Songkhla: While appearing at the Olympics Games is very much on Song Bum-keun’s agenda, the Korea Republic goalkeeping star remains focused on their AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 entrance against China PR on Thursday.
With two K League titles and an Asian Games gold medal already in his possession, Song’s burgeoning career has so far been littered with success, with potentially more to come should Kim Hak-bum’s side qualify for Tokyo 2020, with three teams to join Japan in the Olympics from the AFC U23 Championship.
While the Koreans haven’t missed an Olympic football tournament since 1984, 22-year-old Song is looking no further than their Group C opener.
Kuala Lumpur: The young White Wolf, a solid pair of hands, and two players with European experience looking to finally fulfill their potential, are the ones to keep an eye on in Group C of the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020.
Songkhla is set to feature a feast of football with five of Group C's six fixtures taking place in southern Thailand. Taking to the field at Tinsulanon Stadium will be defending champions Uzbekistan, perennial contenders Korea Republic, China PR and Islamic Republic of Iran.
We have picked out four players capable of shining in Songkhla.
ACL has prepared me for Thailand 2020, says Korea Republic's Dae-won
Daegu: Korea Republic U-23 star Kim Dae-won excelled in 2019's AFC Champions League with club Daegu FC. And the exciting forward, with a knack for spectacular goals, believes his inaugural Continental club competition appearance has set him up nicely for next week's AFC U23 Championship.
Despite having already begun his professional career as a 19-year-old in 2016, last year's campaign proved to be a banner year for Kim who shot to prominence on the Continental club stage as part of an exciting Daegu FC side who made headlines in their AFC Champions League debut.
We can show we’re Asia’s best, insists Korea Republic's Lee
Seoul: Lee Dong-gyeong believes that the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 provides the perfect opportunity for Korea Republic to prove they are the best team on the Continent.
The East Asians have been one of the strongest teams in the competition over the years, finishing runners-up in 2016 and reaching the semi-finals in 2014 and 2018 but, despite always finishing in the top four sides, they have yet to lift the title.
Korea Republic will again begin the tournament as one of the favourites to be crowned champions and Ulsan Hyundai midfielder Lee is desperate for his country to claim a trophy that has so far eluded them.