Asian Cup 2015: South Korea Announce Squad, Swansea City & Bayer Leverkusen Stars Make The Cut

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…But a former Arsenal man has been left out.

South Korea has announced its final 23-man squad for January’s Asian Cup in Australia.

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The Taeguk Warriors will be relying on goals from midfield, with coach Uli Stielike leaving for Arsenal man Park Chu-young out of his final squad.

With Lee Dong-gook and Kim Shin-wook out injured, Stielike named just three strikers in his squad and sprung a number of surprises.

Jeonbuk Motors striker Lee Jung-hyup was included despite scoring just three times in 23 K-League appearances in 2014, while Cho Young-cheol will travel to Australia despite having not yet found the back of the net for the national side in ten matches.

South Korea is grouped with Australia, Oman and Kuwait in the Asian Cup, and will take on Saudi Arabia on January 4 in Sydney in its final warm-up match.


Goalkeepers – Kim Jin-hyeon (Cerezo Osaka), Kim Seung-gyu (Ulsan), Jung Sung-ryong (Suwon)

Defenders – Kim Jin-su (Hoffenheim), Park Joo-ho (Mainz 05), Jang Hyun-soo (Guangzhou R&F), Kim Young-gwon (Guangzhou Evergrande), Kim Ju-young (FC Seoul), Kwak Tae-hwi (Al Hilal), Kim Chang-soo (Kashiwa Reysol), Cha Du-ri (FC Seoul)

Midfielders – Lee Myung-joo (Al Ain), Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea), Han Kook-young (Qatar SC), Son Heung-min (Bayer Leverkusen), Kim Min-woo (Sagan Tosu), Koo Ja-cheol (Mainz 05), Nam Tae-hee (Lekhwiya SC), Han Kyo-won (Jeonbuk), Lee Chung-yong (Bolton)

Attackers – Cho Young-cheol (Qatar SC), Lee Keun-ho (El Jaish SC), Lee Jung-hyub (Sangju)

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