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 emerged as a major football power in Asia since the 1980s, having participated in ten consecutive and eleven 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 so far only) Asian team to reach the semi-finals 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.
|South Korea national football team|
대한민국 축구 국가대표팀
大韓民國 蹴球 國家代表팀
|Revised Romanization||Daehan Min'guk Chukgu Gukga Daepyo Tim|
|McCune–Reischauer||Taehan Min'guk Ch'ukku Kukka Taep'yo T'im|
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 (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)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. 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)Edit
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)Edit
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)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. 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)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. 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 Hiddink 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.
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.
Captain Park era (2008)Edit
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.
Proactive football (2022)Edit
Kim Pan-gon, the KFA official in charge of finding a new coach, contracted Paulo Bento and his coaching team to set long-term goals after the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Bento showed a philosophy that wasn't dominated by the opposition's tactics and maintained his team's build-up play. However, South Korea, an underdog in the World Cup, had been familiar with reactive tactics that focus on defense. His style received negative assessments from a significant number of KFA's executives, and he came under fire from the South Korean media. Bento severed relations with the technical committee and managed the national team with only his coaching staff after Kim Pan-gon resigned from the association. Nevertheless, the national team players were attracted to his tactics and systematic training programs, and strongly supported him.
Bento's team easily qualified for the 2022 FIFA World Cup after scoring well against Asian teams, but the media still doubted that his proactive tactics would be effective against World Cup giants. Before the tournament, Son Heung-min, the Premier League Golden Boot winner and one of South Korea's key players, injured his eye socket and wasn't in optimal condition. At the World Cup, South Korea contested a goalless draw with Uruguay, but encountered a crisis after losing 3–2 to Ghana in the second match. Their defense failed to block all three of Ghana's shots on target, although their striker Cho Gue-sung scored two goals with headers. Bento was sent off for arguing with referee Anthony Taylor just after the match ended, and had to see South Korea's last group match against his homeland Portugal in the stands. However, South Korea defeated Portugal 2–1 with Kim Young-gwon and Hwang Hee-chan's goals, advancing to the knockout stage as group runners-up. Despite a 4–1 defeat to Brazil in the round of 16, the four-year challenge with Bento was finally appreciated by journalists and set a good direction for South Korean football.
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 crestEdit
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.
|Adidas, Asics, Kolon Sports,
|1977–1985||South Korea didn't have an exclusive kit sponsor at that time,|
though they contracted with Adidas as their first official kit sponsor.
|Weekend||1985–1988||Sportswear brand of Samsung C&T Corporation|
|Rapido||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 supplier||Period||Contract date||Contract duration||Total||Annual||Ref.|
|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|||
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.
South Korea's greatest rival is Japan. This rivalry is an extension of a competitive rivalry between the two nations that goes beyond football, and some matches in the past have been tainted with controversy. South Korea leads the all-time series with 42 wins, 23 draws and 16 losses.
