Spurs star Son Heung-min unnoticed of Korea Olympic soccer squad

Spurs star Son Heung-min left out of Korea Olympic football squad

Son Heung-Min

Tottenham Hotspur’s South Korean striker Son Heung-Min celebrates after scoring his crew’s second purpose in the course of the UEFA Champions League Group B soccer match between Crimson Star Belgrade (Crvena Zvezda) and Tottenham Hotspur on the Rajko Mitic stadium in Belgrade, on November 6, 2019. (Picture by ANDREJ ISAKOVIC / AFP)

Tottenham Hotspur striker Son Heung-min was not included in South Korea’s 18-man Olympic soccer squad named on Wednesday, avoiding a possible club-versus-country dilemma.

Son’s new English Premier League marketing campaign with Tottenham is because of start on Sunday August 15 in opposition to champions Manchester Metropolis, only a week after the Olympic ultimate in Tokyo.

Hwang Ui-jo of FC Girondins de Bordeaux was named within the under-24 squad as an over-age participant, whereas Valencia midfielder Lee Kang-in, the youngest member of the squad at 20, can keep away from navy service by profitable an Olympic medal.

South Korea requires all able-bodied males to serve for 18 months. However Olympic medalists or gold medalists on the Asian Video games are awarded exemptions from service.

South korea football

South Korea’s Track Min-kyu (C) celebrates his purpose with teammate Son Heung-min (2nd L) in the course of the Asian zone qualification soccer match between South Korea and Lebanon for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, in Goyang on June 13, 2021. (Picture by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)

Spurs striker Son was excused an 18-month stint within the armed forces after profitable a gold medal on the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia, as was Hwang, who scored 12 targets for Bordeaux final season.

“I didn’t think about the difficulty of navy service,” stated head coach Kim Hak-bum on naming his squad.

“I solely targeted on discovering those that had been best,” he advised reporters. “We are going to goal for the very best.”

The Taeguk Warriors gained bronze at London 2012, and begin their quest for a second Olympic medal in opposition to New Zealand on July 22.

Romania and Honduras are additionally in Group B, with the 2 high groups from every of the 4 teams advancing to the quarter-finals.

South Korea squad

Goalkeepers: Track Bum-keun (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Ahn Joon-soo (Busan IPark)

Defenders: Lee You-hyeon (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Jeong Tae-wook (Daegu FC), Kim Jae-woo (Daegu FC), Kim Jin-ya (FC Seoul), Seol Younger-woo (Ulsan FC), Kim Min-jae (Beijing Guoan)

Midfielders: Lee Kang-in (Valencia CF), Kim Dong-hyun (Gangwon FC), Received Du-jae (Ulsan FC), Lee Dong-gyeong (Ulsan FC), Jeong Seung-won (Daegu FC),

Forwards: Hwang Ui-jo (FC Girondins de Bordeaux), Kwon Chang-hoon (Suwon Bluewings), Track Min-kyu (Pohang Steelers), Lee Dong-jun (Ulsan FC), Um Received-sang (Gwangju FC).


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