2021

Notes
  • INJ = Withdrew due to injury
  • WD = Player withdrew from the squad due to non-injury issue.

Notable former players

The following players were inducted into the KFA Hall of Fame, or were selected for the Korean Best XI of All Time in one or more surveys.

  • Goalkeepers

  • Defenders
  • Midfielders
  • Forwards
  • Hong Myung-bo is South Korea's joint-most capped player with 136 appearances.

    Most appearances

    As of 18 December 2019
    Rank Player Caps Goals Career
    1 Cha Bum-kun 136 58 1972–1986
    Hong Myung-bo 136 10 1990–2002
    3 Lee Woon-jae 133 0 1994–2010
    4 Lee Young-pyo 127 5 1999–2011
    5 Kim Ho-kon 124 5 1971–1979
    6 Yoo Sang-chul 120 18 1994–2005
    7 Cho Young-jeung 113 1 1975–1986
    8 Ki Sung-yueng 110 10 2008–2019
    9 Park Sung-hwa 107 26 1975–1984
    10 Kim Tae-young 104 3 1992–2004
    Lee Dong-gook 104 33 1998–2017

    Top goalscorers

    Cha Bum-kun is South Korea's joint-most capped player and top goalscorer with 58 goals.
    As of 16 November 2021

    Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.

    Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Career
    1 Cha Bum-kun 58 136 0.43 1972–1986
    2 Hwang Sun-hong 50 103 0.49 1988–2002
    3 Park Lee-chun 36 89 0.4 1969–1974
    4 Kim Jae-han 33 57 0.58 1972–1979
    Lee Dong-gook 33 104 0.32 1998–2017
    6 Son Heung-min 30 96 0.31 2010–present
    Choi Soon-ho 30 103 0.29 1980–1991
    8 Kim Do-hoon 29 72 0.4 1994–2003
    Huh Jung-moo 29 84 0.35 1974–1986
    10 Choi Yong-soo 27 67 0.4 1995–2003
    Lee Tae-ho 27 72 0.38 1980–1991
    Kim Jin-kook 27 94 0.29 1972–1978

    Champions Runners-up Third place Fourth place

    FIFA World Cup

    FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
    Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
    1930 Not a FIFA member
    1934
    1938
    1950 Did not enter
    1954 Group stage 16th 2 0 0 2 0 16 Squad 2 1 1 0 7 3
    1958 Preliminary competition entry denied
    1962 Did not qualify 4 2 0 2 6 9
    1966 Did not enter
    1970 Did not qualify 4 1 2 1 6 5
    1974 8 3 4 1 10 4
    1978 12 5 6 1 16 9
    1982 3 2 0 1 7 4
    1986 Group stage 20th 3 0 1 2 4 7 Squad 8 7 0 1 17 3
    1990 22nd 3 0 0 3 1 6 Squad 11 9 2 0 30 1
    1994 20th 3 0 2 1 4 5 Squad 13 9 3 1 32 5
    1998 30th 3 0 1 2 2 9 Squad 12 9 2 1 28 8
    2002 Fourth place 4th 7 3 2 2 8 6 Squad Qualified as hosts
    2006 Group stage 17th 3 1 1 1 3 4 Squad 12 7 3 2 18 7
    2010 Round of 16 15th 4 1 1 2 6 8 Squad 14 7 7 0 22 7
    2014 Group stage 27th 3 0 1 2 3 6 Squad 14 8 3 3 27 11
    2018 19th 3 1 0 2 3 3 Squad 18 12 3 3 38 10
    2022 To be determined 12 9 3 0 30 3
    2026 To be determined
    Total Fourth place 10/18 34 6 9 19 34 70 147 91 39 17 294 89
    1. Statistics since 1948, when South Korea became a member of FIFA.

    Olympic Games

    Football at the Summer Olympics has been an under-23 tournament since 1992.
    Summer Olympics record Qualification record
    Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
    19001936 Not an IOC member
    1948 Quarter-finals 8th 2 1 0 1 5 15 Squad Directly qualified
    1952 Did not enter
    1956 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 2 2
    1960 4 2 0 2 4 4
    1964 Group stage 14th 3 0 0 3 1 20 Squad 4 2 1 1 7 4
    1968 Did not qualify 5 4 1 0 17 5
    1972 4 3 0 1 16 2
    1976 6 3 2 1 10 5
    1980 6 4 0 2 16 6
    1984 11 5 3 3 19 11
    1988 Group stage 11th 3 0 2 1 1 2 Squad Qualified as hosts
    1992–present See South Korea national under-23 football team
    Total Quarter-finals 3/11 8 1 2 5 7 37 42 24 7 11 91 39
    1. Includes one unofficial match against Brazil Olympic.
    2. Includes two unofficial matches against the Soviet Union Olympic and Argentina Olympic.
    3. Statistics since 1947, when South Korea became a member of IOC.

