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We’ll Just Warm-Up Against Fiji: Korean Coach

The South Korean football team are using their opening match against Team Fiji men’s side as a warm-up to their pool encounter against Germany and Mexico. At the Rio Games,
25 Jul 2016 13:59
We’ll Just Warm-Up Against Fiji: Korean Coach

The South Korean football team are using their opening match against Team Fiji men’s side as a warm-up to their pool encounter against Germany and Mexico.

At the Rio Games, South Korea will first face Fiji at Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador on August 4 before taking on Germany three days later at the same venue. South Korea will then travel to Mane Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia for the final group match against defending Olympic champions Mexico on August 10.

Speaking to Yonhap News, Korean football coach Shin Tae Young said his team will not show all of their skills in the first match against Fiji.

He even announced that Tottenham Hotspurs’ Son Heung-min will not play against Fiji because he will join the team five days before the match after completing his club’s preseason friendly matches against Juventus and Atletico Madrid in Australia.

“We will try to hide things in a match against Fiji, but will put all of our efforts against Germany,” he said.

“If we beat Fiji and manage to get a win or a draw against Germany, then we can focus on Mexico. If we can’t accomplish our goal from the start, then I consider South Korea are in the ‘group of death.’” Korea won the bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

 

POOL C OPPONENTS

GERMANY

Current: World Cup Champions

Note: Borussia Dortmund central defender Matthias Ginter is the only player who was part of Germany’s squad that won the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

Squad: Goalkeepers: Timo Horn (Cologen), Jannik Huth (Mainz); Defenders: Niklas Sule (Hoffenheim), Jeremy Toljan (Hoffenheim), Robert Bauer (Ingolstadt), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Dortmund), Lukas Klostermann (RB Leipzig), Philipp Max (Augsburg); Midfielders: Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen), Sven Bender (Borussia Dortmund), Max Christiansen (Ingolstadt), Serge Gnabry (Arsenal), Max Meyer (Schalke), Leon Goretzka (Schalke); Forwards: Nils Petersen (Freiburg), Davie Selke (RB Leipzig), Grischa Promel (Karlsruher).

 

MEXICO

Current: 2012 London Olympic Games Gold Medal Winners

Note: Mexico Olympic coach Raul Gutierrez also elected to choose Manchester United target Hirving Lozano, who was part of the nation’s 23-man squad for last month’s Copa America Centenario.

Squad: Goalkeepers: Manuel Lajud (Tijuana), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca); Defenders: Jose Javier Abella (Santos Laguna), Erick Aguirre (Pachuca), Cesar Montes (Monterrey), Jorge Torres Nilo (Tigres UANL), Carlos Salcedo (Guadalajara), Jordan Silva (Toluca); Midfielders: Carlos Cisneros (Guadalajara), Erick Gutierrez (Pachuca), Victor Guzman (Pachuca), Michael Perez (Guadalajara), Rodolfo Pizarro (Pachuca); Forwards: Marco Bueno (Guadalajara), Alfonso Gonzalez (Monterrey), Hirving Lozano (Pachuca), Oribe Peralta (Club America), Erick Torres (Houston Dynamo)

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