South Korea was just lucky to qualify for the World Cup 2018 edition. They had lost most of their qualifying matches and their qualification to go to Russia was just a ride on the failure of other countries. In fact, the Taeguk Warriors won only four of 10 games in their qualifying campaign. The team had to win their match against Uzbekistan but drew 0-0. That resulted into the Korean players waiting on the pitch for news that Syria had not won in Iran for them to celebrate their qualification.
The team will have a hard time sailing through the group stage because they will have to go against the world’s number one, Germany, Sweden, and Mexico. Winning against these three teams will perhaps be one of the rare miracles we witness during the World Cup. The team is short of the standard of form and performance that is required for the tournament. However, coach Shin Tae Yong believes that his boys will strive to make something out of the encounters in the group stages.
Coach shin was appointed in July last year and has been with the team in the better half of the qualifying campaign. Football analysts are of the opinion that the team has a long way to go to beat their opponents for the group stages. Sadly, the team is foreseen to be doomed and finish the group stage at the bottom of their group. This means that they have a lot to prove in Russia!
Tottenham Spurs’ Son Heung-Min is the team’s focus for his renowned attacking skills and efforts. He had a fine season with the Spurs in the just-concluded season and will strive to continue in his magnificent form in Russia.
Ki Sung-Yeung will be at the midfield for South Korea. The Swansea City player is on the record for being a key contributor to his English team last season. He will be going to Russia as the team’s captain.
There are high hopes surrounding the debut of striker Hwang Hee-chan. This is a high flying forward who plays for Red Bull Salzburg.
The History of South Korea at the World Cup
South Korea has featured in the world cup 9 times including the 2014 tournament. In 2014, there were mercilessly edged out of the competition in the group stage after they were unable to win any of their 3 games. They drew against Russia and lost to Algeria and Belgium.
However, their best moment dates back to 2002 when they reached the semi-finals.
The Korean Republic team has to turn the tables and exceedingly do what seems to be impossible. Before the world cup starts, the team will have met Bolivia and Senegal in warm-up matches. We may be able to better judge their fate in the world cup from the display of consistency, ambition, and skills in these two games.