|| Korea Republic is Asia's most
successful team in the FIFA World Cup™.
The team first qualified for the finals in
1954 at the first attempt. They have competed
at every tournament since 1986. Their first
participation ended with heavy defeats to
Hungary and Turkey.
||32 years later, they returned to football's
biggest stage and made an instant impact,
losing only narrowly against Italy. 1990 saw
an early exit after three straight defeats.
In 1994, Korea Republic managed a draw against
Spain and lost narrowly to Germany.
|| They faced an uphill struggle in 1998 after
finding themselves in a difficult group. However,
in 2002 they would enjoy their greatest success.
After sensational victories over Italy and
Spain, their dream was ended by a 1-0 semi-final
defeat to Germany.