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Squads Announced for South Korea's 2022 World Cup Group H Opponents


South Korea's Group H opponents Uruguay, Ghana and Portugal have all announced their squads for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Who's in?

Uruguay

Uruguay's squad is filled with household names, including the likes of Luis Suárez and Edinson Cavani who at 35 are most likely playing in their last World Cups. The same can be said for 36-year-old Diego Godin who, with 159 caps, is the most experienced player in the squad. 

Defender José Luis Rodríguez is the only uncapped player at the time of the announcement while it will be a first World Cup for goalkeepers Sebastián Sosa and Sergio Rochet, forwards Agustín Canobbio and Facundo Pellistri, midfielders Manuel Ugarte and Nicolás de la Cruz, winger Facundo Torres, defenders Mathías Olivera, Matías Viña and Ronald Araújo, and forward Darwin Núñez.

There are a total of 1,183 caps earned in this squad with the average at 45.5. Korea took on Uruguay in the 2010 World Cup Round of 16 and lost 2-1. Luis Suárez scored twice that day while Cavani and Godín also played.



Full squad list: here


Ghana

Ghana were the last of South Korea's Group H opponents to release a squad announcement. The most-capped is André Ayew with 107 appearances and 23 goals who won't have far to travel to meet up with his teammates as he is currently on the books of Al-Sadd. Behind him is his brother, Jordan, who is currently at Premier League side Crystal Palace. Jordan Ayew has 82 caps and has scored 30 goals while Thomas Partey of current Premier League leaders Arsenal has 14 goals from 40 caps. 

The Black Stars squad is made up of players from the top flights of England, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Serbia, and Portugal. Only two players are on the books of teams from Ghana's domestic league, midfielder Daniel Afriyie of Hearts of Oak, and 19-year-old goalkeeper Ibrahim Danlad of Asante Kotoko. Danlad is one of three uncapped players along with Lens midfielder Salis Abdul Samed and Club Brugge forward Kamal Sowah.

South Korea last played Ghana in 2014 in the build-up to the World Cup that year. Jordan Ayew scored a hat-trick. There are a total of 441 caps in this Black Stars squad with an average of 16.9 per player.

Full squad list here

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Portugal

Portugal's squad was announced on Friday 11th November with manager Fernando Santos looking to win a first World Cup for the Seleção. As expected, Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes are in, as is Pepe who at 39 and with 128 caps is among the most experienced players. Only captain Ronaldo has more with 191.

Gonçalo Ramos, the 21-year-old forward from Benfica, his teammate and António Silva , and Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper José Sá are the only uncapped players at the time of the announcement. 

The average number of caps is 40.42 while the average number of goals is 7.38. Behind Ronaldo's 117, the second-top scorer is RB Leipzig's Andre Silva with 19, and Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes with nine.

With Portugal having played against South Korea only once, the 2002 World Cup group stage match in Incheon, the only connection to the team from that day is current Taeguk Warriors boss Paulo Bento who started for Portugal.


Full squad list: here

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