South Korea at the FIFA World Cup

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This is a record of South Korea's results at the FIFA World Cup. South Korea have appeared in the finals of the FIFA World Cup on nine occasions in 1954 and 1986 to 2014. Their best ever performance is a fourth place in the 2002 tournament co-hosted at home soil and at Japan.

Records[edit]

World Cup all-time record featuring South Korea[edit]

The South Koreans first time ever to reach the World Cup finals in 1954 was proved to be a crippled journey. Though with only two group matches back in those times, some of the records made by the South Koreans in 1954 are unbroken til now (2014).

Goalscoring and Goalkeeping[edit]

Fastest conceded goal from kickoff
11 seconds, Hakan Şükür ( Turkey), vs South Korea, 2002
Most goals conceded, one tournament
16, Hong Duk-Yung ( South Korea), 1954 (in 1954 two matches were played in group stage)
Largest negative goal difference, one tournament
−16,  South Korea, 1954 (in 1954 two matches were played in group stage)
Most goals an African (CAF) team scored against, in one World Cup game
4, ( Algeria), 2014 (South Korea 2:4 Algeria)

Streaks[edit]

Most consecutive matches conceding at least five / six / seven goals
2,  South Korea (1954) (seven goals); also  United States (1930–1934) (six goals); also  Austria (1954) (five goals)
Biggest margin of victory
9,  Hungary (9) vs  South Korea (0), 1954;  Yugoslavia (9) vs  Zaire (0), 1974;  Hungary (10) vs  El Salvador (1), 1982
Largest goal difference improvement in consecutive matches[1]
+10:  Turkey (1954) – lost 1–4 to  West Germany, then won 7–0 over  South Korea; and  West Germany (1954) – lost 3–8 to  Hungary, then won 7–2 over  Turkey
Largest goal difference worsening in consecutive matches
−12:  Sweden (1938) – won 8–0 over  Cuba, then lost 1–5 to  Hungary ;  Turkey (1954) – won 7–0 over  South Korea, then lost 2–7 to  West Germany;  Hungary (1982) – won 10–1 over  El Salvador, then lost 1–4 to  Argentina

Standings[edit]

FIFA World Cup Finals Record
Year Result Position GP W D L GF GA
Brazil 1950 Did not enter
Switzerland 1954 Group Stage 16th 2 0 0 2 0 16
Sweden 1958 Preliminary competition entry denied[2]
Chile 1962 Did not qualify
England 1966 Did not enter
Mexico 1970 Did not qualify
West Germany 1974
Argentina 1978
Spain 1982
Mexico 1986 Group Stage 20th 3 0 1 2 4 7
Italy 1990 22nd 3 0 0 3 1 6
United States 1994 20th 3 0 2 1 4 5
France 1998 30th 3 0 1 2 2 9
South Korea Japan 2002 Fourth Place 4th 7 3 2 2 8 6
Germany 2006 Group Stage 17th 3 1 1 1 3 4
South Africa 2010 Round of 16 15th 4 1 1 2 6 8
Brazil 2014 Group Stage 27th 3 0 1 2 3 6
Russia 2018 Qualified
Qatar 2022 To be determined
Total Fourth Place 10/21 31 5 9 17 31 67

Awards[edit]

South Korea is the only Asian team to ever win a team award at a FIFA World Cup when they were voted Most Entertaining Team in 2002 after finishing in fourth place.

In the same year, Hong Myung-bo and Yoo Sang-chul have been voted members of the MasterCard All Star Team. They are the only Asians ever to have been named in a FIFA World Cup All-Star Team over the years.

Top goalscorers[edit]

No. Name Goals World Cups
1 Ahn Jung-Hwan 3 2002 (2) and 2006 (1)
Park Ji-Sung 3 2002, 2006 and 2010
3 Hong Myung-Bo 2 1994
Hwang Sun-Hong 2 1994 and 2002
Yoo Sang-Chul 2 1998 and 2002
Lee Jung-Soo 2 2010
Lee Chung-Yong 2 2010

Most caps[edit]

No. Name Matches World Cups
1 Hong Myung-Bo 16 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002
2 Park Ji-Sung 14 2002, 2006 and 2010
3 Lee Young-Pyo 12 2002, 2006 and 2010
4 Lee Woon-Jae 11 1994, 2002 and 2006
Kim Nam-Il 11 2002, 2006 and 2010
6 Hwang Sun-Hong 10 1990, 1994 and 2002
Kim Tae-Young 10 1998 and 2002
Yoo Sang-Chul 10 1998 and 2002
Lee Chun-Soo 10 2002 and 2006
10 Kim Joo-Sung 9 1986, 1990 and 1994
Ahn Jung-Hwan 9 2002 and 2006
Choi Jin-Cheul 9 2002 and 2006
Seol Ki-Hyeon 9 2002 and 2006

