Sunday, November 7, 2010

Korea Republic National Football Team and It's World Cup History

Korea Republic national football team & Their Great Achievement-

 See 2010 Korea Republic national football team season.
South Korea Korea Republic
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Taegeuk Jeonsa (Taegeuk Warriors) (태극전사 / 太極戰士), Tigers of Asia, Red Devils (붉은 악마)
Association Korea Football Association
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach South Korea Cho Kwang-Rae
Captain Park Ji-Sung
Most caps Hong Myung-Bo (136)
Top scorer Cha Bum-Kun (55)
Home stadium Seoul World Cup Stadium
FIFA ranking 40
Highest FIFA ranking 17 (December 1998)
Lowest FIFA ranking 62 (February 1996)
Elo ranking 29
Highest Elo ranking 15 (Sep 1980, Jun 2002)
Lowest Elo ranking 59 (August 1967)

Home colours
Away colours
First international
 Korea Republic 5–1 Hong Kong 
(Hong Kong; July 6, 1948)
Biggest win
 Korea Republic 16–0 Nepal 
(Incheon, Korea Republic; September 29, 2003)
Biggest defeat
 Korea Republic 0–12 Sweden 
(London, England; August 5, 1948)
World Cup
Appearances 8 (First in 1954)
Best result Fourth Place, 2002
Asian Cup
Appearances 11 (First in 1956)
Best result Champions, 1956, 1960
Confederations Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 2001)
Best result 1st Round, 2001
The Korea Republic national football team (Korean: Daehanminguk Chukgu Gukga Daepyo Team) represents the Republic of Korea in international football competitions. The team, also known as South Korea, is recognized as Korea Republic by FIFA to distinguish it from Korea DPR in the north.

South Korea has participated in eight World Cup final tournaments and became the first and only Asian team to reach the semi-finals, doing so when it co-hosted the 2002 FIFA World Cup with Japan. South Korea is considered as one of the most successful international football teams in Asia. It has qualified for its eighth World Cup final tournament, the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, having been the only unbeaten team during the AFC qualification tournament. It won the first two editions of the AFC Asian Cup.

World Cup history-

South Korea has emerged as a major football power in Asia, winning several prestigious Asian football championships, including the first two Asian Cup tournaments. The South Korean national team has also played in seven consecutive World Cup finals (from 1986), making a total of eight World Cup finals in all.

In their first World Cup finals tournament, the 1954 World Cup as the second Asian team to ever enter the World Cup after the Dutch East Indies, South Korea played games against Hungary and Turkey, losing 9–0 and 7–0 respectively. It took 32 years before South Korea were able to participate in the World Cup finals again, when they qualified for the 1986 World Cup held in Mexico City. They lost 3–1 to Argentina, drew 1–1 with Bulgaria, and lost 3–2 to Italy.

This difficult streak held until the 2002 FIFA World Cup (which it co-hosted with Japan), in which the South Korean national team earned many wins and finished fourth place overall.

 2002 World Cup-

Led by Dutch coach Guus Hiddink and assistant coach Pim Verbeek, South Korea defeated Portugal, Italy Spain, then lost 1–0 to Germany in the semifinals, and 3–2 to Turkey in the 3rd place match. and

 2006 World Cup-

During the 2006 World Cup, South Korea achieved their first World Cup victory outside Asia by beating Togo 2–1. They then drew 1–1 against France, but lost 2–0 to Switzerland, which knocked them out of the tournament.

 2010 World Cup-

South Korea won the 2010 World Cup AFC qualification with 16 points – 7 wins and 7 draws in total – making them the only team unbeaten throughout the whole campaign. They then qualified for the knockout stages of the 2010 World Cup with 4 points, winning 2–0 against Greece, losing 4–1 to Argentina and drawing 2–2 with Nigeria. At the knockout stage they met Uruguay, which ended in a 2-1 loss for South Korea, eliminating them from the tournament.


2010 FIFA World Cup 4 1 1 2 6 8
2010 EAFF Championship 3 2 0 1 8 4
Friendly Matches 11 6 1 4 13 8
Total 18 9 2 7 27 20

Korea DPR national football team-

 See 2010 Korea DPR national football team results.
North Korea Korea DPR
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Chollima (thousand-mile horse)
Association DPR Korea Football Association
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach North Korea Jo In-Cheol
Captain Hong Yong-Jo
Home stadium Rungrado May Day Stadium
Kim Il-Sung Stadium
Yanggakdo Stadium
FIFA ranking 106
Highest FIFA ranking 57 (November 1993)
Lowest FIFA ranking 181 (October 1998)
Elo ranking 82
Highest Elo ranking 26 (July 1966)
Lowest Elo ranking 97 (April 2004)

