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Shin Tae-yong's Football Team Leaves for Brazil

14:45 July 19, 2016 replay time01:51

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The national football team for the Olympics, led by coach Shin Tae-yong, has left for Brazil.

They plan to work on their defensive capabilities during the remaining time and have a go at two consecutive Olympic medals.

Baek Gil-hyeon has more.


The football team is the first out of all the national teams for the 2016 Rio Olympic to leave for Brazil.

The faces of the cheering players are lit with excitement.

Including wild-card Suk Hyun-jun, who returned to Korea early to train, 14 of the main players departed for their training location in Sao Paulo, Brazil, dreaming of Korea's first two consecutive Olympic medals in football.

Coach Shin Tae-yong named the stability of their defense capacities as the key point to win a medal and revealed that he plans to focus on working on this in Sao Paulo.

<Shin Tae-yong / Coach of Olympic National Football Team> "In strategy training, I think I will end up focusing a lot on defense organization. In short-term tournaments, strong defense leads to good results, so I will prioritize defense, and depending on who we are playing, we will be able to carry out counterattacks or press in the front."

The national team's strengths include the two-line offense with Son Heung-min, Moon Chang-jin and Kwon Chang-hoon, and the damaging power of the forefront strikers who will add strength to the line.

Suk Hyun-jun, who was selected as a wild card, along with Son Heung-min and Jang Hyun-soo, to be in charge of the first offense line, promised to create the best outcome by working together with other players.

<Suk Hyun-jun / Olympic National Football Team> "I could make all the decisions, but I expect to help my peers score goals by moving around a lot, going in myself, and making chances for them."

The national team will conduct adaptation training in Sao Paulo and play in warm-up matches against Iraq on July 24 and against Sweden on the 29th, travel to Salvador, and play their first match against Fiji on Aug. 4.

Baek Gil-hyeon reporting for Yonhap News TV.

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