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Fiji vs. South Korea 2016: lineups, match thread, and how to watch Rio Olympics online

Tottenham’s Son Heung-Min and South Korea kick off their Olympic campaign against Fiji.

Rio 2016 Olympics Inaugural Ceremony of Korean Athletes Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

The Olympic torch doesn’t get lit until Friday, but there’s already soccer going on in Rio. Olympic footy may not have the gravitas that the Euros or the Copa America had this summer, but there is one team that Tottenham Hotspur fans will want to follow.

Tottenham forward Son Heung-Min is one of three “wild card” overage players participating in the South Korean U23 national team in the Rio Games. They’re in a group with Germany, Mexico, and Fiji. That’s all well and good, but if South Korea manages to get a medal in these games, then Sonny will get an exemption from his mandatory Korean military service, and that’s a pretty plum prize in addition to a medal. It’s super important to Sonny, but he also apologized to his Spurs teammates for missing the first match of the season.

I confess I know next to nothing about the Korean U23 team except that Sonny’s in it, but that’s good enough for me. Here’s your open thread for their first match against Fiji.


Lineups will be posted when released by the teams.

How to Watch

Date/Time -- Thursday, August 4, 2016, 7:30 p.m. ET (12:30 a.m. Friday, BST)
Venue: Fonte Nova Arena, Salvador, Brazil
TV: NBC Sports Network (USA), BBC Red Button (UK), Not televised (Canada), 7mate (Australia), other countries at
Streaming: / NBC Sports Live Extra (USA), CBC Player (Canada)

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