    AFC Asian Cup

    AFC Asian Cup record Qualification record
    Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
    1956 Champions 1st 3 2 1 0 9 6 Squad 4 4 0 0 9 1
    1960 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 9 1 Squad Qualified as hosts
    1964 "B" team entered
    1968 Did not qualify 4 1 1 2 9 4
    1972 Runners-up 2nd 5 1 2 2 7 6 Squad Walkover
    1976 Did not qualify 4 2 0 2 3 3
    1980 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 1 1 12 6 Squad 3 3 0 0 10 1
    1984 Group stage 9th 4 0 2 2 1 3 Squad 4 3 1 0 13 0
    1988 Runners-up 2nd 6 5 1 0 11 3 Squad "B" team entered
    1992 Did not qualify "B" team entered
    South Korea national football team Article Talk Language Watch Edit This article is about men s team For women s team see South Korea women s national football team The South Korea national football team Korean 대한민국 축구 국가대표팀 recognized as Korea Republic by FIFA represents South Korea in men s international football and is governed by the Korea Football Association 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 having participated in nine consecutive and ten overall FIFA World Cup tournaments the most for any Asian country Despite initially going through five World Cup tournaments without winning a match South Korea became the only Asian team to reach the semi final stages when they co hosted the 2002 tournament with Japan South Korea also won two AFC Asian Cup titles and finished as runners up on four occasions Furthermore the team won three gold medals and three silver medals at the senior Asian Games 3 The team is commonly nicknamed the Reds by both fans and the media due to the color of their primary kit The national team s supporting group is officially referred to as the Red Devils 4 Korea RepublicNickname s 태극전사 Taegeuk Warriors 아시아의 호랑이 Tigers of Asia AssociationKorea Football Association KFA ConfederationAFC Asia Sub confederationEAFF East Asia Head coachPaulo BentoCaptainSon Heung minMost capsCha Bum kun Hong Myung bo 136 Top scorerCha Bum kun 58 FIFA codeKORFirst coloursSecond coloursFIFA rankingCurrent33 23 December 2021 1 Highest17 December 1998 Lowest69 November 2014 January 2015 First international South Korea 5 3 Mexico London England 2 August 1948 Biggest win South Korea 16 0 Nepal Incheon South Korea 29 September 2003 Biggest defeat South Korea 0 12 Sweden London England 5 August 1948 World CupAppearances10 first in 1954 Best resultFourth place 2002 Asian CupAppearances14 first in 1956 Best resultChampions 1956 1960 EAFF ChampionshipAppearances8 first in 2003 Best resultChampions 2003 2008 2015 2017 2019 FIFA Confederations CupAppearances1 first in 2001 Best resultGroup stage 2001 Medal record Men s footballAFC Asian Cup1956 Hong Kong Team1960 South Korea Team1972 Thailand Team1980 Kuwait Team1988 Qatar Team2015 Australia Team1964 Israel Team2000 Lebanon Team2007 Indonesia Malaysia Thailand Vietnam Team2011 Qatar TeamAsian Games1970 Bangkok Team1978 Bangkok Team1986 Seoul Team1954 Manila Team1958 Tokyo Team1962 Jakarta Team1990 Beijing TeamEAFF Championship2003 Japan Team2008 China Team2015 China Team2017 Japan Team2019 South Korea Team2010 Japan Team2013 South Korea TeamSouth Korea national football teamHangul대한민국 축구 국가대표팀Hanja大韓民國 蹴球 國家代表팀Revised RomanizationDaehan Min guk Chukgu Gukga Daepyo TimMcCune ReischauerTaehan Min guk Ch ukku Kukka Taep yo T im Contents 1 History 1 1 Early history 1 2 First World Cup team 1954 1 3 Foundation of Yangzee 1967 1 4 Golden generation 1986 1 5 Tragedy of Marseille 1998 1 6 Hiddink s magic 2002 1 7 Captain Park era 2008 1 8 Miracle of Kazan 2018 2 Team image 2 1 Nicknames 2 2 Kits and crest 2 2 1 Kit suppliers 2 2 2 Kit deals 2 3 Home stadium 2 4 Rivalries 2 5 Supporters 3 Recent results and fixtures 3 1 2021 3 2 2022 4 All time results 5 Coaching staff 5 1 Current personnel 5 2 Manager history 6 Players 6 1 Current squad 6 2 Recent call ups 6 3 Notable former players 7 Records 7 1 Most appearances 7 2 Top goalscorers 8 Competitive record 8 1 FIFA World Cup 8 2 Olympic Games 8 3 AFC Asian Cup 8 4 Asian Games 8 5 EAFF Championship 8 6 Other competitions 9 Head to head record 10 Honours 11 See also 12 References 13 External linksHistory EditMain article History of the South Korea national football team Early history Edit Further information Football in South Korea Korea Joseon was not introduced to the sport of association football until the late 19th century it is often said that football in Korea dates to 1882 when the Royal Navy sailors from HMS Flying Fish played a game while their vessel was visiting the Incheon Port 5 Korea became a Japanese colony in 1905 and was annexed into it outright in 1910 In 1921 the first All Joseon Football Tournament was held and in 1928 the Joseon Football Association was organized which created a foundation to disseminate and develop football in Korea 6 Korean teams participated in competitions with Japanese teams from around 1926 Joseon Football Club became a de facto national team for Koreans and won the 1935 Emperor s Cup 5 Koreans also played for the Japanese national team most notably Kim Yong sik who played for Japan at the 1936 Summer Olympics 7 The Joseon FA was reorganized in 1945 as Japanese occupation ended with the end of World War II 5 8 Following the establishment of the South Korean state in the late 1940s a new Korea Football Association KFA was founded in 1948 and joined FIFA the international football governing body The same year the South Korean national team made its international debut and won 5 3 against Mexico at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London 5 First World Cup team 1954 Edit In 1954 South Korea entered FIFA World Cup qualification for the first time and qualified for the 1954 FIFA World Cup by beating Japan 7 3 on aggregate 9 South Korea were only the second Asian team to compete at a World Cup after the Dutch East Indies Indonesia and the first fully independent Asian nation to do so South Korea lost their only two games by heavy margins 9 0 against Hungary the joint heaviest defeat in World Cup history and 7 0 against Turkey Their third scheduled game against West Germany was never played because neither were seeded in their group as per that tournament s rules 10 It would take thirty