The 2022 Qatar World Cup has finally arrived, and South Korea’s football fans are ready to continue riding the emotional roller coaster. Team captain and Tottenham Hotspur ace Son Heung-Min will suit up for the national squad after suffering a frightening facial injury ahead of the World Cup. Son headlines the 26-man South Korean World Cup squad, one eager to advance past the group stage for the first time since 2010. On this page, you can learn more about groups, players to keep an eye on, frequently asked questions—and most importantly, where to watch South Korea’s matches worldwide.
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Group stage: South Korea World Cup fixtures and match schedule
|Thurs, Nov. 24||Uruguay vs. South Korea (Draw: 0-0)||8 a.m.||Education City Stadium|
|Mon, Nov. 28||South Korea vs. Ghana (Winner: Ghana, 3-2)||8 a.m.||Education City Stadium|
|Fri, Dec. 2||South Korea vs. Portugal||10 a.m.||Education City Stadium|
Uruguay vs. South Korea
South Korea officially opens the 2022 World Cup against an intriguing Uruguay squad on Thursday, November 24. Uruguay, nicknamed La Celeste (The Sky Blue), has reached the Round of 16 in the last three World Cups. This has the potential to be a fun one.
South Korea vs. Ghana
Back in 2010, Ghana had an impressive World Cup en route to placing seventh. Although the Black Stars have no shortage of talent, they also have the youngest squad of any team in the 2022 World Cup. This could be South Korea’s best chance at winning a game outright.
South Korea vs. Portugal
Not only is Portugal the favorite to win Group H, but they entered the 2022 World Cup with the eighth-best odds (+1600, tied with Belgium) of winning it all. It’d certainly be an impressive feat if South Korea pulled off an outright victory.
Final 26-man South Korea World Cup 2022 roster
|Goalkeeper||Kim Seung-Gyu||32||185 lbs||6′ 1″|
|Goalkeeper||Jo Hyeon-Woo||31||165 lbs||6′ 2″|
|Goalkeeper||Song Bum-Keun||25||202 lbs||6′ 4″|
|Defender||Kim Young-Gwon||32||163 lbs||6’ 1″|
|Defender||Hong Chul||32||154 lbs||5’ 7″|
|Defender||Kim Jin-Su||30||150 lbs||5’ 8″|
|Defender||Kwon Kyung-won||30||183 lbs||6’ 1“|
|Defender||Kim Tae-Hwan||33||158 lbs||5’ 8″|
|Defender||Yoon Jong-gyu||24||141 lbs||5’ 6″|
|Defender||Cho Yu-min||25||174 lbs||6’|
|Defender||Kim Moon-hwan||27||141 lbs||5’ 7″|
|Defender||Kim Min-Jae||26||154 lbs||6’ 2″|
|Midfielder||Jeong Woo-Yeong||32||170 lbs||6’ 1″|
|Midfielder||Son Heung-Min||30||172 lbs||6|
|Midfielder||Kwon Chang-Hoon||28||145 lbs||5’ 7″|
|Midfielder||Lee Jae-Sung||30||154 lbs||5’ 9″|
|Midfielder||Son Jun-Ho||30||137 lbs||5’ 8″|
|Midfielder||Hwang Hee-chan||26||170 lbs||5’ 8″|
|Midfielder||Jeong Woo-Yeong||23||154 lbs||5’ 9″|
|Midfielder||Lee Kang-in||21||150 lbs||5’ 6″|
|Midfielder||Na Sang-ho||26||154 lbs||5’ 6″|
|Midfielder||Paik Seung-ho||25||150 lbs||5’ 9″|
|Midfielder||Song Min-Kyu||23||159 lbs||5’ 9″|
|Midfielder||Hwang In-beom||26||154 lbs||5’ 8″|
|Forward||Hwang Ui-Jo||30||181 lbs||6’ 1″|
|Forward||Cho Gue-Sung||24||154 lbs||6’ 1″|
Star players on South Korea’s World Cup team
Although the odds don’t think highly of South Korea’s World Cup title chances, the Taegeuk Warriors still possess an immensely talented roster. Veteran forward and captain Son Heung-Min is the face of South Korea’s World Cup squad, and the Taegeuk Warriors will need him at his best if they’re to make a deep run in Qatar. Kim Seung-Gyu and Jo Hyeon-Woo, who shined in the 2018 World Cup, will do their best to keep goals out. Soccer fans should keep a close eye on Kim Min-Jae, a rising star at defender. Kim was even nominated as Serie A Player of the Month in September for his brilliant performances.
Who is South Korea’s head coach?
Former Portugal player and national team coach Paulo Jorge Gomes Bento will manage South Korea in the 2022 World Cup. This is Gomes’s first time leading South Korea in the World Cup.
South Korea national team strengths & weaknesses
South Korea midfielder Hwang Hee-Chan said he believes the club’s biggest strength is familiarity. The Taegeuk Warriors have had over four years to play for Paulo Jorge Gomes Bento and learn his system. South Korea’s overall familiarity with the World Cup, having not missed a tournament since 1982, could also prove extremely helpful if the Taeguek Warriors manage to escape group play. Soccer fans should also keep a close eye on the collaboration between defenders Kim-Min Jae and King Young-Gwon. There’s a reason why the 26-year-old Kim, who has played on South Korea’s national team since 2017, is affectionally nicknamed the Monster Defender!
Arguably the most important question surrounding South Korea’s World Cup title hopes involves Son Heung Min’s health. The good news is Son will wear a mask to protect him from further injury. However, Bento was still trying to finalize his starting XI ahead of the tournament, and he reportedly remained undecided on his starting right back. Although South Korea seemingly has a better chance of winning the World Cup than other countries in this year’s tournament, they’re still a level below Portugal in terms of talent. Unfortunately for South Korea, Portugal’s presence might prove too much of a barrier for the Taegeuk Warriors to win Group H.
South Korea World Cup 2022 odds
The odds for South Korea to win the 2022 World Cup are so low, they don’t show on the table! Here are the latest 2022 FIFA World Cup odds for all major countries:
FAQ: South Korea 2022 World Cup Squad
How many times did South Korea win the World Cup?
South Korea has never won a FIFA World Cup. For Men’s football, South Korea has made ten appearances at the FIFA World Cup. However, only in two of those trips did the South Korean national team advance out of the Group Stage. South Korea’s best ever performance is a fourth place in the 2002 tournament, which they co-hosted with Japan, thus becoming the first team outside Europe and the Americas to reach the semi-finals.
How many times has South Korea been in the World Cup?
South Korea have appeared in the FIFA World Cup on ten occasions. The team made their debut appearance in the 1954 Switzerland World Cup, and appeared consecutively in every edition since 1986 Mexico World Cup. (From 1990 Italy, 1994 USA, 1998 France, 2002 South Korea and Japan, 2006 Germany, 2010 South Africa, 2014 Brazil to 2018 Russia World Cup)
How is South Korea good at football?
The South Korean national team is known for high work rate, strong tactical discipline and playing as a team rather than a collection of individuals. South Korea has developed and emerged as a major football power in Asia since the 1980s and is historically the most successful Asian football team, having participated in nine consecutive and ten overall FIFA World Cup tournaments, the most for any Asian country.