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S. Korean men's Olympic football team returns home in glory after earning ticket to Olympics Updated: 2020-01-29 04:18:31 KST

The South Korean men's under-23 football team returned home from Thailand on Tuesday after earning their spot at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
They won the Asian Football Confederation Under-23 Championship in Thailand to qualify for Tokyo 2020 as one of the top three teams in the tournament.
South Korea won all six matches in the under-23 championship, scoring a total of 10 goals and conceding just 3.
The team came top of their group, then beat Jordan and Australia before edging out Saudi Arabia one-nil in the final on Sunday to win the title.
Head coach Kim Hak-bum said on Tuesday that he wishes to go one better than the bronze medal that South Korea won at the London 2012 Olympics.

"Our goal at this year's Summer Games in Tokyo is to top the bronze medal from London 2012. Records are made to be broken."

During the AFC U-23 Championship, Kim was praised for his leadership and tactical flexibility.
Each of the 21 outfield players saw action as he constantly rotated his lineup.
He credited his players for carrying out the game plan for every match.

"Everyone in the team plays really hard so I was confident that we wouldn't lose to anyone no matter which of the players played. I had faith in my players so, I was able to change the starting lineup from match to match."

South Korea will be competing at their ninth consecutive Olympics, a run that started at the Seoul 1988 games.
Kim's team members will go back to their own club sides but will be summoned again in March for the selection of the national team for the Tokyo Olympics.
Eum Ji-young, Arirang News.
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