Wales v Korea Republic

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Korea Republic have qualified for eleven FIFA World Cup finals, appearing in their first tournement in Switzerland in 1954. They have also won the Asian Cup on two occasions.


The Korea Football Association was formed in 1933 and reinstated in 1948 following the end of Japanese opccupation. The KFA became a member of FIFA in 2948 and joined the AFC in 1954.

Their first official international game was at the 1948 Olympic Games in London when they beat Mexico 5-3 before losing 12-0 to eventual gold medal winners, Sweden, in the quarter finals.

Wales' only meeting with Korea Republic came in a friendly in 2023.

Wales record v Korea Republic

Head to Head


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7028/09/2023Wales 0-0 South Korea Cardiff City Stadium, CardiffFr

Saudi Arabia Honours

AFC Asian Cup winners (2): 1956, 1960

AFC Asian Cup runners-up (4): 1972, 1980, 1988, 2015

Welsh players to have made their debut against Korea Republic

No Welsh players have made their debut against Korea Republic

Wales' opponents from Asian Football Confederation

Wales have faced eight countries from the current Asian Football Confederation.

Israel joined the AFC in 1954 and as such were an AFC member when they played against Wales in a 1958 FIFA World Cup play-off. However, at the Asian Games held in Iran in 1974, some Muslim and Arab countries refused to play against Israel in the football tournament. At the AFC Congress held during the games, Kuwait proposed Israel be excluded from all AFC competitions; a motion adopted by a vote of 17 to 13 with 6 abstentions.

Kuwait were Wales' next opponents from the AFC, with back to back matches played at The Racecourse, Wrexham and the Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium, Kuwait City in 1977. Goalkeeper, Dai Davies, was unable to play in the return leg in Kuwait having been denied entry for having an Israeli stamp in his passport.

Iran, drawn in Scotland's group for the 1978 World Cup Finals in Argentina, invited Wales to Tehran as part of their tournament preparations.

With the end of the British Home Championships, the Football Association of Wales accepted lucrative offers to play Saudi Arabia in 1986 and to take part in Japan's Kirin Cup in 1992.

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