South Korea national under-23 football team

South Korea national under-23 football team (Korean: 대한민국 23세 이하 축구 국가대표팀; recognized as Korea Republic by FIFA) represents South Korea at football in the Olympic Games and Asian Games. This team was founded when the Olympic football was changed to an under-23 competition, and is also managed as under-21 or under-22 team while it doesn't play in major competitions.

Korea Republic U-23
Nickname(s)Taegeuk Warriors
The Red Devils
Tigers of Asia
AssociationKorea Football Association (KFA)
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationEAFF (East Asia)
Head coachKim Hak-bum
CaptainLee Sang-min
Most capsKim Do-heon (43)
Top scorerLee Dong-gook (20)
FIFA codeKOR
First colours
Second colours
First international
 South Korea 5–0 Indonesia 
(Masan, South Korea; 24 March 1991)[1]
Biggest win
 South Korea 10–0 Philippines 
(Seoul, South Korea; 18 May 1991)
 South Korea 10–0 Macau 
(Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; 19 July 2017)
Biggest defeat
 Sweden 3–0 South Korea 
(Sweden; 7 November 1995)
 Japan 4–1 South Korea 
(Tokyo, Japan; 7 September 1999)
 Spain 3–0 South Korea 
(Adelaide, Australia; 14 September 2000)
 Italy 3–0 South Korea 
(Qinhuangdao, China; 10 August 2008)
 Brazil 3–0 South Korea 
(Manchester, United Kingdom; 7 August 2012)
 Uzbekistan 4–1 South Korea 
(Kunshan, China; 23 January 2018)
Olympic Games
Appearances8 (first in 1992)
Best resultBronze medal.svg Bronze medal (2012)
Asian Games
Appearances5 (first in 2002)
Best resultGold medal asia.svg Gold medal (2014, 2018)
AFC U-23 Asian Cup
Appearances4 (first in 2013)
Best resultGold medal asia.svg Champions (2020)

Competitive recordEdit

Olympic GamesEdit

Football at the Summer Olympics was a senior tournament until 1988.
Summer Olympic Games record
Year Result Position GP W D L GF GA Squad
19481988 See South Korea national football team
  1992 Group stage 11th 3 0 3 0 2 2 Squad
  1996 Group stage 11th 3 1 1 1 2 2 Squad
  2000 Group stage 9th 3 2 0 1 2 3 Squad
  2004 Quarter-finals 6th 4 1 2 1 8 8 Squad
  2008 Group stage 10th 3 1 1 1 2 4 Squad
  2012 Bronze medal 3rd 6 2 3 1 5 5 Squad
  2016 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 1 1 12 4 Squad
  2020 Qualified
  2024 To be determined
  2028
Total Bronze medal 8/8 26 9 11 6 33 28

Asian GamesEdit

Football at the Asian Games was a senior tournament until 1998.
Asian Games record
Year Result Position GP W D L GF GA Squad
19511998 See South Korea national football team
  2002 Bronze medal 3rd 6 5 1 0 17 2 Squad
  2006 Fourth place 4th 6 4 0 2 9 2 Squad
  2010 Bronze medal 3rd 7 5 0 2 18 5 Squad
  2014 Gold medal 1st 7 7 0 0 13 0 Squad
  2018 Gold medal 1st 7 6 0 1 19 7 Squad
Total 2 titles 5/5 33 27 1 5 76 16

AFC U-23 Asian CupEdit

AFC U-23 Asian Cup record Qualification record
Year Result Position GP W D L GF GA Squad GP W D L GF GA
  2013 Fourth place 4th 6 3 2 1 8 3 Squad 5 4 1 0 23 3
  2016 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 1 1 14 6 Squad 3 3 0 0 12 0
  2018 Fourth place 4th 6 3 1 2 8 9 Squad 3 2 1 0 12 1
  2020 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0 10 3 Squad 3 2 1 0 16 3
Total 1 title 4/4 24 16 4 4 40 21 14 11 3 0 63 7