two years before South Korea was able to participate at the World Cup finals again Despite this poor performance South Korea successfully rallied by winning the inaugural AFC Asian Cup in 1956 11 They hosted the next edition in 1960 and successfully retained the title beating South Vietnam Israel and Republic of China in the process 12 However the South Korean players received fake medals instead of the gold medals they had been promised and returned them to the KFA 13 The KFA promised to give them real medals but this did not occur until 2019 South Korea have not won the AFC Asian Cup since 1960 something that has thus been attributed to the curse of the fake gold medals 14 Foundation of Yangzee 1967 Edit Main article Yangzee FC In 1965 the South Korean government was hesitant to play football matches against North Korea and thus withdrew from the 1966 FIFA World Cup qualification to avoid possibly playing the northern neighbors Kim Yong sik the KFA vice president at that time had evaluated North Korea as a world class team 15 This would be proven true as the North Koreans advanced to the quarter finals at the 1966 FIFA World Cup In March 1967 the South Korean Central Intelligence Agency KCIA founded Yangzee FC collecting famous footballers in South Korea to train them intensively 16 Yangzee players received benefits like exemption from military service long term overseas training and high salaries in return for intensive training 16 At the 1968 Summer Olympics qualification South Korea was eliminated by goal difference although their points were tied with Japan the group winners 17 They also participated in the 1969 Asian Club Championship finishing as runners up 18 However South Korea failed to qualify for the 1970 FIFA World Cup despite governmental support and Yangzee was losing support as Kim Hyong uk the director of KCIA and supporter of the club was dismissed from his post and tensions between South and North Korea were beginning to subside 16 Yangzee was eventually dissolved in March 1970 without ever having played against North Korea but players achieved a good result by winning the 1970 Asian Games 19 Golden generation 1986 Edit Oh Yun kyoCho Young jeungChung Yong hwanPark Kyung hoonHuh Jung mooPark Chang sunCho Kwang raeByun Byung jooKim Joo sungCha Bum kunChoi Soon hoSouth Korean starting line up against Italy at the 1986 FIFA World Cup 20 21 In 1986 South Korea won the East Asian tournament of the 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification including two victories against Japan in the final round and was able to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1954 After one of the greatest forwards of German Bundesliga at that time Cha Bum kun 22 23 joined the existing winning team the South Korean squad for the 1986 FIFA World Cup was evaluated as the golden generation in their country 24 South Korea lost 3 1 to the eventual champion Argentina but Park Chang sun scored the first South Korean goal of the World Cup in the first group match They drew 1 1 with Bulgaria and faced the defending champion Italy in the crucial last match They conceded Alessandro Altobelli s opening goal but Choi Soon ho scored the equalizer outside the penalty area However Altobelli s second goal was followed by Cho Kwang rae s fatal own goal and South Korea lost 3 2 in the match although Huh Jung moo pulled one back Afterwards South Korean newscasts and journalists criticized the referee David Socha claiming that his judgements about situations of the game were poor including the decision to award a penalty to Italy 25 26 South Korea redeemed their failure of World Cup success with a gold at the 1986 Asian Games 27 Tragedy of Marseille 1998 Edit In 1997 Cha Bum kun became the head coach going into the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification South Korea consecutively won four early qualifiers against Kazakhstan Uzbekistan Japan and the United Arab Emirates and quickly solidified their position as first place of the group At the 1998 FIFA World Cup they lost their first match against Mexico 3 1 Ha Seok ju scored a deflected free kick for the opening goal but was then sent off only three minutes after for an ill advised tackle 28 South Korea was then thoroughly outclassed by the Netherlands managed by Guus Hiddink losing 5 0 in Marseille Cha was sacked in the middle of the group stage after the loss to the Netherlands The only South Korean player to be praised from the match was the goalkeeper Kim Byung ji 29 who conceded five of the Netherlands 17 shots on target 30 The team then managed a 1 1 draw against Belgium Hiddink s magic 2002 Edit On 18 December 2000 the KFA named Dutch coach Guus Hiddink as the manager of the team for the 2002 FIFA World Cup co hosted in South Korea 31 The KFA promised him to ensure long term training camps and authority about management of coaching staff 32 At the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup they lost 5 0 against France the eventual champions and failed to advance to the semi finals although defeating Australia and Mexico South Korean journalists criticized Hiddnk and gave him a nickname Oh dae ppang which means five to nothing in Korean when South Korea lost 5 0 again in the friendly match against Czech Republic after the Confederations Cup 33 At the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup South Korea finished in fourth place with two draws and three losses without a win However they showed their improvement in friendly matches against European teams just before the World Cup finishing the preparation for the tournament successfully 34 35 36 Seoul Plaza during the 2002 World Cup South Korea co hosted the 2002 FIFA World Cup tournament with Japan They had never won a game in the World Cup previously but the South Korean team achieved their first ever victory in a World Cup with a 2 0 victory against Poland when the tournament began Their next game was against the United States and earned a 1 1 draw with striker Ahn Jung hwan scoring a late game equalizer Their last game was against the favored Portuguese side Portugal earned two red cards in the match reducing them to nine men and Park Ji sung scored the winning goal in a 1 0 victory allowing the South Korean team to qualify for the