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S. Korea unveils 28-man roster for 2018 FIFA World Cup

All Headlines 10:29 May 14, 2018

SEOUL, May 14 (Yonhap) -- South Korea on Monday unveiled a tentative roster for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, headlined by Tottenham Hotspur attacker Son Heung-min.

South Korea's head coach Shin Tae-yong announced the roster of 28 players for the World Cup in Russia, where the men's national team will face Germany, Sweden and Mexico in Group F.

South Korea are scheduled to open their Group F campaign with Sweden in Nizhny Novogorod on June 18 and will face Mexico five days later in Rostov-on-Don. The Taeguk Warriors will take on defending champions Germany in Kazan on June 27.

Shin's preliminary squad is comprised of three goalkeepers, 12 defenders, nine midfielders and four forwards.

South Korea football coach Shin Tae-yong announces his 28-man preliminary roster for the 2018 FIFA World Cup during a press conference at Seoul City Hall in Seoul on May 14, 2018. (Yonhap)

Among the 28, half of them play in the domestic K League, with four players selected from the defending champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors.

The list also includes a handful of Europe-based players like Son, Ki Sung-yueng of Swansea City, Kwon Chang-hoon of Dijon FCO, Hwang Hee-chan of Red Bull Salzburg and Koo Ja-cheol of FC Augsburg.

There were also surprise selections: Lee Seung-woo of Hellas Verona, Moon Seon-min of Incheon United and Oh Ban-suk of Jeju United. All three have been named to the senior national team for the first time.

Shin will have to drop five players before his side competes at the World Cup. According to FIFA, the deadline to submit the final list of 23 players is June 4. The 49-year-old coach said he will confirm the final roster by June 3.

Shin's squad will begin training at the National Football Center in Paju, Gyeonggi Province, next Monday to prepare for their two World Cup tuneup matches at home. South Korea will face Honduras in Daegu on May 28 and will take on Bosnia and Herzegovina in Jeonju, North Jeolla Province, on June 1.

Shin's team will then fly to its pre-World Cup training camp in Austria to play against Bolivia on June 7 and to challenge Senegal on June 11. The South Koreans will enter their World Cup base camp in St. Petersburg on June 12.

South Korea have made it out of the group stage twice in their previous 10 World Cup appearances. They reached the semifinals at the 2002 tournament, which they co-hosted with Japan, and advanced to the round of 16 at the 2010 edition in South Africa.


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