Week listings and previews for our Korean Players Abroad 30 September-2 October


Week listings and previews for our Korean Players Abroad. Woohoo Sonaldo continues to impress, both Ji Dong-Won and Koo Ja-Cheol are starting for Augsburg.  Suk Hyun-Jun’s team Trabzonspor finally won and Lee Chung-Yong provided an assist last week. Last week was a pretty decent week hope this week will be better. Although there is still no sign of Park Joo-Ho and Kim Jin-Su in the Bundesliga 2016-17 season.

Day Time (ET) Player Club Opponent TV
Friday 2:30PM Ji Dong-Won Augsburg RB Leipzig Fox Sports 2
Friday 2:30PM Koo Ja-Cheol Augsburg RB Leipzig Fox Sports 2
Friday 3:00PM Lee Chung-Yong Crystal Palace Everton NBC Sports App
Saturday 7:30AM Ki Sung-Yueng Liverpool Swansea City NBCSN
Saturday 9:00AM Suk Hyun-Jun Trabzonspor Karabukspor Nil
Saturday 9:30AM Kim Jin-Su Hoffenheim Ingolstadt Fox Sports 2GO
Saturday 12:30PM Park Joo-Ho Borussia Dortmund Bayer Leverkusen Fox Sports 2
Sunday 9:15AM Son Heung-Min Tottenham Hotspur Manchester City NBCSN

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Midweek Roundup: Son – “They’re Saying I’m On Fire” + Jeonbuk clobbers Seoul

Midweek Roundup time! And what a midweek roundup we have for you. Tuesday – the main event – Son and Spurs took on CSKA Moscow to great success. As you’ve seen on our home page, Son’s brilliantly timed run and slick finish gave Spurs all three points to revive their UEFA Champions League campaign. Analysis from StatsZone, pass maps, and Tavern readers and writers – past and present – we’ll explain below – on just how good Son is right now. On the B Side of the disc, AFC Champions League, where Jeonbuk annihilated FC Seoul 4-1 in the first leg – and a certain Wookie may or may not have had one beauty of a game. All this and more – including Swansea news & KFA musings in this week’s midweek roundup.

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ACL Semifinal 1st leg: Jeonbuk v FC Seoul Sept 28

In almost 2 hours, Son Heung-Min will likely line up for Tottenham for the Champions League match at CSKA Moscow, see Tim Lee’s post about that. We might return in this post to give updates, but for the latest, do check Tavern Twitter.

The Asian Champions League title is within reach for a K-League side this year, but the question is, who will come out on top to represent in the upcoming semifinal clash between Jeonbuk and FC Seoul?  #1 vs #2 in the K-League table, will this inevitably be the Korean version of Bayern Munich v BVB? Regardless, this will be as K-League United’s Matthew Binns puts it, “the biggest fixture in Korean football this year.”  Continue reading

Tavern Kickaround: Son one-top in UCL? + K League about to split

There were a couple things to talk about and not much time to talk about them, so this post is one of our Tavern Kickarounds – we’ll discuss rumours that Pochettino may deploy Son Heungmin as a one-top striker in today’s UEFA Champions League action against CSKA Moscow, and discuss takeaways from round 32 of K League action – we’re on the eve of next round’s Super Sunday, after which the K League will split into the Top Half and Bottom Half for the season’s 5 remaining games.

but first, if you haven’t checked out Jinseok’s updated weekend recap, do so  hereMore praise for Son, revelations about his transfer saga, as well getting you up to speed on the other KPA’s in action last weekend — we had two assists!

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National Team Callups (October 2016): The Wookie Returns

Uli Stielike has just announced his 23-man roster for the World Cup Qualifying matches in October against Qatar and Iran.

The full squad list is below as well as six thoughts from Tim, including Stielike looking to save face, lower expectations and how to make the most of Wookie’s inclusion.

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*UPDATED* Weekend Roundup (Sept 24-25): Your Defense is Terrified — Sonny’s On Fire

Jinseok will add more later, but he’s living that busy college life so I’ll get the bare bones out right now. This weekend saw Son Heungmin continue his ridiculously good form with a brace against Middlesborough. Named Man of the Match with over 90% of the votes, top-ranked European based player at WhoScored, plaudits all across the map from every pundit, teammate and manager. To hijack the football chant of the summer — Sonny’s on fire, your defense is terrified, Sonny’s on fire…

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The Tavern View: The October Callups

The mandatory Canadian apology for being AWOL of late – just wanted to hit the ground running for senior year academically. Things are getting into a pleasantly smooth groove now so hopefully I can make time for at least the news posts, and hopefully more opinion stuff. 

Uli Stielike will announce his 20-something man roster for the October World Cup Qualifying matches against Qatar and Iran tomorrow. These are not two easy opponents by any stretch of the imagination, and the importance of these games is accentuated by Korea dropping points to Syria earlier this month. It would be foolish to say that these games could be Stielike’s last stand – his sacking at the end of this month would be so Middle Eastern in nature – but the court is definitely in session.

There was a bit of controversy over Stielike’s last team selection, particularly how he questioned the quality of the K-League while opting to call up only 20 out of a possible 23 players. Therefore, the Tavern Writers got together (well actually, only Jinseok and I) and now we present to you – the Tavern View on who we believe should be called up tomorrow.

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Week listings and previews for our Korean Players Abroad September 23-25


Week listings and previews for our Korean Players Abroad. Last week was not the most eventful weekends for our KPA’s, hope this week will be better. Son Heung-Min is slowly making his mark while Ji Dong-Won is starting again. Good luck to our KPA’s this weekend.

Day Time (ET) Player Club Opponent TV
Friday 2:30PM Park Joo-Ho Borussia Dortmund Freiburg Fox Sports 2
Saturday 9:00AM Suk Hyun-Jun Trabzonspor Konyaspor Nil
Saturday 9:30AM Ji Dong-Won Augsburg Darmstadt Fox Soccer 2 Go
Saturday 9:30AM Koo Ja-Cheol Augsburg Darmstadt Fox Soccer 2 Go
Sunday 9:30AM Kim Jin-Su Hoffenheim Schalke Fox Sports 1
Sunday 10:00AM Ki Sung-Yueng Swansea City Manchester City Goal Rush/ NBC Sports App
Sunday 10:00AM Lee Chung-Yong Crystal Palace Sunderland NBC Sports App
Sunday 10:00AM Son Heung-Min Tottenham Hotspur Middlesbrough FC NBC Sports App

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Weekend Roundup (Sept 17-18): SHM goes beast mode, KSY goes rogue…

Not the most eventful of weekends for our KPA, but some interesting stories are unfolding. This time I have taken out PJH and KJS, and until they start playing again (or even making the bench for that matter), they will not feature in future roundups

Player Club Opponent Result Notes
Son Heungmin Tottenham Sunderland 1-0 W 90' + unanimous MOTM
Ji Dongwon Augsburg Mainz 3-1 L 76'
Koo Jacheol Augsburg Mainz 3-1 L 59'
Lee Chungyong Palace Stoke 4-1 W 5'
Ki Sungyueng Swansea @Southampton 1-0 L 66'
Suk Hyunjun Trabzonspor Alanyaspor 0-3 L 90' 
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