Saturday, December 27, 2014

South Korea Greatest All-time team

This blogger Artur Yanturin of Russia copied many of my blog teams.  This blog was one of them.  It was my Russia All-Time Team here.  His team was written in 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2014.   His Spartak Moscow All-Time team entry of was published in October 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2017.  His entry of the Dutch-German rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona was written in 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2014.  He also copied many many of my blog entries.

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World Cup 2002
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

AustraliaSaudi ArabiaIran,
ChinaJapanSouth Korea.
Hong KongIndia
East AsiaWest Asia(without Iran and Saudi Arabia),
Central AsiaSouth East Asia(ASEAN).

Korea (Joseon) was not introduced to the sport of association football until the late 19th century; it is often said that football in Korea dates to 1882, when the Royal Navy sailors from HMS Flying Fish played a game while their vessel was visiting the Incheon Port. Korea became a Japanese colony in 1905 and was annexed into it outright in 1910.

In 1921, the first All Joseon Football Tournament was held, and in 1928, the Joseon Football Association was organized, which created a foundation to disseminate and develop football in Korea.[6] Korean teams participated in competitions with Japanese teams from around 1926; Joseon Football Club became a de facto national team for Koreans, and won the 1935 Emperor's Cup. Koreans also played for the Japanese national team, most notably Kim Yong-sik who played for Japan at the 1936 Summer Olympics.

South Korea is a power in Asia since the 1950's.  They won two Asian Cup in 1956 and 1960.  They were  the second Asian country to participate in a World Cup Finals when they went to Switzerland in 1954.  However, they would not go to another World Cup  Finals until 1986.  Led by Asia's greatest modern player Cha Bum Ku, South Korea only managed a draw with Bulgaria in 1986. However, they would go on to qualify for the 8 straight World Cup Finals.  In 2002, they beat Poland, Portugal, Italy and Spain en route to the semifinal of the World Cup Finals held at home.  This remained the best ever result by a country outside South America and Europe since the United States in the 1930. 
World Cup 1986
GK:  Lee Woon-Jae 이운재
Lee Woon-Jae was a part of four World Cup Finals.  His best tournament was in 2002 where South Korea reached the semifinal and he was inspirational as he saved a penalty in the penalty shootout of the quarterfinal win vs Spain.  He is one of seven players from Asia to play in four different World Cups.   He mainly played for Suwon Samsung Bluewings, Gimcheon Sangmu FC and Chunnam Dragons. 

GK: Lee Se-yeon 이세연
Lee Se-yeon is regarded as one of the greatest South Korean goalkeepers of the 20th century. In 2002, he was selected as the goalkeeper of the Korean Football All-time Best XI by a survey of MBC and Gallup Korea in which 1,500 South Koreans participated.  I  club footyball, he played for Yangzee and Korea Trust Bank.  From 1966 to 1973, he played 81 times for the national team.

GK: Hong Deok-young 홍덕영
Hong Deok-young was the goalkeeper of the South Korea national team who appeared at the 1948 Summer Olympics, 1954 FIFA World Cup and 1954 Asian Games. In the Olympics, Korea beat Mexico. After retiring, he was an international football referee from 1957 to 1967.  He played 17 times for Korea between 1948 and 1954. In Korea, he started with Korea University.  Later, he played for Seoul FC and Joseon Textile.  He was elected to the Korea Football Hall of Fame in 2005.
Hong Deok-young
RB: Park Kyung-hoon 박경훈
Park spent his club career for Hanyang University and Pohang Steelworks, and won three titles in the K League. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the 1988 K League. He played for South Korea for 1986 and 1990 World Cup, and won the 1986 Asian Games with the national team. He also played for an English semi-professional club Yeading for a time, and became the first South Korean player who appeared in the English FA Cup.

CB/RB: Kim Ho 김호
Kim Ho was Korean Player of the Year in 1969.  He represented South Korea from 1965 to 1973. He won the Gold Medal at the 1970 Asian Games.  He also played in the Asian Cup in 1972.  He was known for his partnership with Kim Jung-nam.  He was an amateur player with Cheil Industries FC and a founding member of Commercial Back of Korea FC.  As a coach, he led the Korean national at the 1994 World Cup Finals in the USA.

