Kit Colors Chosen for Early World Cup Matches

Korea's national football team now know which of their "home" and "away" kits they will be sporting for the first three group-stage matches of the upcoming World Cup in Brazil.

"FIFA has notified us of which kit the Korean team will be wearing for [those matches]," the Korea Football Association said on Tuesday. "Korea will go out in white against Russia on June 17, red against Algeria on June 22 and white against Belgium on June 26."

Since Korea competed at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, the first of eight consecutive World Cup finals in which they have appeared, the team have worn the red kit in 15 games and the white kit nine times.

Over that period they have amassed a win-lose-draw record of 3-4-8 in red and 2-4-3 in white. In other words, Korea has historically had a 47 percent chance of winning or drawing in red, but an improved 67 percent chance of doing so in white.

Russia, the team that Korea will face first in Brazil, will wear red for their match. Algeria will wear white and Belgium black.

"It is up to FIFA to decide which country wears which kit. The key principle is to pair bright and dark uniforms for the convenience of those watching on monochrome TV sets, while also ensuring that one team is in its home and the other its away kit," a KFA official said.

englishnews@chosun.com / Apr. 30, 2014 09:01 KST