second round for the first time in their history The team s success led to widespread euphoria from the South Korean public with many people joining the Red Devils which gained widespread attention with their passionate support of the team 37 South Korea s second round opponents were Italy who they defeated 2 1 The South Korean team was awarded an early penalty but Ahn Jung hwan s effort was saved by Italian keeper Gianluigi Buffon Christian Vieri then scored to put Italy ahead but Seol Ki hyeon scored an equalizer in the 88th minute allowing the game to go through to extra time Francesco Totti was controversially sent off for an alleged dive and Ahn redeemed his missed penalty by scoring the winner with a headed golden goal allowing them to advance to the quarter final South Korea faced Spain in the quarter finals Spain managed to score twice in this match but both goals were disallowed by the referees 38 39 The game then went to the penalty shoot out where South Korea won 5 3 thus becoming the first Asian team to reach the final four 40 The South Korean team s run was halted by a 1 0 loss to Germany in the semi finals They lost to Turkey 3 2 in the third place match and finished the tournament in fourth place Team captain Hong Myung bo received the Bronze Ball as the World Cup s third best player the first Asian footballer to be awarded this In addition Hong was selected for the team of tournament alongside teammate Yoo Sang chul the first and only time Asian footballers have been named This level of success was unprecedented for a country that had never before won a game in the World Cup They had gone further than any Asian team and upset several established European teams in the process leading to an increase in the popularity of football in the country Hiddink became a national hero in South Korea becoming the first person to be granted honorary citizenship as well as being given a private villa citation needed Captain Park era 2008 Edit South Korea playing against Argentina at the FIFA World Cup in June 2010 In 2008 South Korea chose Huh Jung moo as their manager and Park Ji sung as the next captain Under Huh and Park the South Korean team was undefeated for 27 consecutive games in 2009 41 At the fourth round of the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification they recorded four wins and four draws without a loss against North Korea Saudi Arabia Iran and the United Arab Emirates At the 2010 FIFA World Cup they won their first game against Greece 2 0 with goals from Lee Jung soo and Park Ji sung They then faced Argentina and suffered a 4 1 defeat including an own goal by forward Park Chu young They then obtained a 2 2 draw in a match against Nigeria with Lee Jung soo scoring in the tournament once more and Park Chu young redeeming his own goal from the previous game by scoring from a free kick This allowed them to make it to the second round for the first time on foreign soil In the knockout stage they met Uruguay who took an early lead with a goal from Luis Suarez South Korea equalized in the second half after Lee Chung yong scored his second goal of the tournament but South Korea conceded another goal by Suarez in the 80th minute Despite maintaining the majority of the possession in the second half South Korea was unable to equalize again and were eliminated from the tournament Miracle of Kazan 2018 Edit For the combined qualification matches for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the 2019 AFC Asian Cup South Korea won all seven matches without conceding a goal in the second round but following a series of poor results in the third round of qualifiers including losses to China and Qatar the former manager Uli Stielike was sacked and was replaced by under 23 coach Shin Tae yong for the remainder of the qualifying round 42 Under Shin Tae yong the team managed to qualify as the second placed team in their group following two goalless draws against Iran and Uzbekistan sending South Korea to the World Cup for the ninth consecutive time 43 South Korea national team at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia At the 2018 World Cup they lost their first game against Sweden 1 0 after conceding a penalty kick They then faced Mexico and lost 2 1 after conceding another penalty kick However despite their two consecutive losses South Korea was not eliminated just yet To have any chance of advancing South Korea would have to win their final group stage match against the defending champions Germany by at least two goals and Mexico would have to defeat Sweden in its last group stage game 44 South Korea for its part did what it had to do to stay in contention and won 2 0 against Germany with goals from Kim Young gwon and Son Heung min causing them to be eliminated in the first round for the first time in 80 years Germany had 28 shots with 6 on target but the South Korea s defense led by keeper Jo Hyeon woo did not concede once 45 However Mexico lost to Sweden that same day and thus South Korea ultimately finished third in the group As a result South Korea saved Mexico from being eliminated and Mexican fans heavily praised the Koreans and celebrated their victory in front of the South Korean embassy 46 The match is also called the Miracle of Kazan in South Korea although they dropped out of the tournament 47 Team image EditNicknames Edit The South Korea national football team has been known or nicknamed as the Taegeuk Warriors Korean 태극전사 and the Tigers of Asia Korean 아시아의 호랑이 48 49 Kits and crest Edit Wikimedia Commons has media related to South Korea national football team kits Red is the traditional shirt color of the South Korean national team who are consequently nicknamed the Reds while the fans are called the Red Devils The away shirt has varied between white and blue In 1994 the home shirt shifted from red to white but in October 1995 red returned as home color paired with black shorts South Korea used to wear the South Korean flag as their shirt badge until 2001 when their tiger crest was unveiled 50 On 5 February 2020 the KFA announced a new more simplistic logo 51 The emblem retained the tiger albeit in a more minimalist design enclosed in a rectangular frame 51 Red blue and white South Korea s traditional colors have been maintained in the