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Son and Korea in World Cup limbo
The worst possible outcome for South Korea ahead of the World Cup was always going to be a serious injury to star player and captain Son Heung-min, which would instantly rule him out of the tournament. This happened in heartbreaking fashion to Lee Dong-guk two months before the 2006 edition and Kwon Chang-hoon a month ahead of 2018. At least Son is still in with a chance of p...
Women and men preparing for World Cups
The next few months will, in soccer terms, be a tale of two World Cups, though it is unfortunate that South Korea missed out on hosting rights for the 2023 Asian Championships. Last Saturday, the country found out just who they will be facing at the 2023 Women's World Cup, which will kick off next July in Australia and New Zealand.
Roller coaster week in Korean football
It has been a very interesting few days for South Korean football. On Sunday, finally, Ulsan Horangi ditched its title as Asia's chokers by winning the K-League title, their first championship since 2005. The Tigers have been in pole position since the start of this campaign but unlike the situation on the last day in the last three seasons, the team did not throw it away.
Tigers ready to take K League 1 title
Ulsan Hyundai FC hasn't been this close to winning its first title since 2005. Had Lee Ho-jae not headed a goal for Pohang Steelers on Tuesday with 10 minutes of the game remaining, Ulsan would now be champions of the K League. Unfortunately for Ulsan, Lee made it 1-1 and there, the score line remained when a win would have been enough for the Tigers. The end to the season is...
All depends on Son in Qatar
Official preparations for the World Cup are over until November for South Korea. Tuesday's 1-0 win over Cameroon in Seoul was the last time that all the players will be together before they leave for Qatar in November. There may be a couple of friendly games before the opening game against Uruguay on November 24 but the next time the full-strength team gets together is going ...
Final chances to impress before World Cup
The 2022 World Cup moves that much closer this week with the final FIFA international break before November. It is a last chance for coach Paulo Bento to get all his players together before he chooses his final roster for the big event and Group H games against Uruguay, Ghana and Portugal. There are two warm-up games in the next seven days, against Costa Rica on Friday and th...
Bordeaux striker Hwang Ui-jo eyes English Premier League options
It is not quite a transfer saga, but Hwang Ui-jo's situation has generated an increasing number of column inches. The South Korean striker has been looking to leave Bordeaux since the team was relegated to France's second tier at the end of last season, especially as the club is desperate to raise some funds. Like more and more players around the world, Hwang has been looking...
K League needs more variety
The K League season is entering the final third with the top two presenting a very familiar sight. Ulsan Horangi and Jeonbuk Motors drew 1-1 on Sunday. Um Won-sang gave Ulsan the lead with Modou Barrow earning the visitor a point. It means that Ulsan stays six points clear at the top though, as all know, that has often been the case in the past, but Jeonbuk usually finds a wa...
Japan leaves Korean national team looking for answers
South Korea is rightly proud of its record against Japan, winning 42 and losing just 16 of their 81 encounters. The first two victories came in 1954 as Korea qualified for the World Cup. The last two meetings however have ended in 3-0 defeats and while, on the face of it, those losses don't seem quite as important, they are concerning. Japan has looked to be at a different le...
Crucial season starts for Korea's Eurostars
The European season starts again soon, with most major leagues kicking off on the first weekend of August - earlier than usual as the World Cup will be held in November and December - and, once again, there are a number of South Korean players looking forward to showing what they can do.
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