South Korea enters the World Cup group stage for the 10th consecutive year in Qatar and 20 years later by its most famous team.
Fourth place at the 2002 World Championships is also the standard to aim for and in Son Heung-min they have a real superstar to set the spark.
The Tottenham striker will be tasked with making the difference but his form is not promising after a tough loss to Japan and a draw against Costa Rica, but the 1-0 win over Cameroon in the last game before their first game in Qatar brings much needed confidence.
A quicker start after a third-place finish last time in Russia after back-to-back defeats early in the group stage will serve as a challenge for Paulo Bento’s side here.
Here’s everything you need to know:
Thursday 24 November: Uruguay v South Korea – 13:00
Monday 28 November: South Korea v Ghana – 1:00 p.m
Friday 2 December: South Korea v Portugal – 15:00
goalkeeper: Kim Seung-gyu (Al Shabab), Jo Hyeon-woo (Ulsan Hyundai), Song Bum-keun (Jeonbuk Motors)
defender: Kim Min-jae (Napoli), Kim Jin-su (Jeonbuk Motors), Hong Chul (Daegu FC), Kim Moon-hwan (Jeonbuk Motors), Yoon Jong-gyu (FC Seoul), Kim Young-gwon (Ulsan Hyundai). ). ) ), Kim Tae-hwan (Ulsan Hyundai), Kwon Kyung-won (Gamba Osaka), Cho Yu-min (Daejon Citizen)
midfield player: Jung Woo-young (Al Sadd), Na Sang-ho (FC Seoul), Paik Seung-ho (Jeonbuk Motors), Son Jun-ho (Shandong Taishan), Song Min-kyu (Jeonbuk Motors), Kwon Chang-hoon (Gimcheon Sangmu), Lee Jae-sung (Mainz), Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Hwang In-beom (Olympiacos), Jeong Woo-yeong (Freiburg), Lee Kang-in (Real Mallorca)
Forward: Hwang Ui-jo (Olympiacos), Cho Gue-sung (Jeonbuk Motors), Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur)
star – Son Heung-min: Who else? The Tottenham superstar started the season on a dry spell but has weathered a hot spell and is looking as strong as ever with the ball at his feet. Opponents dare to offer him the opportunity to get the ball off his feet given his deadly range from afar. Son will also thrive in transition and this tournament comes soon enough to give him a chance to make his name in history by taking his country to the knockout stages and beyond.
breakthrough talent – Kim Minjae: The Napoli centre-back has allowed fans to quickly forget about Kalidou Koulibaly with his dominant and decisive performances from behind. He is confident and, despite his outstanding frame, skilful with the ball at his feet. Expect rumors of a Premier League move should he continue to impress in Qatar, despite only joining the Azzurri from Fenerbahce last summer.
There is a strong chance of a return to the knockout stages and with this group wide open and the potential to take on runners-up Brazil in the round of 16, the opener will be crucial for South Korea. If they avoid defeat by Uruguay, they could snatch first place and become group winners with one of the lowest totals of the round. Loss to Spain (or Germany) or Belgium in the quarterfinals looks likely, but we’re confident Son Heung-min can give the Taegeuk Warriors an impressive run. Eliminated in quarterfinals against Spain.