Kim Chang-Soo will replace Lee in the squad after the Korean Football Association's request for the veteran was denied by the current Asian Champions League holdersPark Chu-Young will lead a squad of mostly internationally-based team-mates to the 2012 London Olympics, the Korean Football Association (KFA) announced on Friday.
Contrary to widespread reports in Korean media that declared Lee Jung-Soo as one of the country's three over-age selections, the defender's Qatari club Al Sadd appear to have blocked his selection. Their stance forced the KFA to replace the veteran with Busan I'Park defender Kim Chang-Soo.
Meanwhile, Arsenal striker Park brought himself back into the national team fold following his mid-June apology over his decision to defer South Korea's mandatory military service. Olympic coach Hong Myung-Bo sat next to Park during his press conference, indicating that the former As Monaco striker was back in his good graces.
Rounding out the over-age players, Suwon Bluewings goalkeeper Jung was selected earlier this week to take part in the 2012 K-League All Star Game against a selection of Korean stars who were involved in the 2002 World Cup.
A majority of coach Hong Myung-Bo's squad are based overseas, with six players hailing from the J-League and four more active in Europe. South Korea will play Mexico, Gabon, and Switzerland in Group B beginning on July 26.
South Korea's roster for the 2012 London Olympics:
|Jung Sung-Ryeong||Suwon Bluewings|
|Lee Bum-Yeong||Busan I'Park|
|Yoon Seok-Yeong||Chunnam Dragons|
|Kim Young-Gwon||Omiya Ardija|
|Jang Hyeon-Soo||FC Tokyo|
|Kim Chang-Soo||Busan I'Park|
|Hwang Seok-Ho||Sanfrecce Hiroshima|
|Oh Jae-seok||Gangwon FC|
|Kim Bo-Kyung||Cerezo Osaka|
|Han Kook-Young||Shonan Bellmare|
|Baek Sung-Dong||Jubilo Iwata|
|Park Jong-Woo||Busan I'Park|
|Nam Tae-hee||Lekhwiya SC|
|Kim Hyun-Sung||FC Seoul|