Korean squad announced for 2012 Olympics; Park Chu-Young in, Lee Jung-Soo out after Al Sadd denies request

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 holders
Park 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:

Name Club
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
Koo Ja-Cheol Augsburg
Han Kook-Young Shonan Bellmare
Baek Sung-Dong Jubilo Iwata
Ki Seong-Yong Celtic
Park Jong-Woo Busan I'Park
Nam Tae-hee Lekhwiya SC
Ji Dong-Won Sunderland
Park Chu-Young Arsenal
Kim Hyun-Sung FC Seoul