London GenerationEdit

Under the manager Hong Myung-bo, South Korea under-23 participated in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. South Korea drew their first game with Mexico without a goal, but they beat Switzerland 2–1 in the following game. They qualified for the next round as group's runners-up after drawing 0–0 with Gabon in the third game. In the quarter-finals, South Korea met the host Great Britain, which participated in the Olympic football for the first time since 1960. South Korean Ji Dong-won scored the opening goal, but British Aaron Ramsey scored the equalizer with a penalty. Ramsey had a penalty chance again four minutes after his goal, but the over-age goalkeeper Jung Sung-ryong blocked it this time.[2] However, Jung was injured in a collision with Micah Richards during the second half, replaced by Lee Bum-young. South Korea won that game 5–4 after a penalty shoot-out, and Lee was praised by finishing the game successfully including blocking British fifth kicker Daniel Sturridge's shot in the shoot-out, but the compliments was changed to criticisms after he conceded three goals against Brazil in the semi-finals.[3] After being eliminated by a 0–3 loss to Brazil, South Korea competed with their historical rival Japan for a bronze medal. South Korean over-age striker Park Chu-young scored the opening goal with a solo effort against three Japanese defenders, and Koo Ja-cheol scored an additional goal, a decisive one for the victory. South Korea defeated Japan 2–0 in the bronze medal match, which they played for the first Olympic medal in their football history and players' exemption from military service. The bronze medalists was called the "London Generation" in South Korea, and also played for senior team in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[4]

Match resultsEdit

Results by managerEdit

As of 14 November 2020
No. Manager Year P W D L Win % Ref.
1 Kim Sam-rak 1991–1992 30 21 6 3 070.00 [5]
2   Anatoliy Byshovets 1994–1996 43 19 14 10 044.19 [5]
3 Huh Jung-moo 1998–2000 30 25 2 3 083.33 [5][6][7]
4 Park Hang-seo 2002 9 7 2 0 077.78 [8]
5 Kim Ho-kon 2003–2004 31 19 6 6 061.29 [9][10]
6   Pim Verbeek 2006–2007 15 10 2 3 066.67 [11][12]
7 Park Sung-hwa 2007–2008 13 7 5 1 053.85 [12][13]
8 Hong Myung-bo 2009–2012 32 19 8 5 059.38 [14][15][16][17]
9 Kim Tae-young[a] 2012 5 4 1 0 080.00 [17]
10 Chung Jung-yong 2012 2 1 0 1 050.00 [17]
11 Lee Kwang-jong 2013–2015 22 12 5 5 054.55 [18][19]
12 Choi Moon-sik[b] 2015 3 2 1 0 066.67 [21]
13 Shin Tae-yong 2015–2016 30 18 9 3 060.00 [21][22]
14 Chung Jung-yong 2017 3 2 1 0 066.67 [23]
15 Kim Bong-gil 2017–2018 6 3 1 2 050.00 [24]
16 Kim Hak-bum 2018– 25 18 4 3 072.00 [24][25][26][27]
See list of matches Total 299 187 67 45 062.54
  1. ^ Managed under-21 team at the 2013 AFC U-22 Championship qualification
  2. ^ Managed under-22 team as a caretaker in the 2015 King's Cup because former manager Lee Kwang-jong urgently resigned from the team due to his acute leukemia[20]

Recent resultsEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

2019Edit

24 March AFC U23 qualifier Cambodia   1–6   South Korea Phnom Penh, Cambodia
20:00 (UTC+7) N. Kakada   60' Report Han Chan-hee   4'
Jang Min-gyu   8'
Kim Bo-sub   57'
Sovann   80' (o.g.)
Lee Dong-gyeong   84'90+3'
Stadium: Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium
Attendance: 1,328
Referee: Mohammed Al-Hoish (Saudi Arabia)
26 March AFC U23 qualifier South Korea   2–2   Australia Phnom Penh, Cambodia
17:00 (UTC+7) Cho Young-wook   26'
Lee Dong-gyeong   63'
Report D'Agostino   16'24' Stadium: Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium
Attendance: 455
Referee: Yaqoob Abdul Baki (Oman)
11 October Friendly South Korea   3–1   Uzbekistan Hwaseong, South Korea
20:35 (UTC+9) Kim Jae-woo   37'
Oh Se-hun   71'
Kim Jin-kyu   75'
Report Yakhshiboev   20' Stadium: Hwaseong Stadium
Attendance: 6,539
Referee: Yin Hao Shen (China)
14 October Friendly South Korea   1–2   Uzbekistan Cheonan, South Korea
20:00 (UTC+9) Jeong Woo-yeong   30' Report Abdixolikov   49'
Yakhshiboev   81'
Stadium: Cheonan Baekseok Stadium
Attendance: 7,305
Referee: Liu Kwok Man (Hong Kong)
13 November Dubai Cup South Korea   2–0   Saudi Arabia Dubai, United Arab Emirates
16:00 (UTC+4) Lee Dong-jun   55'
Cho Gue-sung   77'
Report
15 November Dubai Cup South Korea   3–0   Bahrain Dubai, United Arab Emirates
16:00 (UTC+4) Oh Se-hun   48'56'
Kim Dae-won   90+5'
Report
17 November Dubai Cup South Korea   3–3   Iraq Dubai, United Arab Emirates
16:00 (UTC+4) Jarir   45' (o.g.)
Kim Dae-won   56'
Lee Dong-jun   80'
Report Lee Sang-min   72' (o.g.)
Al-Ammari   90' (pen.)
Nassif   95+5' (pen.)
19 November Dubai Cup United Arab Emirates   1–1   South Korea Dubai, United Arab Emirates
16:00 (UTC+4) Jumaa   45+3' Report Nasser   47' (o.g.)

