South Korea national football team
|Nickname(s)||태극전사 (Taeguk Warriors)
붉은 악마 (Red Devils)
아시아의 호랑이 (Asian Tigers)
|Association||Korea Football Association (KFA)
|Sub-confederation||EAFF (East Asia)|
|Head coach||Shin Tae-yong|
|Most caps||Cha Bum-kun (138)|
|Top scorer||Cha Bum-kun (59)|
|Home stadium||Seoul World Cup Stadium|
|Current||59 1 (15 March 2018)|
|Highest||17 (December 1998)|
|Lowest||69 (November 2014 – January 2015)|
|Current||25 (12 March 2018)|
|Highest||15 (September 1980, June 2002)|
| South Korea 5–1 Hong Kong
(Hong Kong; July 6, 1948)
| South Korea 16–0 Nepal
(Incheon, South Korea; September 29, 2003)
| South Korea 0–12 Sweden
(London, United Kingdom; August 5, 1948)
|Appearances||10 (first in 1954)|
|Best result||Fourth Place, 2002|
|Appearances||13 (first in 1956)|
|Best result||Champions, 1956 and 1960|
|CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|Appearances||2 (first in 2000)|
|Best result||Fourth Place, 2002|
|Appearances||1 (first in 2001)|
|Best result||Group Stage, 2001|
|South Korea national football team|
|Hangul||대한민국 축구 국가대표팀|
|Hanja||大韓民國 蹴球 國家代表|
|Revised Romanization||Daehan Min'guk Chukgu Gukga Daepyo Tim|
|McCune–Reischauer||Taehan Min'guk Ch'ukku Kukka Taep'yo T'im|
Since the 1960s, South Korea has emerged as a major football power in Asia 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 first and currently only Asian team to reach the semi-final stages when they co-hosted the 2002 tournament with Japan. They have since improved their ability to play on foreign soil and were able to reach the Round of 16 in the 2010 World Cup. South Korea won the first two AFC Asian Cup tournaments though they have been unable to win since, finishing second in 1972, 1980, 1988, and 2015, and third in 1964, 2000, 2007, and 2011. They also took the gold medal at the 1970, 1978, and 1986 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 was not introduced to football until 1882, when British crew members played a game while their vessel was visiting the Incheon Port. Korea became a Japanese colony in 1905 and was annexed by force 1910. In 1921, the first All Korea Football Tournament was held, and in 1928, the Korea Football Association was organized, which created a foundation to disseminate and develop football in Korea. In 1940, however, the Japanese Governor-General of Korea forced the Korea Football Association to dissolve.
Following the establishment of the South Korean state in the late 1940s, the Korea Football Association (KFA) was reinstated in 1948 and joined FIFA, the international football governing body. The same year, the South Korean national team made its international debut at the Olympic Games in London. The KFA joined the AFC (Asian Football Confederation) in 1954.
South Korea first entered the World Cup in 1954 as the second Asian team ever to compete in the World Cup after the Dutch East Indies(Indonesia). South Korea played games against Hungary and Turkey, losing 9–0 and 7–0 respectively (the game scheduled 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 in the World Cup finals again.
South Korea would later participate in the first Asian Cup in 1956. They drew with Hong Kong but defeated Israel and South Vietnam to take first place. They hosted and won the second Asian Cup in 1960, winning all of their games. However, they failed to repeat this success and lost all their games in the 1964 Asian Cup and failed to qualify in 1968. They recovered in 1972 and took second place. They once again failed to qualify in 1976 but reached second place again in 1980.
In 1986, South Korea was able to qualify for the 1986 FIFA World Cup, held in Mexico, for the first time since 1954. They, however, failed to win a game despite the presence of Cha Bum-kun, at the time one of the best Asian players, losing 3–1 to Argentina, drawing 1–1 with Bulgaria, and losing 3–2 to Italy.
Their next major tournament was the 1988 AFC Asian Cup, in which they won all their games in the group stage and defeated China 2–1 in the semi-finals but lost on penalties 4–3 in the final against Saudi Arabia.
South Korea started the 1990s poorly. At the 1990 FIFA World Cup, they lost all their games against Spain 3–1, Uruguay 1–0, and Belgium 2–0. South Korea failed to qualify for the 1992 Asian Cup as well.
