FIFA U-17 World Cup record
Korea Republic have twice featured in the quarter-final stage during their five FIFA U-17 World Cup appearances. They reached the last eight as tournament debutants at Canada 1987, a feat which they emulated at Nigeria 2009. In their latest showings at Chile 2015, Korea Republic progressed to the second round only to lose out to Belgium 2-0.
The road to Brazil
Korea Republic kept a clean slate during the group stage where they won all three matches against Australia (3-0), Afghanistan (7-0) and Iraq (2-0). A solitary-goal victory against India in the quarter-finals sealed their passage to Brazil 2019 with Jeong Sangbin scoring the all-important match-winner. Their hopes of a third Asian title were, however, shattered after being edged by Tajikistan on penalties in the last-four meeting.
Former Daejeon Citizen and Bucheon SK defender Kim Jungsoo began his coaching career in 2007 and, after managing a couple of school teams, he joined the KFA (Korea Football Association) full-time coaching staff in 2014. Having completed his apprenticeship as an assistant coach with the Korea Republic team during the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup, Kim was appointed the head coach of the U-15 national team two years ago. And the 44-year-old duly proved himself at last year's AFC U-16 Championship by guiding his side to Brazil 2019.
Did you know
- Korea Republic were the tournament's best scorers with 13 goals.
- Jeong Sangbin finished as the team's top-scorer with three goals. Previously, he was also on target four times during the qualification stage for the Asian finals.