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Germany vs South Korea

The German national team will be playing the ‘Tigers of Asia’. How strong is this group opponent? Find out here.

2018 FIFA World Cup: South Korea’s top player Heung Min Son.
South Korea’s top player Heung Min Son. © dpa

When and where will Germany be playing South Korea at the 2018 World Cup?

The match will kick off at 16 hours (CEST) on 27 June at the Kazan Arena in Kazan.

Germany and South Korea head-to-head

Germany have played South Korea a total of 4 times; they’ve won twice, drawn once and lost once. The last encounter at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio ended in a 3:3 draw.

Which players from South Korea should you know?

The side’s most famous player is striker Son Heung-Min. He moved from Seoul to Hamburger SV’s under-17 side in 2008 and joined the HSV’s professional squad in 2010. He moved to Bayer Leverkusen in 2013 and to the English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur in 2015. His market value is around 50 million euros.

Which South Korean players have played in the German Bundesliga?

Augsburg’s Koo Ja-Cheol is the only Bundesliga player in South Korea’s World Cup squad. Cha Bum-kun wrote Bundesliga history. The striker moved to Darmstadt 98 in 1978, but played only one game because he had to complete his military service in South Korea. He won the UEFA Cup with Eintracht Frankfurt in 1980 before moving to Bayer Leverkusen, where he ended his career in 1989.

What else do you need to know about group opponents South Korea?

  • South Korea have only beaten Germany once – in a friendly in Busan (South Korea) in 2004. The game ended 3:1.
  • The South Koreans’ greatest success was their 4th place at the 2002 World Cup, which was held in Japan and South Korea. They lost 1:0 to Germany in the semi-finals. In the match for third place, the team were beaten 3:2 by Turkey.
  • The team’s nickname is ‘Tigers of Asia’.