4th place (2002)
In a squad that contains many solid footballers, the stand-out player is Tottenham winger Son Heung-Min, who when signed from Bayer Leverkusen for
£22million became the most expensive Asian footballer ever. Son fell slightly off the radar during the closing weeks of Tottenham’s season but before that often earned more plaudits than Harry Kane.
World ranked 57, the Asian Tigers, or Red Devils, have made nine World Cup appearances, historically the best by an Asian nation. Despite initially going through five World Cup tournaments without winning a match, they became the first and currently only Asian team to reach the semi-final stages when they co-hosted the 2002 tournament with Japan. Headliner Son and the others playing in the Premier League gives them depth and experience.