CB:  Hong Myung-bo 홍명보
Hong Myung-bo is the all-time cap record holder for South Korea.  He played in 4 World Cup Finals.  In 2002, he captained South Korea to reach the Worl Cup semifinal, where he won the Bronze Ball.  He is probably the greatest defender in Asian history.  At the club level, he played mainly for Pohang Steelers in the K League, Bellmare Hiratsuka and Kashiwa Reysol in Japan and, LA Galaxy in USA's Major League Soccer.
Hong Myung-bo
CB: Kim Jung-nam 김정남
Kim Jung-nam played for South Korea from 1962 to 1971.  He was named Korean Player of the Year in 1971. He competed for South Korea at the 1964 Summer Olympics.  He helped Korea to win the 1970 Asian Games.  With the national team, he was known for his defensive partnership with Kim Ho.  For club football, he played for Yangzee FC and Korea Exchange Bank FC. His two brothers Kim Sung-nam and Kim Kang-nam also represented Korea.

CB: Kim Min-jae 김민재
Kim Min-jae started with Gyeongju KHNP, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors and Beijing Guoan before heading to play in Europe.  He played with Fenerbahçe before making a name with Napoli.  He was named Serie A Defender of the year in 2023.  In 2023, he moved to Bayern Munich.  At the time of writing, he had over 60 caps.  He went to the 2022 World Cup Finals.

CB: Chung Yong-hwan 정용환
Chung Yong-hwan played his entire career with Daewoo Royals in South Korea between 1984 and 1994, where he won the AFC Champions' League (formerly known as Asian Club Championship) in 1986 and then, Afro-Asian Club Championship.  At the international level, he represented Korea at the 1986 World Cup, 1990 World Cup, 1984 Asian Cup and 1988 Asian Cup.  He had 85 caps between 1983 and 1993.

LB/CB: Kim Tae-young 김태영
Kim Tae-young played for South Korea at the World Cup Finals in 1998 and 2002. In 2002, he was a member of the defensive unit that came fourth at the 2002 World Cup Finals, co-hosted by South Korea and Japan.  He had 105 caps between 1992 and 2004.  For club football, he played his entire career for Chunnam Dragons between 1995 and 2005.  

LB:  Lee Young-pyo 이영표
At the club level, Lee Young-Pyo enjoyed one of the most successful career for an Asian playing in Europe.  He was a starter with PSV Eindhoven and Tottenham Hotspurs.  Lee started his professional career at FC Seoul, then known as Anyang LG Cheetahs in the Korean K League 1 in 2000. He also spent time in Saudi Arabia and the MLS. He played 127 times between 1999 and 2011 for South Korea.  He went to three World Cup Finals.
Lee Young-Pyo
CM: Yoo Sang-chul 유상철
Yoo Sang-Chul capped 124 times between 1994 and 2005.  He went to the World Cup Finals in 1998 and 2002.  He was selected onto the 2002 World Cup team. He played for Ulan Hyundai FC in Korea before 1994 and 1998.  Before the World Cup Finals in 1998, he was sold to Yokohama F. Marinos in Japan. He also played briefly for Kashiwa Reysol.  Later, he had second stints with both Ulan Hyundai and Yokohama F Marinos.

CH/AM: Kim Yong-sik 김용식
Known as The "Godfather" of Korean football, Kim became the only Korean, who was selected for the Japanese squad for the 1936 Summer Olympics, and contributed to defeating Sweden by assisting the winning goal in the tournament.  After the end of Japanese occupation, he represented Korea in the 1948 Summer Olympics, in which he participated as a player-coach.

LW/AM/FW/CM: Kim Joo sung 김주성
From 1988 to 1990,  Kim Joo Sung won three straight Asian Player of the Year.  He was known for his long hair during his career, and was an Asian football icon in the early 1990's.  He played in three World Cup Finals in 1986, 1990 and 1994.  For his club career, he played for Chosun University and Busan Daewoo Royals at home. Later, he spent two seasons with Vfl Bochum in Germany. He was capped 76 times for South Korea.
Kim Joo Sung
CM: Cho Kwang-rae 조광래
Cho Kwang-rae was regarded as one of the greatest South Korean central midfielders of all time. He was nicknamed the "Computer Linker". Cho spent his club career in Yonsei University, Pohang Steelworks, Army FC and Daewoo Royals.  He helped Korea to win  the1976 World University Football Championship.  From 1977 to 1986, he played 100 times for Korea.  He played in the 1986 World Cup Finals in Mexico.

