Korea Republic head to Qatar with stunning bespoke Nike kits, they’ll wear them in Group H of the 2022 competition, against Portugal, Ghana & Uruguay.
South Korea 22/23 Home & Away Kits
South Korean played their first international match against Mexico in London, England on the 2nd August 1948 losing 5-3. Known as the Asian Tigers and locally as the Taeguk Warriorshas they have been Asia's most successful national team since they made their debut at the 1948 Summer Olympics.South Korea play their home games in red shirts dark blue shorts and red socks with the away strip being white shirts red shorts and white socks. They had their most successful world cup appearance in 2002 when as joint hosts with Japan they finished an impressive and unexpected 4th.
2020/21 South Korea Home Shirt
The prominent change applied on the 2020 South Korea home kit is the patterned print on the top half part of the shirt, departing from the solid colours of the uniforms the team has worn for their previous campaigns. The said print though gradually transitions to a solid red near the bottom part of the jersey. Going into the details of the design of the pattern, we could see that it is composed of multiple intersections of three lines on a diagonal orientation. Using the shoulder and sleeve area as the starting point, the lines coming from the left side alternates between solid and broken lines and are quite bent as they extend further down. The lines coming from the other side are wavier. Combine these lines and you now have an excellent representation of the Hallyu Wave (a term coined by Chinese journalists to demonstrate the growth of interest with Korean culture). The federation logo is on the left chest while the Swoosh is on the right.
2020/21 South Korea Away Shirt
While the home kit represents the progressive Hallyu culture of South Korea, the away strip for the 2020/21 is a direct nod to the country's nickname as the 'Tigers of Asia.' The kit combines black and white to produce a tiger skin-like graphic that spans the entire shirt. The sleeves have narrow black cuffs while the v neckline has an attached black fabric that shapes into a round neckline. Classy gold accents appear in the form of the Swoosh and the Federation badge on the right and left chest respectively. White shorts and socks with the tiger print details complete the away kit.
The Korea Republic national football team are nicknamed 'Taeguk Warriors' and they are one of the most dominant nations in the AFC Confederation along with Japan and Australia. The nation have had several notable players to wear their shirt including Park Ji-Sung, Cha Bum-Kun, Hong Myung-Bo, Park Chu-Young, Lee Dong-Gook, Kim-Nam-II, Lee Chung-Yong and many more. The South Koreans wear red home shirts with blue shorts supplied by American sportswear company Nike.
The Asian nation have won just two AFC Asian Cups in 1956 and 1960 where they hosted the tournament and they have been runners-up on three occasions and third place on four occasions.
South Korea have had their shirts supplied by Nike for over 18 years where before that they had Rapido, Weekend, adidas, Asics, Prospecs and Kolon Activ.
Korea Republic World Cup Kits
World Cup 2022 - Led by talisman Son Heung-min, South Korea qualified for the Qatar World Cup with two group games to spare. This meant that the nation comprised the Asian delegation to the World Cup for the tenth consecutive time dating back to 1986. The Tigers of Asia then marked the first winter World Cup with pinkish red home kit that had a camo design (patterned after a tiger print) on the raglan sleeves. The away kit was their first-ever shirt in black, and featured an abstract, spraypaint-like graphic in a multicolour tone.
World Cup 2018 - The 2018 South Korea red home kit and its plain look contrasted with the white alternate shirt, which at least had strips of lines in red and blue positioned in a curved flowing manner to abstractly illustrate the Taeguk. Despite another group stage exit, South Korea ended the campaign on a positive note as they delivered a 2-0 upset against Germany and bring the defending champions with them in crashing out of the group phase (Germany's first time to do so since the reintroduction of the format in 1950). Mexico was so thankful for the upset win they celebrated in front of the South Korea's embassy. Mexico's victories in their first two opening matches would had been for nothing had Germany won since they themselves lost their last group match to Sweden (meaning Germany would proceed due to goal difference). The match was therefore called the 'Miracle of Kazan.'
World Cup 2014 - If not for the broad trims demarcating the sleeves and the rest of the shirt, South Korea's red home and white away strips might had been as plain-looking as their other classic kits. The former had the said trims in blue while the latter had them in red. High hopes were set because of the country's bronze medal in the 2012 summer Olympics. However, the group stage exit curse afflicted them, resulting to some angry fans dishonourably pelting them with native candy 'yeot' upon the team's return to their homeland.
World Cup 2010 - In 2010, the Asian football powerhouse donned its red primary and white secondary jerseys that were designed with a faded graphical print, which was a representative image of the fur of a tiger (the team's symbol). Manchester United legend Park Ji-sung led the charge both as captain and primary scorer, ending up with a R16 finish against Uruguay.
World Cup 2006 - South Korea's 2006 red home and white away kits both featured blue-striped side panels as the standout feature. Despite starting the group stage with a win and a draw against Togo and France, respectively, they still exited the group stage when they lost 2-0 against group leader Switzerland.
World Cup 2002 - Like other Nike kits at that time, South Korea wore a white home and a red away jersey that had angular lateral trims accented from the partner kit's base colour. Furthermore, both strips featured two sets of curved pinstripes, one covering the lefthand side and the other the bottom half. With the appointment of Guus Hiddink (the same Netherlands' manager that dealt them a 5-0 defeat a WC prior), South Korea made 2002 a memorable one. Not only did they co-host the event with Japan, they managed to finally win games and even finished fourth place despite not having won any matches in any of their previous World Cup appearances.
World Cup 1998 - The return of Cha Bum-kun as manager brought excitement to the nation's 1998 campaign. But everything came to its head when South Korea lost 3-1 to Mexico and 5-0 to Guus Hiddink's Netherlands, resulting to the legend's sacking ahead of the final group match. The team reverted back to plain looks compared to the previous WCs, with the red home simply having a blue accent from the polo collar and the blue away having a white one.
World Cup 1994 - Arguably the most artistic of its World Cup kits, South Korea's white home and blue away shirts featured a multicolour diagonal image that represented a wave effect. While the group stage exit was forgettable, the nation remembered 1994 for the 'Miracle of Doha,' where South Korea clinched qualification courtesy of their 3-0 win against NoKor but, more importantly, Japan's concession of a late goal to Iraq. The results, all in all, meant SoKor were in due to better goal difference.
World Cup 1990 - Relative to the 1986 outfits, South Korea changed from blue to white for the away kit and remained red for the home in this World Cup. Both kits displayed red and blue accents on the collar (which appeared bolder on the secondary shirt) to maintain the influence of the flag colours. SoKor lost of its group stage matches in Italy to crash out of the competition.
World Cup 1986 - While the nation had its first World Cup in 1954, South Korea began its consistent participation only in 1986. They were led by Bundesliga great Cha Bum-kun, known at that time for his thunderous, powerful shots. Because the 1954 campaign ended without a single goal scored, Park Chang-sun actually gave the nation its first World Cup goal when he scored against Argentina in the opening match. The team wore a red home and a blue away shirt, patterned after the colours of the Taeguk symbol on the national flag. The kits were made by then Samsung's fashion brand that was renamed Rapido in 1988.