In the 1994 FIFA World Cup they managed to draw with Spain 2–2. Hong Myung-bo scored a goal and assisted teammate Seo Jung-won with the second, with both goals occurring in the last five minutes of the game. In their next game they earned another draw with Bolivia 0–0. In their last game against Germany they nearly managed another draw with Hwang Sun-hong and Hong Myung-bo each scoring a goal in the second half after being down 3–0 but they were unable to score thereafter and were defeated 3–2. In the 1996 Asian Cup they barely managed to make it out of the group stage as they ranked third on their group, losing to Kuwait on goal difference. A comparison made between all the third ranked teams in each group allowed South Korea to advance. However, they suffered a 2–6 loss to Iran in the quarter-finals, conceding five goals in the second half.
Afterwards, former South Korean legend Cha Bum-kun became the head coach going into the 1998 FIFA World Cup. After performing well in the qualification, however, the team played poorly in the tournament, losing to Mexico 3–1 and the Netherlands 5–0. Cha was sacked after the loss to the Netherlands. The team then managed a 1–1 draw against Belgium. In the 2000 AFC Asian Cup, South Korea managed to advance out of the group stage and defeated Iran 2–1 in the quarter-finals but were beaten by Saudi Arabia 2–1 in the semi-finals. They defeated China 1–0 to gain third-place.
Semifinalists: 2002 World CupEdit
South Korea co-hosted the 2002 FIFA World Cup tournament with Japan. As they had never won a game in the World Cup previously, hopes were not very high. In addition there was pre-tournament criticism concerning Dutch coach Guus Hiddink, who many felt did not take his job seriously. However once the tournament began the South Korean team achieved their first ever victory in a World Cup with a 2–0 victory against Poland. 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 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 in a very physical match. The 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 cancelled by the referee officials. The game then went to the penalties and South Korea won the penalty shootout 5–3, and 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 to gain 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.
Despite widespread pleas for him to stay, Hiddink resigned following the 2002 World Cup. After his departure there was a greater emphasis on hiring foreign coaches. As a result, Portuguese coach Humberto Coelho became the new manager. Under his management South Korea participated in and won the first EAFF East Asian Cup in 2003. However, following shocking defeats to Oman and Vietnam and a hapless 0–0 draw against the Maldives, Coehlo was sacked. Dutch coach Jo Bonfrere then took over. They had less success the next year in the Asian Cup, losing to Iran in the quarter finals. South Korea hosted the East Asian Cup in 2005 but finished in last place.
South Korea qualified for the 2006 World Cup after defeating Kuwait in the qualifiers, finishing second in Group B after Saudi Arabia. By this point Bonfrere had come under heavy criticism for the team's poor performance during the 2005 East Asian Cup as well as a 0–2 defeat to Saudi Arabia during World Cup qualification. He eventually resigned, and as a result, the Korean Football Association named Dick Advocaat the new coach to lead the team into the World Cup. During the 2006 World Cup, South Korea achieved their first World Cup victory outside Asia by beating Togo 2–1, with goals from Lee Chun-soo and Ahn Jung-hwan. Their next game was against France, who held the lead for most of the game but a goal by Park Ji-sung allowed the South Korean team to draw with the eventual finalists. This placed South Korea at the top of their group but they lost their last game 2–0 to Switzerland, which eliminated them from the tournament. Advocaat resigned after failing to reach the second round and was replaced by assistant coach Pim Verbeek, who had also worked under Hiddink during the 2002 World Cup.
South Korea's next major tournament was the 2007 Asian Cup. The team struggled in the group stages without key players Lee Young-pyo, Park Ji-sung, and Seol Ki-hyeon. The team drew its first game 1–1 against Saudi Arabia but suffered a shocking 1–2 defeat to Bahrain. They narrowly defeated co-host Indonesia in their final group game and managed to scrape through with four points. They defeated Iran in the quarterfinals via penalty shootout following a 0–0 draw. South Korea entered another penalty shootout after another goalless draw to Iraq but were defeated. They then beat Japan on penalties once more to gain third place. Later, it was discovered that during the tournament, four veteran players, including then captain Lee Woon-jae, broke team rules to go on a late-night drinking binge in an Indonesian bar. Each of the four players were banned from national team participation for at least two years. Pim Verbeek resigned after the tournament, taking blame for the team's unsatisfactory performance as they had failed to score a single goal following the group stage and had to resort to penalties for three games in a row. He also criticized the unrealistic expectations from the fans. Afterwards, South Korea chose its first South Korean coach since 2000 when Huh Jung-moo, who had coached the team in 2000, took the helm for the second time. Under his management, the South Korean team managed to win the 2008 East Asian Cup, go undefeated for 27 consecutive games in 2009, and qualify for the 2010 World Cup.
