South Korea meets Argentina, Germany and Spain in group play, and realistically are not expected to make it out of group play. The other teams just have much stronger international records against much better opponents than are available to this Asian team. The South Koreans have met Argentina and Spain before, in games where they never had a serious chance to in. With the 2014 Para Asian Games having concluded last month, South Korea finished out of medals behind first place Iran, second place Japan and third place China. There is just nothing to be optimistic about. If they manage to win a game, it would be a serious surprise as they could not win against Thailand at the Para Asian Games and has difficulty getting shots on goal, with 33% in their game against Iran, 23% in their game against Japan and 16% in their game against Thailand. They just do not get wins in international competitions. The only thing that could keep that from a last place finish would be Morocco.
Their records against teams in their pool are bad and not recent. Against Argentina, South Korea lost 5 – 0 at the 2006 World Championships. Against Spain, South Korea lost 6 – 0 at the 2006 World Championships. They lost 3 – 0 to Spain at the 2002 World Championships.
The South Korea record against their Asian competitors in the competition is not much better. Against China, South Korea drew 1 – 1 at this year’s Asian Para Games, with Yeong-Jun Jang scoring Korea’s lone goal in the game. At the 2010 Para Asian Games, South Korea lost to China 4 – 0. They also lost to China at the 2008 Summer Paralympics. They drew 0 – 0 with China at the 2011 Asian Championships. They also lost to China at the 2009 Asian Championships- Against Japan, they drew 2 – 2 before losing on penalty kicks at the 2006 World Championships. They also drew 1 – 1 against Japan at the 2010 Para Asian Games, and beat Japan in the bronze medal match that came down to penalty kicks. They tied Japan 0 – 0 at this year Asian Para Games. They drew 2 – 2 at the 2006 World Championships before losing 3 – 2 on penalty kicks in the placement match. They lost to Japan 2 – 1 and 2 – 0 at the 2011 Asian Championships.
Should a miracle occur and they make it out of group play, they don’t have a winning record against these teams either. Against Colombia, the team drew 1 – 1 at the 2002 World Championships. They lost 3 – 0 at the 2010 World Championships. Against France, South Korea lost 1 – 0 at the 2006 World Championships. They lost to France 3 -1 at the 2004 Summer Paralympics with a team that included Bae Gwang Yong, Kim Kyung-Ho, Lee Dae Won, Lee Heung Jo, Lee Jin Won, Lee Ok Hyeong, Oh Yong-Kyun, Park Meong Su, Yoon Jong-Suk, You Myoung Goo. Against Paraguay, the team lost 3 – 0 at the 2002 World Championships.
The team that South Korea took to the Para Asian Games included Chang-Hyun Kwak, Kyung-Ho Kim, Yun-Cheol Shin, Yeong-Jun Jang, Jun-Min Ji, Byeong-Hoon Kim, Ji-Young Ha, Jang-Hwan Hwang, Kyu-Hwan Cheon and Hyeon-Min Ji. The team is relatively middle aged, with the oldest player being Kyung-Ho Hung, a thirty-six year old and the youngest being twenty-four year old Jang-Hwan Hwang. A lot of the team around around twenty-six or twenty-seven years old.