South Korea national football team

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Korea Republic
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Taegeuk Warriors (태극전사)
The Reds
Association Korea Football Association (KFA)
대한축구협회
Sub-confederation EAFF (East Asia)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Uli Stielike
Asst coach Carlos Armoa
Captain Ki Sung-Yueng
Most caps Hong Myung-bo (136)
Top scorer Cha Bum-kun (55)
FIFA code KOR
FIFA ranking 66 Decrease 3 (23 October 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 17 (23 December 1998)
Lowest FIFA ranking 66 (23 October 2014)
Elo ranking 53
Highest Elo ranking 15 (Sep 1980, Jun 2002)
Lowest Elo ranking 82
First colours
Second colours
First international
 South Korea 5–1 Hong Kong 
(Hong Kong; June 6, 1948)[1]
Biggest win
 South Korea 16–0 Nepal   
(Incheon, South Korea; September 29, 2003)
Biggest defeat
 South Korea 0–12 Sweden 
(London, England; August 5, 1948)
World Cup
Appearances 9 (First in 1954)
Best result Fourth Place, 2002
Asian Cup
Appearances 12 (First in 1956)
Best result Champions, 1956 and 1960
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Appearances 2 (First in 2000)
Best result Fourth Place, 2002
Confederations Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 2001)
Best result Group Stage, 2001
South Korea national football team
Hangul 대한민국 축구 국가대표팀
Hanja 大韓民國 蹴球 國家代表
Revised Romanization Daehan Min'guk Chukgu Gukga Daepyo Tim
McCune–Reischauer Taehan Min'guk Ch'ukku Kukka Taep'yo T'im

The Korea Republic (South Korea) national football team represents South Korea in international association football and is controlled by the Korea Football Association.

South Korea is historically the most successful Asian team and has participated in eight consecutive and nine overall FIFA World Cup tournaments, the most for any Asian country. Despite initially going through five World Cup tournaments without winning a match, South Korea became the first and currently only Asian team to reach the semi-final stages when they co-hosted the 2002 tournament with Japan. They have since improved their ability to play on foreign soil and were able to reach the Round of 16 in the 2010 World Cup. They also won the first two editions of the AFC Asian Cup in 1956 and 1960, finishing second in 1972, 1980, and 1988, and third in 2000, 2007, and 2011.

The team is commonly nicknamed "The Reds" by both fans and the media due to the color of their primary kit. This led to the creation of an official supporting group referred to as the Red Devils in 1995.

History[edit]

Pre–1954[edit]

Koreans were not introduced to football until 1882, when British crew members played a game while their vessel was visiting the Incheon Port.[2] In 1921, the first All Korea Football Tournament was held, and in 1928, The Korea Football Association was organized, which created a foundation to disseminate and develop football in Korea.[3] In 1940, however, the Governor-General of Korea forced the Korea Football Association to dissolve.[4]

Following the establishment of the Republic of Korea, the Korea Football Association (KFA) was reinstated in 1948 and joined FIFA, the international football governing body. The same year, the Korean national team made its international debut at the Olympic Games in London. The KFA joined the AFC (Asian Football Confederation) in 1954.

Since the 1960s, South Korea has emerged as a major football power in Asia, winning several Asian football championships including the first two AFC Asian Cup tournaments and the 1986 Asian Games. The Korean professional football league was launched in 1983. This not only pleased domestic fans, but it has also upgraded the overall level of the Korean football.[3]

The traditional rival of South Korea is Japan. The South Korea football team has played 75 matches against the Japanese football team with 40 victories, 22 draws, and 13 losses. However, in the last twelve games, both teams have three wins each with six draws. The football rivalry is long-seated and is often seen as an extension of an overall rivalry that runs deep between the two nations. Controversies occasionally flare up between matches between the two nations.

1954–1989[edit]

South Korea first entered the World Cup in 1954 as the second Asian team ever to compete in the World Cup after the Dutch East Indies, South Korea played games against Hungary and Turkey, losing 9–0 and 7–0 respectively (the game scheduled against West Germany was never played because neither were seeded in their group, as per that tournament's rules). It would take thirty-two years before South Korea was able to participate in the World Cup finals again.

