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Korea Republic line up for a team photo at the AFC Women's Asian Cup
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FIFA Women’s World Cup record
France 2019 will be Korea Republic’s third Women’s World Cup. They made their FIFA Women’s World Cup™ debut at USA 2003. Handed a difficult group, their first finals tournament was a baptism of fire, being defeated by Brazil, France and Norway in the group stage. The Taeguk Ladies returned to the global finals at Canada 2015, where they made their breakthrough, reaching the knockout stage for the first time in their history. The 2-1 win over Spain in their final group match was a monumental moment, handing the nation a first-ever Women’s World Cup victory. In the Round of 16 they came up against a strong France side and fell to a 3-0 defeat.

The road to France
Korea Republic progressed through the preliminary stage on goal difference, after earning a famous 1-1 draw against neighbours and Women's World Cup veterans Korea DPR in Pyongyang. Korea Republic subsequently booked their ticket to a second successive Women’s World Cup by finishing in fifth place at the AFC Women’s Asian Cup Jordan 2018. Having narrowly missed out on a semi-final place, the Taeguk Ladies faced the Philippines in a play-off for the continent’s final ticket to France 2019. Korea Republic’s experience made all the difference as they ran out comfortable 5-0 winners to ensure they could build on their promising Canada 2015 performances.

The coach
Yoon Deokyeo has been the head coach of Korea Republic since December 2012, making him the team's second-longest serving coach since Lee Yiwoo (1991-1998). Yoon played for the Korea Republic national team at the 1990 FIFA World Cup Italy, where he played in two matches. His coaching career began promptly after his playing career in 1993 and he has held a variety of roles at different age levels. He made the transition from coaching in the K-League to taking over the women’s national team with the goal of changing the country’s culture to encourage girls and young women to one day consider football as a viable career path.

The stat
0 – Korea Republic’s strength is in their defensive structure and discipline. Impressively, they did not concede a single goal in all four of their matches at the AFC Women’s Asian Cup. Their matches against eventual finalists Australia and Japan finished goalless before they beat Vietnam 4-0 and the Philippines 5-0.