South Korea – World Cup 2010 – Betting

Manager: Huh Jung-Moo
Captain: Park Ji-Sung
FIFA Ranking: 48
World Cup appearances: 1954, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006
Best World Cup: Fourth Place – 2002

South Korea Team Profile:

Despite managing to qualify for the World Cup seven times, they’ve only once made any real inroads at the prestigious tournament. However, in 2002 South Korea were the surprise package of the whole tournament and went on to defy the odds on several occasions when beating Portugal, Spain via a penalty shoot-out and then Italy in the quart-finals to book their first ever Semi-Final appearance in a world cup. They unfortunately went on to lose both the Semi-Final and the third place play-off but the Koreans certainly left their mark on that tournament and they will be aiming to reach similar heights in South Africa.


Huh Jung-Moo was a cult hero in his time as a player for South Korea. During 1974-1986 Jung-Moo notched up no less then 84 appearances in a South Korean shirt, scoring 25 goals in the process. However, Jung-Moo is widely remembered for his goal against Japan back in 1985 when Jung-Moo scored the winner to send South Korea to the Mexican World Cup and start a run of six consecutive world cup appearances. A run which he has already extended as manager with qualification already wrapped up for South Africa.

South Korea Key Players

Park Ji-Sung

The United stalwart will look to lead by example in South Africa for the South Koreans and his experience in playing in arguably the worlds most exciting league has seen him take the captains armband for his country. Despite being often one of the smallest players on the park for both club and country, he has made a name for himself by being a gritty and determined individual and is now one of the first names on the team sheet at Manchester United. Park finished the qualifying campaign as South Korea’s top goalscorer which is a major concern when you consider that he does most of his work in the middle of the park. The forwards are obviously not adding their contribution.

South Korea Qualification for the World Cup

Sector: Asia
Group: 2
Position: 2nd
Win-Draw-Lose: 3-3-2
Goals Scored: 7
Goals Conceded: 5

Qualifying Statistics:

– South Korea were one of just two sides in the Asian sector to finish qualifying with an unbeaten record of eight games without a single defeat.
– Their tally of twelve goals in eight games was the joint highest along with Australia who notched up the same amount of goals.
– Park Ji-Sung finished qualifying as South Korea’s top goalscorer with five goals.
– South Korea are the most successful country in Asia in regards to qualifying for the world cup. They’ve qualified for the last six world cup’s and have now made it seven with qualification for the 2010 World Cup already sewn up.

World Cup Potential: 2/5

Despite the heroics of 2002 which seen South Korea reach the third place play-off, we can’t see this crop of South Koreans going any further then the group stage. They would need a very easy group in order to progress as they simply lack enough quality players. Park Ji-Sung will do his obvious best to carry the Koreans as far as he can but that won’t be enough. A tricky opponent nevertheless but teams won’t fear South Korea this time around.

South Korea World Cup Betting Odds:

South Korea to win the World Cup: 250/1 Sportingbet

Before the World Cup the odds on South Korea were 250/1 

Official World Cup squad of South Korea


Woon-Jae Lee (Suwon)

Young-Kwang Kim (Ulsan)

Sung-Ryong Jung (Seongnam)



Du-Ri Cha (SC Freiburg)

Hyung-Il Kim (Pohang)

Jung-Soo Lee (Kashima)

Young-Pyo Lee (Al Hilal)

Min-Soo Kang (Suwon)

Beom-Seok Oh (Ulsan)

Yong-Hyung Cho (Jeju)

Dong-Jin Kim (Ulsan)



Nam-Il Kim (Tom Tomsk)

Sung-Yong Ki (Celtic)

Jung-Woo Kim (Gwangju)

Ji-Sung Park (Manchester United)

Chung-Yong Lee (Bolton Wanderers)

Jae-Sung Kim (Pohang)

Bo-Kyung Kim (Oita Trinita)



Seung-Yueng Lee (Seoul)

Jung-Hwan Ahn (Dalian Shide)

Chu-Young Park (AS Monaco)

Dong-Huk Lee (Jeonbuk)

Ki-Hun Yeom (Suwon)


last update: 18 June 2010


World Cup 2010 South Korea Fixtures – Group B

Date - Time Group Match Result
12/06 - 12.30 B South Korea - Greece 2-0
12/06 - 15.00 B Argentina - Nigeria 1-0
17/06 - 12.30 B Argentina - South Korea 4-1
17/06 - 15.00 B Greece - Nigeria 2-1
22/06 - 19.30 B Nigeria - South Korea 2-2
22/06 - 19.30 B Greece - Argentina 0-2

26/06 – 15.00 – Round of the last 16: South Korea – Uruguay: 1-2

World Cup 2010 Group B - Table

Rank Team Matches / Points
1 Argentina 3 Matches / 9 Points
2 South Korea 3 Matches / 4 Points
3 Greece 3 Matches / 3 Points
4 Nigeria 3 Matches / 1 Point

World Cup Fixtures and Results


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