South Korea would later participate in the first Asian Cup in 1956. They drew with Hong Kong but defeated Israel and South Vietnam to take first place. They hosted and won the second Asian Cup in 1960, winning all of their games. However, they failed to repeat this success and lost all their games in the 1964 Asian Cup and failed to qualify in 1968. They recovered in 1972 and took second place. They once again failed to qualify in 1976 but reached second place again in 1980.

In 1986, South Korea was able to qualify for the 1986 FIFA World Cup held in Mexico, their first since 1954. They however failed to win a game, losing 3–1 to Argentina, drawing 1–1 with Bulgaria, and losing 3–2 to Italy.

Their next major tournament was the 1988 AFC Asian Cup, in which they won all their games in the group stage and defeated China 2–1 in the semi-finals but lost on penalties 4–3 in the final against Saudi Arabia.

1990–2001[edit]

In the 1990 FIFA World Cup, they lost all their games against Spain 3–1, Uruguay 1–0, and Belgium 2–0. South Korea failed to qualify for the 1992 Asian Cup as well.

In the 1994 FIFA World Cup they managed to draw with Spain 2–2. Hong Myung-Bo scored a goal and assisted teammate Seo Jung-Won with the second, with both goals occurring in the last five minutes of the game. In their next game they earned another draw with Bolivia 0–0. In their last game against Germany they nearly managed another draw with Hwang Sun-Hong and Hong Myung-Bo each scoring a goal in the second half after being down 3–0 but they were unable to score thereafter and were defeated 3–2. In the 1996 Asian Cup they barely managed to make it out of the group stage as they ranked third on their group, losing to Kuwait on goal difference. A comparison made between all the third ranked teams in each group allowed South Korea to advance. However, they suffered a 2–6 loss to Iran in the quarter-finals, conceding five goals in the second half.

Afterwards, former South Korean legend Cha Bum-Kun became the head coach going into the 1998 FIFA World Cup. After performing well in the qualification, however, the team played poorly in the tournament, losing to Mexico 3–1 and the Netherlands 5–0. Cha was sacked after the loss to the Netherlands. The team then managed a 1–1 draw against Belgium. In the 2000 AFC Asian Cup, South Korea managed to advance out of the group stage and defeated rivals Iran 2–1 in the quarter-finals but were beaten by Saudi Arabia 2–1 in the semi-finals. They defeated China 1–0 to gain third-place.

2002 World Cup[edit]

South Korea co-hosted the 2002 FIFA World Cup tournament with Japan. As they had never won a game in the World Cup previously, hopes were not very high. However, led by Dutch coach Guus Hiddink from the Netherlands and assistant coach Pim Verbeek, the South Korean team achieved their first ever victory in the World Cup with a 2–0 victory against Poland. Their next game was against the United States and earned a 1–1 draw, with striker Ahn Jung Hwan scoring a late game equalizer. Their last game was against the favored Portuguese side. Portugal earned two red cards in the match, reducing them to nine men and Park Ji-Sung scored the winning goal in a 1–0 victory, allowing the South Korean team to qualify for the second round for the first time in their history.

South Korea's second round opponents were Italy, who they defeated 2–1 in a very physical match. The Korean team was down for most of the match but Seol Ki-Hyeon scored an equalizer in the 88th minute, allowing the game to go through to extra time. Ahn Jung-Hwan scored the winner with a headed golden goal, allowing them to advance to the quarter-final. South Korea faced Spain in the quarter finals. The game went to penalties and South Korea won the penalty shootout 5–3, becoming the first Asian team to reach the final four.

The South Korean team's run was halted by a 1–0 loss to Germany in the semi-finals. They lost to Turkey 3–2 in the third-place match to gain fourth place. This level of success was unprecedented for a country that had never before won a game in the World Cup. They had gone further than any Asian team and upset several established European teams in the process, leading to an increase in the popularity of football in the country. Hiddink became a national hero in South Korea, becoming the first person to be granted honorary citizenship in addition to being given a private villa.

