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South Korea 2012 Olympic Squad Profile


Star striker Park Chu-Young has seen little action with Arsenal this season

Star striker Park Chu-Young has seen little action with Arsenal this season

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South Korea will not be lacking motivation at the 2012 Olympics.

Any Korean male who wins an Olympic medal avoids the country’s mandatory two-year military service.

A group containing Mexico, Switzerland and Gabon should hold few fears for the Koreans who are taking part in their ninth Olympics, having reached the quarter-finals twice before.

Four years ago South Korea were eliminated after finished third in a group containing Italy, Cameroon and Honduras.

Quick Facts:

  • Best Olympic Result: Quarter-Finals (1948 and 2004)
  • 2008 Olympic Result: Group Stage
  • Coach: Hong Myung-bo

18-man South Korea Olympic Squad:

Goalkeepers: Jung Sung-Ryeong (Suwon Bluewings), Lee Bum-Yeong (Busan I'Park).

Defenders: Yoon Seok-Yeong (Chunnam Dragons), Kim Young-Gwon (Omiya Ardija), Jang Hyeon-Soo (FC Tokyo), Kim Chang-Soo (Busan I'Park), Hwang Seok-Ho (Sanfrecce Hiroshima), Oh Jae-seok (Gangwon FC).

Midfielders: Kim Bo-Kyung (Cerezo Osaka), Koo Ja-Cheol (Augsburg), Han Kook-Young (Shonan Bellmare), Baek Sung-Dong (Jubilo Iwata), Ki Seong-Yong (Celtic), Park Jong-Woo (Busan I'Park), Nam Tae-hee (Lekhwiya SC).

Forwards: Ji Dong-Won (Sunderland), Park Chu-Young (Arsenal), Kim Hyun-Sung (FC Seoul).

The Coach: Hong Myung-bo

Played for South Korea at four consecutive World Cups as well as the Olympics. As a coach he led the under-20s to the 2009 World Cup quarter-finals. He is currently the under-23 coach.

Player to Watch: Ji-Dong-won

The Sunderland striker scored a dramatic injury time winner against champions Manchester City last season but was largely restricted to a place on the bench. Despite a lack of first team action, he will be key to his side in Great Britain.

Group Matches:

Thursday, July 26, 2012 v Mexico (15:30 CET at St James' Park, Newcastle)
Sunday, July 29, 2012 v Switzerland (18:15 CET at City of Coventry Stadium, Coventry)
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 v Gabon (18:00 CET at Wembley Stadium, London)
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