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Iran–South Korea football rivalry

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Iran–South Korea football rivalry
Iran vs South Korea in February 2009
LocaleAsia (AFC)
Teams Iran
 South Korea
First meetingSouth Korea 5–0 Iran
(28 May 1958, 1958 Asian Games)
Latest meetingSouth Korea 2–0 Iran
(24 March 2022, 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification)
Meetings total33
Top scorerIran Ali Daei (4)
All-time seriesIran: 13
South Korea: 10
Draw: 10
Largest victorySouth Korea 5–0 Iran
(28 May 1958, 1958 Asian Games)

The Iran and South Korea men's national football teams are sporting rivals[1][2] and have played against each other officially since 1958, totalling 32 matches as of January 2022, including ten World Cup qualifiers, including eight straight from 2010 to 2022. These two teams were among the strongest Asian national football teams during the 1960s and 1970s. Since then, the teams have developed one of Asia's greatest rivalries.[3] Although the teams only had one chance to play against each other in the final match of the AFC Asian Cup, in 1972, they have faced each other five consecutive times at the quarterfinals stage since 1996.[4][5]

Head-to-head record[edit]

Venue  Iran  South Korea Draw
Victories in Iran 5 0 3
Victories in South Korea 3 3 6
Victories at neutral venue 5 7 1
Total number of victories 13 10 10
Goals in Iran 11 4
Goals in South Korea 8 10
Goals at neutral venue 15 22
Total number of goals 34 36

List of matches[edit]

3 July 1977 (1977-07-03) 1978 FIFA World Cup qualificationSouth Korea 0–0 IranBusan, South Korea
22 July 2007 (2007-07-22) 2007 AFC Asian Cup quarter-finalsSouth Korea 0–0 (a.e.t.)
(4–2 p)
 IranKuala Lumpur, Malaysia
31 August 2017 (2017-08-31) 2018 FIFA World Cup qualificationSouth Korea 0–0 IranSeoul, South Korea

See also[edit]


  1. "South Korea proposes a friendly match with Iran". 5 July 2013. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  2. "The (Hopefully) Last Qualifier – Korea vs Iran". 17 June 2013. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  3. "Asia's finale sees three spots up for grabs". 17 June 2013. Archived from the original on June 21, 2013. Retrieved 19 October 2013. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. "Holders Iraq went through to quarterfinals". 19 January 2011. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  5. "Iran's defeat sends Cho back to the drawing board". ESPN Internet Ventures. 7 September 2010. Retrieved 19 October 2013.

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