Current Fifa Ranking : 54th with 577 points
World Cup Appearances : 1954, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010
Best Achievement : Fourth Place in 2002
Head Coach : Hong Myung-Bo
Captain : Lee Chung-Yong
With a relatively new manager in Hong Myung-Bo in charge since June 2013, Korea Republic are still finding their way led by their new manager yet have recently impressed in friendlies. Their qualification was unsteady at best, which prompted then coach Choi Kang-Hee to resign after ensuring qualification.
The Taeguk Warriors know they are up against far greater opposition than the ones they have already encountered, with tournament dark horses amongst the series of tests. Russia have improved greatly under the guidance of Fabio Capello, whilst Algeria also have a few tricks up their sleeve. Myung-Bo is the country’s most capped player and had captained the squad which ended fourth in the 2002 finals, therefore his determination and perseverance will match those of his players, if not exceed them.
Bolton Wanderer’s Lee Chung-Yong is the man in charge on the field whilst other names such as Sunderland’s duo Ki Sung-Yeung and Ji Dong-Won as well as Bayer Leverkusen talent Son Heung-Min are also in the mix. This generation however is not the same as the one which impressed football fans worldwide in the late nineties, and is only surpassed with a lower FIFA ranking by Australia.
Competing in their eighth World Cup in a row, the Taeguk Warriors never fail to impress during qualifiers, yet always managed to fall face down once faced with tougher competition. November’s friendly victory against Switzerland will have helped to boost their confidence level and should not be counted out for causing a shock at this World Cup and progress from their group.