A rivalry has also developed with Iran. The two nations have played against each other officially since 1958, totalling 33 matches as of March 2022, including eleven 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 10 losses.
Another major rival is Australia. 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.
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; lit. '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.
Results and fixturesEdit
The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
Win Draw Loss Fixture
|2 June Friendly||South Korea||1–5||Brazil||Seoul, South Korea|
||Stadium: Seoul World Cup Stadium|
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)
|6 June Friendly||South Korea||2–0||Chile||Daejeon, South Korea|
||Report||Stadium: Daejeon World Cup Stadium|
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)
|10 June Friendly||South Korea||2–2||Paraguay||Suwon, South Korea|
||Stadium: Suwon World Cup Stadium|
Referee: Jérémie Pignard (France)
|14 June Friendly||South Korea||4–1||Egypt||Seoul, South Korea|
||Stadium: Seoul World Cup Stadium|
Referee: Jérémie Pignard (France)
|20 July 2022 EAFF E-1 Football Championship||China||0–3||South Korea||Toyota, Japan|
||Stadium: Toyota Stadium|
Referee: Akhrol Riskullaev (Uzbekistan)
|24 July 2022 EAFF E-1 Football Championship||South Korea||3–0||Hong Kong||Toyota, Japan|
||Report||Stadium: Toyota Stadium, Toyota|
Referee: Nazmi Nasaruddin (Malaysia)
|27 July 2022 EAFF E-1 Football Championship||Japan||3–0||South Korea||Toyota, Japan|
|19:20 UTC+9||Report||Stadium: Toyota Stadium|
Referee: Akhrol Riskullaev (Uzbekistan)
|23 September Friendly||South Korea||2–2||Costa Rica||Goyang, South Korea|
||Stadium: Goyang Stadium|
Referee: Alex King (Australia)
|27 September Friendly||South Korea||1–0||Cameroon||Seoul, South Korea|
||Report||Stadium: Seoul World Cup Stadium|
Referee: Alex King (Australia)
|11 November Friendly||South Korea||1–0||Iceland||Hwaseong, South Korea|
||Report||Stadium: Hwaseong Stadium|
Referee: Jumpei Iida (Japan)
|24 November 2022 FIFA World Cup Group H||Uruguay||0–0||South Korea||Al Rayyan, Qatar|
|16:00 UTC+3||Report||Stadium: Education City Stadium|
Referee: Clément Turpin (France)
|28 November 2022 FIFA World Cup Group H||South Korea||2–3||Ghana||Al Rayyan, Qatar|
||Report||Stadium: Education City Stadium|
Referee: Anthony Taylor (England)
|2 December 2022 FIFA World Cup Group H||South Korea||2–1||Portugal||Al Rayyan, Qatar|
||Stadium: Education City Stadium|
Referee: Facundo Tello (Argentina)
|5 December 2022 FIFA World Cup R16||Brazil||4–1||South Korea||Doha, Qatar|
||Stadium: Stadium 974|
Referee: Clément Turpin (France)
|24 March Friendly||South Korea||2–2||Colombia||Ulsan, South Korea|
||Report||Stadium: Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium|
Referee: Jumpei Iida (Japan)
|28 March Friendly||South Korea||1–2||Uruguay||Seoul, South Korea|
||Report||Stadium: Seoul World Cup Stadium|
Referee: Yudai Yamamoto (Japan)
|16 June Friendly||South Korea||v||Peru||Busan, South Korea|
|20:00 UTC+9||Report||Stadium: Busan Asiad Main Stadium|
|20 June Friendly||South Korea||v||El Salvador||Daejeon, South Korea|
|20:00 UTC+9||Report||Stadium: Daejeon World Cup Stadium|
|7 September Friendly||Wales||v||South Korea||Cardiff, Wales|
|19:45 UTC+1||Report||Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium|
|15 January 2023 AFC Asian Cup Group E||South Korea||v||Bahrain||Al Rayyan, Qatar|
|14:30 UTC+3||Report||Stadium: Jassim bin Hamad Stadium|
|20 January 2023 AFC Asian Cup Group E||Jordan||v||South Korea||Doha, Qatar|
|14:30 UTC+3||Report||Stadium: Al Thumama Stadium|
|25 January 2023 AFC Asian Cup Group E||South Korea||v||Malaysia||Doha, Qatar|
|14:30 UTC+3||Report||Stadium: Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium|
- As of 28 March 2023
- As of 9 March 2023
|Assistant manager||Andi Herzog|
|Goalkeeping coach||Andreas Köpke|
|Fitness coach||Werner Leuthard|
|Technical advisor||Cha Du-ri|
The following players were called up for the friendly matches against Peru and El Salvador on 16 and 20 June 2023, respectively.
Caps and goals updated as of 28 March 2023, after the match against Uruguay.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Kim Seung-gyu||30 September 1990||72||0||Al-Shabab|