new logo 51 Kit suppliers Edit Kit supplier Period NotesAdidas Asics Kolon Sports Prospecs Weekend ko 1977 1985 South Korea didn t have exculsive kit sponsor at that time though they contracted with Adidas as their first official kit sponsor 52 Weekend ko 1985 1988 Sportswear brand of Samsung C amp T Corporation 53 Rapido ko 1988 1995 Weekend was renamed Rapido in January 1988 54 Nike 1996 present Contracted at the end of 1995 55 and sponsored since 1 January 1996 Kit deals Edit Kit supplier Period Contract date Contract duration Total Annual Ref Nike 1996 present December 1995 1996 1997 3 million 1 5 million16 December 1997 1998 2002 38 million 7 6 million 56 9 January 2003 2003 2007 50 million 10 0 million 57 23 October 2007 2008 2011 49 million 12 3 million 58 13 January 2012 2012 2019 120 million 15 0 million 59 20 January 2020 2020 2031 204 million 17 0 million 60 Home stadium Edit Main article List of football stadiums in South Korea The South Korea national team played their first home match at the Dongdaemun Stadium on 21 April 1956 The match was a qualifier for the 1956 AFC Asian Cup against the Philippines 61 They currently play their home matches at several stadiums which are also used by K League clubs Rivalries Edit South Korea s greatest rival is Japan This rivalry is an extension of a competitive rivalry between the two nations that goes beyond football Some matches in the past have been tainted with controversy South Korea leads the all time series with 42 wins 23 draws and 15 losses 62 A rivalry has also developed with Iran 63 The two nations have played against each other officially since 1958 totalling 32 matches as of October 2021 including ten World Cup qualifiers South Korea and Iran were among the strongest Asian national teams during the 1960s and 1970s Although the teams only had one chance to play against each other in the final match of the AFC Asian Cup in 1972 they have faced each other five consecutive times in the quarter finals between 1996 and 2011 with each team recording two wins two losses and a draw Iran leads the all time series with 13 wins 10 draws and 9 losses 62 Another major rival is Australia and is also one of the most followed rivalries in Asia citation needed South Korea trails behind Australia with 8 wins 11 draws and 9 defeats In major competitions South Korea won only two official matches against Australia and also lost in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup Final 64 South Korea has had great success against China with China failing to defeat them in 28 competitive matches before finally winning a game in 2010 They also possess a strong rivalry with North Korea though matches are infrequent due to diplomatic and security reasons Supporters Edit See also Red Devils supporters club The official supporter group of the national team the Red Devils were founded in 1995 Known for their passionate support they are commonly referred to as the 12th man 37 Their most common chant is Dae Han Min Guk Korean 대 한민국 literally Republic of Korea or Great Korea followed by five claps 65 The FIFA Fan Fest was introduced at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea Recent results and fixtures EditMain article South Korea national football team results 2020 present Win Draw Loss Fixtures Cancelled or postponed The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months as well as any future matches that have been scheduled 66 67 68 69 2021 Edit Japan v South Korea 25 March FriendlyJapan 3 0 South KoreaYokohama Japan19 20 UTC 9 Yamane 16 Kamada 27 Endo 83 Report Stadium Nissan Stadium Attendance 8 356 Referee Rowan Arumughan India South Korea v Turkmenistan 5 June 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification AFC Second RoundSouth Korea 5 0 TurkmenistanGoyang South Korea20 00 UTC 9 Hwang Ui jo 10 73 Nam Tae hee 45 2 Kim Young gwon 57 Kwon Chang hoon 63 Report Stadium Goyang Stadium Attendance 4 057 Referee Turki Al Khudhayr Saudi Arabia South Korea v North Korea 7 June 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification AFC Second RoundSouth Korea Cancelled North KoreaGoyang South Korea20 00 UTC 9 Report Stadium Goyang Stadium Sri Lanka v South Korea 9 June 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification AFC Second RoundSri Lanka 0 5 South KoreaGoyang South Korea20 00 UTC 9 Report Kim Shin wook 15 43 pen Lee Dong gyeong 22 Hwang Hee chan 53 Jung Sang bin 77 Stadium Goyang Stadium Attendance 4 008 Referee Shen Yinhao China South Korea v Lebanon 13 June 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification AFC Second RoundSouth Korea 2 1 LebanonGoyang South Korea15 00 UTC 9 Sabra 51 o g Son Heung min 66 pen Report Saad 12 Stadium Goyang Stadium Attendance 4 061 Referee Khamis Al Marri Qatar South Korea v Iraq 2 September 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification AFC Third RoundSouth Korea 0 0 IraqSeoul South Korea20 00 UTC 9 Report Stadium Seoul World Cup Stadium Attendance 0 Referee Nawaf Shukralla Bahrain South Korea v Lebanon 7 September 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification AFC Third RoundSouth Korea 1 0 LebanonSuwon South Korea20 00 UTC 9 Kwon Chang hoon 60 Report Stadium Suwon World Cup Stadium Attendance 0 Referee Ryuji Sato Japan South Korea v Syria 7 October 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification AFC Third RoundSouth Korea 2 1 SyriaAnsan South Korea20 00 UTC 9 Hwang In beom 48 Son Heung min 89 Report Kharbin 84 Stadium Ansan Wa Stadium Attendance 0 Referee Abdulrahman Al Jassim Qatar Iran v South Korea 12 October 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification AFC Third RoundIran 1 1 South KoreaTehran Iran17 00 UTC 3 30 Jahanbakhsh 76 Report Son Heung min 48 Stadium Azadi Stadium Attendance 0 Referee Ahmed Al Kaf Oman South Korea v United Arab Emirates 11 November 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification AFC Third RoundSouth Korea 1 0 United Arab EmiratesGoyang South Korea20 00 UTC 9 Hwang Hee chan 36 pen Report Stadium Goyang Stadium Attendance 30 152 Referee Ma Ning China PR Iraq v South Korea 16 November 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification AFC Third RoundIraq 0 3 South KoreaDoha Qatar18 00 UTC 3 Report Lee Jae sung 33 Son Heung min 