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Korea Republic – World Cup preview

South Korea will take part in their ninth World Cup. One of Asia’s strongest sides, the Koreans’ qualification following a pretty uneventful World Cup campaign, shocked no one. Tottenham Hotspur’s Son is the team’s star, but the national team’s manager is looking for the entire squad to perform above their usual standard and remove some of the pressure off Son’s shoulders.

The group they’ve been drawn into isn’t offering the South Koreans many favors. They’re the underdogs in all of their three fixtures, of course, but they’ve proven to be capable of rising to the occasion.

Above everything South Korea remains a consistent national team, something that a region looking to grow their football culture is in need of at the moment.

Son-heung-min (South Korea Republic)

– Star players: Son Heung-min, Hwang Hee-chan

– FootballCoin stars: 

Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur)- 13,610.66 seasonal points (Pro), 6,127.10 points (Easy)

– Coach: Shin Tae-yong

– Group: F

Son-heung-min (South Korea Republic) - Tottenham Hotspur

– Group fixtures:

Mon June: 18: Sweden – South Korea, Nizhny, Novgorod 1pm

Sat June: 23 South Korea – Mexico, Rostov-on-Don, 7pm

Wed June 27: South Korea – Germany, Kazan, 3pm

– Prediction: A strong team that could create surprises, the South Koreans will have to go against three teams all eyeing one of the final stages of the competition. A surprise is possible. But naturally, the prediction offhand is for the Koreans to quickly exit the tournament and provide an opportunity for their rivals to earn much needed points.

– Squad: 

Goalkeepers: Kim Seunggyu, Kim Jinhyeon, Cho Hyeonwoo

Defenders: Kim Younggwon, Jang Hyunsoo, Jeong Seunghyeon, Yun Yeongseon, Kwon Kyungwon, Oh Bansuk, Kim Jinsu, Kim Minwoo, Park Jooho, Hong Chul, Go Yohan, Lee Yong

Midfielders: Ki Sungyueng, Jeong Wooyoung, Kwon Changhoon, Ju Sejong, Koo Jacheol, Lee Jaesung, Lee Seungwoo, Moon Sunmin, Lee Chungyong

Forwards: Kim Shinwook, Son Heungmin, Hwang Heechan, Lee Keunho

– World Cup history: 1954, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002 (Fourth Place), 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018

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