Korea Republic have been pitted against New Zealand, Honduras and Romania in Group B of the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament, following the official draw for Tokyo 2020 finals at the FIFA Headquarters in Zürich, Switzerland on Wednesday.
Kim Hagbum’s charges were slotted in Pot 1 alongside hosts Japan, South American powerhouses Brazil and Argentina, as FIFA announced the procedures of the draw last week: The pot allocation was made according to the cumulated ranking points (W: 3 points, D: 1 point, L: 0 point) in the past five tournaments from Sydney 2000 to Rio de Janeiro 2016. Continental champions have been awarded five points additionally. Korea Republic had won the AFC U-23 Championship in Thailand in January 2020.
The principle for the draw was to ensure that no group has more than one team from the same confederation, and the result is regarded as relatively kind for the Taegeuk Warriors who are looking to finish on the podium for the first time in nine years since they won bronze at London 2012. .....
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