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Reserves named for Olympic men's football team

2016/07/14 15:20

SEOUL, July 14 (Yonhap) -- South Korea on Thursday unveiled four reserve members for their men's Olympic football team at the Rio de Janeiro Summer Games.

The Korea Football Association (KFA) said Seongnam FC forward Hwang Ui-jo, Pohang Steelers midfielder Lee Gwang-hyuk, Vegalta Sendai defender Kim Min-tae and Suwon FC goalkeeper Lee Chang-geun will be the reserves who may replace injured members on the 18-man squad. South Korea announced their final roster for the Aug. 5-21 Olympics on June 27.

Unlike the FIFA World Cup, teams at the men's Olympic football tournament can replace their players during the event but must select the replacements from the reserves list. South Korea have been paired with Germany, Mexico and Fiji in Group C in the Rio Games.

Among the four reserves, Hwang, 23, can only replace one of the three wild-card players on the squad. The men's Olympic football tournament of 16 nations is open to players under the age of 23, but teams can also field up to three players who are over the age limit, known as wild cards. FC Porto striker Suk Hyun-jun, Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min and Guangzhou R&F defender Jang Hyun-soo are the three overage players for South Korea.

South Korea will have 13 more players not already on the 18-man squad who can replace injured members but only until Aug. 3, the eve of the team's first match against Fiji.

That list includes Choi Kyoung-rok of FC St. Pauli, Park In-hyeok of Hoffenheim, and Jin Sung-wook of Incheon United.

South Korea will depart for Sao Paulo on July 18 to set up camp there, and will face Iraq on July 25 and then Sweden five days later in final tune-up matches.

South Korea will open the tournament against Fiji on Aug. 4 in Salvador and will face Germany three days later, also in Salvador. The group final will be against Mexico on Aug. 10 in Brasilia.

kdon@yna.co.kr

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