Footballers Return Home After Securing Olympics Berth

  • Arirang News

    January 29, 2020 08:27

    Korean footballers returned home from Thailand on Tuesday after winning the Asian Football Confederation U-23 Championship. With the victory, Korea has also secured a ticket to the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer.

    Korea won all six of its matches, scoring 10 goals and conceding just three. Korea finished top of its group with China, Iran and Uzbekistan and beat Jordan and Australia before edging out Saudi Arabia 1-0 in Sunday's final to win the title.

    Korean footballers and head coach Kim Hak-bum (center) pose for a picture upon their arrival at Incheon International Airport on Tuesday.

    Head coach Kim Hak-bum told reporters at Incheon International Airport that he hopes to reach the final at the summer games in Tokyo. Korea's best performance has been a bronze medal in the London Olympics in 2012.

    It will be Korea's ninth consecutive Olympic appearance in men's football since the Seoul Olympics in 1988.

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