2020Edit

12 January AFC U23 Group C Iran   1–2   South Korea Songkhla, Thailand
17:15 Shekari   54' Report Lee Dong-jun   22'
Cho Gue-sung   35'
Stadium: Tinsulanon Stadium
Attendance: 5,855
Referee: Adham Makhadmeh (Jordan)
15 January AFC U23 Group C Uzbekistan   1–2   South Korea Rangsit, Thailand
17:15 Abdixolikov   21' Report Oh Se-hun   5'71' Stadium: Thammasat Stadium
Referee: Hiroyuki Kimura (Japan)
12 October Unofficial friendly South Korea   0–3   South Korea A Goyang, South Korea
20:00 UTC+9 Report
Stadium: Goyang Stadium
Attendance: 2,075
Referee: Kim Woo-sung (South Korea)
12 November Friendly Egypt   0–0   South Korea Cairo, Egypt
20:00 UTC+2 Report Stadium: Cairo International Stadium
Referee: Mahmoud El Banna (Egypt)
14 November Friendly Brazil   3–1   South Korea Cairo, Egypt
15:00 UTC+2
Report Stadium: Cairo International Stadium
Referee: Ibrahim Nour El Din (Egypt)

Coaching staffEdit

Position Coach[28]
Manager Kim Hak-bum
Assistant coach Lee Min-sung
Coach Kim Eun-jung
Goalkeeping coach Cha Sang-kwang
Fitness coach Kim Chan-bin

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the friendly matches against Egypt and Brazil on 12 and 14 November 2020.[29]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1GK Song Bum-keun (1997-10-15) 15 October 1997 (age 23)   Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
1GK An Chan-gi (1998-04-06) 6 April 1998 (age 22)   Suwon Samsung Bluewings
1GK Heo Ja-woong (1998-05-12) 12 May 1998 (age 22)   Seongnam FC

2DF Jung Seung-won (1997-02-27) 27 February 1997 (age 23)   Daegu FC
2DF Kang Yoon-seong (1997-07-01) 1 July 1997 (age 23)   Jeju United
2DF Kim Jae-woo (1998-02-06) 6 February 1998 (age 22)   Daegu FC
2DF Kim Jin-ya (1998-06-30) 30 June 1998 (age 22)   FC Seoul
2DF Kim Gang-san (1998-09-15) 15 September 1998 (age 22)   Bucheon FC 1995
2DF Seol Young-woo (1998-12-05) 5 December 1998 (age 21)   Ulsan Hyundai
2DF Kim Hyeon-woo (1999-03-07) 7 March 1999 (age 21)   NK Istra 1961
2DF Lee Jae-ik (1999-05-21) 21 May 1999 (age 21)   Royal Antwerp

3MF Paik Seung-ho (1997-03-17) 17 March 1997 (age 23)   Darmstadt 98
3MF Kim Dong-hyun (1997-06-11) 11 June 1997 (age 23)   Seongnam FC
3MF Lee Dong-gyeong (1997-09-20) 20 September 1997 (age 23)   Ulsan Hyundai
3MF Lee Seung-woo (1998-01-06) 6 January 1998 (age 22)   Sint-Truiden
3MF Lee Seung-mo (1998-03-30) 30 March 1998 (age 22)   Pohang Steelers
3MF Kim Jung-min (1999-11-13) 13 November 1999 (age 21)   Vitória de Guimarães
3MF Lee Soo-bin (2000-05-07) 7 May 2000 (age 20)   Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors

