Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Olympics: Japan and South Korea advance
March 27th, 1996 12AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Site



Japan and South Korea have claimed two of the three Asian spots for the Olympic men's soccer tournament after semifinal victories in the Asian qualifying group March 24.

The two countries will meet March 27 to decide the Asian U-23 champion, while semifinal losers Saudi Arabia and Iraq will play to see who will win the final Olympic berth.

Captain Maezono Masakiyo scored in the fourth and 57th minute in Japan's 2-1 victory over the Saudis. Obied Al Dossary's 77th-minute reply was not enough.

In the other semifinal, Choi Yong-Su scored in the 19th and 38th minutes to lead South Korea to 2-1 win over Iraq, sending the Koreans into the Olympic tournament for a fifth time.

Iraq, back in international competition, got a late consolation goal through Esam Salem in the 89th minute.

Apart from their rivalry on the field, South Korea and Japan are also engaged in a fierce bidding war for the right to host the 2002 World Cup.

A victory by Iraq, making its first international appearance since the Gulf War, over archrival Saudi Arabia would be a national victory for the Iraqis.

After Iraq opened the Asian tournament with a 1-1 tie over heavily favored Japan, Iraqi coach Anouar Jassem said: "We are determined to go to Atlanta to represent Asia and break the embargo imposed by the United States."

As a condition of granting the Olympic Games to Atlanta, the International Olympic Committee received assurances from the U.S. government that all athletes and staff would be admitted into the country without incident.

No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now



Recent Soccer America Site
USSF's 1988 AGM: The Development Plan, Havelange, Blatter and bananas    
In my 31 years as Soccer America's editor, I'd estimate I've written or edited 50,000 headlines, ...
FIFA: Blatter wins first round, 133-73    
Embattled Sepp Blatter had a 133-73 edge over his sole opponent, Prince Ali of Jordan, in ...
Caribbean combine returns next year    
More than two dozen players from the Caribbean played in MLS this season, and teams looking ...
Saint Louis picked to repeat    
[ATLANTIC-10: Men] Defending champion Saint Louis has been picked to repeat in the Atlantic-10's preseason poll ...
UEFA Champions League viewing schedule    
[TELEVISION GUIDE] The UEFA Champions League moves into Matchday 4 with a special kickoff time of ...
Young Arsenal star suffers horrendous injury    
[ENGLAND] Arsenal teenager Aaron Ramsey, considered the greatest Welsh talent to come along since Ryan Giggs, ...
GAMES: Live and same-day delay on national TV    
MLS WEEKEND WRAPUP: Twellman strikes again; L.A. wins 'Clasico'    
CHAMPIONS: Goal difference gives PSV Dutch title    
>> Soccer America Site Archives