South Korea’s 2022 World Cup squad: Roster, prospects, top players

South Korea cruised through their qualifiers, losing just one game and finishing behind Iran in the group. Son Heung-min tied for the lead in Asian qualifying with four goals and no team conceded fewer than South Korea’s three goals in 10 games. But the competition in Qatar will be dramatically different to the qualifiers and the South Koreans will be well aware of that with Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez lining up against them in the group stage.

The Taegeuk Warriors are led by coach Paulo Bento, who has a 63.5% win rate since taking over South Korea after the 2018 World Cup. His conservative style has rubbed some critics the wrong way, but after a full World Cup cycle, Bento will know what is needed from such a tight-knit group. (Fun fact: He also coached Portugal at the 2014 World Cup, which also included a match against current Group H rivals Ghana).

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