Olympic Preview: Mexico U23 - South Korea U23

Eric Gomez
July 25, 2012



Mexico U23 (4-4-2): Corona; Chavez, Mier, Reyes, Jimenez; Ponce, Salcido, Herrera, Aquino; Fabian, Peralta


GOALKEEPERS: Jose de Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul), Antonio Rodriguez (Chivas)

DEFENDERS: Israel Jimenez (Tigres), Carlos Salcido (Tigres), Hiram Mier (Monterrey), Darvin Chavez (Monterrey), Diego Reyes (Club America), Nestor Vidrio (Pachuca), Miguel Ponce (Chivas), Nestor Araujo (Cruz Azul)

MIDFIELDERS: Hector Herrera (Pachuca), Javier Aquino (Cruz Azul), Marco Fabian (Chivas), Javier Cortes (UNAM), Jorge Enriquez (Chivas)

FORWARDS: Oribe Peralta (Santos Laguna), Giovani dos Santos (Tottenham Hotspur), Raul Jimenez (Club America)

South Korea U23 (4-2-3-1): Jung; Yun, Kim S.Y., Hwang, Kim C.S.; Ki, Park J.W.; Koo, Nam, Kim B.K.; Park C.Y.


GOALKEEPERS: Jung Sung-Ryong (Suwon Bluewings), Lee Beom-Young (Busan IPark)

DEFENDERS: Oh Jae-Suk (Gangwon FC), Yun Suk-Young (Chunnam Dragons), Kim Young-Kwon (Guangzhou Evergrande), Kim Kee-Hee (Daegu FC), Hwang Seok-Ho (Sanfrecce Hiroshima), Kim Chang-Soo (Busan IPark)

MIDFIELDERS: Ki Sung-Yeung (Celtic), Kim Bo-Kyung (Cerezo Osaka), Baek Sung-Dong (Jubilo Iwata), Ji Dong-Won (Sunderland), Nam Tae-Hee (Lekhwiya SC), Koo Ja-Cheol (Augsburg FC), Park Jong-Woo (Busan IPark), Jung Woo-Young (Kyoto Sanga FC)

FORWARDS: Park Chu-Young (Arsenal), Kim Hyun-Sung (FC Seoul)



  • South Korea qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games by topping Group A in Round 3 of the Men's Asian Qualifiers, with three wins, three draws and no losses.

  • Mexico also qualified for London 2012 on the strength of an unblemished record, as it won all five matches played in the CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournament, clinching a spot by beating Canada 3-1, and then crowning its efforts by beating Honduras 2-1 in the final.

  • South Korea will be looking to improve on its 1948 and 1984 outings in the Olympic Games, as it made the quarterfinals on both occasions - the nation's best results.

  • Mexico will return to the games for the first time since 2004, when it was unable to get past the group stage.

  • Both teams have played each other before in Olympic football. The 1948 games pitted the South Koreans and Mexicans together in the preliminary round, where the Red Devils beat El Tri by a score of 5-3.