74 pen Jeong Woo yeong 79 Stadium Thani bin Jassim Stadium Attendance 0 Referee Ilgiz Tantashev Uzbekistan 2022 Edit Iceland v South Korea 15 January FriendlyIceland v South KoreaAntalya TurkeyReport Stadium Mardan Sports Complex Moldova v South Korea 21 January FriendlyMoldova v South KoreaAntalya TurkeyReport Stadium Mardan Sports Complex Lebanon v South Korea 27 January 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification AFC Third RoundLebanon v South KoreaSidon Lebanon14 00 UTC 2 Report Stadium Saida Municipal Stadium Syria v South Korea 1 February 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification AFC Third RoundSyria v South KoreaReport South Korea v Iran 24 March 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification AFC Third RoundSouth Korea v IranReport United Arab Emirates v South Korea 29 March 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification AFC Third RoundUnited Arab Emirates v South KoreaReportAll time results EditMain article South Korea national football team results As of 16 November 2021Year GP W D L Win Matches1948 1949 4 2 1 1 0 50 00 Matches1950 1959 44 26 8 10 0 59 09 Matches1960 1969 90 52 15 23 0 57 78 Matches1970 1979 186 117 44 25 0 62 90 Matches1980 1989 129 75 29 25 0 58 14 Matches1990 1999 151 70 45 36 0 46 36 Matches2000 2009 171 76 56 39 0 44 44 Matches2010 2019 154 81 31 42 0 52 60 Matches2020 present 12 8 2 2 0 66 67 MatchesTotal 941 507 231 203 0 53 88Coaching staff Edit Paulo Bento became South Korea s 80th manager in 2018 Guus Hiddink is widely regarded as one of the greatest managers of all time in South Korea 70 Current personnel Edit As of 24 March 2020 71 Position NameManager Paulo BentoAssistant coaches Sergio Costa Filipe Coelho Michael Kim Choi Tae ukFitness coach Pedro PereiraGoalkeeping coach Vitor SilvestreManager history Edit As of 16 November 2021 72 73 A total of 51 managers managed South Korea during 80 appointments No Manager From To P W D L Win Competition1 Park Chung hwi 72 74 June 1948 June 1948 0 0 0 0 2 Lee Young min June 1948 August 1948 2 1 0 1 0 50 00 1948 Summer Olympics quarter finals3 Lee Yoo hyung December 1948 February 1949 2 1 1 0 0 50 00 4 Kim Hwa jip March 1950 April 1950 3 2 0 1 0 66 67 5 Kim Yong sik April 1953 May 1953 5 3 1 1 0 60 00 6 Bae Jong ho February 1954 May 1954 6 2 3 1 0 33 33 1954 Asian Games silver medal7 Kim Yong sik May 1954 June 1954 2 0 0 2 00 0 00 1954 FIFA World Cup group stage8 Chu Yung kwang February 1956 June 1956 6 5 0 1 0 83 33 9 Kim Sung gan August 1956 October 1956 4 3 1 0 0 75 00 1956 AFC Asian Cup champion10 Kim Kyu hwan January 1958 March 1958 2 0 1 1 00 0 00 11 Min Byung dae April 1958 June 1958 5 4 0 1 0 80 00 1958 Asian Games silver medal12 Chung Nam sik July 1959 September 1959 9 6 2 1 0 66 67 13 Kim Yong sik November 1959 December 1959 2 1 0 1 0 50 00 14 Min Byung dae February 1960 April 1960 2 1 0 1 0 50 00 15 Chu Yung kwang July 1960 September 1960 5 2 3 0 0 40 00 16 Kim Yong sik September 1960 June 1961 5 5 0 0 100 00 1960 AFC Asian Cup champion17 Kim Kyu hwan September 1961 March 1962 5 1 1 3 0 20 00 18 Min Byung dae May 1962 June 1962 0 0 0 0 19 Kim Kyu hwan July 1962 October 1962 7 6 0 1 0 85 71 1962 Asian Games silver medal20 Park Kyu chung July 1963 September 1963 7 3 2 2 0 42 86 21 Min Byung dae October 1963 December 1963 2 1 0 1 0 50 00 22 Kim Kyu hwan note 1 May 1964 October 1964 6 3 1 2 0 50 00 1964 Summer Olympics group stage Park Il kap note 2 May 1964 June 1964 3 1 0 2 0 33 33 1964 AFC Asian Cup third place23 Chung Nam sik July 1965 August 1965 6 3 2 1 0 50 00 24 Han Chang wha July 1966 September 1966 5 3 0 2 0 60 00 25 An Jong soo September 1966 December 1966 2 0 0 2 00 0 00 1966 Asian Games first group stage26 Jang Kyung hwan May 1967 October 1967 15 10 3 2 0 66 67 27 Park Il kap October 1967 August 1968 11 8 0 3 0 72 73 28 Kim Yong sik September 1969 October 1969 4 1 2 1 0 25 00 29 Kang Jun young November 1969 November 1969 5 4 1 0 0 80 00 30 Han Hong ki 13 February 1970 6 October 1971 32 20 8 4 0 62 50 1970 Asian Games gold medal31 Hong Deok young 1 November 1971 24 November 1971 4 1 3 0 0 25 00 32 Park Byung suk 7 December 1971 15 June 1972 5 1 2 2 0 20 00 1972 AFC Asian Cup runner up33 Ham Heung chul 12 June 1972 20 December 1972 19 11 5 3 0 57 89 34 Min Byung dae 21 December 1972 20 November 1973 13 7 4 2 0 53 85 35 Moon Jung sik 20 November 1973 25 December 1973 4 3 1 0 0 75 00 36 Choi Yung keun 31 January 1974 28 October 1974 8 2 1 5 0 25 00 1974 Asian Games second group stage37 Ham Heung chul 29 October 1974 13 May 1976 35 25 5 5 0 71 43 38 Moon Jung sik 14 May 1976 2 January 1977 14 8 4 2 0 57 14 39 Choi Chung min 3 January 1977 16 September 1977 21 14 6 1 0 66 67 40 Kim Jung nam 17 September 1977 18 December 1977 5 2 3 0 0 40 00 41 Ham Heung chul 2 March 1978 28 March 1979 21 18 2 1 0 85 71 1978 Asian Games gold medal42 Jang Kyung hwan 29 March 1979 3 May 1980 14 11 1 2 0 78 57 43 Kim Jung nam 3 May 1980 20 June 1982 30 17 8 5 0 56 67 1980 AFC Asian Cup runner up44 Choi Eun taek 21 June 1982 28 January 1983 3 1 0 2 0 33 33 1982 Asian Games group stage45 Cho Yoon ok 29 January 1983 22 August 1983 9 5 3 1 0 55 56 46 Park Jong hwan 23 August 1983 2 July 1984 12 6 3 3 0 50 00 47 Moon Jung sik 3 July 1984 16 March 1985 12 5 3 4 0 41 67 1984 AFC Asian Cup group stage48 Kim Jung nam 17 March 1985 19 November 1986 23 14 3 6 0 60 87 1986 FIFA World Cup group stage 1986 Asian Games gold medal49 Park Jong hwan 20 November 1986 30 June 1988 7 4 3 0 0 57 14 50 Kim Jung nam note 3 6 July 1988 5 November 1988 2 1 1 0 0 50 00 1988 Summer Olympics group stage51 Lee Hoe taik 5 November 1988 30 June 1990 29 17 6 6 0 58 62 1988 AFC Asian Cup runner up 1990 FIFA World Cup group stage52 Lee Cha man 3 July 1990 8 August 1990 4 3 1 0 0 75 00 53 Park Jong hwan 9 August 1990 23 October 1990 10 8 0 2 0 80 00 1990 Asian Games third place54 Ko Jae wook 22 May 1991 27 July 1991 6 3 3 0 0 50 00 55 Kim Ho 8 July 1992 30 June 1994 37 14 15 8 0 37 84 1994 FIFA World Cup group stage56 Anatoliy Byshovets 24 July 1994 26 February 1995 14 6 4 4 0 42 86 1994 Asian Games fourth place57 Park Jong hwan 26 April 1995 31 July 1995 2 1 0 1 0 50 00 58 Huh Jung moo caretaker 1 August 1995 12 August 1995 1 0 0 1 00 0 00 59 Jung Byung tak caretaker 16 September 1995 