Switzerland 1954[edit]

Group 2[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
 Hungary 2 2 0 0 17 3 4
 West Germany 2 1 0 1 7 9 2
 Turkey 2 1 0 1 8 4 2
 South Korea 2 0 0 2 0 16 0
Hungary  9 – 0  South Korea
Puskás Goal 12'89'
Lantos Goal 18'
Kocsis Goal 24'36'50'
Czibor Goal 59'
Palotás Goal 75'83'
Report
Attendance: 18,000
Referee: Raymond Vincenti (France)

Turkey  7 – 0  South Korea
Suat Goal 10'30'
Lefter Goal 24'
Burhan Goal 37'64'70'
Erol Goal 76'
Report
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Esteban Marino (Uruguay)

Mexico 1986[edit]

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Argentina 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4 5
 Italy 3 1 2 0 5 4 +1 4
 Bulgaria 3 0 2 1 2 4 −2 2
 South Korea 3 0 1 2 4 7 −3 1
Argentina  3 – 1  South Korea
Valdano Goal 6'46'
Ruggeri Goal 18'
(Report) Park Chang-sun Goal 73'

Bulgaria  1 – 1  South Korea
Getov Goal 11' (Report) Kim Jong-boo Goal 70'

Italy  3 – 2  South Korea
Altobelli Goal 17'73'
Cho Kwang-rae Goal 82' (o.g.)
(Report) Choi Soon-ho Goal 62'
Huh Jung-moo Goal 83'
Attendance: 20,000

Italy 1990[edit]

Group E[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Spain 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 5
 Belgium 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3 4
 Uruguay 3 1 1 1 2 3 −1 3
 South Korea 3 0 0 3 1 6 −5 0

All times local (CEST/UTC+2)

Belgium  2 – 0  South Korea
Degryse Goal 53'
De Wolf Goal 64'
Report
Attendance: 32,790
Referee: Vincent Mauro (United States)

South Korea  1 – 3  Spain
Hwangbo Kwan Goal 42' Report Míchel Goal 22'61'81'
Attendance: 32,733

South Korea  0 – 1  Uruguay
Report Fonseca Goal 90'
Attendance: 29,039
Referee: Tullio Lanese (Italy)

United States 1994[edit]

Group C[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Germany 3 2 1 0 5 3 +2 7
 Spain 3 1 2 0 6 4 +2 5
 South Korea 3 0 2 1 4 5 −1 2
 Bolivia 3 0 1 2 1 4 −3 1
Spain  2 – 2  South Korea
Salinas Goal 51'
Goikoetxea Goal 55'
Report Hong Myung-bo Goal 85'
Seo Jung-won Goal 90'
Attendance: 56,247

South Korea  0 – 0  Bolivia
Report
Attendance: 54,453

Germany  3 – 2  South Korea
Klinsmann Goal 12'37'
Riedle Goal 20'
Report Hwang Sun-hong Goal 52'
Hong Myung-bo Goal 63'
Attendance: 63,998

France 1998[edit]

Group E[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Netherlands 3 1 2 0 7 2 +5 5
 Mexico 3 1 2 0 7 5 +2 5
 Belgium 3 0 3 0 3 3 0 3
 South Korea 3 0 1 2 2 9 -7 1

All times local (CEST/UTC+2)

South Korea  1 – 3  Mexico
Ha Seok-ju Goal 28' (Report) Peláez Goal 51'
Hernández Goal 74'84'
Attendance: 39,133

Netherlands  5 – 0  South Korea
Cocu Goal 38'
Overmars Goal 42'
Bergkamp Goal 71'
van Hooijdonk Goal 80'
R. de Boer Goal 83'
(Report)
Attendance: 55,000

Belgium  1 – 1  South Korea
Nilis Goal 7' (Report) Yoo Sang-chul Goal 71'
Attendance: 45,500

Korea/Japan 2002[edit]

Group D[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 South Korea 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 7
 United States 3 1 1 1 5 6 −1 4
 Portugal 3 1 0 2 6 4 +2 3
 Poland 3 1 0 2 3 7 −4 3

All times local (UTC+9)

South Korea  2 – 0  Poland
Hwang Sun-hong Goal 26'
Yoo Sang-chul Goal 53'
(Report)
Attendance: 48,760

South Korea  1 – 1  United States
Ahn Jung-hwan Goal 78' (Report) Mathis Goal 24'
Attendance: 60,778

