Korea has risen to the ranks of the countries that have met the most in the world rankings in the World Cup finals.

Korea, led by coach Paulo Bento, will play the round of 16 against Brazil, currently ranked number one in the FIFA world, at the 974 Stadium in Doha, Qatar, on the 6th at 4:00 am (Korean time).

Our world ranking is 28th.

This is the third time Korea has faced a world number one in the World Cup finals.

The FIFA World Rankings were created in 1992.

From the 1994 World Cup in the United States, which was held for the first time since the FIFA rankings were made, Korea faced Germany, the world's No. 1 at the time.

In addition, in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, we met Germany, who ranked first, and this time we will face the world number one in the World Cup for the third time in our career.

So far, the only teams that have fought against the world's No. 1 country three times in the World Cup finals are the Netherlands and Chile, in addition to Korea.

The Netherlands and Chile equally met Brazil in the 1998 World Cup in France and the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, and in the 2014 tournament in Brazil, they faced then-number one Spain.

The Netherlands lost to Brazil on penalties in the semifinals of the 1998 World Cup in France, and took revenge by winning 2-1 in the quarterfinals in South Africa in 2010.

In addition, in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, he won 5-1 against Spain, recording 2 wins and 1 draw in three matches against the world No. 1.

Chile lost 1-4 to Brazil in the 1998 World Cup in France and 0-3 in the 2010 tournament.

Chile beat Spain 2-0 in the 2014 competition.

Korea also fought well in the previous two world No. 1 matchups in the World Cup finals.

Defeating Germany 2-0 in the 2018 World Cup in Russia is one of the most memorable 'World Cup incidents' ever, and in the 1994 World Cup in the U.S. in the 3rd game, it was dragged 0-3 to Germany, then made 2-3 and continued to push the opponent to create an intense It left an impression.

Aside from Korea, the Netherlands and Chile, Australia, Denmark and France have a record of fighting the world number one in the World Cup finals twice.

Denmark, in 1998 and 2002, was the only case of meeting the world's No. 1 in two consecutive competitions like Korea this year.

The opponent record between Korea and Brazil is 1 win and 6 losses, and Korea is inferior.

Their only win came in March 1999 in a friendly match at Jamsil (1-0 win).

Brazil is on a three-game winning streak against Asian countries in the World Cup finals.

2002 Korea-Japan World Cup against China 4-0, 2006 Germany World Cup against Japan 4-1, 2010 South Africa World Cup against North Korea 2-1, etc.

The only recent case in which Brazil lost in the World Cup round of 16 was the 1990 World Cup in Italy, when it lost 0-1 to Argentina.

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