It’s almost time for the greatest football tournament on earth, and Korea Republic has hit the qualifying mark. Korea Republic qualified for the 2018 WC on November 15th, 2016 when they secured their place with 4minutes remaining in the match against Uzbekistan. The man of the hour was Koo Jacheol.
Shin Tae-Yong was appointed coach of Korea Republic in July of 2017 after the previous coach; Uli Stielike was dismissed from the position. Tae-Yong faced many challenges and had gotten on board at a difficult time in the team’s history. He succeeded in his efforts and has managed to lead Korea Republic to a 10th WC in 2018.
Korea Republic played their very first WC in 1954 and has racked up 9 first stage appearances since. Their last Cup was played in 2014 in Brazil and their best WC achievement to date is having pocketed 4th place in 2002 in the tournament that was jointly held by Japan and South Korea. They have only managed to make 1 semi-final appearance in the history of the WC and have never played in the finals.
Korea Republic’s official kit obviously draws its inspiration from the Korean flag. It is adorned with a typical Tae Geuk wave pattern and seeks to emphasise Korea’s place of dominance in the world order. The jersey has been designed by Nike and is red in colour. The picture is completed by black shorts and red socks. A striking design element that has been incorporated is the black and white crest, which has a true contemporary feel to it.