South Korea World Cup team guide – fixtures, kits, key player, probable line-up

first_img 4 South Korea take part in their 10th World Cup Finals in Russia this summer. In this in-depth guide, takes an extensive look at the Group F nation…MANAGERShin Tae-Yong was named manager of the national side just less than a year ago in a fashion not too dissimilar to that of England boss Gareth Southgate. After retiring in 2005 due to persistent ankle problems, the former attacking midfielder enjoyed a spell as an assistant coach in Australia with Queensland Roar FC. From there, he returned to his native South Korea and won the 2010 AFC Champions League with Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma.After a four year spell there, he became manager of the South Korea Under-23 side in 2015. After German Uli Stielike was sacked in June 2017, Tae-Yong assumed control of the national side and ensured World Cup qualification.CAPTAINFans of the Premier League will be very familiar with the South Korean captain, Swansea City midfielder Ki Sung-Yeung. The former Celtic and Sunderland man is a rangy and intellignet footballer, capable of scoring screamers from outside the box with either foot. He earned his 100th cap for his country last month in a friendly, having made his debut a decade ago against Jordan.He is the heartbeat of the side, and will be vitally important to their chances of success in Russia. With 10 international goals and 15 assists to his name as well, he will expected to pop up with goals in some capacity, alhough he did start the final friendly against Bosnia at the centre of a three-man defence.KEY PLAYERHeung-Min Son is another player Premier League fans will be all too aware of. The Tottenham Hotspur man has just come off the back of his best ever season in England, where he scored 20 goals in 58 appearances in all competitions. After joining fom Bayer Leverkusen in 2015 for £22million, Son became the most expensive Asian player in history – since becoming the hisghest scoring Asiain in Premier League history with Spurs.Son made his international debut in 2011 at the AFC Asian Cup, scoring his first goal against India in the group stages of the competition. He has gone on to make 65 appearances fos his country, scoring 21 goals in the process. If South Korea are to get out of a group containg Germany, Mexico and Sweden, you feel as though the Spurs forward is going to have to carry them through.ONE TO WATCHPromoising striker Hee-Chan Hwang could be a surprise package in Russia, and is certainly the star to watch in this side. In the past, Tottenham have sent scouts to wtach the young Red Bull Salzburg forward – who can play through the middle or on either flank.He scored 13 goals in 39 appearances in all competitions last season as the Austrain side got to the semi-final of the Europa League, and has impressed with his performances in Europe.After featuring for South Korea at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Hwang was called up to the final 23 to take to Russia and has scored twice for his country.FIXTURESMonday June 18: SWEDEN v South Korea, 1pm, Nizhny Novgorod Arena, Nizhny NovgorodSaturday June 23: South Korea v MEXICO, 4pm, Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-DonWednesday June 27: South Korea v GERMANY, 3pm, Kazan Arena, KazanKITRECORD IN QUALIFYINGQualification to Russia has been a three-year journey for the Reds, starting in September 2015 with an 8-0 win over Laos. They progressed to the second round of Asian qualifying thanks to wins over Lebanon, Kuwait and Myanmar.Victories against China, Qatar and Uzbekistan followed, but they were defeated by Group B side Iran and Syria. Two goalless draws from their final two games were enough to see them through to the Finals in Russia, but it was certainly far from convincing.TOURNAMENT PREPARATIONSA 2-0 home victory in a friendly against Honduras was certainly a morale booster, but they were quickly brought back down to earth by following that up with a 3-1 defeat to Bosnia and Herzegovina.BASE CAMPHotel New Peterhof, Saint PetersburgPROBABLE LINE UPtalkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img

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