Updated: Nov 14, 2022
South Korea head into the 2022 World Cup in Qatar as the 28th ranked side in the world with squad that consists of many talented players.
However, when compared to the rest of the competition they look to be one of the weaker sides.
South Korea does not boast great World Cup form coming into the tournament in Qatar as they have failed to make it past the group stages in their last two attempts.
Despite finishing above Germany in Group F in 2018, South Korea only finished third in the group and left the finals at the earliest stage.
South Korea had little trouble qualifying for the 2022 World Cup though, winning seven of their 10 final round games, drawing two, and losing just one.
These results saw them finish in the second automatic qualification place just two points behind group winners Iran, but safely clear of the third with an 11-point gap over the United Arab Emirates.
Tottenham superstar Son Heung-min unsurprisingly led the scoring for the Taegeuk Warriors in the qualifying campaign, netting four of his country’s 13 third-round goals.
The other nine goals were shared between eight players, one of those being the other Premier League player in the South Korea squad, Wolves’ Hwang Hee-chan.
After crashing out of the AFC Asian Cup in the quarter-finals in 2019, South Korea will hope to give their fans something to shout about in Qatar.
South Korea Team Odds To Win World Cup
As true outsiders, South Korea are the joint-23rd favourite to lift the trophy at the 2022 Qatar World Cup this year at odds of 300/1 (+30000) – original odds: 250/1 (+25000) – with their AFC counterparts Qatar and Japan given the same price.
South Korea’s odds improve when it comes to winning Group H but they are still fourth favourite to do so at 10/1 (+1000), with Uruguay, Portugal and Ghana all fancied ahead of them.
Whilst South Korea’s chances of winning Group H are slim, it is not out of the question that they could still progress to the knockout stages.
When any side has an attacking player with the attributes that Son Heung-min possesses they can never be truly counted out of the competition.
At the Taegeuk Warriors are not out of the running for qualification from Group H and it could all come down to a single moment of star quality to decide the standings, which Son is certainly capable of providing.
Should South Korea make it out of Group H they would face either Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, or Cameroon.
Should it be one of the latter three South Korea may fancy their chances, but odds of 14/1 (+1400), original odds: 15/2 (+750) – suggest that a quarter-final appearance is somewhat improbable.
At 50/1 (+5000) – original odds: 20/1 (+2000) – a semi-final appearance looks as though it could be one step too far for the Taegeuk Warriors. Should they get that far, their current odds to win the cup entirely are 300/1 (+30000).
How To Bet On South Korean Team In Qatar
As South Korea prepares for the World Cup in Qatar you may have some bets that you wish to place on them at this year’s tournament.
There are countless bookmakers that offer a wide range of football markets. It is important to find a bookmaker with the best odds for those markets in which you have a good understanding.
Below is a list of some of the most popular football markets which you may want to bet on when the World Cup comes around.
Player Prop Bets
During one of South Korea’s matches, you may decide that you want to place a bet on what Son Heung-min will do in the match.
This is called a player prop bet, a bet based on the performance of one specific player during a match.
For instance, you could bet on Son Heung-min to score one or two goals or to get a yellow card.
Team Prop Bets
For South Korea’s game against Ghana, you could decide that you want to place a bet on the South Korean team.
This is known as a team prop bet, which is based around the performance of a specific team during the match and is not limited to the final result.
You could choose to bet on South Korea to score the final goal of the match or have the most corners.
Another form of bet that you may want to place is an Asian handicap bet.
Asian handicap bets move the odds closer together by removing the option of a draw and handicapping one of the teams by a certain amount of goals.
This means that one team will be winning the match by a certain margin before the match starts.
For example, when South Korea face Portugal at the World Cup they will be underdogs.
The handicap for this match could be two and a half goals, meaning that South Korea would start the game on +2.5 goals, and Portugal would start on -2.5 goals.
You would then be able to either bet on South Korea to win the match with a +2.5 handicap or Portugal to win the match with a -2.5 handicap.
If you bet on South Korea to win with the handicap and they lost the match 2-0 the bet would be successful.
In South Korea’s match against Ghana at the World Cup, you may expect there to be lots of goals and you may want to place a bet on this.
A goal lines bet lets you bet on how many goals you think will be scored in the game in total.
You could choose to place a bet of over 3.5 goals to be scored in the match between South Korea and Ghana.
During South Korea’s match against Portugal at the World Cup, a bookmaker might predict there to be three goals scored in the game.
A totals bet lets you choose whether you think there will be more or less than three goals scored in the match.
You are betting on whether the number of goals will be higher or lower than the number set by the bookmaker.
How To Sign Up At Sportsbook & Place A Bet On South Korea
Before you place your money on Son Heung-min scoring against Ghana, or any other bet, you will need to sign up and open an account with a bookmaker online.
Once you have been through the process of finding the bookmaker with the best odds on the markets that you want to bet on you will need to create an account with your chosen bookmaker.
Once you’ve done this you can add your selection to your online betting slip and place your money on the selected bets.
Below are five steps to help you through this process:
- Find the best odds for your particular bets and add the bets to your online betting slip by clicking on them.
- Select how much money you would like to wager and enter that into the appropriate section of the betting slip.
- Deposit the amount of money that you wish to bet into your account.