2003–2010[edit]

After Hiddink's departure, there was a greater emphasis on hiring foreign coaches. As a result, Portuguese coach Humberto Coelho became the new manager. Under his management Korea participated in and won the first EAFF East Asian Cup in 2003. However, following shocking defeats to Oman and Vietnam and a hapless 0–0 draw against the Maldives, Coehlo was sacked. Dutch coach Jo Bonfrere then took over. They had less success the next year in the Asian Cup, losing to Iran in the quarter finals. South Korea hosted the East Asian Cup in 2005 but finished in last place.

Korea qualified for the 2006 World Cup after defeating Kuwait in the qualifiers, finishing second in Group B after Saudi Arabia. By this point Bonfrere had come under heavy criticism for the team's poor performance during the 2005 East Asian Cup as well as a 0–2 defeat to Saudi Arabia during World Cup qualification. He eventually resigned, and as a result, the Korean Football Association named Dick Advocaat the new coach to lead the team into the World Cup. During the 2006 World Cup, South Korea achieved their first World Cup victory outside Asia by beating Togo 2–1, with goals from Lee Chun-Soo and Ahn Jung-Hwan. Their next game was against France, who held the lead for most of the game but a goal by Park Ji-Sung allowed the South Korean team to draw with the eventual finalists. This placed South Korea at the top of their group but they lost their last game 2–0 to Switzerland, which eliminated them from the tournament.

Korea's next major tournament was the 2007 Asian Cup. Without star players such as Lee Young-Pyo, Park Ji-Sung, and Seol Ki-Hyeon, they managed to make it out of the group stage with only four points. They defeated Iran in the quarterfinals but lost to Iraq in the semifinals. They then defeated Japan to achieve third place. All of Korea's matches outside the group stage were decided by penalty shootouts. Later, it was discovered that during the tournament, four veteran players, including then captain Lee Woon-Jae, broke team rules to go on a late-night drinking binge in an Indonesian bar. Each of the four players were banned from national team participation for at least two years.[5] Pim Verbeek, the national coach at the time, resigned after the tournament, taking blame for the team's unsatisfactory performance. He also criticized the unrealistic expectations from the fans. Afterwards, South Korea chose its first Korean coach since 2000 when Huh Jung-Moo took the helm for the second time (Huh coached the team in 2000). Under his management the South Korean team managed to win the 2008 East Asian Cup, go undefeated for twenty-seven consecutive games in 2009, and qualify for the 2010 World Cup.

2010 World Cup and After[edit]

South Korea won the 2010 World Cup AFC qualification with 16 points – seven wins and seven draws in total. In the 2010 World Cup they were placed in Group B. They won their first game against Greece 2–0, with goals from Lee Jung-Soo and Park Ji-Sung. They then faced Argentina and suffered a large loss 4–1, including an own goal by forward Park Chu-Young. They then obtained a 2–2 draw in a hard fought match against Nigeria, with Lee Jung-Soo scoring in the tournament once more and Park Chu-Young redeeming his own goal from the previous game by scoring from a free-kick. This allowed them to make it to the second round for the first time on foreign soil. In the knockout stage they met Uruguay, who took an early lead with a goal from Luis Suarez. South Korea equalized in the second half with an after Lee Chong-Yong scored but conceded another goal by Suarez in the 80th minute. Despite maintaining the majority of the possession in the second half, South Korea was unable to equalize again and were eliminated from the tournament.

Following the World Cup, Cho Kwang-rae took over as the coach. In the 2011 AFC Asian Cup they finished second in their group, losing to Australia on goal difference. They defeated Iran 1–0 in the quarter-finals and faced rivals Japan in the semi-finals. The match ended 2–2 but South Korea was defeated 3–0 in a penalty shoot-out. They defeated Uzbekistan 3–2 to earn third place for the second Asian Cup in a row. They managed to win the Fair Play Award and midfielder Koo Ja-Cheol finished as the tournament's top scorer. Following humiliating losses to Lebanon and Japan, Cho was unceremoniously sacked. He was hurriedly replaced with Choi Kang-hee, and under Choi South Korea narrowly qualified for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil by finishing second in their group via goal difference. Choi's contract was up after the conclusion of the qualification matches and was replaced by former player Hong Myung-Bo, who had captained the 2002 World Cup team and coached the under-23 team to a bronze medal finish at the 2012 Olympics.

