South Korea will be hoping to impress at this year’s World Cup, looking to make it through to the knockout rounds in the competition this summer.
Colin Bell’s side have now qualified for the last three World Cup tournaments, but have only made it out of the group stages once, when they were knocked out at the last-16 stage in 2015. They will be hoping for a new PB this year, but will have to make it out of a tough group first.
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South Korea’s route to the Women’s World Cup Final
Group Stage fixtures
|Colombia 2-0 South Korea||Sydney Football Stadium||25 July, 3am BST|
|South Korea vs Morocco||Hindmarsh Stadium||30 July, 5:30am BST|
|South Korea vs Germany||Suncorp Stadium||3 August, 11am BST|
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Who could South Korea meet in the knockout rounds?
If South Korea were to complete the tough task of winning Group H, then they will face the runners-up of Group F, which includes France, Jamaica, Brazil and Panama. After that, it’s either the Group B winners or the runners-up of Group D, where Australia and Denmark are likely to be in the mix.
From then on it will most likely be France in the semi-final and then USWNT in the final.
|Route as Group H winners||Potential Opponent|
|Round of 16||Brazil|
Confirmed South Korea Women’s World Cup squad
|Kim Jung-mi||Goalkeeper||38||Incheon Hyundai SRA|
|Ryu Ji-soo||Goalkeeper||25||Seoul WFC|
|Kim Hye-ri||Defender||33||Incheon Hyundai SRA|
|Lim Seon-joo||Defender||32||Incheon Hyundai SRA|
|Hong Hye-ji||Defender||26||Incheon Hyundai SRA|
|Shim Seo-yeon||Defender||34||Suwon UDC|
|Choo Hyo-joo||Defender||22||Suwon UDC|
|Jang Sel-gi||Defender||29||Incheon Hyundai SRA|
|Lee Young-ju||Defender||31||Real Madrid|
|Bae Ye-bin||Midfielder||18||Uiduk University|
|Chung Ga-ram||Midfielder||20||Hwacheon KSPO|
|Ji So-yun||Midfielder||32||Suwon UDC|
|Jeon Eun-ha||Midfielder||30||Suwon UDC|
|Kim Yun-ji||Midfielder||34||Suwon UDC|
|Kang Chae-rim||Forward||25||Incheon Hyundai SRA|
|Choe Yu-ri||Forward||28||Incheon Hyundai SRA|
|Son Hwa-yeon||Forward||26||Incheon Hyundai SRA|
|Moon Mi-ra||Forward||31||Suwon UDC|
|Casey Phair||Forward||16||Players Development Academy|
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South Korea players to watch at this year’s Women’s World Cup
South Korea World Cup Golden Boot contender – Jung Seol-bin
No South Korean has ever scored more than one goal during a Women’s World Cup tournament, so the Golden Boot may be a reach in 2023, but if anyone is looking to buck the trend then it’s Jung Seol-bin. The Hyundai Steel Red Angels forward has found the back of the net 22 times in 82 caps for the national side and is expected to lead the line this summer.
South Korea player to watch – Ji So-yun
Hailed as a magician during her time at Chelsea, where she won 11 major trophies and became the first South Korean to play in the WSL, Ji So-Yun is renowned for her technical ability and her eye for a pass. The 32-year-old returned home to play for Suwon FC last season, where she has scored six times in her 19 league appearances and will be looking to end what is likely to be her final World Cup in style.
Many will know her for her time in England, where she scored 68 goals in just over 200 appearances for Emma Hayes’ side, including the only goal of the 2015 FA Cup final against Arsenal, but she is also South Korea’s all-time top goalscorer, finding the back of the net 66 times in her 144 caps.
South Korea emerging player to look out for – Choo Hyo-joo
Choo Hyo-joo isn’t necessarily an emerging player, as she’s made over 40 appearances for South Korea, but at 22, she still has a lot of her career to look forward to and could end her time as the most capped player in her country’s history. The Suwon defender has already made the LWB spot her own and is slowly finding herself as one of the first names on Colin Bell’s teamsheet.
South Korea tactical analysis & formation at the World Cup
Colin Bell tends to set his side up in a 3-5-2 formation, but has been adaptable and change to a four at the back depending on the opposition.
In the midfield, Son Hwa-yeon plays the more advanced role of the three, just ahead of Cho So-hyun and Ji So-yun. At the back, Lim Seon-Joo, Hong Hye-Ji and Kim Hye-ri seem the favoured trio at CB, with Choo-HYojoo and Jang Sel-gi providing the width from wing-back.
Brighton’s Lee Geum-min, who scored five times in her last two international games, should join Jung Seol-bin, who looks to add to her 22 international goals, up front.
Where are South Korea in the FIFA world rankings?
South Korea are currently 17th in the FIFA world rankings, sandwiched between Italy in 16th and Austria in 18th.
Who is the South Korea manager?
Colin Bell, not to be confused with the Manchester City legend, has been the South Korea manager since 2019. The Englishman left his role as Huddersfield assistant manager to take over and is the first ever manager to lead South Korea to the Women’s Asian Cup final.
Who is the current South Korea captain?
Defender Kim Hye-ri is the current South Korea captain.
How many times have South Korea won the World Cup?
South Korea have never won the World Cup, with their best finish coming in 2015 when they made the round of 16.
How many times have South Korea competed in the World Cup?
This will be South Korea’s fourth time at the World Cup, qualifying for each of the last three tournaments.
Who has scored South Korea’s most goals in World Cup tournaments?
Six players have all managed one goal apiece for South Korea at the World Cup, Kim Jin-hee, Jeon Ga-eul, Cho So-hyun, Ji So-yun, Kim Soo-yun and Yeo Min-ji all finding the back of the net for their country.