No. 1 Most Appeared Country of Asia in FIFA World Cup

Take a look with the profile of the number one most appeared country of Asia in FIFA World Cup.

Asia, considering the FIFA World Cup history, has not yet kept the championship title in FIFA World Cup. But in spite of that fact, there is still a notable national football team and considered as the most appeared country in the World Cup for the continent of Asia who is still aiming to grab the title, the South Korea National Football Team.

Appearing for the first time in FIFA World Cup, South Korea had played in the first round of the final tournament of 1954 World Cup.

Struggling in the Asia Qualifying Cup for 32 years, this most appeared country for the region of Asia in World Cup had again emerged in the final tournament of FIFA World Cup since 1986 continuing its eight appearing streak in which he had played for the first round of the final tournament on the 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998 FIFA World Cup.

Highest achievement reached by Asian country in FIFA World Cup was during 2002 when the national football team of South Korea had played in the semi-final match against Brazil in which they lost when a goal in the 49th minute of Ronaldo de Lima had slipped to net of the goal.

During the 2006 FIFA World Cup had again just ended only in the first round of the final tournament. Followed by the reaching the second round of the final tournament in FIFA World Cup in the year 2010. And for the recently concluded  FIFA  World Cup this 2014, South Korea had ended only in the first round.

Showing off their football power on the Asian region, South Korea had been the champion for two times in the year 1956 and 1960 AFC Nations Cup. They had played four times in the finals in the year 1964, 1972, 1980 and 1988 AFC Nations Cup.

With their lower achievements in the AFC Nations Cup, South Korea had competed three times in the semi-final matches in the years of 2000, 2007 and 2011. In 1996 and 2004, they qualified to oppose the other teams in quarterfinals.

And in 1984, they just ended in the first round of the AFC Nations Cup.

South Korean player who played the longest minutes in FIFA World Cup for their national football team is Myung-Bo Hong who captained seven of his 16 matches with two goals and had run in the world stage of football for a total of 1406 minutes in his four appearances in the year 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002.


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