WC 2018: Korea Republic

Group F

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.

Team Members

  • Hyun-Woo Cho - GK
  • Jin-Hyeon Kim - GK
  • Seung-Gyu Kim - GK
  • Yo-Han Go - Defender
  • Jin-Su Kim - Defender
  • Young-Sun Yun - Defender
  • Chul Hong - Defender
  • Hyun Soo Jang - Defender
  • Young-Gwon Kim - Defender
  • Seung-Hyun Jung - Defender
  • Yong Lee - Defender
  • Ban-Suk Oh - Defender
  • Joo-Ho Park - Defender
  • Kyung-Won Kwon - Defender
  • Yong Lee - Defender
  • Hee-Chan Hwang - Forward
  • Shin-Wook Kim - Forward
  • Keun-Ho Lee - Forward
  • Heung-Min Son - Forward
  • Seung-Woo Lee - Forward
  • Se-Jong Ju - Midfielder
  • Chung-Young Lee - Midfielder
  • Seon-Min Moon - Midfielder
  • Jae-Sung Lee - Midfielder
  • Woo-Young Jung - Midfielder
  • Sung-Yueng Ki - Midfielder
  • Min-Woo Kim - Midfielder
  • Ja-Cheol Koo - Midfielder
  • Chang-Hoon Kwon - Midfielder


Shin Tae-Yong

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.

Past WC History

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 have played Germany on 3 previous occasions
  • They have played Sweden on 4 previous occasions
  • Korea Republic have played no fewer than 12 matches against Mexico
  • 1 semi final match
  • Took 4th place in 2002
  • 0 Championship wins


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.