4FW Kim Dae-won (1997-02-10) 10 February 1997 (age 23)   Daegu FC
4FW Cho Gue-sung (1998-01-25) 25 January 1998 (age 22)   Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
4FW Oh Se-hun (1999-01-15) 15 January 1999 (age 21)   Sangju Sangmu
4FW Cho Young-wook (1999-02-05) 5 February 1999 (age 21)   FC Seoul
4FW Song Min-kyu (1999-09-12) 12 September 1999 (age 21)   Pohang Steelers
4FW Jeong Woo-yeong (1999-09-20) 20 September 1999 (age 21)   SC Freiburg
4FW Cheon Seong-hoon (2000-09-21) 21 September 2000 (age 20)   FC Augsburg II

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have also been called up to the South Korea under-23 squad within the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Ahn Joon-soo (1998-01-28) 28 January 1998 (age 22)   Cerezo Osaka v.   Egypt, 12 November 2020 WD
GK Lee Gwang-yeon (1999-09-11) 11 September 1999 (age 21)   Gangwon FC v.   South Korea A, 12 October 2020

DF Lee You-hyeon (1997-02-08) 8 February 1997 (age 23)   Jeonnam Dragons v.   South Korea A, 12 October 2020
DF Jeong Tae-wook (1997-05-16) 16 May 1997 (age 23)   Daegu FC v.   South Korea A, 12 October 2020 A
DF Lee Sang-min (1998-01-01) 1 January 1998 (age 22)   Seoul E-Land v.   South Korea A, 12 October 2020
DF Yoon Jong-gyu (1998-03-20) 20 March 1998 (age 22)   FC Seoul v.   South Korea A, 12 October 2020 A
DF Kim Tae-hyeon (2000-09-17) 17 September 2000 (age 20)   Seoul E-Land v.   South Korea A, 12 October 2020
DF Kim Ju-sung (2000-12-12) 12 December 2000 (age 19)   FC Seoul Gangneung Training Camp, December 2019

MF Han Chan-hee (1997-03-17) 17 March 1997 (age 23)   FC Seoul v.   South Korea A, 12 October 2020
MF Maeng Seong-ung (1998-02-04) 4 February 1998 (age 22)   FC Anyang v.   South Korea A, 12 October 2020
MF Han Jeong-uh (1998-12-26) 26 December 1998 (age 21)   Suwon FC v.   South Korea A, 12 October 2020
MF Kim Jin-kyu (1997-02-24) 24 February 1997 (age 23)   Busan IPark 2020 AFC U-23 Championship INJ
MF Won Du-jae (1997-11-28) 28 November 1997 (age 23)   Ulsan Hyundai 2020 AFC U-23 Championship A
MF Lee Sang-heon (1998-02-26) 26 February 1998 (age 22)   Ulsan Hyundai Gangneung Training Camp, December 2019
MF Jeon Se-jin (1999-09-09) 9 September 1999 (age 21)   Sangju Sangmu Gangneung Training Camp, December 2019

FW Um Won-sang (1999-01-06) 6 January 1999 (age 21)   Gwangju FC v.   South Korea A, 12 October 2020 A
FW Lee Dong-jun (1997-02-01) 1 February 1997 (age 23)   Busan IPark 2020 AFC U-23 Championship A

INJ Withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
A Were called up for the A team.
WD Player withdrew from the squad due to non-injury issue.

Player recordsEdit

Statistics below are from matches which the KFA consider as official, but these include only international caps, and exclude caps against clubs and South Korea senior team among KFA records.[30]

Wild cardsEdit

The football at the Summer Olympics and Asian Games have required that under-23 players enter the competitions, but they have allowed three over-age players can be included in one squad. These three players are called the "Wild card" in South Korea.[31] According to South Korean laws, Olympic medalists and Asian Games gold medalists can be exempted from the military service, so senior level players also compete for wild cards.[32] The following players played for the under-23 team as wild cards, and players in bold were exempted from military service.

HonoursEdit

Bronze medal: 2012
Gold medal: 2014, 2018
Bronze medal: 2002, 2010
Fourth place: 2006
Winners: 2020
Runners-up: 2016
Fourth place: 2013, 2018
  • Minor competitions
Dunhill Cup: 1999
Australian Four Nations Tournament: 2000[33]
South African Four Nations Tournament: 2003[34]
Qatar Tournament: 2005[35]
King's Cup: 2012, 2015

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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