South Korea won the 2010 World Cup AFC qualification with 16 points – seven wins and seven draws in total. In the 2010 World Cup they were placed in Group B. 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 large loss 4–1, including an own goal by forward Park Chu-young.
They then obtained a 2–2 draw in a hard fought 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 Chong-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.
Following the World Cup, Cho Kwang-rae took over as the coach. In the 2011 AFC Asian Cup they started out with a 2–1 victory over Bahrain. They drew 1–1 with Australia in their second game and finished the group stage with a 4–1 victory over India. South Korea finished with seven points but was second in the group after Australia on goal difference. They played Iran in the quarterfinals and after extra time beat them 1–0. They faced rivals Japan in the semi-finals. South Korea took the lead after Ki Sung-yueng converted a penalty in the 23rd minute. Japan scored an equalizer and the game went to extra time. Japan went ahead during the first half of extra time but Korea scored an equalizer at the end of the game, forcing the game into penalties. Korea failed to score, with Japanese goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima saving two penalites and were beaten 3–0 in the penalty shoot-out. They defeated Uzbekistan 3–2 to earn third place for the second Asian Cup in a row. They managed to win the Fair Play Award and midfielder Koo Ja-cheol finished as the tournament's top scorer with five goals.
Following the Asian Cup, key players Park Ji-sung and Lee Young-pyo retired and the team's performance began to decline. Following a humiliating 3–0 loss to Japan and a shocking 1–2 loss to Lebanon in Beirut, Cho was unceremoniously sacked despite an initial 6–0 victory over Lebanon on home soil. He was hurriedly replaced with Choi Kang-hee with the task of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup as the team was in jeopardy of breaking its long-running streak of World Cup qualifications. Under Choi South Korea narrowly qualified for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil by finishing second in their group via goal difference. Choi's contract was up after the conclusion of the qualification matches and was replaced by former player Hong Myung-bo, who had captained the 2002 World Cup team and coached the under-23 team to a bronze medal finish at the 2012 Olympics.
2014 FIFA World CupEdit
Despite high expectations under Hong, South Korea continued its run of poor form. A victory against Costa Rica was followed by losses to Mexico and the United States and shortly prior to the World Cup the team registered dismal losses against Tunisia and Ghana. South Korea started its World Cup campaign against Russia, with forward Lee Keun-ho scoring in the second half after coming on as a substitute for Park Chu-young. Russia equalized six minutes later and the game ended in a 1–1 draw. South Korea suffered a 4–2 loss to Algeria in their second game, conceding three goals by half time with no shots on goal. Son Heung-min and Koo Ja-cheol both scored goals in the second half but the South Koreans were unable to equalize, leaving them at the bottom of their group. Their final game was against Belgium and despite Belgian midfielder Steven Defour earning a red card in the match they were able to win 1–0, eliminating South Korea and leaving them without a single win for the first time since 1998.
The team's poor performance resulted in a hostile reaction from fans, who threw toffees at them upon their return. Hong was heavily criticized for the perceived lack of strategy and team selection controversies. Following the World Cup, Hong initially intended to continue in his position until the 2015 Asian Cup, but relented and resigned under heavy media pressure along with several KFA associates in responsibility for the failures at the World Cup. The KFA reinstated Lee Yong-soo as its technical committee director, who held the same position during Hiddink's success in 2002.
Following the World Cup, the South Korean team's rank, as well as public support of the team, continued to decline. The team was ranked 57th before the tournament and dropped to a low of 69th by the end of the year, their worst ever. After initial negotiations with Bert van Marwijk broke down, the KFA appointed Uli Stielike in October as the new manager with a contract up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Shortly after the announcement, the national team managed a 3–1 victory over Venezuela, their first victory in almost nine months. However, they suffered a 0–1 loss to Uruguay shortly after. Stielike officially took over the team following the loss to Uruguay. Under his management, the team won its first game against Paraguay 2–0 but were beaten by Costa Rica 3–1 shortly after.