South Korea started its 2014 World Cup campaign against Russia, with forward Lee Keun-Ho scoring in the second half after coming on as a substitute for Park Chu-Young. Russia equalized six minutes later and the game ended in a 1–1 draw. South Korea suffered a disastrous 4–2 loss to Algeria in their second game, conceding three goals by half time with no shots on goal. Son Heung-Min and Koo Ja-Cheol both scored goals in the second half but the South Koreans were unable to equalize, leaving them at the bottom of their group. They lost their final game against Belgium 1–0, eliminating South Korea and leaving them without a single win in a World Cup since 1998.

The team's poor performance resulted in a hostile reaction from fans, who threw toffees at them upon their return.[6] Hong was heavily criticized for the perceived lack of strategy and team selection controversies. Following the World Cup, Hong initially intended to continue in his position until the 2015 Asian Cup, but under heavy media pressure relented and resigned along with several KFA associates in responsibility for the failures at the World Cup. The KFA reinstated Lee Yong-soo as its technical committee director, who held the same position during Hiddink's success in 2002.

After initial negotiations with Bert van Marwijk broke down, the KFA appointed Uli Stielike as the new manager. Following matches against Venezuela and Uruguay the national team's ranking dropped to 63rd, its lowest ever.

Recent results and fixtures[edit]

For more details on this topic, see 2014 South Korea national football team season.

      Win       Draw       Loss

International Friendly

2014 World Cup

2015 Asian Cup

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Manager Germany Uli Stielike
Assistant Manager Argentina Carlos Armoa
Assistant Coach South Korea Shin Tae-yong
Assistant Coach South Korea Park Kun-ha
Goalkeeping Coach South Korea Kim Bong-soo

