South Korea, to prove they are the best in Asia

South Korea, to prove they are the best in Asia

South Korea is now on their way to their 10th consecutive World Cup appearance, the most appearance in any Asian team. This will be their 11th appearance in the World Cup appearance where they first qualified in 1954. In fact, this squad has more World Cup appearance the the defending champions, France, who only have seven appearance. The fact that they qualified for 10 straight World Cup is a proof that they are the best in Asia when it comes to football. This also proves the quality of football they have as a nation.

South Korea‘s best performance in the World Cup was way back 2002 where they were able to enter the semi-finals. From their past 10 World Cup appearances, they only managed to go past the group stage twice, in 2002 and in 2010. However, their 2018 World Cup campaign is remarkable after eliminating the defending champions, Germany. Many were shocked by the result because they all expect that it will be an easy match for Germany. However, South Korea proves that they cannot be underestimated, and are strong enough to beat the defending champions.

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Since 2018, this squad actually made a huge progress, especially with the arrival of their manager, Paulo Bento. Before he managed South Korea, they are 57th in the FIFA ranking, but four years into his management, they already ranked the 28th. You can see their progress on their recent matches. This team retained their Asia Games title in 2018, they won over powerful teams, and lost only once in their 17 games before qualifying in the World Cup.

They are a very competitive squad as there are several members of their squad who would lead their team. They have their forward, Son Heung-min, which is the face of South Korea’s football. He is actually the winner of the Golden Boot in the Premier League last season. The only concern they have right now is if Son can remain healthy in the World Cup. If he can, then South Korea could probably escape the group stage.

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