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World Cup 2018: South Korea team profile

Heung-Min Son will be a key figure for South Korea at the 2018 World Cup
Image: Heung-Min Son will be a key figure for South Korea at the 2018 World Cup

From fixtures and fun facts to the key men, all you need to know about South Korea ahead of this summer's World Cup.

Manager: Shin Tae-Yong

Star man: Heung-Min Son - The forward has shone for Tottenham this season, and scored seven goals for his country in the qualifying campaign.

How they qualified: Group A runners-up in Asian qualifying, finishing seven points behind Iran, but crucially two clear of third-place Syria.

History: Ever-presents at the World Cup since 1986, South Korea first reached the finals in 1954. A run to the semi-finals as hosts in 2002 ended with a 1-0 loss to Germany.

Fun fact: With South Korea set to feature at their 10th World Cup, no Asian nation has featured more times at the tournament.

Best World Cup moment: Ahn Jung-hwan's golden-goal winner against giants Italy in the last 16 in 2002. It goes down as a controversial 2-1 victory for hosts South Korea, with an outraged Italy believing they were victims of poor decisions from Ecuadorian referee Byron Moreno, who awarded South Korea a debatable early penalty, disallowed a Damiano Tomassi goal and sent off Francesco Totti for diving in extra time.

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Player you've never heard of: Ja-cheol Koo - Scored four goals in qualifying, currently playing club football for FC Augsburg in Germany.

Kit: Home - red; Away - white.

Group F fixtures: Sweden (1pm, June 18, Nizhny Novgorod), Mexico (4pm, June 23, Rostov-On-Don), Germany (3pm, June 27, Kazan)

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