Squad South Korea 2022 World Cup: Final team of 26 men known
The South Korea World Cup 2022 squad has been announced by manager Paulo Bento, with the 26-man squad featuring Son Heung-min as the star player.
Only Brazil, Germany, Argentina and Spain have a longer uninterrupted run of World Cup finals than South Korea’s 10.
Drawn with Portugal, Ghana and Uruguay in Group H of the 2022 Qatar World Cup, the Taegeuk Warriors will be hopeful of making the knockouts, but a lackluster qualifying campaign and some troubling performances since then have left Seoul with plenty of concerns. The Asian powerhouse will have to be at their best, although their best has been worryingly absent in recent years.
However, they will have to expect greater challenges than during qualifying. South Korea only needed to finish above Lebanon, Iraq, Syria and the United Arab Emirates, and with each of those four defense priorities, qualification was never in doubt. After a slow start, performances improved and a first win against Iran since 2011 was welcome – but overall it was far from the test they needed.
They have quite the backbone: Napoli’s Kim Min-jae is hugely influential, if he stays fit, and there are plenty of options in midfield to play behind world-class Son Heung-min in attack. Their pace going forward should cause problems.
They still don’t know how to get the best out of Son, while other forwards like Wolves’ Hwang Hee-chan (left) and Hwang Ui-jo blow it hot and cold. South Korea is also defensively fragile and a 5-1 haul from Brazil in June was shocking in the space given to the five-time world champions. A 3-0 defeat to old rivals Japan in July only added to the gloom.
Squad South Korea World Cup 2022
South Korea World Cup 2022 squad: The final 26-man squad
- GK: Kim Seung-gyu (Al Shabab)
- GK: Jo Hyeon-woo (Ulsan Hyundai)
- GK: Song Bum-keun (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors)
- DF: Kim Young-gwon (Ulsan Hyundai)
- DF: Kim Jin-su (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors)
- DF: Hong Chul (Daegu FC)
- DF: Kim Min-jae (Napoli)
- DF: Kwon Kyung-won (Gamba Osaka)
- DF: Kim Moon-hwan (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors)
- DF: Kim Tae-hwan (Ulsan Hyundai)
- DF: Cho Yu-min (Daejon Hana citizen)
- DF: Yoon Jong-gyu (FC Seoul)
- MF: Jung Woo-young (Al-Sadd)
- MF: Lee Jae-sung (Mainz)
- MF: Hwang Hee-chan (Wolves)
- MF: Kwon Chang-hoon (Gimcheon Sangmu)
- MF: Hwang In-beom (Olympiakos)
- MF: Na Sang-ho (FC Seoul)
- MF: Son Jun-ho (Shandong Taishan)
- MF: Paik Seung-ho (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors)
- MF: Jeong Woo-yeong (Freiburg)
- MF: Lee Kang-in (Mallorca)
- MF: Song Min-kyu (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors)
- FW: Son Heung-min (Tottenham)
- FW: Hwang Ui-jo (Olympiakos)
- FW: Cho Gue-sung (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors)
South Korea top scorers
2 goals – Cho Gue-sung
1 goal – Hwang Heechan, Kim Young-gwon, Paik Seung-Ho
South Korea yellow cards and suspensions
2 yellow cards – Jung Woo-young
1 Yellow Card – Cho Gue-sung, Kim Young-gwon, Lee Kang-in, Hwang Heechan
Manager South Korea
Who is the South Korean national coach for the 2022 World Cup?
Paulo Bento has been in place for more than four years but still has to convince. Attempts to get his team to play from the back seem to have failed, at least against stronger opposition. A poor Asian Cup in 2019, loss to Qatar, followed by an average World Cup qualification and worrying warm-up results do not dispel those doubts.
South Korea’s star player
Who is South Korea’s best player?
Who else could it be but Asia’s greatest soccer star, Son Heung-min? If Son plays well, South Korea has a chance to do well, but there is immense pressure on the Spurs star, which was evident at times when he played for his country. The 30-year-old skipper may be guilty of trying too much and needs to rely a little more on his teammates.
How many players can South Korea bring to the 2022 World Cup?
National managers were allowed to bring 26 players to last summer’s European Championship in a major tournament for the first time, as a special measure due to the COVID-19 pandemic – while last year’s Copa America allowed teams of 28 players.
Now it has been announced that teams of 26 players will return for the World Cup in Qatar, an expansion of the usual 23-man squads.
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