|GK||Jo Hyeon-woo||25 September 1991||23||0||Ulsan Hyundai|
|GK||Song Bum-keun||15 October 1997||1||0||Shonan Bellmare|
|DF||Kim Jin-su||13 June 1992||66||2||Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors|
|DF||Kwon Kyung-won||31 January 1992||30||2||Gamba Osaka|
|DF||Park Ji-soo||13 June 1994||14||0||Portimonense|
|DF||Lee Ki-je||9 July 1991||4||0||Suwon Samsung Bluewings|
|DF||Kim Ju-sung||12 December 2000||1||0||FC Seoul|
|DF||Ahn Hyeon-beom||21 December 1994||0||0||Jeju United|
|DF||Seol Young-woo||5 December 1998||0||0||Ulsan Hyundai|
|MF||Son Heung-min (captain)||8 July 1992||110||37||Tottenham Hotspur|
|MF||Lee Jae-sung||10 August 1992||69||9||Mainz 05|
|MF||Hwang Hee-chan||26 January 1996||51||10||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|MF||Hwang In-beom||20 September 1996||43||5||Olympiacos|
|MF||Na Sang-ho||12 August 1996||27||2||FC Seoul|
|MF||Son Jun-ho||12 May 1992||20||0||Shandong Taishan|
|MF||Lee Kang-in||19 February 2001||12||0||Mallorca|
|MF||Won Du-jae||18 November 1997||6||0||Gimcheon Sangmu|
|MF||Hong Hyun-seok||16 June 1999||0||0||Gent|
|MF||Park Yong-woo||10 September 1993||0||0||Ulsan Hyundai|
|FW||Hwang Ui-jo||28 August 1992||54||16||FC Seoul|
|FW||Cho Gue-sung||25 January 1998||22||6||Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors|
|FW||Oh Hyeon-gyu||12 April 2001||3||0||Celtic|
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||Gu Sung-yun||27 June 1994||4||0||Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo||v. Iceland, 11 November 2022|
|GK||Kim Dong-jun||19 December 1994||1||0||Jeju United||v. Cameroon, 27 September 2022|
|DF||Kim Young-gwon||27 February 1990||102||7||Ulsan Hyundai||v. Uruguay, 28 March 2023|
|DF||Kim Min-jae||15 November 1996||49||3||Napoli||v. Uruguay, 28 March 2023|
|DF||Kim Moon-hwan||1 August 1995||26||0||Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors||v. Uruguay, 28 March 2023|
|DF||Kim Tae-hwan||24 July 1989||21||0||Ulsan Hyundai||v. Uruguay, 28 March 2023|
|DF||Cho Yu-min||17 November 1996||5||0||Daejeon Hana Citizen||v. Uruguay, 28 March 2023|
|DF||Hong Chul||17 September 1990||47||1||Daegu FC||2022 FIFA World Cup|
|DF||Yoon Jong-gyu||20 March 1998||4||0||Gimcheon Sangmu||2022 FIFA World Cup|
|DF||Lee Sang-min||1 January 1998||0||0||Gimcheon Sangmu||v. Iceland, 11 November 2022|
|DF||Park Min-gyu||10 August 1995||0||0||Gimcheon Sangmu||v. Iceland, 11 November 2022|
|DF||Lee Jae-ik||21 May 1999||1||0||Seoul E-Land||2022 EAFF E-1 Football Championship|
|DF||Lee Yong||24 December 1986||57||0||Suwon FC||v. Egypt, 14 June 2022|
|DF||Jung Seung-hyun||3 April 1994||11||0||Ulsan Hyundai||v. Egypt, 14 June 2022|
|MF||Jung Woo-young||14 December 1989||72||3||Al-Sadd||v. Uruguay, 28 March 2023|
|MF||Kwon Chang-hoon||30 June 1994||43||12||Gimcheon Sangmu||v. Uruguay, 28 March 2023|
|MF||Paik Seung-ho||17 March 1997||15||3||Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors||v. Uruguay, 28 March 2023|
|MF||Song Min-kyu||12 September 1999||13||1||Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors||v. Uruguay, 28 March 2023|
|MF||Jeong Woo-yeong||20 September 1999||11||2||SC Freiburg||v. Uruguay, 28 March 2023|
|MF||Kim Jin-gyu||24 February 1997||8||2||Gimcheon Sangmu||v. Iceland, 11 November 2022|
|MF||Um Won-sang||6 January 1999||7||0||Ulsan Hyundai||v. Iceland, 11 November 2022|
|MF||Ko Seung-beom||24 April 1994||3||0||Suwon Samsung Bluewings||v. Iceland, 11 November 2022|
|MF||Yang Hyun-jun||25 May 2002||0||0||Gangwon FC||v. Iceland, 11 November 2022|
|MF||Lee Yeong-jae||13 September 1994||5||0||Gimcheon Sangmu||2022 EAFF E-1 Football Championship|
|MF||Kim Dong-hyun||11 June 1997||3||0||Gimcheon Sangmu||2022 EAFF E-1 Football Championship|
|MF||Kang Seong-jin||26 March 2003||2||2||FC Seoul||2022 EAFF E-1 Football Championship|
|MF||Goh Young-joon||9 July 2001||1||0||Pohang Steelers||2022 EAFF E-1 Football Championship|
|MF||Lee Ki-hyuk||7 July 2000||1||0||Jeju United||2022 EAFF E-1 Football Championship|
|FW||Cho Young-wook||5 February 1999||4||1||Gimcheon Sangmu||v. Cameroon, 27 September 2022|
Notable former playersEdit
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.