2015 AFC Asian CupEdit
South Korea automatically qualified for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup due to their third-place finish in the 2011 tournament. They were drawn into Group A with host country Australia, Kuwait and Oman. They began the tournament with a 1–0 win over Oman, with Cho Young-cheol scoring the winning goal. They obtained another narrow 1–0 victory in their second game against Kuwait, the team's first back-to-back victory in over a year. The victory allowed the team to automatically qualify for the quarterfinals, but their shaky performance was criticized. In their final group stage match Korea managed to find its form and defeated host and tournament favorites Australia with the same result in their final group stage match and qualified to the knockout stage as the Group A winner. However, key players Koo Ja-cheol and Lee Chung-yong suffered injuries and had to leave the tournament. South Korea defeated Uzbekistan in the quarter-finals with two goals from Son Heung-min in extra time and advanced to semi-finals for the tenth time, a tournament record. Another 2–0 victory over Iraq in the semi-finals allowed them to advance to the final for the first time since 1988. In the final, South Korea faced Australia in a rematch of their group stage match. Australia took the lead in the first half but South Korea managed to equalize in the final minutes of the game, forcing the match into extra time. However, Australia managed to score again, defeating South Korea 2–1. Despite the loss in the final, the team was praised for its performance as they had managed to reach the final without conceding any goals. Public confidence, which had fallen to an all-time low following the World Cup, was restored and the team was given a hero's welcome upon their return.
For the combined qualification matches for the 2018 World Cup and the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, South Korea was drawn with Kuwait, Lebanon, Myanmar, and Laos in Group G of the second round. After winning seven matches without conceding a goal, South Korea qualified for the third round of the AFC qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup. Following a series of poor results in the third round of qualifiers, including defeats to China and Qatar, head coach Uli Stielike was sacked and was replaced by former U-20 and U-23 coach Shin Tae-yong for the remainder of the qualifying round. Under Shin, 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.
The official supporter group of the national team are the Red Devils, which was founded in 1995. The Red Devils are known for their passionate support of the team and commonly referred to as the 12th member of the team. The most common cheer is shouting "대~한민국 (Dae~han Minguk, Republic of Korea)" followed by five claps.
The traditional rival of South Korea is Japan. The South Korea football team has played 75 matches against the Japanese football team with 40 victories, 22 draws, and 13 losses. The football rivalry is long-seated and is often seen as an extension of an overall rivalry that runs deep between the two nations. Controversies occasionally flare up in matches between the two nations.
South Korea also possesses a strong rivalry with North Korea, though matches are infrequent due to diplomatic and security reasons.
Recently, a rivalry has also developed with Iran. The two teams have met in five consecutive Asian Cup quarterfinal matches (1996, 2000, 2004, 2007, and 2011), with each team recording two wins, two losses, and a tie. They have played against each other officially since 1958, totalling 28 matches as of January 2015, including seven World Cup qualifiers. These two teams were among the strongest Asian national football teams during the 1960s and 1970s. Since then, the teams have developed one of Asia's greatest rivalries. 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 at the quarterfinals stage since 1996. Iran leads the series with 13 wins, 7 draws and 9 losses.
Red has been the traditional color of the national team, leading to the nickname "The Reds" by fans as well as leading to the namesake of the supporter group Red Devils. The away colors have varied between white and blue. In 1994, the home kit shifted from red to white, but in 1995, the red returned as home color, paired with black shorts (that returned since the 1970s)
|Adidas, Kolon Sports, Prospecs, Weekend (1977–1985)[a]
|Kolon Sports (1983)
- In this period, various kits are used alternately.
- Since 15 June 1997, worn red shorts by 1993
- In September 1993, in sight of the 1994 World Cup qualifiers, South Korea changed its uniform to a new one with a colorful pattern supposedly following the trend at the time.
- The red uniform was replaced with a white one.
