In this blog we will be taking a comprehensive look at the South Korea national football team and their chances at FIFA World Cup. Are you a supporter of the South Korea football team? Check out betting tips and odds at LV BET Sportsbook and place your bets on your favourite team.
South Korea have appeared in the FIFA World Cup on 10 different occasions, making their debut appearance in 1954, and appeared consistently in every edition since 1986. South Korea’s best-ever performance was fourth place in the 2002 tournament, which was co-hosted between Japan and South Korea, becoming the first team outside Europe and the Americas to reach the semi-finals.
Read on to learn more about:
- South Korea football team FIFA World Cup history
- South Korea’s road to Qatar
- South Korea squad
- LV BET betting tips on South Korea
South Korea at the FIFA World Cup
South Korea football team did not feature in the early stages of the tournament as they weren’t a member of the FIFA between 1930 and 1938. The South Korea national team made it to their first-ever World Cup in 1954 when it was hosted in Switzerland. It was a horrible showing from the team, losing both games and shipping a total of 16 goals in the process.
South Korea struggled to make it to the World Cup again, missing out on seven consecutive editions between the years 1958 and 1986.
After making their return to the World Cup group stage in 1986, the South Korea national football team have become an integral part of the qualifying teams. The best finish for the South Korea national football team was back in 2002 when they reached a semi-final and finished fourth in the overall tournament.
Some of the all time greats instilled in the South Korea national team history are Hong Myung-bo, who is the most capped player (16) in the FIFA World Cup, taking part in four consecutive World Cups. The top goalscorers are Son Heung-min, Ahn Jung-hwan and Park Ji-sung, with three goals to their name. An interesting fact about Park Ji-sung is that he is the only South Korean player to score at three different FIFA World Cups.
South Korea successes and failures at the previous FIFA World Cup
The South Korean national football team produced some great memories in their time participating in the world’s biggest football tournament. In this section, we will go over the best and worst performances of the Korea national team.
Without any doubt, the worst performance was the first appearance in 1954, when South Korea conceded 16 goals in two games. The first game was a 9-0 loss against Hungary, followed up by a 7-0 loss against Turkey.
In the 1990 World Cup, South Korea lost all three group stage games, conceding six and scoring just once.
Moving onto the best performance of the South Korean football team, it will surely be in 2002 when they co-hosted the tournament with Japan. South Korea managed to top their respective group for the first time with seven points. The group consisted of the USA, Portugal and Poland.
In the round of 16, South Korea won by 2-1 against Italy and then managed to beat Spain in the quarter-finals through a penalty shootout. The road was then cut short for the South Korean team when they faced Germany. In the third-place game, they narrowly lost to Turkey 3-2, thus finishing the tournament fourth, marking the only team outside Europe and the Americas to make it to a World Cup semi-final.
South Korea’s road to the Qatar 2022 World Cup
South Korea secured their spot in the Qatar FIFA World Cup by getting second place in the Third Round Group A when they finished two points behind Iran.
The campaign was a successful one for the South Korea team, conceding the least of all the teams participating in the Third Round. The only defeat that the South Korea national team suffered was against the United Arab Emirates when they lost out 1-0 earlier in the year.
Who will South Korea play against at the Qatar 2022 World Cup?
South Korea will be taking part in Group H in the FIFA World Cup against Uruguay, Ghana and Portugal.
Portugal are the favourites to win the Group, followed closely by Uruguay and South Korea, with Ghana scraping the barrel.
The fixtures for the South Korean national team are as follows:
- Uruguay vs South Korea 24th November 2022 14:00 Education City Stadium
- South Korea vs Ghana 28th November 2022 14:00 Education City Stadium
- South Korea vs Portugal 2nd December 2022 16:00 Education City Stadium
South Korea squad for the World Cup in Qatar
The South Korean squad is known mainly for the outstanding talent of Son Heung-min who plays with Tottenham in the Premier League and in the 2021/2 season he won the Golden boot joint with Mo Salah.
Most of the other South Korean national football team players play in South Korea, with some exceptions, such as Hwang Hee-chan, who plays with Wolves in the Premier League and Jeong Woo-Yeong, a 22-year-old striker playing with SC Freiburg.
Where to see FIFA World Cup 2022 matches in South Korea?
All around South Korea, there will be places where you can enjoy a nice meal whilst watching the South Korea National team in action. Kick-off times will vary depending on the fixture so make sure to double-check the time due to time zones.
You will be able to watch all the action unfold in all FIFA World Cup license holders as well as bars and restaurants that own the rights to show the matches.
For more information, please visit the official FIFA website here.
Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022 tickets — prices, sale dates and tournament stages
For more information regarding ticket sales and accessibility tickets, please visit the official website here.
All tickets are sold in Qatari riyal (QAR) to both residents of Qatar and International fans.
|FIFA World Cup round||Category I||Category II||Category III|
|Match for 3rd place||1,550||1,100||750|
Betting tips and odds on South Korea National team
The South Korea national team will be competing in Group H together with Portugal, Uruguay and Ghana.
The most likely team to win the Group is Portugal priced at 33/20 (1.65), whilst Uruguay are close favourites as well at 2/1 (3.00). At the bottom two, we have both Ghana and South Korea both priced at 11/1 (12.00), to top the Group after the three games.
Bets on South Korea national football team at LV BET
The South Korea national team will kick off the tournament when they face a very solid Uruguay side. We are pricing a comfortable win for Uruguay at 7/10 (1.70), whilst a phenomenal start for South Korea at 17/4 (5.25) and a draw at 19/7 (3.70).
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