South Korea national football team

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The Korea Republic national football team represents South Korea in international football and is controlled by the Korea Football Association.wikipedia
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2002 FIFA World Cup

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Despite initially going through five World Cup tournaments without winning a match, South Korea became the first and currently only Asian team to reach the semi-final stages when they co-hosted the 2002 tournament with Japan.
South Korea managed to reach the semi-finals, beating Spain, Italy and Portugal en route, thus becoming the first (and, as of 2019, only) team from outside Europe and the Americas to reach the last four of a World Cup.

Japan national football team

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Koreans also played on the Japanese national team, most notably Kim Yong-sik who played for Japan at the 1936 Summer Olympics; Japan's last prewar national team in 1940 had two Korean players, Kim Yong-sik and Kim Sung-gan.
Their principal continental rivals are South Korea, North Korea, China and most recently, Australia; though they also develop rivalries against Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

Iran–South Korea football rivalry

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The South Korea's 5–0 win against Iran at the 1958 Asian Games is the largest margin in their rivalry.
The Iran and Korea Republic men's national football teams are sporting rivals and have played against each other officially since 1958, totalling 28 matches as of January 2015, including seven World Cup qualifiers.

Kim Yong-sik

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Koreans also played on the Japanese national team, most notably Kim Yong-sik who played for Japan at the 1936 Summer Olympics; Japan's last prewar national team in 1940 had two Korean players, Kim Yong-sik and Kim Sung-gan.
Kim Yong-sik (김용식; Hanja: 金容植; 25 July 1910 – 8 March 1985) was a South Korean football player who played international football for both Japan and South Korea.

Turkey national football team

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South Korea played games against Hungary and Turkey, losing 9–0 and 7–0 respectively (the game scheduled against West Germany was never played because neither were seeded in their group, as per that tournament's rules).
The Turks, however, never played Hungary due to the tournament format, and a 4–1 defeat by the Germans was followed by Turkey carrying out a 7–0 win over South Korea.

AFC Asian Cup

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South Korea won the first two AFC Asian Cup tournaments (1956 and 1960), though they have been unable to win since, finishing as the runners-up in 1972, 1980, 1988, and 2015, and third in 1964, 2000, 2007, and 2011. South Korea participated at the first AFC Asian Cup in 1956.
Initially successful teams included South Korea (twice) and Iran (three times).

Indonesia national football team

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South Korea became the second Asian team ever to compete at the FIFA World Cup after the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia).
However, the South Korean national team emerged victorious over the Indonesians in the second round.

Choi Chung-min

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South Korea first entered the FIFA World Cup qualification in 1954 and qualified to participate at the 1954 FIFA World Cup by defeating Japan 7–3 on aggregate with Choi Chung-min's three goals.
He played for the South Korea national team.

Thailand national football team

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At the 1962 Asian Games, South Korea won all group matches against Japan, Thailand and India.
During the 1992 AFC Asian Cup qualification, Thailand gained one of their significant victories when they able to beat South Korea by 2–1, a team who had qualified for consecutive FIFA World Cup (in 1986 and 1990) and known as the strongest team in Asia at the time before defeating Bangladesh by 1–0 to winning the group and therefore qualifying for the 1992 AFC Asian Cup.

Red Devils (supporters club)

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The national team's supporting group is officially referred to as the Red Devils.
Red Devils or Bulgeun Angma (Hangul: 붉은 악마, Hanja: --惡魔) is the official supporting group for the Korea Republic national football team.

Iran national football team

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The South Korea's 5–0 win against Iran at the 1958 Asian Games is the largest margin in their rivalry.
Despite failing to qualify for either the 1990 or the 1994 World Cups, it was during this period that a number of quality players burst onto the Iranian football scene, laying the foundation for third place in the 1996 AFC Asian Cup (memorable victories in that tournament included a 3–0 victory against Saudi Arabia and an impressive 6–2 victory against South Korea) and their second stab at World Cup glory in 1998.