- At the end of 1995, contract with Rapido ended for the first time, and the contract was signed with Nike. The kits were designed and supplied by Rapido and debuted in the match against Saudi Arabia on October 31, 1995. After signing contract with Nike, South Korea still played friendly matches and the qualifiers for the 1996 Olympic Games with the same kit as before, with the only difference being the Rapido's logo being covered by a makeshift patch with the Nike logo.
- According to the designer Tomoko Bando, who designed the Nike's first kits for South Korea, the kit was inspired by Taegukgi. This kit was first worn by the Olympic team at the match against Colombia on July 8, 1996. In the 1996 Asian Cup, the shirt number changed from black to white, as well as being made with a shiny fabric. In Japan, this specific kit was referred to as the "Coca-Cola Kit" (コカコーラ･ユニフォーム Kokakōra Yunifōmu), due to the pattern's similarity with the Coca-Cola Wave. In the 1996–97 season, during the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, the South Korean team didn't wear the blue away kit in any of the matches after their defeat against Iran in the 1996 AFC Asian Cup, where the kit was worn.
- For four years there were no changes to the basic design, but the only changes made in 2000–01 season were the number font printed and the goalkeeper kit.
- These were the first kits to bear the KFA emblem in the left chest of the jersey, rather than the Taegukgi. In the 2002 World Cup, almost all of the Nike-sponsored teams had the jerseys in a fluorescent tint, resulting in the South Korean kits being made in a shade of red closer to pink.
- In the 1994 World Cup, during the second leg of the group stage against Bolivia, the South Korean team wore a kit combination of the white shirts worn in the match against Spain with the rest of the away blue kit.
- At the 2004 Olympics and at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship, South Korea wore an all-red combination for the first time in 12 years.
- Used on 2006 World Cup qualifier match against Vietnam.
- Used on 2006 World Cup group stage match against France.
- Used on 2006 World Cup group stage match against Switzerland.
- Used on 2008 Summer Olympics and 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
- Used on 2010 World Cup round of 16 match against Uruguay.
- Used in 3 matches in 2011 Asian Cup.
- Used in friendly match against Croatia (6 February 2013).
- Used in 2018 World Cup qualifier match against Iran and friendly matches against Colombia and Moldova. This combination actually served as home kit main combinations, but only used as early as August 2017.
- Used for the 2018 World Cup qualifier match against Uzbekistan.
- Used in friendly match against Morocco (10 October 2017).
Recent results and fixturesEdit
Win Draw Loss
|23 March 2017 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||China PR||1–0||South Korea||Changsha, China|
||Report||Stadium: Helong Stadium
Referee: Peter Green (Australia)
MVP: Zeng Cheng (China PR)
|28 March 2017 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||South Korea||1–0||Syria||Seoul, South Korea|
|20:00 UTC+9||Report||Stadium: Seoul World Cup Stadium
Referee: Adham Makhadmeh (Jordan)
MVP: Ki Sung-yueng
|7 June 2017 Friendly||Iraq||0–0||South Korea||Ras al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates|
|21:00 UTC+4||Report||Stadium: Emirates Club Stadium
