[이데일리 스타in 이석무 기자] Hwang Ui-jo (Bordeaux), Kwon Chang-hoon (Suwon Samsung), and Kim Min-jae (Beijing Guoan) will join the men’s soccer team for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as wildcards.
The Korea Football Association held a press conference at KT Square Dream Hall in Gwanghwamun, Seoul on the 30th and announced the 18 finalists for the Tokyo Olympics.
The three wildcards that drew the most attention were Hwang Ui-jo, Kwon Chang-hoon, and Kim Min-jae. He paid attention to position allocation by selecting a forward strike, a second striker, and a center back.
Among these three, Hwang Ui-jo and Kim Min-jae have already received military service benefits by winning gold medals at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games. However, at the request of coach Kim Hak-beom, he gladly chose to join the Olympic team. Kwon Chang-hoon, who has not yet completed his military service, is active in the German Bundesliga and has returned to his former team, Suwon, with the intention of enlisting in the military.
The roster for the under-23 Olympic team, which had been fiercely competitive, was also confirmed. The goalkeepers were Song Bum-geun (Jeonbuk) and Ahn Jun-su (Busan). Defenders include Kim Min-jae, Jung Tae-wook and Kim Jae-woo (Daegu), Kim Jin-ya (Seoul), Seol Young-woo (Ulsan), and Lee Yu-hyeon (Jeonbuk).
Midfielders were selected as ‘Shoot Doll’ Lee Kang-in (Valencia), Kim Dong-hyun (Gangwon), Won Doo-jae, Lee Dong-kyung (Ulsan) and Jeong Seung-won (Daegu). As for the attacking team, Song Min-gyu (Pohang) Lee Dong-jun (Ulsan) and Eom Won-sang (Gwangju) were selected as wildcards Hwang Ui-jo and Kwon Chang-hoon.
The Olympic team will depart for Japan on the 17th after the final evaluation match in Korea on the 13th (opponent undecided) and 16th (France/Seoul World Cup Stadium) next month.
The Olymphut national team, belonging to Group B of the group stage, will play the first game against New Zealand at the Kashima Stadium in Kashima, Japan at 5 pm on the 22nd of next month. Afterwards, they will face Romania (at 5 pm, Kashima Stadium on the 25th) and Honduras (at 5:30 pm on the 28th, Yokohama International Stadium) in turn. You must be in the second place in the group to advance to the quarterfinals.
△ 2020 Tokyo Olympic men’s soccer team final list (18 players)
Goalkeeper = Song Bum-geun (Jeonbuk) Ahn Jun-su (Busan)
Defenders = Jeong Tae-wook, Kim Jae-woo (Daegu), Kim Jin-ya (Seoul) Seol Young-woo (Ulsan) Lee Yoo-hyeon (Jeonbuk) Kim Min-jae (Beijing)
Midfielders = Dong-Hyun Kim (Gangwon) Doo-Jae Won, Dong-Kyung Lee (Ulsan) Jeong Seung-Won (Daegu) Kang-In Lee (Valencia)
Forwards = Song Min-gyu (Pohang) Lee Dong-jun (Ulsan) Eom Won-sang (Gwangju) Kwon Chang-hoon (Suwon) Hwang Ui-jo (Bordeaux)