- Once your money has been deposited into your betting account it will allow you to place your bet by clicking a ‘place bet’ option on your betting slip.
- As events occur during the match you may be presented with a ‘cash out’ option for your bet so make sure to check your bet whilst the game is taking place, as you might be able to bank your profit or limit your losses.
South Korea Team Overview For Qatar
As one of the lower-ranked sides, South Korea will not be expected to make any sort of push towards the latter stages of the tournament.
With their hopes rested firmly on star forward Son Heung-min, the rest of the squad lacks experience in the top European competitions. emerged
After disappointing their fans with a quarter-final exit in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup they owe it to the supporters to fight to the final whistle in every game.
Passion, commitment, determination, and some moments of star quality from Son could be enough to see South Korea emerge from the group stage, but a deep run past the round of 16 seems unlikely.
Key Football Players
The South Korea squad is certainly not bursting at the seams with well renowned world-class talents, with only four of their players currently playing their club football in the top five leagues in Europe.
Whilst European football is not the be-all and end-all of determining a player’s talent it usually provides a good measure of whether players can compete at the top level surrounded by the best players in the world.
The South Korean back line, led by Fenerbahce centre-back Kim Min-jae, was solid in qualifying as they conceded just three goals in their 10 third-round qualifying games.
Having been linked with many of Europe’s top clubs over the past few years Kim Min-jae eventually left the Chinese Super League to join Fenerbahce in August 2021.
His centre-back partner is the vastly experienced Kim Young-gwon, who has 95 caps for South Korea.
The midfield battle could be a stumbling block for South Korea in Group H. With a lack of physicality in their selection of midfielders they have found themselves on occasion with a pairing of Wolves’ Hwang Hee-chan and Lee Jae-sung of Mainz in the middle of the park, two technically gifted but arguably defensively and physically insufficient players.
Naturally, a central defender, Jung Woo-young has found himself playing at the base of the midfield for South Korea, but the 32-year-old may struggle to carry the defensive side by himself when up against the athletic and skillful midfielders on show in Group H.
South Korea’s attack is one of their stronger areas. With the likes of Premier League Golden Boot winner Son Heung-min, the South Korean fans have every reason to expect to witness a few goals in Qatar.
South Korea tends to play with four attacking players on the pitch, sometimes fielding two attacking wide midfielders and two strikers, and on other occasions three attacking midfielders behind one central striker.
If South Korea is to have any attacking joy at this year’s World Cup they will need to get the ball to Son as much as possible and that will surely be the plan.
With Wolves attacker Hwang Hee-chan struggling to find goalscoring form for his club, his contributions to the South Korean attack could still be crucial at the World Cup as he has the quality to be a key player for the side going forward.
South Korea were dealt a major blow when star player Son Heung-min suffered a facial fracture in Tottenham’s 2-1 win against Marseillie in the Champions League, but Spurs boss Antonio Conte is “confident” Son will be fit for his country’s opening game against Uruguay.
Otherwise, Paulo Bento has a fully fit squad to choose from this tournament.
Coaching & Technical Staff
South Korea is managed by the experienced and successful Paulo Bento. Credited with spotting talents such as Nani and João Moutinho in his time at Sporting CP, the Portuguese manager certainly has an eye for talent.
He also has experience in international management having managed Portugal from 2010 to 2014, where he led his side to the semi-finals of the European Championship.
Since then, he has managed Cruzeiro, Olympiacos, and Chongqing Lifan before joining the South Korean national side in 2018.
The current backroom staff consists of four assistant coaches including Choi Tae-uk, who racked up 30 appearances for South Korea during his time as a player.
South Korea also has one fitness coach and one goalkeeping coach
South Korea Team Road To Qatar
South Korea had a fairly comfortable qualification process with their only loss coming in their final game against the United Arab Emirates after they had already confirmed their qualification by beating Syria 2-0 two games earlier.
South Korea eased through the initial stages of qualification, hammering lower-ranked teams, including beating Sri Lanka 8-0 and 5-0, as well as putting five past Turkmenistan.
Their final group didn’t prove to be a challenge as they scored 13 goals and conceded just three, leaving them in second place with 23 points from a possible 30, finishing second behind Iran to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar.
South Korea’s World Cup History
South Korea hosted the World Cup on one occasion when the games were split between South Korea and Japan in 2002, with one of the semi-finals being hosted in Seoul.
This semi-final saw South Korea play Germany to become the first team outside of Europe and the Americas to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup.
After losing the third-place play-off match, South Korea finished up as the fourth-placed team in the tournament, their highest finish to date.
South Korea has appeared in 10 World Cups. They failed to qualify on five occasions but have not appeared at an additional six World Cups as they were not a member of FIFA for the first three editions of the tournament, they did not enter in 1950 or 1966 and they were denied entry to the preliminary competition in 1958.
South Korean Fans
South Korea’s official supporter group was founded in 1995 and they are known as the ‘Red Devils’.
The 2002 World Cup in South Korea pioneered the FIFA Fan Fest which saw the first official fan parks being opened.
South Korean supporters are known for their extreme passion and their signature chant ‘Dae-Han-Min-Guk’, meaning ‘Great Korea’, will certainly be heard ringing around the stadiums in Qatar.