Referee: Yaqoub Al Hammadi (United Arab Emirates)
|13 June 2017 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Qatar||3–2||South Korea||Doha, Qatar|
|22:00 UTC+3||Report||Stadium: Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium
Referee: Hettikamkanamge Perera (Sri Lanka)
MVP: Hassan Al-Haidos (Qatar)
|31 August 2017 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||South Korea||0–0||Iran||Seoul, South Korea|
|21:00 UTC+9||Report||Stadium: Seoul World Cup Stadium
Referee: Peter Green (Australia)
MVP: Son Heung-min
|5 September 2017 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Uzbekistan||0–0||South Korea||Tashkent, Uzbekistan|
|20:00 UTC+5||Report||Stadium: Bunyodkor Stadium
Referee: Muhammad Taqi (Singapore)
MVP: 오딜 아흐메도프 (Uzbekistan)
|7 October 2017 Friendly||Russia||4–2||South Korea||Moscow, Russia|
|17:00 UTC+3||Report||Stadium: VEB Arena
Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)
|10 October 2017 Friendly||South Korea||1–3||Morocco||Biel/Bienne, Switzerland|
|15:30 UTC+2||Report||Stadium: Tissot Arena
Referee: Alain Bieri (Switzerland)
|10 November 2017 Friendly||South Korea||2–1||Colombia||Suwon, South Korea|
||Stadium: Suwon World Cup Stadium
Referee: Chris Beath (Australia)
|14 November 2017 Friendly||South Korea||1–1||Serbia||Ulsan, South Korea|
||Stadium: Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium
Referee: Ma Ning (China)
|9 December 2017 2017 EAFF E-1 Championship||South Korea||2–2||China PR||Chōfu, Japan|
|16:30 UTC+9||Report||Stadium: Ajinomoto Stadium
Referee: Khamis Al-Marri (Qatar)
|12 December 2017 2017 EAFF E-1 Championship||North Korea||0–1||South Korea||Chōfu, Japan|
|16:30 UTC+9||Report||Stadium: Ajinomoto Stadium
Referee: Hettikamkanamge Perera (Sri Lanka)
|16 December 2017 2017 EAFF E-1 Championship||Japan||1–4||South Korea||Chōfu, Japan|
|19:15 UTC+9||Report||Stadium: Ajinomoto Stadium
Referee: Chris Beath (Australia)
|27 January 2018 Friendly||South Korea||1–0||Moldova||Antalya, Turkey|
||Report||Stadium: Mardan Stadium
Referee: Alper Ulusoy (Turkey)
|30 January 2018 Friendly||South Korea||2–2||Jamaica||Antalya, Turkey|
||Report||Stadium: Mardan Stadium
Referee: Alper Ulusoy (Turkey)
|3 February 2018 Friendly||South Korea||1–0||Latvia||Antalya, Turkey|
||Report||Stadium: Mardan Stadium
Referee: Ali Palabıyık (Turkey)
|24 March 2018 Friendly||Northern Ireland||v||South Korea||Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|14:00 UTC±0||Report||Stadium: Windsor Park
|27 March 2018 Friendly||Poland||v||South Korea||Chorzów, Poland|
|20:45 UTC+2||Report||Stadium: Silesian Stadium
|1 June 2018 Friendly||South Korea||v||Bosnia and Herzegovina||South Korea|
|18 June 2018 2018 FIFA World Cup Group F||Sweden||v||South Korea||Nizhny Novgorod, Russia|
|15:00 UTC+3||Report||Stadium: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium
|23 June 2018 2018 FIFA World Cup Group F||South Korea||v||Mexico||Rostov-on-Don, Russia|
|18:00 UTC+3||Report||Stadium: Rostov Arena
|Head Coach||Shin Tae-yong|
|Assistant Coach||Toni Grande|
|Assistant Coach||Jeon Kyung-jun|
|Midfield Coach||Kim Nam-il|
|Defense Coach||Cha Du-ri|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Kim Hae-woon|
|Fitness Coach||Javier Miñano|
|Fitness Coach||Lee Jae-hong|
The following is a list of players that were called up for the friendly matches, against Northern Ireland and Poland on 24 and 27 March 2018.
Caps and goals correct as of 3 February, after the match against Latvia.