Home colours
Away colours
First international
North Korea North Korea 1–0 China PR People's Republic of China
(Beijing, China; October 7, 1956)
Biggest win
North Korea North Korea 21–0 Guam Guam
(Taipei, Taiwan; March 11, 2005)
Biggest defeat
 Portugal 7–0 North Korea North Korea
(Cape Town, South Africa; June 21, 2010)
World Cup
Appearances 2 (First in 1966)
Best result Quarter-finals, 1966
Asian Cup
Appearances 2 (First in 1980)
Best result Fourth place, 1980

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea national football team (recognized as Korea DPR by FIFA and known colloquially and in the media as North Korea) represents the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in international association football and is controlled by the DPR Korea Football Association, the governing body for football in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Korea DPR surprised many observers with a good showing at their debut at a World Cup, reaching the quarter-finals in 1966, beating Italy in the group stage. Controversy arose during the 2006 World Cup Qualifiers, when the team's supporters caused problems because of the team's failure to qualify. In 2009, the team qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the second World Cup appearance in their history. Korea DPR have qualified for the AFC Asian Cup three times; in 1980, when they finished fourth, in 1992 and in 2011. The current team is composed of both native North Koreans and Chongryon-affiliated Koreans born in Japan.

Current squad-

The following 23-man squad was selected for the World Cup list. Caps and goals updated as June 25, 2010 according to FIFA official stats

0#0 Pos. Player Date of Birth (Age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Ri Myong-Guk September 9, 1986 (age 24)(1986-09-09) 37 0 North Korea Pyongyang City
18 GK Kim Myong-Gil October 16, 1984 (age 26)(1984-10-16) 31 0 North Korea Amrokgang
20 GK Kim Myong-Won* July 15, 1983 (age 27)(1983-07-15) 10 0 North Korea Amrokgang

2 DF Cha Jong-Hyok September 25, 1985 (age 25)(1985-09-25) 37 0 Switzerland Wil
3 DF Ri Jun-Il August 24, 1987 (age 23)(1987-08-24) 30 0 North Korea Sobaeksu
5 DF Ri Kwang-Chon September 4, 1985 (age 25)(1985-09-04) 41 0 North Korea April 25
8 DF Ji Yun-Nam November 20, 1976 (age 33)(1976-11-20) 32 4 North Korea April 25
13 DF Pak Chol-Jin September 5, 1985 (age 25)(1985-09-05) 36 0 North Korea Amrokgang
14 DF Pak Nam-Chol October 3, 1988 (age 22)(1988-10-03) 6 0 North Korea Amrokgang
16 DF Nam Song-Chol May 7, 1982 (age 28)(1982-05-07) 53 2 North Korea April 25
21 DF Ri Kwang-Hyok August 17, 1987 (age 23)(1987-08-17) 5 0 North Korea Kyonggongop

4 MF Pak Nam-Chol July 2, 1985 (age 25)(1985-07-02) 35 10 North Korea April 25
6 MF Kim Kum-Il October 10, 1987 (age 23)(1987-10-10) 14 2 North Korea April 25
11 MF Mun In-Guk September 29, 1978 (age 32)(1978-09-29) 45 10 North Korea April 25
15 MF Kim Yong-Jun July 19, 1983 (age 27)(1983-07-19) 86 11 North Korea Pyongyang City
17 MF An Yong-Hak October 25, 1978 (age 32)(1978-10-25) 30 2 Japan Omiya Ardija
19 MF Ri Chol-Myong February 18, 1988 (age 22)(1988-02-18) 5 0 North Korea Pyongyang City
22 MF Kim Kyong-Il December 11, 1988 (age 21)(1988-12-11) 3 0 North Korea Rimyongsu
23 MF Pak Sung-Hyok May 30, 1990 (age 20)(1990-05-30) 3 0 North Korea Sobaeksu

7 FW An Chol-Hyok June 27, 1985 (age 25)(1985-06-27) 38 7 North Korea Rimyongsu
9 FW Jong Tae-Se March 2, 1984 (age 26)(1984-03-02) 27 16 Germany VfL Bochum
10 FW Hong Yong-Jo (captain) May 22, 1982 (age 28)(1982-05-22) 69 22 Russia Rostov
12 FW Choe Kum-Chol February 9, 1987 (age 23)(1987-02-09) 23 3 North Korea Rimyongsu
* Normally plays as an attacker, but coach Kim Jong-Hun added him as one of the three goalkeepers, as all the squads must nominate three eligible keepers for the tournament; however, FIFA revealed that Kim would only have been allowed to play as a goalkeeper.