CM: Huh Jung-moo 허정무
Huh Jung-Moo was one of the first South Korean players to play in Europe.  He joined PSV Eindhoven in 1980 and stayed there until 1983.  At home, he played for Hyundai Horangi between 1984 and 1986.  He was capped 101 times from 1974 to 1986. He played in the 1986 World Cup Finals in Mexico.  He was ever immortalised by a picture of him playing against Diego Maradona in the first round of that Finals.  He won two Gold medals at the Asian Games in 1978 and 1986.
Huh Jung-Moo 
CM: Ki Sung-yueng 기성용
Ki started with FC Seoul.  In Europe, he played with Celtic, Swansea, Newcastle United and Mallorca. From 2008 to 2019, Ki was a full international for South Korea, gaining over 100 caps. He was selected in their squads for three World Cups, leading them as captain in the 2018 edition in Russia, and participated in three Asian Cups, finishing as runner-up in the 2015 edition. He has also played at two Olympic Games with his country, winning bronze in 2012.

RW/LW: Park Ji-sung 박지성
Park Ji-Sung is the most decorated Asian footballer in history, as the first Asian footballer to have won the Champions League trophy, the first Asian footballer to play in a Champions League Final, as well as the first Asian footballer to have won the Club World Cup.   He spent 7 seasons with Manchester United. He also played Kyoto Purple Sanga, PSV and QPR.  For the national team, he earned 100 caps and went to 4 World Cup Finals: 2002, 2006, and 2010.  He was voted AFC Best ever player at the World Cup.
Park Ji-Sung
FW: Choi Chung-min 최정민 
Choi rew up in Pyongyangm, but moved south during the Korean War. He enlisted in the Korea Army Counter Intelligence Corps (KACIC). He played for the football club of the KACIC.  For the national team, Choi scored 22 goals in the national team with 47 caps. He won two AFC Asian Cups and two Asian Games silver medals with his team.  He was the hero of the famous World Cup Qualifiers in 1954.  He scored 3 goals as Korea qualified for the World Cup Finals.

LWF/FW: Son Heung-min 손흥민
Son finished his development at Hamburger SV, where he made his debut in the German Bundesliga in 2010. In 2013, he moved to Bayer Leverkusen for a club record €10 million, and played for the club in the Europa League and Champions League. Two years later, he signed for Tottenham for £22 million, becoming the most expensive Asian player in history. While at Tottenham, he became the top Asian goalscorer in Premier League history.
Son Heung-min 
FW: Lee Hoe-taik 이회택
Lee scored 21 goals with 81 caps for South Korea between 1966 and 1977 and won eight Asian titles, including the 1970 Asian Games. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest forwards in South Korean football.  For club football, he started with Yangzee.  He later joined Pohang Steelworks.  In 1977, he spent time with Sea Bee in Hong Kong before returning to Pohang Steelworks.

FW: Hwang Sun-hong 황선홍 
Hwang Sun-Hong was one of the most important Korean players between 1988 and 2002.  He played in 4 WC Finals.  For club football, he started with 2. Bundesliga outfit Wuppertaler SV during the season of 1992–93. He played in Pohang Steelers for six seasons and became a club legend. In 1998, he won Asian Club Championship with the Steelers. He also played in J League with Cerezo Osaka in 1999 with 24 goals in 25 matches, making him the top scorer in the J1 League charts.

ST:  Cha Bum kun 차범근
Cha Bum Kun is probably the greatest Asian player in the modern era.  He won two UEFA Cups, one each for Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayer Leverkusen. he also played for Air Force in South Korea and SV Darmstadt 98. He was widely considered one of the best forwards in the Bundesliga throughout his career. He became the third-highest-paid footballer in Germany while playing there. For the national team, he had 135 caps and went to Mexico 1986.
Cha Bum Kun 

