How will South Korea fare at the 2022 World Cup? Join @SamRCox_ as he looks at the Reds in his everything you need to know guide ahead of this winter's competition...

South Korea History at the World Cup

The 2022 World Cup will see South Korea involved for an 11th time, and it will also be their 10th successive World Cup entry, having qualified for every tournament since 1986.

South Korea’s best World Cup performance came as hosts in 2002, when they shocked the footballing world to go on a run to the semi finals. 

That is the only time they have made it past the last 16, with eight of their entries seeing group stage exits, including the 2014 and 2018 tournaments.

South Korea’s struggles in World Cup play are represented by a -36 goal difference over 34 matches – they have won just six matches, three of which came at the 2002 tournament. 

Their first ever World Cup match was also their biggest defeat, as they suffered an historic 9-0 defeat to Hungary in 1954.

South Korea’s biggest World Cup victory is by two goals, a feat they have achieved on three occasions, the most surprising of which was against Germany just four years ago. 

South Korea Nickname

Sometimes South Korea will simply be called The Reds, which is their primary colour. The more interesting names are Taegeuk Warriors and Tigers of Asia.

Taegeuk is the symbol in the middle of the South Korean flag. The Tiger is the national animal. 

World Cup 2022 Group

South Korea are matched up with Uruguay, Ghana and Portugal for the 2022 World Cup.

Not many football tips will expect the Taegeuk Warriors to make it to the knockout rounds, but they were relatively fortunate with this draw and will be in a great position if they avoid defeat in their opening match.

South Korea Fixtures:

  • South Korea vs Uruguay – 24th November 2022

  • South Korea vs Ghana – 28th November 2022

  • South Korea vs Portugal – 2nd December 2022

South Korea Kit World Cup 2022

South Korea have two of the best kits at the 2022 World Cup. The home is a gorgeous red with an eye-catching pattern across the shoulders and sleeves.

The away kit has the potential to be an absolute classic. A crayon-effect brings bright colours to a dark base, with the beautiful badge standing out in white.

Who Is The South Korea Manager?

Former Sporting and Portugal manager Paulo Bento is South Korea’s manager for the 2022 World Cup. Bento has been in the job since 2018, and led the country to the EAFF Championship in 2019.

With a winning percentage north of 63%, he is one of South Korea’s most successful managers, and has taken charge of a record 52 fixtures. 

Best South Korea Player

An area of contention for a lot of teams, there is no such debate when it comes to South Korea’s best player.

Tottenham’s Heung-min Son is one of the best forwards in the world, and has been named the Best Footballer in Asia on seven occasions.

Napoli’s Kim-Min jae also has a rapidly improving reputation and has been one of the most impressive defenders in Europe so far this season. 

South Korea Odds at 2022 World Cup

World Cup odds place South Korea at 9/1 to win Group H. Progression from a section with Portugal and Uruguay isn’t expected, though they have a slightly shorter price than Ghana.

Reaching the quarter finals would be a massive achievement, as the 15/2 price indicates.

If South Korea are to upset the odds, it probably means a sensational tournament from Heung-min Son, who is 100/1 to win the Golden Boot. 

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Sam is a sports tipster, specialising in the Premier League and Champions League.

He covers most sports, including cricket and Formula One. Sam particularly enjoys those on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean – notably MLB and NBA.

Watching, writing and talking about sports betting takes up most of his time, whether that is for a day out at T20 Finals Day or a long night of basketball.

Having been writing for several years, Sam has been working with 888Sport since 2016, contributing multiple articles per week to the blog.