South Korea Draws 2016 Olympic Games grouping with Mexico and Germany
David Lee, April 15, 2016, 8:09 a.m.
Korea avoided the worst-case scenario in the group draw for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday, but still face a challenge in their group alongside Fiji, Germany and Mexico. Korea, who won their first-ever Olympic football medal, a bronze, at the 2012 London Games, is looking for another podium finish in Rio.
Korea's first match will be against Fiji at Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador, northern Brazil, on Aug. 4. It will then play Germany at the same venue on Aug. 7 and Mexico at Mane Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia on Aug. 10. The draw means Korea will not have to face hosts Brazil or Argentina, who led the South American qualifiers, in the first round.
But Mexico is the defending Olympic champion and Germany finished third in the European qualifiers. Fiji, who finished atop the Oceania qualifying round, is considered the weakest team among the 16-strong field.
Korea manager Shin Tae-yong said, "I don't think it is a bad draw. We'll just focus and work hard for the Olympics." If Korea manages to go beyond the group stage, it will face one of the teams from a group comprising Algeria, Argentina, Honduras and Portugal.