Honorable Mention
Cho Byung-deuk (조병득) , Choi In-young  (최인영),  Kim Byung-ji (김병지), Jo Hyeon-woo (조현우), Ham Heung-chul (함흥철), Kim Tae-Young (김태영) , Kim Young-gwon (김영권), Choi Jin-cheul (최진철), Cha Du-ri (차두리), Song Chong-gug (송종국), Ha Seok-ju (하석주), Choi Kang-hee (최강희), Ha Seok-ju (하석주),  Kim Pan-keun ( 김판근), Cho Young-Jeung (조영증), Cho Byung-deuk (조병득), Kim Byung-ji (김병지),  Cho Byeong-deuk (조병득), Noh Jung Yoon (노정윤), , Koo Ja-cheol (구자철) , Lee Jae-sung (이재성), Song Chong-gug (송종국),  Park Lee-chun (박이천), Kim Jae-han (김재한), Byun Ho-young (변호영),  Kim Nam-Il  (김남일), Choi Yong-Soo (최용수), Ahn Jung-Hwan (안정환), Seol Ki-hyeon (설기현),  Seo Jeong-won (서정원), Ko Jeong-woon (고정운), Lee Chung-yong (이청용),  Lee Jeong-soo (이정수), Kim Jung-woo (김정우), Park Seonghwa (박성화), Woo Sang-kwon (우상권), Chung Nam-sik (정남식), Min Byung-dae (민병대), Lee Young-moo (이영무), Park Chang-sun (박창선), Chu Yung-kwang (주영광), Kim Min-je (김민재), Lee Dong-gook (이동국), Hong Deok-young (홍덕영).  Woo Sang-kwon (우상권), Chung Nam-sik (정남식), Chu Yung Kwang (주영광), Min Byung-dae (민병대), Lee Tae-Ho (이태호), Choi Soon-ho (최순호).