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Players called for the friendly matches against Paraguay on 10 October and Costa Rica on 14 October 2014.
Caps and goals correct as of: 14 October 2014, after the match against Costa Rica.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Kim Jin-hyeon (1987-07-06) 6 July 1987 (age 27) 3 0 Japan Cerezo Osaka
21 1GK Kim Seung-gyu (1990-09-30) 30 September 1990 (age 24) 7 0 South Korea Ulsan Hyundai
2 2DF Hong Chul (1990-09-17) 17 September 1990 (age 24) 5 0 South Korea Suwon Bluewings
3 2DF Kim Ju-young (1988-07-09) 9 July 1988 (age 26) 4 0 South Korea FC Seoul
16 2DF Kim Young-gwon (1990-02-27) 27 February 1990 (age 24) 28 1 China Guangzhou Evergrande
5 2DF Kwak Tae-hwi (1981-07-08) 8 July 1981 (age 33) 36 5 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
12 2DF Lee Yong (1986-12-24) 24 December 1986 (age 27) 18 0 South Korea Ulsan Hyundai
19 2DF Kim Kee-hee (1989-07-13) 13 July 1989 (age 25) 8 0 South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
22 2DF Cha Du-ri (1980-07-25) 25 July 1980 (age 34) 68 4 South Korea FC Seoul
23 2DF Jang Hyun-soo (1991-09-28) 28 September 1991 (age 23) 5 0 China Guangzhou R&F
6 3MF Park Joo-ho (1987-01-16) 16 January 1987 (age 27) 15 0 Germany Mainz 05
7 3MF Kim Min-woo (1990-02-25) 25 February 1990 (age 24) 8 1 Japan Sagan Tosu
8 3MF Lee Myung-joo (1990-04-24) 24 April 1990 (age 24) 12 1 United Arab Emirates Al-Ain
10 3MF Son Heung-min (1992-07-08) 8 July 1992 (age 22) 32 7 Germany Bayer Leverkusen
11 3MF Nam Tae-hee (1991-07-03) 3 July 1991 (age 23) 14 1 Qatar Lekhwiya
14 3MF Han Kook-young (1990-04-19) 19 April 1990 (age 24) 17 0 Qatar Qatar
15 3MF Park Jong-woo (1989-03-10) 10 March 1989 (age 25) 13 0 China Guangzhou R&F
4 3MF Ki Sung-yueng (1989-01-24) 24 January 1989 (age 25) 65 5 Wales Swansea City
17 3MF Lee Chung-yong (1988-07-02) 2 July 1988 (age 26) 62 6 England Bolton Wanderers
18 3MF Han Kyo-won (1990-06-15) 15 June 1990 (age 24) 3 0 South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
9 4FW Kim Seung-dae (1991-04-01) 1 April 1991 (age 23) 0 0 South Korea Pohang Steelers
13 4FW Cho Young-cheol (1989-05-31) 31 May 1989 (age 25) 8 0 Qatar Qatar
20 4FW Lee Dong-gook (1979-04-29) 29 April 1979 (age 35) 103 33 South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the South Korea squad within last 12 months. Retired players are not listed.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Lee Bum-young (1989-04-02) 2 April 1989 (age 25) 1 0 South Korea Busan IPark v.  Uruguay, 8 September 2014
GK Jung Sung-ryong (1985-01-04) 4 January 1985 (age 29) 63 0 South Korea Suwon Bluewings 2014 FIFA World Cup
DF Kim Jin-su (1992-06-13) 13 June 1992 (age 22) 9 0 Germany Hoffenheim v.  Paraguay, 10 October 2014 INJ
