Top 11 Inspirational Sports Korean Dramas Of All Time

Want to watch atheletes and teams compete against each other. Watch these sports dramas that are inspirational.

Korean dramas are now watched by most of the audience all over the world. During the pandemic, Korean content has been streamed by a huge number of people and is loved by all.

You can watch Kdramas on various streaming platforms such as Disney+, Viki, Netflix, Viu, WeTV, and YouTube. There is a vast number of websites available to watch dramas.

Kdramas have different genres like thriller, romance, suspense, comedy, mystery, crime, horror, sci-fi, and many more. One of them is sports, which you can watch.

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Sports Korean Dramas

Everyone loves sports and likes to watch content related to sports. Sports Kdramas are mostly based on either a team competing in a game and their struggle or romance-based drama.

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The best sports dramas maybe not be real but they capture the energy and reflect it in a way that makes us feel as though the athletes or players are real and the result matters.

If you want to watch a good sports drama this weekend and see how working hard and winning feels, here is the list of some of the best Sports Korean dramas recommended to stream.

1. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo

Hangul: 역도요정 김복주

Year: 2016

Bok Joo is a weightlifter who wants to win the gold medal, but then for the first time in her life, she falls in love. At age 20, can she find a way to have both love and fame? The drama shows how friends grow up and how their relationships change as their lives get busier.

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4 5 star rating

Main Cast (Characters):

  • Lee Sung Kyung as Kim Bok Joo
  • Nam Joo Hyuk as Jung Joon Hyung
  • Lee Jae Yoon as Jung Jae Yi
  • Kyung Soo Jin as Song Shi Ho

No. Of Episodes: 16 (60 min. each)

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Short Review: The drama is a heartwarming look at the struggles of young adults. It will make you laugh one minute and make you cry the next. The drama shows that it’s important to follow your dreams and that love and friendship can help us get through anything.

2. Racket Boys

The drama is about young students living in a small town, dreaming of becoming successful badminton players. To fulfill their dreams, the boys train hard to compete on a national level while also growing up.

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Cast –

  • Kim Sang Kyung as Yoon Hyun Jong
  • Oh Na Ra as Ra Young Ja
  • Tang Jun Sang as Yoon Hae Kang
  • Son Sang Yeon as Bang Yoon Dam

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Netflix

3. Love All Play

The drama is a sports romance drama about the passion and affectionate love between the Park Tae Yang & Park Tae Joon mixed-doubles protagonists within their group of badminton team members.

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Cast –

  • Chae Jong Hyeop as Park Tae Joon
  • Park Joo Hyuna as Park Tae Yang
  • Kwon So Hyun as Cheon Yoo Ri
  • Seo Ji Hye as Lee Yoo Min

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Disney+

4. Twenty-Five Twenty-One

Hangul: 스물다섯 스물하나

Year: 2022

Set in 1998, the drama tells the stories of youth who find new direction and growth after having their dreams taken away. Yi Jin and Hee Do first meet when they are 22 and 18 years old and fall in love when they turn 25 and 21.

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5 star rating

Main Cast (Characters):

  • Nam Joo Hyuk as Baek Yi Jin
  • Kim Tae Ri as Na Hee Do
  • Bona as Go Yoo Rim
  • Choi Hyun Wook as Moon Ji Woong

No. Of Episodes: 16 (70 min. each)

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Short Review: The drama has an appealing theme, a story that is well told, great acting and clever staging and editing. Despite being one of the drama’s genre, romance is not the primary subject. It has to do with desire, youth, and friendship. The best friendship drama that is a must-watch.

5. Hot Stove League

The drama focuses on a baseball team that is at the bottom & preparing for an extraordinary season upon the arrival of their new general manager, and each episode will focus on a problem they have as they prepare to become a stronger team.

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Cast –

  • Namgoong Min as Baek Seung Soo
  • Park Eun Bin as Lee Se Young
  • Cho Byeong Kyu as Han Jae Hee
  • Oh Jung Se as Kwon Gyung Min

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Netflix, Viki, YouTube, MX Player

6. Just Dance

The story of girls in Geoje Girl’s Vocational High School, whose dreams are different while preparing to get a job in a shipyard where restructuring started. Though their grades are less, their efforts in trying to be better dancers are infinite.

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Cast –

  • Park Se Wan as Kim Shi Eun
  • Jang Dong Yoon as Kwon Seung Chan
  • Lee Joo Young as Park Hye Jin
  • Joo Hae Eun as Yang Na Young

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Free Streaming Sites

7. Thumping Spike

A volleyball coach and her players aim for success during which they develop stronger bonds of friendship and teamwork. This youthful story shows sportsmanship and heart-thumping romance.

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Cast –

  • Song Jae Rim as Hwang Jae Woong
  • Hwang Seung Eon as Kang Se Ra
  • Lee Tae Hwan as Baek Woo Jin
  • Shin Hyun Soo as Lee Han Sol

No. Of Episodes – 20

Watch On – Viki

8. Mental Coach Jegal

The drama is about a Taekwondo athlete who is permanently banned from the national team and becomes a mental coach to help both former professional athletes who have retired and current athletes who have fallen into a slump.

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Cast –

  • Jung Woo as Je Gal Gil
  • Lee Yoo Mi as Cha Ga Eul
  • Kwon Yool as Goo Tae Man
  • Park Se Young as Park Seung Ha

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Viki

9. Sassy Go Go

Hangul: 발칙하게 고고

Year: 2015

Set at the prestigious Sevit High School, it follows the lives of five students as they try to stay alive in a place where academic elitism is common. A story about the mishaps of high school students, including love, heartbreak, pain, and friendship.

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3 5 star rating

Main Cast (Characters):

  • Jung Eun Ji as Kang Yeon Doo
  • Lee Won Keun as Kim Yeol
  • Chae Soo Bin as Kwon Soo Ah
  • Kim Ji Soo as Seo Ha Joon

No. Of Episodes: 12 (60 min. each)

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Short Review: Relatable characters in a refreshing drama. A school drama on the surface, it becomes a powerful and poignant story about teenagers and their careers facing realistic, human difficulties that the audience can connect to.

10. Fight For My Way

Dong Man dreams to become a taekwondo athlete. Ae Ra aspires to become a television anchor. Joo Man and Seol Hee face a new threat to their relationship. Can they achieve their dreams despite having low qualifications?

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Cast –

  • Park Seo Joon as Ko Dong Man
  • Kim Ji Won as Choi Ae Ra
  • Ahn Jae Hong as Kim Joo Man
  • Song Ha Yoon as Baek Seol Hee

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Netflix, Viki

11. Run On

The drama tells the love story of Seon Gyeom, a former sprinter who is working to become a sports agent, and Mi Joo, a subtitle translator. Dan Ah is the CEO of a sports agency. Young Hwa, a university art major who enjoys movies and drawing soon enters her life.

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Cast –

  • Im Shi Wan as Ki Seon Gyeom
  • Shin Se Kyung as Oh Mi Joo
  • Choi Soo Young as Seo Dan Ah
  • Kang Tae Oh as Lee Young Hwa

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Netflix

Wrapping Up

So, these were some of the best Sports Korean dramas that will give you motivation and inspiration to achieve something in your life or if you want to become an athlete. Fighting!

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Hi! I'm Alma Santos from Philippines. I have watched over hundreds of dramas and can speak Korean a little bit. My favorite drama is Crash Landing On You.

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