Portugal  0 – 1  South Korea
(Report) Park Ji-sung Goal 70'
Attendance: 50,239

Knockout Stage[edit]

Round of 16[edit]

South Korea  2 – 1 (a.e.t.)  Italy
Seol Ki-hyeon Goal 88'
Ahn Jung-hwan Golden goal 117'
Report Vieri Goal 18'
Attendance: 38,588

Quarter-finals[edit]

Spain  0 – 0 (a.e.t.)  South Korea
Report
Penalties
Hierro Penalty scored
Baraja Penalty scored
Xavi Penalty scored
Joaquín Penalty missed
3 – 5 Penalty scored Hwang Sun-hong
Penalty scored Park Ji-sung
Penalty scored Seol Ki-hyeon
Penalty scored Ahn Jung-hwan
Penalty scored Hong Myung-bo
Attendance: 42,114

Semi-finals[edit]

Germany  1 – 0  South Korea
Ballack Goal 75' Report
Attendance: 65,256

Third place[edit]

South Korea  2 – 3  Turkey
Lee Eul-yong Goal 9'
Song Chong-gug Goal 90+3'
Report Hakan Şükür Goal 1'
İlhan Goal 13'32'
Attendance: 63,483
Referee: Saad Mane (Kuwait)

Germany 2006[edit]

Group G[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Switzerland 3 2 1 0 4 0 +4 7
 France 3 1 2 0 3 1 +2 5
 South Korea 3 1 1 1 3 4 −1 4
 Togo 3 0 0 3 1 6 −5 0

All times local (CEST/UTC+2)

South Korea  2 – 1  Togo
Lee Chun-soo Goal 54'
Ahn Jung-hwan Goal 72'
(Report) Kader Goal 31'
Attendance: 48,000
Referee: Graham Poll (England)

France  1 – 1  South Korea
Henry Goal 9' (Report) Park Ji-sung Goal 81'
Attendance: 43,000

Switzerland   2 – 0  South Korea
Senderos Goal 23'
Frei Goal 77'
(Report)

South Africa 2010[edit]

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Argentina 3 3 0 0 7 1 +6 9 Advance to knockout stage
2  South Korea 3 1 1 1 5 6 −1 4
3  Greece 3 1 0 2 2 5 −3 3
4  Nigeria 3 0 1 2 3 5 −2 1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tie-breaking criteria

All times local (UTC+02)

South Korea  2 – 0  Greece
Lee Jung-soo Goal 7'
Park Ji-sung Goal 52'
Report

Argentina  4 – 1  South Korea
Park Chu-young Goal 17' (o.g.)
Higuaín Goal 33'76'80'
Report Lee Chung-yong Goal 45+1'
Attendance: 82,174

Nigeria  2 – 2  South Korea
Uche Goal 12'
Yakubu Goal 69' (pen.)
Report Lee Jung-soo Goal 38'
Park Chu-young Goal 49'
Attendance: 61,874

Knockout Stage[edit]

Round of 16[edit]

Uruguay  2 – 1  South Korea
Suárez Goal 8'80' Report Lee Chung-yong Goal 68'

Brazil 2014[edit]

Group H[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Belgium 3 3 0 0 4 1 +3 9 Advance to knockout stage
2  Algeria 3 1 1 1 6 5 +1 4
3  Russia 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 2
4  South Korea 3 0 1 2 3 6 −3 1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tie-breaking criteria
Russia  1–1  South Korea
Kerzhakov Goal 74' Report Lee Keun-ho Goal 68'
Attendance: 37,603

South Korea  2–4  Algeria
Son Heung-min Goal 50'
Koo Ja-cheol Goal 72'
Report Slimani Goal 26'
Halliche Goal 28'
Djabou Goal 38'
Brahimi Goal 62'
Attendance: 42,732

South Korea  0–1  Belgium
Report Vertonghen Goal 78'
Attendance: 61,397

References[edit]

  1. ^ Matches within one tournament. Otherwise,  Hungary had a +11 swing between 2–4 v  Italy in 1938 and 9–0 v  South Korea in 1954; and again between 1–3 v  France in 1978 and 10–1 v  El Salvador in 1982; and likewise  Germany between 0–3 v  Croatia in 1998 and 8–0 v  Saudi Arabia in 2002.
  2. ^ "History of the FIFA World Cup Preliminary Competition (by year)" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 2011-11-17. 
  3. ^ "Referee designations for matches 1-16" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 5 June 2010. Retrieved 5 June 2010. 
  4. ^ "Referee designations for matches 17-24" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 14 June 2010. Retrieved 15 June 2010. 

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