Squad Explanation
-- The original team was created in December, 2014.  I redid the entire team on June, 2021.  It was a big overhaul. The team was changed to add more older footballers as I have better resource to work with.  In January 2024, I did yet a big overhaul. I edited to a better format.
-- Cha Bum Kun is the greatest Korean player ever and perhaps, the greatest Asian player.  He won two UEFA Cups.  He is an automatic selection.  His son Cha Du-ri is on my honorable mention.  Hong Myung-bo, Park Ji-Sung, Lee Woon-Jae and Son Heung-min were automatic selections.  Kim Yong-sik was a pioneer in the game of football in Korea. 
-- Taegeuk Warriors reached the semifinal of the 2002 World Cup Finals.  Lee Woon-Jae, Park Ji-Sung, Kim Tae-young, Yoo Sang-Chul, Hwang Sun-hong, Lee Young-pyo and Hong Myung-bo were selected into my team.  On the original 2014 selection, I also included Choi Yong-Soo,  Kim Nam-Il and Kim Byung-ji. 
-- South Korea reached the 1986 World Cup Finals after over 30 years.  Park Kyung-hoon, Cha Bum-Kun, Chung Yong-hwan, Cho Kwang-rae and Huh Jung-moo made this team.  Forward Choi Soon-ho and Midfielder Park Chang-sun are the last two players cut.
-- South Korea's first World Cup Finals were in 1954. In 1954, Japan and Korea Republic met in a critical World Cup Qualifiers for the 1954 World Cup Finals. It was the first meeting between the two countries since Japan ended its occupation of Korea.  The match was a historical important match.  Then South Korean president Syngman Rhee would not allow the former invaders to play in Korea's soil. So both legs were played in Japan. He also advised the Korean team not to return home if they lost.  The team defeated Japan and qualified for the 1954 World Cup Finals. Choi Chung-min (최정민 ) was the best player in Korea and the hero of the World Cup Qualifiers.  I selected him as one of my forwards. Then, I took goalkeeper Hong Deok-young (홍덕영).  Woo Sang-kwon (우상권) and Chung Nam-sik (정남식) were important players from 1954 World Cup team I have discovered.  Both Chu Yung Kwang (주영광) and Min Byung-dae (민병대) were listed as their captains.  They all made honorable mentions.
South Korea 1954
-- The IFFHS created their South Korea's All-Time Best XI in 2022.  The players were as followed Lee Woon-jae, Song Chong-gug, Hong Myung-bo, Kim Tae-yoon, Lee Young-pyo, Yoo Sang-chul, Park Ji-sung, Kim Joo-sung, Cha Bum-kun and Hwang Sun-hong.
-- Korea's leading soccer monthly magazine, "Best Eleven" conducted a survey and came out with their All-Time Best XI for South Korea.  The lineup was as followed: Lee Woon-jae, Hong Myung-bo, Kim Ho, Kim Jong-nam, Park Ji-sung, Kim Joo-sung, Huh Jung-moo, Cho Kwang-rae, Lee Young-pyo, Cha Bum-kun and Lee Hoe-taik.
-- "Sport Brief" created their Top 10 list of greatest South Korean players.  The ranking:  1) Cha Bum-kun, 2, Park Ji-sung 3) Hong Myung-bo 4) Son Heung-min 5) Hwang Sun-hong, 6) Ahn Jung-hwan, 7) Kim Joo-sung, 8)  Lee Tae-ho, 9) Huh Jung-moo, and 10) Cho Kwang-rae.  The source over here.
-- I found this Top 50 Greatest ever Korean players.
-- Football fans around the world would remember goalkeeper Lee Woon-Jae's performance at the 2002 World Cup Finals.  He stood out during the penalty shootout win against Spain in the quarterfinal.  Lee Se-yeon (이세연) was voted as South Korea's greatest goalkeeper in 2002. 
-- Originally, I have goalkeeper Choi In-young (최인영).  He was voted as one of Asia's greatest goalkeeper by 'IFFHS', but his performance at the 1994 World Cup Finals was poor.  So I put him on honorable mention. 
-- Cho Byung-deuk (조병득) and Kim Byung-ji (김병지) made many all-time lists.  Cho Byung-deuk did many things for Korea but was pushed to the bench by his rival Oh Yun-kyo. Meanwhile, Kim Byung-ji was comparable to Lee Woon-Jae in their prime.  But he lost out to Lee Woon-Jae in the 2002 World Cup Finals, and then, Lee became world-famous for being a World Cup hero.  Instead, I went with Ham Heung-chul for the third keeper.  He helped South Korea to win two Asian Cups, and they remained South Korea's only victories in the tournament.  He was also the goalkeeper of the South Korean national team for the 1948 Summer Olympics, 1954 FIFA World Cup and 1954 Asian Games.  
-- Kim Seung-gyu performed well in the 2022 World Cup Finals. Jo Hyeon-woo earned Men of the Match award against Germany in the 2018 World Cup Finals.  The victory was Korea's greatest performance outside the 2002 World Cup Finals.
-- Hong Myung-bo is the all-time cap record holder for South Korea. He is probably the greatest centerback from Asia. Before the emerge of Hong Myung-bo, Chung Yong-hwan was considered the greatest ever central defender from Korea.  He was named Korean Player of the Year twice.  Kim Jung-nam and Kim Ho were known for their centerback partnership.  Kim Jung-nam was a libero.  I reunited them on my all-time team.  Both were voted into Korea's All-Time team by "Best 11".
Chung Yong-hwan
-- In 2024, I added Kim Min-jae to the team. He was voted as the AFC International Player of Year, the IFFHS Team of the Year and Italy's Serie A Defender of the Year for the 2022-2023 season.  No Korean defender had ever achieved that. 
-- CB Cho Young-Jeung (조영증) played in the NASL with Portland Timbers during the 1980's. He was NASL Team of the Year in 1982 and Korean Player of the Year in 1977.  Certainly, he had a career in the highest level at the time, but I did not know how to rank him among the other Korean centerbacks.  So I only put him as honourable mention alongside Kim Young-gwon (김영권) and Choi Jin-cheul (최진철).  Choi Jin-Cheul was ranked 35th greatest Korean player by a website ahead of Kim Tae-young, Kim Jung-nam and Kim Ho.
