With the 2022 FIFA World Cup kicking off in Qatar on November 20, fans will be excited to see which team emerges from the fray and is crowned the new world champion. Six AFC nations are participating in this year’s World Cup: Qatar (host), Iran, South Korea, Japan, Saudi Arabia and Australia.
All these countries will try their best to go as far as possible in the prestigious competition. Before they hit the Middle East stage next month, let’s take a look at the top five Asian nations with the most World Cup appearances.
1. South Korea
South Korea remains the most experienced Asian nation in World Cup football. They have qualified for 11 different editions of FIFA competitions (1954, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018, 2022) and their most A good result is the fourth place in the 2002 World Cup.
South Korea coach Paulo Bento will now try to plot another long-distance cup race when the prestigious race kicks off next month.
Japan has qualified for the World Cup seven times (1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018 and 2022) and is the second most experienced Asian nation on world football’s grandest stage.
Japan has participated in every World Cup since its debut in 1998. They have reached the last 16 stage of the competition three times (2002, 2010, 2018).
3. Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia has participated in six World Cups (1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2018, 2022), but reached the round of 16 stage only in 1994. The countries from West Asia are now eager to wait for this year’s World Cup to kick off in Qatar, and take a good account of themselves. However, it won’t be easy for them as they have Argentina, Poland and Mexico in their World Cup group.
Australia has also competed in six World Cups to date (1974, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018, 2022). They made their World Cup debut in 1974 but have only reached the last 16 since 2006.
Socceroos manager Graham-Arnold is now expected to get the best out of his players and put in a good run at this year’s World Cup.
Iran have qualified for six different World Cups (1978, 1998, 2006, 2014, 2018, 2022) but have failed to progress out of the group stage each time. The AFC nations now hope to go one step further and reach the knockout stages of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in the Middle East for the first time in history.