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.
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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