-- Park Kyung-hoon was voted as K-League greatest ever rightback.  He was also considered South Korea's greatest rightback by many.  I also looked into Cha Du-ri (차두리), Kim Pan-keun ( 김판근), Song Chong-gug (송종국) and Choi Kang-hee (최강희).  Kim Ho-kon (김호곤) was voted AFC's rightback of the Century in 1998, but he was mainly a sweeper.  Overall, he was a better known central defender than the rightback.  However, according to various Korean sources, he was ranked below all of the central defenders I had mentioned.  So I decided to use Kim Ho as my emergency backup rightback.  He started out as a rightback, but was a much better central defender.
-- On the left, Lee Young-Pyo had a stunning career with Tottenham Hotspurs.  He was Korea's greatest fullback.  I did not have a good candidate for the backup position.  I understood that Ha Seok-ju (하석주) was unfairly blamed for Korea's exit in the 1998 World Cup Finals, but a better World Cup would have helped his standings on this team.  So I decided to take centerback Kim Tae-young (김태영) who had also played as a leftback.  Overall, he was a better and more famous defender than Ha Seok-ju..
-- For midfielders, Kim Yong-sik was a center-half who was also used as a playmaker.  He played on the left side for Japan during the Occupation in the 1936 Olympics. He was known as the Godfather of Korean football.  I selected him for his historical role. Cho Kwang-rae was considered to one of Korea's greatest midfielders.  He was listed in two important lists. Huh Jung-Moo played in the Netherlands during the 1980's, which made him a pioneer of the game.  I quickly selected them.  
-- Then, I added two younger midfielders Yoo Sang-Chul and Ki Sung-yueng.  Yoo Sang-chul earned over 120 caps.  He was selected to be on the 2002 World Cup All-Star team. How many Korean players had achieved that? Deep-lying playmaker Ki Sung-yueng has over 100 caps and participated in 3 World Cup Finals. He is getting to be among the greatest ever for Korea.  Kim Joo Sung can also play as a midfielder. The team has 6 players who can operate in the midfield.  
Ki Sung-yueng
-- So I have no room for Lee Young-moo (이영무), Koo Ja-cheol (구자철) , Lee Jae-sung (이재성) and Park Chang-sun (박창선).  Lee Young-moo (이영무) was known for his tireless stamina.  Koo Ja-cheol (구자철) had a good career in Bundesliga.  Park Chang-sun was the captain of the 1986 World Cup team.  He also scored Korea's first ever goal at the World Cup Finals.  I toyed with the idea of dropping SW/RB Kim Ho-kon (김호곤) for Park Chang-sun, but the team would be unbalanced without a backup rightback.  
-- From 1988 to 1990, Kim Joo Sung won three straight Asian Player of the Year. In 1990, he was billed a potential star at the World Cup Finals, but he did not do well in the Finals.  Nevertheless, he made this team.  He was a very versatile footballer.  He mainly played as a left wing, but could play in multi-positions, including central midfield, libero, wing, etc. Noh Jung Yoon played around the same time.  He was very underrated as compared to Kim Joo Sung.  He played in the J-League.  I had no room for him.
-- South Korea has strong wingers. On the right, Park Ji-Sung was the greatest Asian player ever played in the English Premiership.  He spent 7 seasons with Manchester United, often as a player off the bench.  But Son Heung-min might have became the greatest Korean player ever in the Premiership over Park Ji-Sung.
-- The left side was overloaded with talents.  I already mentioned Kim Joo Sung and Son Heung-min.  Cha Bum-kun played as a striker in the Bundesliga, but he originally played as a winger in South Korea. His best side was probably left.   Kim Yong-sik also played left midfielder. So I do not have a space for LW/CM Ko Jeong-woon. He had one of the most powerful free-kick in the world.  He only made honorable mention.  I also excluded his 1990 World Cup teammate Seo Jung-won (서정원).
-- Winger Lee Chung-yong (이청용) made a name with Bolton Wanderers.  He was their Player of the Year for the 2009–10 season.  He made honorable mention.
-- Cha Bum kun is considered the greatest ever players from South Korea.  He was top star in the Bundesliga when not many Asian players successfully made a career in Europe.  Then, I took Lee Toe-Taek.  He was known as the greatest Korean player before Cha Bum Kun. 
Lee Toe-Taek 
-- Hwang Sun-Hong and Choi Soon-Ho were considered for the last spot. I went with Hwang Sun-Hong because he went to 4 World Cup Finals and he is also the second all-time leading scorer for the Taegeuk Warriors behind Cha Bum Kun.  Choi Soon-ho (최순호) might be the best player who did not make the team.  He was the hero of Korea's qualification for the World Cup Finals in 1986.  I gave his spot to Choi Chung-min who helped South Korea to qualify for the 1954 World Cup Finals.  He also found successes in the Asian Cup by winning it twice.  I don't find him being rated as high during my research, but his historical role was very important to South Korean football.
-- Ahn Jung Hwan was an icon of his time after he played in Italy's Serie A as well as scoring the winning goal against Italy in the 2002 World Cup Finals, but I went for the older players.  I also have Cha Bum Kun, Choi Yong-Soo and Hwang Sun-Hong ahead of him. He was the best known player not selected for this all-time team, but not necessary the best player not selected.  I also could not find spaces for his 2002 World Cup teammates Choi Yong-Soo (최용수) and Seol Ki-hyeon (설기현).  I actually rated those two ahead of him.
-- Lee Hoe-taik (이회택), Park Lee-chun (박이천), Kim Jae-han (김재한) and Byun Ho-young (변호영) played the professional league in Hong Kong, which was considered a big move in that era. All four players won South Korean Player of the Year.  Park Lee-Chun is still third leading goal scorer for the national team.  Lee Dong-gook was ranked very high in many lists, but him missing both 2002 and 2006 World Cup pushed him down the order.  His European club career was also weak.
-- Lee Jeong-soo (이정수), Kim Jung-woo (김정우) and Park Seonghwa (박성화) have emerged since I wrote my blog in 2014.  They made honorable mentions.

