Matchday One of Group B in the football at the Olympic Games will see New Zealand face up to South Korea.
New Zealand who are managed by national team coach Danny Hay weren’t at the Olympic Games in 2016 at Rio, so they’ll be looking to impress as fresh entrants to this year’s competition. The All White’s have chosen just two over-age players and they’re the most notable players in their squad in West Ham United defender Winston Reid, who spent last season on loan at Brentford who were recently promoted to the Premier League, as well as Burnley’s Chris Wood. Between these two players, they have 82 international caps.
Meanwhile, South Korea topped Group C at the Olympic Games in Rio last time ahead of the likes of Germany and Mexico, but, suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to Honduras in the quarter-finals. They will be looking to emulate their feat of London 2012, where they finished third place in this field, following semi-finals defeat to a very talented Brazil side that contained the likes of Neymar, Hulk, Thiago Silva, Oscar and Alex Sandro.
In terms of notable players that the Koreans have, there are only two that play outside of their homeland and that is Bordeaux and Valencia forwards Hwang Ui-jo and Lee Kang-in. Hwang Ui-jo has 14 goals in 36 caps for the senior national side and is perhaps the South Koreans best goal threat at the Olympics.