DF Kim Chang-soo (1985-09-12) 12 September 1985 (age 29) 11 0 Japan Kashiwa Reysol v.  Uruguay, 8 September 2014
DF Lim Chae-min (1990-11-18) 18 November 1990 (age 23) 1 0 South Korea Seongnam v.  Uruguay, 8 September 2014
DF Hong Jeong-ho (1989-08-12) 12 August 1989 (age 25) 28 1 Germany Augsburg 2014 FIFA World Cup
DF Yun Suk-young (1990-02-13) 13 February 1990 (age 24) 7 0 England Queens Park Rangers 2014 FIFA World Cup
DF Hwang Seok-ho (1989-06-27) 27 June 1989 (age 25) 4 0 Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2014 FIFA World Cup
DF Kang Min-soo (1986-02-14) 14 February 1986 (age 28) 33 0 South Korea Sangju Sangmu v.  United States, 1 February 2014
DF Go Yo-han (1988-03-10) 10 March 1988 (age 26) 11 0 South Korea FC Seoul v.  United States, 1 February 2014
DF Kim Dae-ho (1988-05-15) 15 May 1988 (age 26) 1 0 South Korea Pohang Steelers v.  United States, 1 February 2014
DF Park Jin-po (1987-08-13) 13 August 1987 (age 27) 1 0 South Korea Seongnam v.  United States, 1 February 2014
DF Lee Ji-nam (1984-11-21) 21 November 1984 (age 29) 0 0 China Henan Jianye v.  United States, 1 February 2014
DF Shin Kwang-hoon (1987-03-18) 18 March 1987 (age 27) 5 0 South Korea Pohang Steelers v.  Russia, 19 November 2013
MF Koo Ja-cheol (1989-02-27) 27 February 1989 (age 25) 40 13 Germany Mainz 05 v.  Paraguay, 10 October 2014 INJ
MF Kim Bo-kyung (1989-10-06) 6 October 1989 (age 25) 30 3 Wales Cardiff City 2014 FIFA World Cup
MF Ha Dae-sung (1985-03-02) 2 March 1985 (age 29) 13 0 China Beijing Guoan 2014 FIFA World Cup
MF Yeom Ki-hun (1983-03-30) 30 March 1983 (age 31) 49 3 South Korea Suwon Bluewings v.  United States, 1 February 2014
MF Lee Ho (1984-10-22) 22 October 1984 (age 30) 26 0 South Korea Sangju Sangmu v.  United States, 1 February 2014
MF Lee Seung-gi (1988-06-02) 2 June 1988 (age 26) 12 0 South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors v.  United States, 1 February 2014
MF Kim Tae-hwan (1989-07-24) 24 July 1989 (age 25) 3 0 South Korea Seongnam v.  United States, 1 February 2014
MF Song Jin-hyung (1987-08-13) 13 August 1987 (age 27) 3 0 South Korea Jeju United v.  United States, 1 February 2014
MF Yun Il-lok (1992-03-27) 27 March 1992 (age 22) 8 1 South Korea FC Seoul v.  Russia, 19 November 2013
MF Koh Myong-jin (1988-01-09) 9 January 1988 (age 26) 2 0 South Korea FC Seoul v.  Russia, 19 November 2013
FW Lee Keun-ho (1985-04-11) 11 April 1985 (age 29) 69 19 Qatar El-Jaish v.  Uruguay, 8 September 2014
FW Park Chu-young (1985-07-10) 10 July 1985 (age 29) 66 24 Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab 2014 FIFA World Cup
FW Ji Dong-won (1991-05-28) 28 May 1991 (age 23) 30 8 Germany Borussia Dortmund 2014 FIFA World Cup
FW Kim Shin-wook (1988-04-14) 14 April 1988 (age 26) 29 3 South Korea Ulsan Hyundai 2014 FIFA World Cup

