Korea Republic’s most impressive performance at the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament came in their latest appearance, at London 2012, grabbing their first bronze medal. An undefeated run to the semi-finals, on which they defeated hosts Great Britain on penalties at the quarter-final stage, came to an end with a 3-0 defeat by Brazil. In the bronze medal match at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Park Chuyoung and Koo Jacheol’s goals saw them to a 2-0 victory over Asian rivals Japan. Their first medal came at the ninth time of asking, 64 years after their first appearance in 1948.
The Road to Rio
Korea Republic breezed through qualification for the AFC U-23 Championship, defeating Brunei Darussalam, Timor-Leste and Indonesia with an aggregate score of 12-0. At the finals themselves, they continued their fine form with their only minor blemish coming against Iraq in the form of a late equaliser. Otherwise, Shin Tae Yong’s side were victorious in all other matches up to the final in Qatar, including a thrilling conclusion to the semi-final against the hosts, which saw the Taeguk Warriors grab 89th minute and stoppage time goals to secure a 3-1 victory. The Taeguk Warriors took a two-goal lead in the final against Japan, but let it slip as the Samurai Blue took the continental crown with a 3-2 win.
Chung Kookchin (1948), Lee Chunsoo (2004), Park Chuyoung (2012), Ji Dongwon (2012), Koo Jacheol (2012)
8 Men’s Olympic Football Tournaments in a row for Korea Republic since hosting in 1988, a record for the competition.