1986 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)

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In 1986, South Korea won the East Asia zone competition of the 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification with two wins against Japan in the final round and was able to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1954.
Asia's automatic qualifying berths were taken by Iraq and Korea Republic

FIFA World Cup

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South Korea became the second Asian team ever to compete at the FIFA World Cup after the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia). Since the 1960s, South Korea has emerged as a major football power in Asia and is historically the most successful Asian football team, having participated in nine consecutive and ten overall FIFA World Cup tournaments, the most for any Asian country.
Since then, teams from these regions have enjoyed more success, with several having reached the quarter-finals: Mexico, quarter-finalists in 1986; Cameroon, quarter-finalists in 1990; South Korea, finishing in fourth place in 2002; Senegal, along with USA, both quarter-finalists in 2002; Ghana, quarter-finalists in 2010; and Costa Rica, quarter-finalists in 2014.

Saudi Arabia national football team

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Cho Kwang-rae led the team's gold medal by consecutively scoring winning goals in the semi-finals against Indonesia and the final against Saudi Arabia.
Thus Saudi Arabia became the second Arab national football team in history to reach the Round of 16 in a World Cup, after Morocco's Round of 16 elimination in the 1986 FIFA World Cup, and one of the few Asian national football teams (others being Australia, Japan, South Korea, North Korea) to accomplish such a feat to date.

1956 AFC Asian Cup

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South Korea participated at the first AFC Asian Cup in 1956.
It was won by South Korea.

Mexico national football team

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The same year, the South Korean national team made its international debut and won 5–3 against Mexico at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London.
At the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Mexico was placed in a group with the Netherlands, South Korea and Belgium.

Kuwait national football team

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South Korea reached the final with the 18-year-old forward Choi Soon-ho's seven goals at the 1980 AFC Asian Cup and met Kuwait, who they defeated 3–0 in the group stage, but lost 3–0 this time.
Kuwait won the Final 3–0 against South Korea.

1980 AFC Asian Cup

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South Korea reached the final with the 18-year-old forward Choi Soon-ho's seven goals at the 1980 AFC Asian Cup and met Kuwait, who they defeated 3–0 in the group stage, but lost 3–0 this time.
Kuwait won their first championship, beating Korea Republic in the final 3–0.

Choi Soon-ho

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South Korea reached the final with the 18-year-old forward Choi Soon-ho's seven goals at the 1980 AFC Asian Cup and met Kuwait, who they defeated 3–0 in the group stage, but lost 3–0 this time.
In September 1980, Choi was named in the South Korea squad for the 1980 AFC Asian Cup.

1960 AFC Asian Cup

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They hosted and won the 1960 AFC Asian Cup by winning all of their games against South Vietnam, Israel and Republic of China but failed to repeat this success at the 1964 AFC Asian Cup which Israel won.
The final tournament was organised on a round robin basis, and host country South Korea won with a perfect record of three wins.

Korea Football Association

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The Korea Republic national football team represents South Korea in international football and is controlled by the Korea Football Association.

Hungary national football team

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South Korea played games against Hungary and Turkey, losing 9–0 and 7–0 respectively (the game scheduled against West Germany was never played because neither were seeded in their group, as per that tournament's rules).
The first match was played against South Korea and Hungary won by 9–0 at the Hardturm, Zürich.

1990 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)

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South Korea finished the 1990 FIFA World Cup qualification in first place by recording nine wins and two draws without a loss and qualified for the World Cup again.
Asia's two automatic qualifying berths were taken by Korea Republic and the United Arab Emirates.

Football at the 1948 Summer Olympics

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The same year, the South Korean national team made its international debut and won 5–3 against Mexico at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London.
There were future World Cup stars also on parade in South Korea's 5–3 defeat of Mexico and the United States's 9–0 defeat at the hands of Italy.

India national football team

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At the 1962 Asian Games, South Korea won all group matches against Japan, Thailand and India.
The team defeated South Korea 2–1 to win their second major championship.