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  • 4 August 2012
  • • 19:30
  • • Millennium Stadium, Cardiff (Caerdydd)
  • Referee: W. Roldán
  • • Attendance: 70171

Korea Republic U23 won 5 - 4 on penalties

Team GB - South Korea Preview: Hosts bid to keep medal hopes alive by extending unbeaten run

Team GB - South Korea Preview: Hosts bid to keep medal hopes alive by extending unbeaten run

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After topping the group with two wins and a draw, the home nation go into their quarter-final fixture as slight favourites to progress over Hong Myung Bo's men



Taylor, Richards, Caulker, Bertrand

Ramsey, Allen, Giggs, Cleverley
Sturridge, Bellamy

Yoon, Y Kim, Hwang, C Kim

B Kim, Ki, Cheol, Nam
Park, Ji

After topping a potentially tricky group which included the likes of Uruguay and Senegal, Team GB head into their quarter-final tie with a fully fit squad to choose from.

With coach Stuart Pearce having rested captain Ryan Giggs from the side's last game against Uruguay, he should be set to return to the starting line-up with Scott Sinclair expected to make way.

A late check may also need to be made on Chelsea forward Daniel Sturridge, who is still thought to be suffering from the effects of his meningitis scare and is far from fully fit.

South Korea coach Hong Myung Bo has no injury or suspension concerns ahead of the game, but they will be looking to improve upon their disappointing 0-0 draw against Gabon in their last run out which helped them seal qualification to the knock-out rounds.

  • Daniel Sturridge [pictured right] is currently Great Britain's top goalscorer with two.
  • Coach Stuart Pearce has won two of his four matches in charge of the side.
  • The current Team GB squad has no overseas-based players within it
  • On the other hand, South Korea have 10, with three based in Japan, three in England, one in China, one in Scotland, one in Wales and one in Germany.
  • In their three games in the tournament to date, South Korea have conceded just one goal, which came against Switzerland in their 2-1 win.
  • South Korea have now qualified for the quarter-finals of the Olympics three times. They first reached the last eight back in 1948 when the Games were also in London and then the 2004 Athens Olympics.
  • The team's coach, Hong Myung-Bo, was the recipient of the 2002 Fifa World Cup Bronze ball. No other Asian player has ever achieved this feat.


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-Jack ButlandGoalkeeper
2Neil TaylorDefender
3Ryan BertrandDefender
5Steven CaulkerDefender
2Micah RichardsDefender
23Tom CleverleyMidfielder
22Joe AllenMidfielder
15Aaron RamseyMidfielder
21Scott Sinclair Midfielder
36Daniel SturridgeStriker
8Craig BellamyStriker
1Jason SteeleGoalkeeper
25Danny RoseMidfielder
-Craig DawsonDefender
12James TomkinsDefender
11Ryan GiggsMidfielder
13Jack CorkDefender
20Marvin Sordell Striker
1Sung-Ryong JungGoalkeeper
-Suk-Young YoonDefender
4Young-Gwon KimDefender
-Seok-Ho HwangDefender
14Chang-Soo KimDefender
6Sung-Yong KiMidfielder
11Tae-Hee NamMidfielder
13Koo Ja-CheolMidfielder
-Jong-Woo ParkMidfielder
9Dong-Won JiStriker
-Chu-Young ParkStriker
-Bum-Young LeeGoalkeeper
2Jae-Seok OhDefender
-Ki-Hee KimMidfielder
7Bo-Kyung KimMidfielder
8Sung-Dong BaekMidfielder
-Woo-Young JungMidfielder
17Hyun-Sung KimStriker
Players to Watch
Tom Cleverley
Tom Cleverley
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 23
Games Goals YC RC
4 0 0 0
Clever by name, clever by nature. The Manchester United midfielder has had a huge impact on the fluid and flowing style of Team GB so far and his willingness to carry the ball forward and always offer himself for the pass has been a major bonus.
Chu-Young Park
Chu-Young Park
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
6 2 1 0
He may have been deemed surplus to requirements at Arsenal after a hugely frustrating year-long spell at the club, but the striker appears to be a different player at international level and his busy presence up front should occupy the  attentions of both Caulker and Richards at centre-back.
Too much may have been made of Team GB's chances of Olympic gold, but with both Spain and Uruguay out of the tournament, they have a real chance of reaching the latter stages. South Korea have been somewhat static in attack so far and Stuart Pearce's side should have enough quality to see them off.
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