30 September 1995 0 0 0 0 60 Ko Jae wook caretaker 20 October 1995 31 October 1995 1 0 1 0 00 0 00 61 Park Jong hwan 15 February 1996 7 January 1997 16 8 3 5 0 50 00 1996 AFC Asian Cup quarter finals62 Cha Bum kun 8 January 1997 21 June 1998 40 21 11 8 0 52 50 1998 FIFA World Cup group stage63 Kim Pyung seok caretaker 22 June 1998 25 June 1998 1 0 1 0 00 0 00 1998 FIFA World Cup group stage64 Huh Jung moo 14 October 1998 13 November 2000 33 17 11 5 0 51 52 1998 Asian Games quarter finals 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup group stage 2000 AFC Asian Cup third place65 Park Hang seo caretaker 10 December 2000 20 December 2000 1 0 1 0 00 0 00 66 Guus Hiddink 1 January 2001 30 June 2002 37 14 12 11 0 37 84 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup group stage 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup fourth place 2002 FIFA World Cup fourth place67 Kim Ho kon caretaker 3 November 2002 20 November 2002 1 0 0 1 00 0 00 68 Humberto Coelho 3 February 2003 19 April 2004 18 9 3 6 0 50 00 2003 EAFF Championship champion69 Park Sung hwa caretaker 20 April 2004 15 June 2004 4 2 1 1 0 50 00 70 Jo Bonfrere 24 June 2004 23 August 2005 24 10 8 6 0 41 67 2004 AFC Asian Cup quarter finals 2005 EAFF Championship fourth place71 Dick Advocaat 1 October 2005 30 June 2006 19 9 5 5 0 47 37 2006 FIFA World Cup group stage72 Pim Verbeek 1 July 2006 3 August 2007 17 6 6 5 0 35 29 2007 AFC Asian Cup third place73 Huh Jung moo 1 January 2008 30 June 2010 44 22 14 8 0 50 00 2008 EAFF Championship champion 2010 EAFF Championship runner up 2010 FIFA World Cup round of 1674 Cho Kwang rae 21 July 2010 8 December 2011 20 12 5 3 0 60 00 2011 AFC Asian Cup third place75 Choi Kang hee 21 December 2011 19 June 2013 14 7 2 5 0 50 00 76 Hong Myung bo 24 June 2013 10 July 2014 19 5 4 10 0 26 32 2013 EAFF Championship third place 2014 FIFA World Cup group stage77 Shin Tae yong caretaker 2 September 2014 8 September 2014 2 1 0 1 0 50 00 78 Uli Stielike note 4 24 September 2014 15 June 2017 38 26 5 7 0 68 42 2015 AFC Asian Cup runner up 2015 EAFF Championship champion79 Shin Tae yong 4 July 2017 31 July 2018 21 7 6 8 0 33 33 2017 EAFF Championship champion 2018 FIFA World Cup group stage80 Paulo Bento 22 August 2018 present 37 23 10 4 0 62 16 2019 AFC Asian Cup quarter finals 2019 EAFF Championship champion Does not include one match against Brazil Olympic at the 1964 Summer Olympics Participated in the 1964 AFC Asian Cup with B team 75 but KFA recognised his results as international A matches Does not include two matches against the Soviet Union Olympic and Argentina Olympic at the 1988 Summer Olympics Including one uncontested match against Kuwait which was registered as a 3 0 win as Kuwait was banned from competing Players EditCurrent squad Edit The following players were called up for the friendly matches against Iceland and Moldova on 15 and 21 January 2022 respectively 76 77 Caps and goals updated as of 16 November 2021 after the match against Iraq No Pos Player Date of birth age Caps Goals Club1 GK Kim Seung gyu 1990 09 30 30 September 1990 age 31 57 0 Kashiwa Reysol1 GK Jo Hyeon woo 1991 09 25 25 September 1991 age 30 18 0 Ulsan Hyundai1 GK Gu Sung yun 1994 06 27 27 June 1994 age 27 4 0 Gimcheon Sangmu1 GK Song Bum keun 1997 10 15 15 October 1997 age 24 0 0 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors2 DF Kim Young gwon 1990 02 27 27 February 1990 age 31 85 4 Ulsan Hyundai2 DF Lee Yong 1986 12 24 24 December 1986 age 35 53 0 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors2 DF Kim Jin su 1992 06 13 13 June 1992 age 29 49 1 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors2 DF Hong Chul 1990 09 17 17 September 1990 age 31 38 0 Daegu FC2 DF Kim Tae hwan 1989 07 24 24 July 1989 age 32 12 0 Ulsan Hyundai2 DF Jung Seung hyun 1994 04 03 3 April 1994 age 27 8 0 Gimcheon Sangmu2 DF Park Ji soo 1994 06 13 13 June 1994 age 27 8 0 Gimcheon Sangmu2 DF Kang Sang woo 1993 10 07 7 October 1993 age 28 1 0 Pohang Steelers2 DF Choi Ji moog 1998 10 09 9 October 1998 age 23 0 0 Seongnam FC3 MF Kwon Chang hoon 1994 06 30 30 June 1994 age 27 28 7 Gimcheon Sangmu3 MF Song Min kyu 1999 09 12 12 September 1999 age 22 7 0 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors3 MF Lee Dong gyeong 1997 09 20 20 September 1997 age 24 6 1 Ulsan Hyundai3 MF Paik Seung ho 1997 03 17 17 March 1997 age 24 4 0 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors3 MF Lee Dong jun 1997 02 01 1 February 1997 age 24 2 0 Ulsan Hyundai3 MF Lee Yeong jae 1994 09 13 13 September 1994 age 27 2 0 Gimcheon Sangmu3 MF Eom Ji sung 2002 05 09 9 May 2002 age 19 0 0 Gwangju FC3 MF Kim Dae won 1997 02 10 10 February 1997 age 24 0 0 Gangwon FC3 MF Kim Jin kyu 1997 02 24 24 February 1997 age 24 0 0 Busan IPark3 MF Ko Seung beom 1994 04 24 24 April 1994 age 27 0 0 Gimcheon Sangmu4 FW Cho Gue sung 1998 01 25 25 January 1998 age 23 4 0 Gimcheon Sangmu4 FW Cho Young wook 1999 02 05 5 February 1999 age 22 0 0 FC Seoul4 FW Kim Gun hee 1995 02 22 22 February 1995 age 26 0 0 Suwon Samsung BluewingsRecent call ups Edit The following players have also been called up to the South Korea squad within the last twelve months Pos Player Date of birth age Caps Goals Club Latest call upGK Kim Jin hyeon 1987 07 06 6 July 1987 age 34 16 0 Cerezo Osaka v Lebanon 13 June 2021DF Kwon Kyung won 1992 01 31 31 January 1992 age 29 18 2 Gamba Osaka v Iceland 15 January 2022 WDDF Kim Min jae 1996 11 15 15 November 1996 age 25 38 3 Fenerbahce v Iraq 16 November 2021DF Kim Moon hwan 1995 08 01 1 August 1995 age 26 14 0 Los Angeles FC v Lebanon 7 September 2021DF Lee Ki je 1991 07 09 9 July 1991 age 30 2 0 Suwon Samsung Bluewings v Lebanon 7 September 2021DF Kim Young bin 1991 09 20 20 September 1991 age 30 1 0 Gangwon FC v Lebanon 13 June 2021DF Park Joo ho 1987 01 16 16 January 1987 age 34 40 1 Suwon FC v Japan 25 March 2021DF Yoon Jong gyu 1998 03 20 20 March 1998 age 23 1 0 FC Seoul v Japan 25 March 2021MF Won Du jae 1997 11 18 18 November 1997 age 24 6 0 Ulsan Hyundai v Iceland 15 January 2022 WDMF Son Heung min 1992 07 08 8 July 1992 age 29 96 30 Tottenham Hotspur v Iraq 16 November 2021MF Lee Jae sung 1992 08 10 10 August 1992 age 29 59 9 Mainz 05 v Iraq 16 November 2021MF Jung Woo young 1989 12 14 14 December 1989 age 32 