Kim Joo Sung was very versatile footballer.  So I am using him as a central midfielder. 


  1. Nice Squad, and also Nice Blog.
    But as a Korean, I want to advice somethings about this team.

    1. About Choi In-young: In 1999, 'IFFHS' placed him 3rd best asian goalkeeper in 20th century. But in Korea, Choi does not have such status because of his poor performance in 1994 WC. 'Lee Se-yeon'(1970s) or 'Cho Byeong-deuk'(1980s) mostly rated higer than Choi in our country. Lee se-yeon rated greatest Korean goalkeeper in 20th century by votings of journalist in 2002, before 2002 WC. And Cho Byeong-deuk is highly regared in Korea because of his playing-style. He was pioneer of modern goalkeeping in Korea. He used goalkick as a strategy, and played more widely than any other goalkeepers before him.

    2. About Right Back position: Kim Ho-kon's best position was Centerback although his height was short for CB. Usually, Park Kyung-hoon or Song Jong-gug is regarded as Korea's best right back ever. Experts prefer Park, and Common fans prefer Song.

    3. About Noh Jung-yoon: Noh was very attractive player, but he is not highly regarded in our country. Ki Seung-yeung or Cho Kwang-rae is more legendary player in our history by "far".

    4. Kim Joo-sung and Ko Jeong-woon's Position: Kim was very versatile footballer. He played as central midfiedler, attacking midfielder, Second striker, but also libero. However, his best position was Left winger. Experts in Korea always categorize him as "Left Winger". And also, Ko Jeong-woon's position was left, not right. Right wing: Seo Jeong-won, Left Wing: Go Jeong-woon. This was the formula of 1990's Korea national team.

  2. And Also, I offer some data about Korean all time best xi.

    1. Korean all time Best XI (2002, before WC 2002)
    * selected by voting of 1,500 experts & football fans
    * to celebrate hosting of 2002 FIFA World Cup

    GK: Lee Se-yeon
    DF: Kim Ho
    DF: Kim Jeong-nam
    MF: Lee Young-moo
    MF: Park Chang-sun
    MF: Cho Kwang-rae
    FW: Lee Hoe-taik
    FW: Cha Bum-kun
    FW: Choi Soon-ho
    FW: Huh Jung-moo
    FW: Kim Joo-sung

    2. Korean all time best XI (2010, Poll organized by "Best Eleven" the oldest football monthly football magazine in Korea)
    * voted by 15 football Journalist & former footballer
    * based on "3-5-2" Formation

    GK: Lee Woon-jae
    CB: Kim Ho
    CB: Hong Myeong-bo
    CB: Kim Jung-nam
    MF: Park Ji-sung
    MF: Lee Young-pyo
    MF: Huh Jung-moo
    MF: Kim Joo-sung
    MF: Cho Kwang-rae
    FW: Lee Hoe-taik
    FW: Cha Bum-kun

    Anyway, also I think "Cho Kwang-rae" and "Lee Hoe-taik" must be in this squad considering their legendary status.

  3. Lee Woon-jae
    Park Kyung-hoon/Kim Ho-kon Hong Myung-bo Kim Jung-suk Lee Young-pyo
    Park Ji-sung Cho Yoon-ok Kim Joo-sung
    Cha Bum-kun Choi Jeong-min Son Heung-min explains the inclusions of Hong Myung-bo, Kim Jung-suk and Cho Yoon-ok. You can go 4-3-3 with Park Kyung-hoon or 3-4-3 with Kim Ho-kon.