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South Korea national football team

men's national association football team representing South Korea

The South Korea national football team is the national football team of South Korea.

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 (136)
Hong Myung-Bo (136)
Top scorerCha Bum-kun (58)
Home stadiumSeoul World Cup Stadium
FIFA codeKOR
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 38 Increase 15 (7 February 2019)[1]
Highest17 (December 1998)
Lowest69 (November 2014 – January 2015)
Elo ranking
Current 27 Decrease 2 (3 March 2019)[2]
Highest15 (September 1980, June 2002)
Lowest80 (August 1967)
First international
Non-FIFA international
 South Korea 5–1 Hong Kong [[File:{{{flag alias-1910}}}|23x15px|border |alt=|link=]]
(Hong Kong; 6 July 1948)[3]
FIFA international
 South Korea 5–3 Mexico 
(London, United Kingdom; 2 August 1948)
Biggest win
 South Korea 16–0 Nepal   
(Incheon, South Korea; 29 September 2003)
Biggest defeat
 South Korea 0–12 Sweden 
(London, United Kingdom; 5 August 1948)
World Cup
Appearances10 (first in 1954)
Best resultFourth Place (2002)
Asian Cup
Appearances14 (first in 1956)
Best resultChampions (1956, 1960)
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Appearances2 (first in 2000)
Best resultFourth Place (2002)
Confederations Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2001)
Best resultGroup Stage (2001)

Notable AchievementsEdit

Korea Republic is the most successful Asian football team in the history of the FIFA World Cup having participated in eight World Cup tournaments, which is the most amount of appearances for any Asian country. Korea Republic became the first and only Asian team to reach the semi-final stages, at the 2002 tournament (Where it achieved 4th place), and also won the first two editions of the AFC Asian Cup. The current team, with players such as Chung Yong Lee, Ki Sung Yueng, Park Chu Young, Lee Keun Ho, Ji Dong won, Lee Dong Gook, and Koo Jacheol is easily a good contender for upcoming competitions too. With the new coach Hong MyungBo, South-Korea might earn a good place in the FIFA World cup of 2013.

Most appearancesEdit

Pos Player Apps Goals Career
1 Hong Myung-Bo 136 10 1990-2002
2 Lee Woon-Jae 132 0 1994-2010
3 Lee Young-Pyo 127 5 1999-2011
4 Yoo Sang-Chul 123 18 1994-2005
5 Cha Bum-Kun 121 55 1972-1986
6 Kim Tae-Young 104 3 1992-2004
7 Hwang Seon-Hong 103 50 1903-2002
8 Choi Soon-Hoo 95 30 1980-1991
8 Ha Seok-Joo 95 23 1991-2001
10 Cho Young-Jeung 92 2 1975-1986

Top scorersEdit

Pos Player Goals Apps Career
1 Cha Bum-Kun 55 121 1972-1986
2 Hwang Seon-Hong 50 103 1993-2002
3 Choi Soon-Hoo 30 95 1980-1991
4 Huh Jung-Moo 29 1974-1986
4 Kim Do-Hoon 29 1994-2003
6 Choi Yong-Soo 27 1995-2003
6 Lee Tae-Hoo 27 1980-1991
8 Lee Young-Moo 24 1974-1982
8 Park Sung-Hwa 24 1974-1984
10 Ha Seok-Joo 23 95 1991-2001

ReferencesEdit

  1. "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 7 February 2019. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  2. Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 3 March 2019. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  3. "첫 A 매치 골 주인공은 故정남식·정국진씨" (in Korean). Kukmin Ilbo. 5 August 2007.