58 3 Al Sadd v Iraq 16 November 2021MF Hwang Hee chan 1996 01 26 26 January 1996 age 25 43 7 Wolverhampton Wanderers v Iraq 16 November 2021MF Hwang In beom 1996 09 20 20 September 1996 age 25 29 4 Rubin Kazan v Iraq 16 November 2021MF Jeong Woo yeong 1999 09 20 20 September 1999 age 22 2 1 SC Freiburg v Iraq 16 November 2021MF Um Won sang 1999 01 06 6 January 1999 age 23 2 0 Gwangju FC v Iraq 16 November 2021MF Na Sang ho 1996 08 12 12 August 1996 age 25 16 2 FC Seoul v Iran 12 October 2021MF Ju Se jong 1990 10 30 30 October 1990 age 31 29 1 Gamba Osaka v Lebanon 7 September 2021MF Son Jun ho 1992 05 12 12 May 1992 age 29 12 0 Shandong Taishan v Lebanon 7 September 2021MF Nam Tae hee 1991 07 03 3 July 1991 age 30 53 7 Al Duhail v Iraq 2 September 2021 INJMF Yoon Bit garam 1990 05 07 7 May 1990 age 31 15 3 Jeju United v Japan 25 March 2021 INJMF Lee Kang in 2001 02 19 19 February 2001 age 20 6 0 Mallorca v Japan 25 March 2021MF Lee Jin hyun 1997 08 26 26 August 1997 age 24 4 0 Daejeon Hana Citizen v Japan 25 March 2021MF Kim In sung 1989 09 09 9 September 1989 age 32 3 0 Seoul E Land v Japan 25 March 2021MF Cho Jae wan 1995 08 29 29 August 1995 age 26 0 0 Gangwon FC v Japan 25 March 2021FW Hwang Ui jo 1992 08 28 28 August 1992 age 29 40 14 Bordeaux v Iran 12 October 2021FW Kim Shin wook 1988 04 14 14 April 1988 age 33 56 16 Lion City Sailors v Lebanon 13 June 2021FW Jung Sang bin 2002 04 01 1 April 2002 age 19 1 1 Suwon Samsung Bluewings v Lebanon 13 June 2021FW Lee Jeong hyeop 1991 06 24 24 June 1991 age 30 25 5 Gangwon FC v Japan 25 March 2021NotesINJ Withdrew due to injury WD Player withdrew from the squad due to non injury issue Notable former players Edit The following players were inducted into the KFA Hall of Fame 78 or were selected for the Korean Best XI of All Time in one or more surveys 79 80 Goalkeepers Hong Deok young 1948 1954 Lee Se yeon 1966 1973 Lee Woon jae 1994 2010 Defenders Kim Jung nam 1964 1973 Kim Ho 1966 1972 Hong Myung bo 1990 2002 Lee Young pyo 1999 2011 Midfielders Kim Yong sik 1948 1950 Huh Jung moo 1974 1986 Lee Young moo 1975 1981 Cho Kwang rae 1977 1986 Park Chang sun 1979 1986 Park Ji sung 2000 2011 Forwards Lee Hoe taik 1966 1977 Cha Bum kun 1972 1986 Choi Soon ho 1980 1991 Kim Joo sung 1985 1996 Records EditMain article South Korea national football team records and statistics Hong Myung bo is South Korea s joint most capped player with 136 appearances Most appearances Edit As of 18 December 2019 81 Rank Player Caps Goals Career1 Cha Bum kun 136 58 1972 1986Hong Myung bo 136 10 1990 20023 Lee Woon jae 133 0 1994 20104 Lee Young pyo 127 5 1999 20115 Kim Ho kon 124 5 1971 19796 Yoo Sang chul 120 18 1994 20057 Cho Young jeung 113 1 1975 19868 Ki Sung yueng 110 10 2008 20199 Park Sung hwa 107 26 1975 198410 Kim Tae young 104 3 1992 2004Lee Dong gook 104 33 1998 2017Top goalscorers Edit Cha Bum kun is South Korea s joint most capped player and top goalscorer with 58 goals As of 16 November 2021 81 Players in bold are still active at least at club level Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Career1 Cha Bum kun 58 136 0 43 1972 19862 Hwang Sun hong 50 103 0 49 1988 20023 Park Lee chun 36 89 0 4 1969 19744 Kim Jae han 33 57 0 58 1972 1979Lee Dong gook 33 104 0 32 1998 20176 Son Heung min 30 96 0 31 2010 presentChoi Soon ho 30 103 0 29 1980 19918 Kim Do hoon 29 72 0 4 1994 2003Huh Jung moo 29 84 0 35 1974 198610 Choi Yong soo 27 67 0 4 1995 2003Lee Tae ho 27 72 0 38 1980 1991Kim Jin kook 27 94 0 29 1972 1978Competitive record Edit Champions Runners up Third place Fourth place FIFA World Cup Edit Main article South Korea at the FIFA World Cup FIFA World Cup record Qualification recordYear Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA 1930 Not a FIFA member 1934 1938 1950 Did not enter 1954 Group stage 16th 2 0 0 2 0 16 Squad 2 1 1 0 7 3 1958 Preliminary competition entry denied 82 1962 Did not qualify 4 2 0 2 6 9 1966 Did not enter 1970 Did not qualify 4 1 2 1 6 5 1974 8 3 4 1 10 4 1978 12 5 6 1 16 9 1982 3 2 0 1 7 4 1986 Group stage 20th 3 0 1 2 4 7 Squad 8 7 0 1 17 3 1990 22nd 3 0 0 3 1 6 Squad 11 9 2 0 30 1 1994 20th 3 0 2 1 4 5 Squad 13 9 3 1 32 5 1998 30th 3 0 1 2 2 9 Squad 12 9 2 1 28 8 2002 Fourth place 4th 7 3 2 2 8 6 Squad Qualified as hosts 2006 Group stage 17th 3 1 1 1 3 4 Squad 12 7 3 2 18 7 2010 Round of 16 15th 4 1 1 2 6 8 Squad 14 7 7 0 22 7 2014 Group stage 27th 3 0 1 2 3 6 Squad 14 8 3 3 27 11 2018 19th 3 1 0 2 3 3 Squad 18 12 3 3 38 10 2022 To be determined 12 9 3 0 30 3 2026 To be determinedTotal Fourth place 10 18 a 34 6 9 19 34 70 147 91 39 17 294 89 Statistics since 1948 when South Korea became a member of FIFA Olympic Games Edit Football at the Summer Olympics has been an under 23 tournament since 1992 Summer Olympics record Qualification record 83 Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA1900 1936 Not an IOC member 1948 Quarter finals 8th 2 1 0 1 5 15 Squad Directly qualified 1952 Did not enter 1956 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 2 2 1960 4 2 0 2 4 4 1964 Group stage 14th 3 a 0 0 3 1 20 Squad 4 2 1 1 7 4 1968 Did not qualify 5 4 1 0 17 5 1972 4 3 0 1 16 2 1976 6 3 2 1 10 5 1980 6 4 0 2 16 6 1984 11 5 3 3 19 11 1988 Group stage 11th 3 b 0 2 1 1 2 Squad Qualified as hosts1992 present See South Korea national under 23 football teamTotal Quarter finals 3 11 c 8 1 2 5 7 37 42 24 7 11 91 39 Includes one unofficial match against Brazil Olympic Includes two unofficial matches against the Soviet Union Olympic and Argentina Olympic Statistics since 1947 when South Korea became a member of IOC AFC Asian Cup Edit Main article South Korea at the AFC Asian Cup AFC Asian Cup record Qualification recordYear Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA 1956 Champions 1st 3 2 1 0 9 6 Squad 4 4 0 0 9 1 1960 Champions 1st 3 3 0 0 9 1 Squad Qualified as hosts 1964 B team entered a 1968 Did not qualify 4 1 1 2 9 4 1972 Runners up 2nd 5 1 2 2 7 6 Squad Walkover 1976 Did not qualify 4 2 0 2 3 3 1980 Runners up 2nd 6 4 1 1 12 6 Squad 3 3 0 0 10 1 1984 Group stage 9th 4 0 2 2 1 3 Squad 4 3 1 0 13 0 1988 Runners up 2nd 6 5 1 0 11 3 Squad B team entered 1992 Did not qualify B team entered span st, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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