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One of the big longshots to win the 2018 World Cup is South Korea, who is making their tenth World Cup appearance. You might be surprised to learn that the Korea Republic is the only team outside of Europe and South America to play in every World Cup since 1986. Korea is the most successful Asia club in World Cup history, as they made the semifinals at home in 2002. Just getting out of the group stage would be a huge accomplishment for South Korea in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

South Korea 2018 World Cup Odds: +25000

South Korea, or the Korean Republic if you prefer, is no threat to win the 2018 World Cup at huge odds of +25000. South Korea did well just to qualify, as they finished second in Group A.

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2018 World Cup Qualifying Results

South Korea finished second in Group A, as they went 4-3-3 in qualifying, outscoring opponents by a combined 11-10. South Korea was able to advance thanks to a scoreless draw against Uzbekistan in the key match. It was a huge draw for South Korea and yet another heartbreak for Uzbekistan.

2018 FIFA World Cup Groups

Group A Group B Group C Group D
Russia Portugal France Argentina
Saudi Arabia Spain Australia Iceland
Egypt Morocco Peru Croatia
Uruguay Iran Denmark Nigeria
Group E Group F Group G Group H
Brazil Germany Belgium Poland
Switzerland Mexico Panama Senegal
Costa Rica Sweden Tunisia Colombia
Serbia Korea Republic England Japan

2018 FIFA World Cup Group F Schedule

GROUP F: Germany - Mexico - Sweden - Korea Republic
Match Date / Time (Local Time) Venue
Germany vs Mexico June, 17th / 18:00 Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
Sweden vs Korea Republic June, 18th / 15:00 Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
Germany vs Sweden June, 23rd / 18:00 Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
Korea Republic vs Mexico June, 23rd / 21:00 Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don
Korea Republic vs Germany June, 27th / 17:00 Kazan Arena, Kazan
Mexico vs Sweden June, 27th / 19:00 Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg

Players to Watch

South Korea has a few players to watch that play in the German Bundesliga. Those players are Koo Jaechelo, Son Heungmin and Ki Sungyueng.

The Coach

Shin Taeyong has not been on the job long, as he took over in July of 2017, replacing Uli Stielike. Taeyong is a former midfielder for the Taeguk Warriors. He coached Korea at the FIFA U-20 World Cup and he coached at Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma in 2010 and won the AFC Champions League.

South Korea World Cup History

Korea has made nine previous World Cup appearances, with their best finish a semifinal berth in 2002. South Korea first made the World Cup in 1954 and then went 32 years without an appearance. They had never won a match until 2002 when they went on a great run to make the semifinals. South Korea under Guus Hiddink defeated Poland, Portugal, Italy and Spain to make the last four in 2002. The team had success in 2010 when they made it past the group stage. South Korea went out in the group stage in 2014 even though they played Russia to a draw. Korea has played 31 previous World Cup matches and scored 31goals, for an average of one goal per game.

South Korea 2018 World Cup Predictions

South Korea is no threat to win the World Cup and realistically they are not much of a threat to get out of the group stage. The team simply doesn’t score many goals. They barely averaged one goal per game in qualifying against marginal opposition. They will face much tougher task in Russia, as there will be no pushovers. South Korea has done really well to qualify for the World Cup for the 10th time but they simply don’t have the offensive firepower to do any serious damage. The best Korea can hope for is to possibly play to a scoreless or 1-1 draw against one of the other teams, but that won’t be enough to get them into the knockout round.

South Korea 2018 World Cup Roster

GK - Kim Seung-gyu

GK - Kim Jin-hyeon

GK - Gu Sung-yun

DF - Kim Young-gwon

DF - Kim Kee-hee

DF - Kim Ju-young

DF - Rim Chang-woo

DF - Oh Jae-suk

DF - Song Ju-hun

MF - Ki Sung-yueng

MF - Lee Chung-yong

MF - Koo Ja-cheol

MF - Son Heung-min

MF - Jang Hyun-soo

MF - Nam Tae-hee

MF - Kim Bo-kyung

MF - Jung Woo-young

MF - Park Jong-woo

MF - Kwon Chang-hoon

MF - Hwang Il-su

MF - Kwon Kyung-won

FW - Ji Dong-won

FW - Hwang Ui-jo

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