Despite reaching the Second Round in South Africa, South Korea look more likely to be eliminated in the Group Stage for an eighth time this summer.
The 2014 World Cup betting markets are tipping Russia and Belgium to qualify out of Group H ahead of them, so South Korea will have to be at their very best to be in with a chance of the last-16 once again.
HOW SOUTH KOREA GOT TO THE 2014 WORLD CUP
After receiving a bye to the Third Round of AFC Qualifying, South Korea topped Group B and progressed to the next round.
The Fourth Round was a lot closer for them. With Iran taking top spot in Group A, South Korea gained the second 2014 World Cup automatic qualification spot by the skin of their teeth - as the difference of just one goal allowing them to relegate Uzbekistan into the Playoff place.
SOUTH KOREA MANAGER AND TRACK RECORD
No stranger to the World Cup - after playing in four tournaments with South Korea, before being on the coaching staff in 2006 - Hong Myung-Bo will lead his country into the World Cup as manager for the first time.
Appearing in every World Cup tournament since 1986, South Korea's best performance came in 2002 - as they finished in Fourth Place on home soil, in Myung-Bo's final tournament as a player.
SOUTH KOREA KEY PLAYER
After gaining Champions League experience in his first season with new club Bayer Leverkusen, Son Heung Min has already proved he is comfortable playing at the highest level.
The 21-year-old - who has five goals in 22 International appearances - adds a much-needed creativity to South Korea's attack, making him a key element of their side for this summer's tournament.
If he can shoulder the responsibility of being South Korea's star man in Brazil, then there is no reason why they can't cause yet another upset at a World Cup.
SOUTH KOREA 2014 WORLD CUP BETTING TIP
With Russia expected to join Belgium in qualifying out of the group in Group H, South Korea's World Cup could be over after their first game if they lose to the Russians.
Even after a loss against Russia, they'll be confident of getting maximum points off Algeria in their second game. So, back South Korea to finish third in Group H in Brazil.
SOUTH KOREA 2014 WORLD CUP SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Jung Sung-ryong, Kim Seung-gyu, Lee Bum-young.
Defenders: Hong Jeong-ho, Hwang Seo-ho, Kim Chang-soo, Kim Young-gwon, Kwak Tae-hwi, Lee Yong, Yun Suk-young, Park Joo-ho.
Midfielders: Ha Dae-sung, Han Kook-young, Ji Dong-won, Ki Sung-yueng, Kim Bo-kyung, Lee Chung-yong, Park Jong-woo, Son Heung-min.
Forwards: Kim Shin-wook, Koo Ja-cheol, Lee Keun-ho, Park Chu-young.