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Sat, June 3, 2023 | 07:26
Korean soccer's standing rises on world stage
South Korean soccer has been flexing its muscles at home and abroad in the past week or so. The young Taeguk Warriors have made the knockout stages of the U-20 World Cup, which is taking place in Argentina while domestic organizations have been standing up for local clubs.
Hong changes K League and own reputation
In England, there are concerns that Manchester City is starting to dominate the Premier League. In Korea, it is looking like Ulsan Hyundai FC is going to run away with the 2023 K League season.
Asian Cup produces Korean reunion of sorts
South Korea actually wanted to host the 2023 Asian Cup and the Korea Football Association was less than happy when Qatar got the nod, which means that the Taeguk Warriors will return to the Middle East next January when the tournament starts.
In-demand Kim makes history in Italy
It has been a busy week in Korean soccer with Kim Sang-sik resigning as coach of Jeonbuk Motors after the club's sluggish start to the season. As things stand, the team that has dominated Korean soccer for the past decade is struggling down in 10th place with 11 points from 11 games. It is an unfamiliar position for the Jeonju giant.
Son hits 10 again but bigger issues trouble Tottenham
It has been another roller-coaster couple of weeks for Son Heung-min and Tottenham Hotspur. The English Premier League team has not won the title for over 60 years, but has become accustomed to finishing in the top four and qualifying for the UEFA Champions League.
Growing crowds a positive sign in K League
The 2023 K League season is two months old and there is some cause for optimism for a number of reasons. The most important is that there are some healthy attendances around Korea.
Ulsan threatens a one-horse race
Be careful what you wish for. Ahead of the current K-League season, most people in Korean soccer wanted an end to the Ulsan Hyundai/Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors duopoly, which has dominated the last four seasons. If the current situation continues, it could get worse.
Klinsmann needs to handle Kim Min-jae situation
There is rarely a boring week in Korean soccer and last week was no different. There was a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Uruguay in Seoul. As it was a friendly game, the result was not that important. It was more of a chance for new coach Jurgen Klinsmann to get a look at his players in what was just his second game in charge since his February appointment.
Klinsmann era starts Friday
It has happened many times in the past but there is always something a little special when the first game of the new national team coach of South Korea comes around. On Thursday in Ulsan it is Jurgen Klinsmann's turn. The German was appointed at the end of February on a three-and-a-half-year contract running to the end of the 2026 World Cup.
New coach could be gamble for Team Korea
The man charged with leading South Korea to the 2023 Asian Cup - to be played in January 2024 - and, hopefully, the 2026 World Cup is Jurgen Klinsmann. While few doubt his credentials as a player for winning the 1990 World Cup with West Germany and starring for Inter Milan, Bayern Munich and Tottenham Hotspur, his coaching credentials are more debatable.