The following players have also been called up to the South Korea squad within the last twelve months. Retired players are not listed.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Kim Dong-jun||19 December 1994||0||0||Seongnam FC||v. Latvia, 3 February 2018|
|GK||Gu Sung-yun||27 June 1994||0||0||Consadole Sapporo||v. Morocco, 10 October 2017|
|GK||Kwoun Sun-tae||11 September 1984||6||0||Kashima Antlers||v. Qatar, 13 June 2017|
|DF||Kim Young-gwon||27 February 1990||50||2||Guangzhou Evergrande||v. Latvia, 3 February 2018|
|DF||Go Yo-han||10 March 1988||18||0||FC Seoul||v. Latvia, 3 February 2018 INJ|
|DF||Hong Chul||17 September 1990||13||0||Sangju Sangmu||v. Latvia, 3 February 2018|
|DF||Jung Seung-hyun||3 April 1994||4||0||Sagan Tosu||v. Latvia, 3 February 2018|
|DF||Kwon Kyung-won||31 January 1992||4||1||Tianjin Quanjian||2017 EAFF E-1 Football Championship|
|DF||Kim Kee-hee||13 July 1989||23||0||Seattle Sounders||v. Morocco, 10 October 2017|
|DF||Kim Ju-young||9 July 1988||10||0||Hebei China Fortune||v. Morocco, 10 October 2017|
|DF||Rim Chang-woo||13 February 1992||6||0||Al-Wahda||v. Morocco, 10 October 2017|
|DF||Oh Jae-suk||4 January 1990||4||0||Gamba Osaka||v. Morocco, 10 October 2017|
|DF||Song Ju-hun||13 January 1994||1||0||Albirex Niigata||v. Morocco, 10 October 2017|
|DF||Yun Suk-young||13 February 1990||12||0||Kashiwa Reysol||v. Russia, 7 October 2017 INJ|
|DF||Kwak Tae-hwi||8 July 1981||58||5||FC Seoul||v. Qatar, 13 June 2017|
|DF||Kim Chang-soo||12 September 1985||25||0||Ulsan Hyundai||v. Qatar, 13 June 2017|
|DF||Kim Min-hyeok||27 February 1992||0||0||Sagan Tosu||v. Qatar, 13 June 2017|
|MF||Lee Seung-gi||2 June 1988||15||0||Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors||v. Latvia, 3 February 2018|
|MF||Kim Seung-dae||1 April 1991||5||1||Pohang Steelers||v. Latvia, 3 February 2018|
|MF||Kim Tae-hwan||24 July 1989||5||0||Sangju Sangmu||v. Latvia, 3 February 2018|
|MF||Kim Sung-joon||8 April 1988||3||0||FC Seoul||v. Latvia, 3 February 2018|
|MF||Son Jun-ho||12 May 1992||3||0||Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors||v. Latvia, 3 February 2018|
|MF||Lee Chan-dong||10 January 1993||2||0||Jeju United||v. Latvia, 3 February 2018|
|MF||Lee Myung-joo||24 April 1990||17||1||Asan Mugunghwa||2017 EAFF E-1 Football Championship|
|MF||Ju Se-jong||30 October 1990||8||1||Asan Mugunghwa||2017 EAFF E-1 Football Championship|
|MF||Yun Il-lok||7 March 1992||8||1||Yokohama F. Marinos||2017 EAFF E-1 Football Championship|
|MF||Lee Chung-yong||2 July 1988||78||8||Crystal Palace||v. Morocco, 10 October 2017|
|MF||Nam Tae-hee||3 July 1991||38||4||Al-Duhail||v. Morocco, 10 October 2017|
|MF||Kim Bo-kyung||9 October 1989||36||4||Kashiwa Reysol||v. Morocco, 10 October 2017|
|MF||Park Jong-woo||10 March 1989||15||0||Emirates||v. Morocco, 10 October 2017|
|MF||Hwang Il-su||8 August 1987||4||0||Ulsan Hyundai||v. Morocco, 10 October 2017|
|MF||Han Kook-young||19 April 1990||41||0||Gangwon FC||v. Qatar, 13 June 2017|
|MF||Koh Myong-jin||9 January 1988||5||0||Al-Rayyan||v. Syria, 28 March 2017|
|MF||Heo Yong-joon||8 January 1993||1||0||Jeonnam Dragons||v. Syria, 28 March 2017|
|FW||Jin Seong-wook||16 November 1993||4||0||Jeju United||v. Latvia, 3 February 2018|
|FW||Lee Jeong-hyeop||24 June 1991||19||5||Shonan Bellmare||2017 EAFF E-1 Football Championship|
|FW||Ji Dong-won||28 May 1991||47||11||SV Darmstadt 98||v. Morocco, 10 October 2017|
|FW||Hwang Ui-jo||28 August 1992||11||1||Gamba Osaka||v. Morocco, 10 October 2017|
|FW||Lee Dong-gook||29 April 1979||105||33||Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors||v. Uzbekistan, 5 September 2017|
INJ Withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
Statistics below are from matches which the Korea Football Association consider as official.
- As of 12 October 2017
From 1992, under-23 squad
- As of 16 December 2017
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||1||1||0||0||2||0||+2||100.00||UEFA|
|Trinidad and Tobago||1||0||1||0||1||1||+0||0.00||CONCACAF|
|United Arab Emirates||19||12||5||2||37||13||+24||63.16||AFC|
- *Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
- **Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.