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South Korea odds to win World Cup 2022: Confirmed squad, route to the final, ranking & form

By Dean Smith

South Korea odds to win World Cup 2022: Confirmed squad, route to the final, ranking & form

Published: 12:30, 24 November 2022

South Korea will take part in their 10th successive World Cup tournament in Qatar.

The Asian nation have been regulars in the group stage at the World Cup but don’t often venture past the opening phase. During their previous nine appearances at the World Cup, South Korea have only made it to the knockout stages twice.

However, that does including their run to the semi-finals in 2002 when they co-hosted the tournament alongside Japan.

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Latest South Korea odds to win the World Cup

Betting market Midnite
South Korea to win the World Cup 252/1
South Korea to reach semi-final odds 33/1
South Korea to reach quarter-final odds 10/1
South Korea odds to win Group H 12/1
Son Heung-min World Cup Golden Boot odds 80/1
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It will be a tall order for South Korea to go deep at the World Cup as, wherever they finish in Group H, it’ll be a tough last 16 draw. The Asian nation will be looking to start the tournament in a positive fashion though and may fancy their chances of getting something against Uruguay.

South Korea route to the World Cup 2022 Final in Qatar

Group Stage Fixtures

Fixture Stadium Date*
Uruguay vs South Korea Education City Stadium 24 November, 1pm
South Korea vs Ghana Education City Stadium 28 November, 1pm
South Korea vs Portugal Education City Stadium 2 December, 3pm
*All times GMT

If there was one group that you couldn’t call who will finish top or bottom it’s Group H. South Korea were in Pot 3 for the draw and joined Portugal, Uruguay and Ghana, opening their tournament against the South Americans.

Who could South Korea meet in the knockout rounds?

Placed in an extremely tough group, were South Korea to come out on top, they would face the runners-up of Group G which many expect to be Serbia – though Brazil, Switzerland and Cameroon are also involved. Then things get very difficult. In the quarter-finals it would be a team from Group F or Group E which throws in the likes of Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Spain and Germany. France and Brazil are further potential opponents should South Korea go deep in the tournament.

If South Korea win Group H Potential opponent
Round of 16 Serbia
Quarter-Final Germany
Semi-Final France
Final Brazil

If South Korea finish second in Group H they’ll go to the other side of the bracket and almost definitely face Brazil. Should they defy those odds then it’s 2010 winners Spain, before two-time champions Argentina and then holders France.

If South Korea come runners up in Group H Potential opponent
Round of 16 Brazil
Quarter-Final Spain
Semi-Final Argentina
Final France

Confirmed South Korea World Cup 2022 squad

Player Name Position Age Club
Kim Seung-gyu Goalkeeper 32 Al-Shabab
Song Bum-keun Goalkeeper 25 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Jo Hyeon-woo Goalkeeper 31 Ulsan Hyundai
Yoon Jong-gyu Defender 24 FC Seoul
Kim Jin-su Defender 30 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Kim Min-jae Defender 26 Napoli
Hong Chul Defender 32 Daegu FC
Kim Moon-hwan Defender 27 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Kim Young-gwon Defender 32 Ulsan Hyundai
Kwon Kyung-won Defender 30 Gamba Osaka
Kim Tae-hawn Defender 33 Ulsan Hyundai
Cho Yu-min Defender 26 Daejeon Hana Citizen
Jung Woo-young Midfielder 32 Al-Sadd
Hwang In-beom Midfielder 26 Olympiacos
Paik Seung-ho Midfielder 25 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Lee Jae-sung Midfielder 30 Mainz 05
Son Jun-ho Midfielder 30 Shandong Taishan
Na Sang-ho Midfielder 26 FC Seoul
Lee Kang-in Midfielder 21 Real Mallorca
Kwon Chang-hoon Midfielder 28 Gimcheon Sangmu
Jeong Woo-yeong Midfielder 23 Freiburg
Song Min-kyu Midfielder 23 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Son Heung-min Forward 30 Tottenham
Cho Gue-sung Forward 24 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Hwang Hee-chan Forward 26 Wolves
Hwang Ui-jo Forward 30 Olympiacos

South Korea players to watch at this year’s World Cup 2022

South Korea top World Cup Golden Boot contender – Son Heung-min

Tottenham’s Heung-min Son had a 2021/22 season to remember, becoming the first Asian player to win the Premier League Golden Boot, and although he hasn’t found form during the current campaign he remains South Korea’s talisman. But not only is he the Taegeuk Warriors’ biggest goalscoring threat, all fourth-highest scorer of all time, he is also their most creative player. They’ll be thankful he can feature after suffering a facial injury recently.

South Korea player to watch – Kim Min-jae

As well as being their main man for goals, Son Heung-min will be the player everyone has their eyes on when watching South Korea. But there is also a lot of quality at the back. Kim Min-jae has played in all but one of Napoli’s games so far this season as they lead Serie A unbeaten and topped their Champions League group ahead of Liverpool, winning five of their six matches. They will be hoping he can have a similar impact at the World Cup.

South Korea emerging player to look out for – Lee Kang-in

There are plenty of emerging South Korean talents with Mallorca forward Lee Kang-in leading the way. Lee, who came through Valencia’s academy, made over 40 league appearances for Los Che before relocating to Palma where the 21-year-old has found the net on two occasions to date. He’s yet to break his duck for the national team but that moment is coming.

South Korea tactical analysis & likely formation at the World Cup

Former Sporting CP and Portugal head coach Paulo Bento is a strong proponent for the 4-1-3-2. The system is tailor-made for Son, who at club level has struck an incredible attacking two-man partnership with Harry Kane, and in 34 appearances under Bento he’s bagged 12 goals while creating a further nine. However, in a recent friendly against Iceland — albeit with a weakened squad — Bento did go for a 3-4-3. So we have to wait and see how they line up against Uruguay.

South Korea FAQs

Where are South Korea in the FIFA world rankings?

South Korea are currently 28th in the FIFA world rankings, a position they have held since June.

Who is the South Korea manager?

Paulo Bento was named South Korea manager in August 2018 and has taken charge of 53 matches so far, winning 37.

Who is the current South Korea captain?

Son Heung-min is the South Korean captain and has been since 2018.

How many times have South Korea won the World Cup?

South Korea’s best World Cup finals finish came in 2002 when they reached the semi-finals.

How many times have South Korea competed in the World Cup?

Making their first appearance in 1954, South Korea have been involved in 11 World Cups including the 2022 edition in Qatar.

Who has scored South Korea most goals in World Cup tournaments?

Son Heung-min, Ahn Jung-hwan and Park Ji-sung are South Korea’s top scorers at World Cup tournaments, with the trio all scoring three goals.

Which player from South Korea has the most World Cup appearances?

Hong Myung-bo has played in 16 World Cup games for South Korea, more than any other player, between 1990 and 2002.