Hong Myung Bo hailed his Republic of Korea ‘dream team’ after watching them win the bronze medal with a 2-0 victory over Japan at the Millennium Stadium.Goals from Arsenal’s Park Chuyoung and captain Koo Jacheol sealed their first Olympic Football medal, and further enhanced Hong’s reputation having captained the men’s national side to the semi-finals of the 2002 World Cup.
His Olympic Games squad are being viewed as a golden generation of Korean footballers, and the coach said: ‘I think I have achieved my goal in every aspect.
‘We started at a lower level when you compare us to other players and groups.
‘But I believe we have been one of the best at the Olympics and to be called a dream team, I am very proud of that.’
Japan coach Takashi Sekizuka felt Republic of Korea’s clinical finishing had been the difference in a game of few chances.
He said: ‘The decisive point was that it was really difficult to break the Korean defensive line.
‘We had good chances from set-pieces but we were not able to take them.
‘We kept pushing but we were not able to take these chances and they were able to take theirs.’