Records[edit]

As of 13 October 2014

Squads[edit]

Competitive record[edit]

All-time records[edit]

As of 13 October 2014[citation needed]}
Nations P W D L GF GA GD Winning % Confederation
 Algeria 2 1 0 1 4 4 +0 50.00 CAF
 Angola 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100.000 CAF
 Argentina 3 0 0 3 2 8 -6 00.00 CONMEBOL
 Australia 24 6 10 8 22 27 -5 25.00 AFC
 Bahrain 16 10 4 2 35 12 +23 62.50 AFC
 Belarus 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 00.00 UEFA
 Belgium 4 0 1 3 2 6 -4 00.00 UEFA
 Bolivia 1 0 1 0 0 0 +0 00.00 CONMEBOL
 Bosnia-Herzegovina 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 100.000 UEFA
 Brazil 5 1 0 4 4 8 -4 20.00 CONMEBOL
 Bulgaria 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1 00.00 UEFA
 Burkina Faso 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100.000 CAF
 Cameroon 4 2 2 0 9 3 +6 50.00 CAF
 Canada 4 1 1 2 3 4 -1 25.00 CONCACAF
 China PR 29 16 12 1 39 21 +18 55.17 AFC
 Chinese Taipei 22 15 1 6 53 20 +33 68.18 AFC
 Chile 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 00.00 CONMEBOL
 Colombia 4 1 2 1 7 5 +2 25.00 CONMEBOL
 Costa Rica 7 3 2 2 8 7 +1 42.86 CONCACAF
 Ivory Coast 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 100.000 CAF
 Croatia 7 2 2 3 7 11 -4 28.57 UEFA
 Cuba 1 0 1 0 0 0 +0 00.00 CONCACAF
 Czech Republic 4 0 3 1 2 7 -5 00.00 UEFA
 Denmark 2 0 1 1 1 3 -2 00.00 UEFA
 Ecuador 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1 50.00 CONMEBOL
 Egypt 15 5 6 4 14 10 +4 33.33 CAF
 England 1 0 1 0 1 1 +0 00.00 UEFA
 Finland 3 3 0 0 5 0 +5 100.000 UEFA
 France 3 0 1 2 3 9 -6 00.00 UEFA
 Germany 3 1 0 2 5 5 +0 33.33 UEFA
 Ghana 6 3 0 3 8 11 -3 50.00 CAF
 Greece 4 3 1 0 6 1 +5 75.00 UEFA
 Guatemala 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 33.33 CONCACAF
 Haiti 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3 100.000 CONCACAF
 Honduras 2 2 0 0 7 0 +7 100.000 CONCACAF
 Hong Kong 31 23 5 3 76 34 +42 74.19 AFC
 Hungary 2 0 0 2 0 10 -10 00.00 UEFA
 India 18 14 1 3 47 11 +36 77.78 AFC
 Indonesia 39 33 4 2 91 19 +72 84.62 AFC
 Iran 27 9 7 11 32 30 +2 33.33 AFC
 Iraq 18 6 10 2 21 14 +7 33.33 AFC
 Israel 11 5 4 2 17 12 +5 45.45 UEFA
 Italy 2 1 0 1 4 4 +0 50.00 UEFA
 Jamaica 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 50.00 CONCACAF
 Japan 76 40 22 14 118 68 +50 52.63 AFC
 Jordan 4 2 2 0 4 2 +2 50.00 AFC
 Kazakhstan 2 1 1 0 4 1 +3 50.00 UEFA
 Kenya 1 0 1 0 2 2 +0 00.00 CAF
 North Korea 16 7 8 1 16 6 +10 43.75 AFC
 Kuwait 21 9 4 8 25 20 +5 42.86 AFC
 Laos 3 3 0 0 15 0 +15 100.000 AFC
 Latvia 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100.000 UEFA
 Lebanon 10 7 2 1 20 4 +16 70.00 AFC
 Macedonia 2 1 1 0 4 3 +1 50.00 UEFA
 Malaysia 44 24 12 8 70 39 +31 54.55 AFC
 Mexico 12 4 2 6 15 24 -9 33.33 CONCACAF
 Malta 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 50.00 UEFA
 Maldives 2 1 1 0 2 0 +2 50.00 AFC
 Morocco 1 0 1 0 2 2 +0 00.00 CAF
 Myanmar 25 13 7 5 36 15 +21 52.00 AFC
 Netherlands 2 0 0 2 0 7 -7 00.00 UEFA
   Nepal 7 7 0 0 53 0 +53 100.000 AFC
 New Zealand 6 5 1 0 9 1 +8 83.33 OFC
 Nigeria 5 3 2 0 9 6 +3 60.00 CAF
 Norway 4 1 1 2 5 6 -1 25.00 UEFA
 Oman 4 3 0 1 9 4 +5 75.00 AFC
 Paraguay 6 2 3 1 6 5 +1 33.33 CONMEBOL
 Peru 2 0 1 1 0 4 -4 00.00 CONMEBOL
 Poland 2 1 1 0 4 2 +2 50.00 UEFA
 Portugal 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100.000 UEFA
 Qatar 7 4 2 1 12 6 +6 57.14 AFC
 Romania 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 00.00 UEFA
 Russia 2 0 1 1 2 3 -1 00.00 UEFA
 Saudi Arabia 16 4 7 5 18 17 +1 25.00 AFC
 Scotland 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3 100.000 UEFA
 Senegal 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1 33.33 CAF
 Serbia 9 2 3 4 8 14 -6 22.22 UEFA
 Singapore 25 20 3 2 79 19 +60 80.00 AFC
 Slovakia 1 0 1 0 0 0 +0 00.00 UEFA
 Spain 5 0 2 3 4 10 -6 00.00 UEFA
 Sweden 4 0 2 2 3 17 -14 00.00 UEFA
 Switzerland 2 1 0 1 2 3 -1 50.00 UEFA
 Syria 6 3 2 1 7 4 +3 50.00 AFC
 Thailand 43 30 7 6 94 38 +56 69.77 AFC
 Togo 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 100.000 CAF
 Trinidad and Tobago 1 0 1 0 1 1 +0 00.00 CONCACAF
 Tunisia 2 0 1 1 0 1 -1 00.00 CAF
 Turkey 7 1 2 4 4 13 -9 14.29 UEFA
 Turkmenistan 3 2 0 1 9 4 +5 66.67 AFC
 Ukraine 2 2 0 0 3 0 +3 100.000 UEFA
 United Arab Emirates 18 11 5 2 34 13 +21 61.11 AFC
 United States 11 5 3 3 10 8 +2 45.45 CONCACAF
 Uruguay 6 0 1 5 4 11 -7 00.00 CONMEBOL
 Uzbekistan 11 8 2 1 25 12 +13 72.73 AFC
 Venezuela 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 100.000 CONMEBOL
 Vietnam 23 15 6 2 58 20 +38 65.22 AFC
 Zambia 4 2 0 2 4 9 -5 50.00 CAF
Total 794 419 205 170 1,360 750 +610 52.77
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Honours[edit]