- Hong Deok-young (1948–1954)
- Lee Se-yeon (1966–1973)
- Lee Woon-jae (1994–2010)
- Kim Jung-nam (1964–1973)
- Kim Ho (1966–1972)
- Hong Myung-bo (1990–2002)
- Lee Young-pyo (1999–2011)
- 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)
- Lee Hoe-taik (1966–1977)
- Cha Bum-kun (1972–1986)
- Choi Soon-ho (1980–1991)
- Kim Joo-sung (1985–1996)
- As of 28 March 2023
Players in bold are still active with South Korea.
Champions Runners-up Third place Tournament played on home soil
FIFA World CupEdit
|FIFA World Cup record||Qualification record|
|1930||Not a FIFA member||Not a FIFA member|
|1950||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1958||Did not enter||Entry denied by FIFA|
|1962||Did not qualify||4||2||0||2||6||9|
|1966||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1970||Did not qualify||4||1||2||1||6||5|
|2002||Fourth place||4th||7||3||2||2||8||6||Squad||Qualified as hosts|
|2010||Round of 16||15th||4||1||1||2||6||8||Squad||14||7||7||0||22||7|
|2022||Round of 16||16th||4||1||1||2||5||8||Squad||16||12||3||1||35||4|
|2026||To be determined||To be determined|
- ^ Statistics since 1948, when South Korea became a member of FIFA.
- Football at the Summer Olympics has been an under-23 tournament since 1992.
|Olympic Games record||Qualification record|
|1900–1936||Not an IOC member|
|1952||Did not enter|
|1956||Did not qualify||2||1||0||1||2||2|
|1968||Did not qualify||5||4||1||0||17||5|
|1988||Group stage||11th||3[b]||0||2||1||1||2||Squad||Qualified as hosts|
|1992–present||See South Korea national under-23 football team|
- ^ 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 the International Olympic Committee.
AFC Asian CupEdit
|AFC Asian Cup record||Qualification record|
|1960||Champions||1st||3||3||0||0||9||1||Squad||Qualified as hosts|
|1964[a]||Third place||3rd||3||1||0||2||2||4||Squad||Direct entry|
|1968||Did not qualify||4||1||1||2||9||4|
|1976||Did not qualify||4||2||0||2||3||3|
|1992||Did not qualify||2[a]||1||0||1||7||2|
|2011||Third place||3rd||6||4||2||0||13||7||Squad||Directly qualified|
- Football at the Asian Games has been an under-23 tournament since 2002.
|Asian Games record|
|1951||Did not enter|
|2002–present||See South Korea national under-23 football team|
|EAFF Championship record|
|2000||CONCACAF Gold Cup||Group stage||9th||2||0||2||0||2||2||Squad|
|2001||FIFA Confederations Cup||Group stage||5th||3||2||0||1||3||6||Squad|
|2002||CONCACAF Gold Cup||Fourth place||4th||5||0||2||3||3||7||Squad|
The following table shows South Korea's head-to-head record, correct as of 28 March 2023.
|Positive balance (more wins)|
|Neutral balance (equal W/L ratio)|
|Negative balance (more losses)|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||2||1||0||1||3||3||+0||50.00||UEFA|
|North Korea (list)||17||7||9||1||14||6||+8||41.18||AFC|
|Serbia and Montenegro||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||21||13||5||3||38||14||+24||61.90||AFC|
- ^ Until 2006, Australia was a member of OFC.
- ^ Including the Khmer Republic.
- ^ Including the Republic of China.
- ^ Including Czechoslovakia.
- ^ Including the United Arab Republic.
- ^ Israel was a member of AFC between 1954 and 1974. In 1994, they received full UEFA membership.
- ^ Including the Federation of Malaya.
- ^ Including Burma.
- ^ Including Macedonia.
- ^ Including South Vietnam.
- ^ Including North Yemen.
- ^ Including SFR Yugoslavia and FR Yugoslavia.
- Fourth place: 2002
- Champions: 1987
- Gold medalists: 1970, 1978, 1986
- Silver medalists: 1954, 1958, 1962
- Bronze medalists: 1990
- Fourth place: 1994
- Fourth place: 2002
- Minor competitions
- Korea Cup: 1971, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1991, 1997
- Merdeka Tournament: 1960, 1965, 1967, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1977, 1978
- King's Cup: 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1998
- Jakarta Anniversary Tournament: 1981
- Dynasty Cup: 1990
- LG Cup: 2000, 2001, 2006
- FIFA World Cup Most Entertaining Team: 2002
- AFC National Team of the Year: 2002, 2009
- EAFF Championship Fair Play Award: 2008
- AFC Asian Cup Fair Play Award: 2011
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