Fifa Ranking: 59
Korea was not introduced to football until 1882 when British crew members played a game while their vessel was visiting the Incheon Port. Korea became a Japanese colony in 1905 and was annexed by force 1910. In 1921, the first All Korea Football Tournament was held, and in 1928, the Korea Football Association was organized, which created a foundation to disseminate and develop football in Korea. In 1940, however, the Japanese Governor-General of Korea forced the Korea Football Association to dissolve.
Following the establishment of the South Korean state in the late 1940s, the Korea Football Association (KFA) was reinstated in 1948 and joined FIFA, the international football governing body. The same year, the South Korean national team made its international debut at the Olympic Games in London. The KFA joined the AFC (Asian Football Confederation) in 1954.
Korea Republic In Fifa World Cup:
The Korea Republic national football team represents South Korea in international association football and is controlled by the Korea Football Association.
Since the 1960s, South Korea has emerged as a major football power in Asia and is historically the most successful Asian football team, having participated in nine consecutive and ten overall FIFA World Cup tournaments, the most for any Asian country. Despite initially going through five World Cup tournaments without winning a match, South Korea became the first and currently only Asian team to reach the semi-final stages when they co-hosted the 2002 tournament with Japan. They have since improved their ability to play on foreign soil and were able to reach the Round of 16 in the 2010 World Cup. South Korea won the first two AFC Asian Cup tournaments though they have been unable to win since, finishing second in 1972, 1980, 1988, and 2015, and third in 1964, 2000, 2007, and 2011. They also took the gold medal in 1970, 1978, and 1986 Asian Games.
The team is commonly nicknamed “The Reds” by both fans and the media due to the color of their primary kit. The national team’s supporting group is officially referred to as the Red Devils.
Shin was appointed in July 2017 following the dismissal of Uli Stielike and led the Korea Republic through a difficult campaign to qualify for a tenth World Cup. A former midfielder for the Taeguk Warriors, he had previously coached the national U-20 team and won the AFC Champions League with Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma in 2010.
KOR – UZB (2-1) 15 NOV 2016:
Coming from behind against Uzbekistan, Koo Jacheol’s cool finish four minutes from time secured what would turn out to be a priceless three points for the Taeguk Warriors.
Now heading for his third FIFA World Cup, Korea Republic captain Ki has arguably become the nation’s most recognizable footballer. A technically gifted midfielder blessed in all aspects of the game, the Swansea City player has now spent six seasons in the English Premier League.