Fourth Place (1): 2002
Round of 16 (1): 2010
Quarter-Finals (1) : 1948
Cup Winner.png Winners (2): 1956, 1960
Cup Finalist.png Runner-Up (3): 1972, 1980, 1988
3 Third Place (4): 1964, 2000, 2007, 2011
Quarter-Finals (2): 1996, 2004
1 Gold medal (3): 1970, 1978, 1986
2 Silver medal (3): 1954, 1958, 1962
3 Bronze medal (1): 1990
Fourth Place (1): 1994
Quarter-Finals (1): 1998
Cup Winner.png Winners (2): 2003, 2008
Cup Finalist.png Runner-Up (1): 2010
3 Third Place (1): 2013
Fourth Place (1): 2005
Cup Winner.png Winners (1): 1990
Cup Finalist.png Runner-Up (2): 1992, 1995
3 Third Place (1) : 1998
Fourth Place (1) : 2002

Other awards[edit]

Winners (1): 2002

National team record[edit]

Sponsorship[edit]

Primary sponsors include Fila, Nike, KT, Hana Bank, Hyundai, Daum, Kyobo Life, Asiana Airlines, E1 Corp., Samsung, Sportstoto, Hite, and Samil-Pharm.

Kit[edit]

Kit manufacturer[edit]

Period Sponsors Notes
1977–1984 Germany Adidas, Japan Asics South Korea Kolon Activ
South Korea Prospecs, South Korea Weekend[8]
Adidas was South Korea's first official kit sponsor
1984–1987 South Korea Weekend[9] Sports Fashion Brand of Samsung C&T Corporation
1988–1995 South Korea Rapido[10] Weekend was renamed Rapido in 1988
1996–present United States Nike Sponsorship Contract Date : End of 1995[11]
Contract Start Date : 1 January 1996

Kit evolution[edit]

1st Kit[edit]

1948–54
0
1954
(1954 WC)
1954–59
0
1960
(1960 AC)
1961–68
0
1970–78
0
1978–79
0
1984-88
(1986 WC)
1988-89
(1988 OG)
1990
(1990 WC)
1992–93
(1992 OG)
1993
(1994 WCQ)
1994
(1994 WC)
1994–95
(1994 AG)
1995–1996
(1996 OGQ)
1996–98
(1996 OG)
1998–02
(1998 WC & 2000 OG)
2002–04
(2002 WC)
2004–06
(2004 OG)
2006–08
(2006 WC)
Football kit
2008–10
(2008 OG)
Football kit
2010–12
(2010 WC)
Football kit
2012–14
(2012 OG)
2014–16
(2014 WC)

2nd Kit[edit]

1954
(1954 WC)
1984-88
(1986 WC)
1988-89
(1990 WCQ)
1990
(1990 WC)
1990
(1990 DC)
1992–93
(1992 OG)
1993–94
(1994 WC)
1994–95
(1994 AG)
1995–1996
(1996 OGQ)
1996–98
(1996 OG)
1998–02
(1998 WC & 2000 OG)
2002–04
(2002 WC)
2004–06
(2004 OG)
2006–08
(2006 WC)
2008–10
(2008 OG)
Football kit
2010–12
(2010 WC)
Football kit
2012–14
(2012 OG)
Football kit
2014–16
(2014 WC)

Other Combinations[edit]

1994
(1994 WC)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Inaugural Champion
Asian Champions
1956 (First title)
1960 (Second title)
Succeeded by
1964 Israel 
Preceded by
1964 Myanmar 
Asian Games Champions
1970 (First title)
Succeeded by
1974 Iran 
Preceded by
1974 Iran 
Asian Games Champions
1978 (Second title)
Succeeded by
1982 Iraq 
Preceded by
1982 Iraq 
Asian Games Champions
1986 (Third title)
Succeeded by
1990 Iran 
Preceded by
1985 Cameroon 
Afro-Asian Cup Champions
1988 (First title)
Succeeded by
1991 Algeria 
Preceded by
Inaugural Champion
EAFF Champions
2003 (First title)
Succeeded by
2005 China PR 
Preceded by
2005 China PR 
EAFF Champions
2008 (Second title)
Succeeded by
2010 China PR 
Preceded by
2001 China PR 
AFC Men's Team of the Year
2002
Succeeded by
2003 Iraq 
Preceded by
2008 Japan 
AFC Men's Team of the Year
2009
Succeeded by
2010 Japan