2006 World Cup qualifying stage controversy-

In March 2005, Korea DPR entered a match with Iran with limited chances of qualifying for the World Cup finals due to poor performance in early fixtures. During the match hosted in Pyongyang, North Korean fans became enraged when the referee failed to award Korea DPR with a penalty kick after a controversial play near the end of the match. Demanding a penalty, they rushed Syrian referee Mohamed Kousa, who instead gave a North Korean player a red card. Bottles, stones and chairs were thrown onto the field following the play. After the match was over, North Korean fans refused to let the Iranian team leave the stadium on their team bus. The violence was so severe that riot police forced back the crowd. Following this incident, Korea DPR lost its right to host the subsequent home match with Japan and the game was instead played behind closed doors to an empty stadium in Bangkok, Thailand.

 2010 World Cup-


The Korea DPR football team qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup after finishing 2nd place in Group B of Asian qualifying. Their finishing place was not decided until the day of the last fixture of the group, in which they needed not only to avoid defeat in a match against Saudi Arabia, but also rely on Iran not winning in a match against South Korea. In the end, after possessing the same amount of points as Saudi Arabia, Korea DPR qualified through goal difference.

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Korea Republic 8 4 4 0 12 4 +8 16
 Korea DPR 8 3 3 2 7 5 +2 12
 Saudi Arabia 8 3 3 2 8 8 0 12
 Iran 8 2 5 1 8 7 +1 11
 United Arab Emirates 8 0 1 7 6 17 −11 1


The North Korean and Brazilian teams in 2010

North Korea and Brazil playing a match in South Africa
2010 was Korea DPR's second appearance at the World Cup finals and the first since 1966. The draw placed Korea DPR in Group G. They played their first match against five-time winners Brazil on 15 June, with Brazil winning 2 goals to 1 in a game where North Korea were well organised defensively and showed resiliance frustrating the Brazilians. Despite their best efforts, they were nevertheless outmatched and eventually broken down. Maicon's relief was visible after his goal to finally put Brazil ahead in what was what only can be described as an impressive loss.

Their next game was against Portugal on 21 June, with a defeat of 0–7. Despite starting well (much like against the Brazilians), with a defensive, well organised approach, once Portugal scored the first, the Koreans' defense unfolded and the rest followed with relative ease. Finally Côte d'Ivoire on 25 June, which Korea DPR lost 0–3. After losing all three matches in the group stages, they were knocked out, finishing at the bottom of Group G. It was reported that the small contingency of apparent North Korean soccer fans were actually Chinese, to whom North Korea administration sold their share of tickets. North Korea subsequently denied the report, claiming that a small number were permitted to travel to the World Cup. Korea DPR coach, Kim Jong-Hun, informed the media that he received "regular tactical advice during matches" from Kim Jong-il "using mobile phones that are not visible to the naked eye" and purportedly developed by the Supreme Leader himself.


Why Australia won’t host 2022 World Cup-

As a “true-blue” Aussie and lover of football, there is nothing more I would love to see than Australia winning the right to host a World Cup. If I was a betting man, I’d definitely splash some cash on Australia hosting the World Cup… one day. Just not in 2022.

Whilst Frank Lowy and many football followers here in Australia remain optimistic, I have to say I am not.
I feel the 2022 World Cup will go to the USA, for many valid reasons.

First of all, everyone talks of the wonderful event that was the Sydney 2000 Olympics and the incredible job we did at hosting those games. I can remember vividly the buzz that existed around the city for those few weeks back in 2000, and I have no doubt that a World Cup would be even better.
Problem is, what no one is willing to talk about is what a failure the Sydney Olympics was in terms of television ratings.
The 2000 Games were the lowest ratings games in North America, with a significant drop also in Europe from previous Olympics.

I know, the time difference is something we can do nothing about and it’s simply a result of our geography, but even so TV ratings and advertising exposure are a significant part in the decision making. FIFA charge ridiculous sums for advertisers to align themselves with the World Cup, and in exchange advertisers get “exclusive” rights as well as access to billions of viewers.

US television station NBC lost millions after securing the rights to Sydney 2000, with viewers failing to rise for the 2am, 3am and 5am start times – not to mention the cost of sending and accommodating hundreds of staff to cover the Games for the duration.

The 2011 rugby World Cup is being held in this part of the world in New Zealand, where games are scheduled to kick-off at 9pm local time to cater for the northern hemisphere audiences, given the ratings failings of previous sports sojourns, such as 2003 rugby World Cup and Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix.

Another reason why the 2022 World Cup will go to the USA is the sheer economic power it has over Australia.
Global powerhouses like Coca Cola, MasterCard and McDonalds are housed in the United States and are all official FIFA sponsors.

The United States provides a bigger economy, broader market and vast population well in excess of Australia’s. For commercial partners, the USA makes a hell of a lot more sense.
In football terms, the USA is a developing market and a market that FIFA are determined to win, such was the reasons given as to why the USA was handed the rights to the 1994 World Cup, and the battle is still not assured of victory.


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