World Cup participations: 6
Greatest World Cup achievement: semi-final (2002)
After the huge success at the world cup in their own country four
years ago it could only go downwards with South Korea and
the qualification for Germany was already quite mixed.
But still they got through as second behind Saudi Arabia.
After coaching legend Guus Hiddink left, Korea hired another experienced
Dutchman - Dick Advocaat.
The current star in his team is Man United's Ji-Sung Park.
Further strong players are Young-Pyo Lee of Tottenham, teenie-shoal
Jung Hwan Ahn of Metz, Ki-Hyeun Seol of Wolverhampton Wanderers and
Du-Ri Cha of Eintracht Frankfurt.
In total a very young team with potential that plays well forward.
But after the world cup 2002 experienced defenders around Myong-Bo Hong retired
since that the defence is a bit insecure.
The chances at the world cup are difficult to estimate - ranging from the 2nd place
behind France to dropping out without a point everything seems possible.
The odds on South Korea as world cup winner were certainly very high
- 151.0 at Betandwin.
For a bet on group winner South Korea you get 10.0.
Nickname Asian Tiger, Taeguk Warriors
Association Korea Football Association
Coach Johannes Bonfrere (2003-)
Most caps Hong Myung-Bo, (135)
Top scorer Cha Bum-Kun, (55)
South Korea 5 - 3 Mexico
(London, England; August 2 1948)
South Korea 16 - 0 Nepal
(Incheon, Rep.of Korea; September 29 2003)
Sweden 12 - 0 South Korea
(London, England; August 5 1948)
Appearances 7 (First in 1954)
Best result Fourth place, 2002
AFC Asian Cup
Appearances 10 (First in 1956)
Best result Winners, 1956 and 1960
World Cup Squad South Korea
This is the official world cup squad -
you can find here all the
world cup players
for South Korea
Kim Byung-Ji, Jang Hak-Young, Yoo Kyoung-Ryul, Kim Jung-Woo, Cha Du-Ri
Other World Cup Teams
Trinidad and Tobago
Serbia and Montenegro