Bit of a misnomer as there are Koreans plying the trade in Eastern European countries, in the Middle East and in a variety of Asian countries, as well as some 2nd tier leagues, but we can’t get to them all unfortunately. Here’s the roundup of how Koreans fared in the top European divisions (and a North American country to boot).
Hamburg F Son Heung-Min: 90 minutes in a 0-1 loss to Freiburg. They fall to 11th in the table.
G Furth F Park Jung-Bin: not in 18 man roster in 1-0 loss away at Borussia M’gladbach
Augsburg M Ji Dong-Won: 90 in a 4-2 loss away to Borussia Dortmund. Augsburg is 5 points from safety. See Jae’s review of the match here.
Augsburg M Koo Ja-Cheol: injured and not in 18 man roster
Swansea City M Ki Sung-Yeung: 90 minutes in a ‘come from behind’ 2-2 draw at Norwich.
QPR M Park Ji-Sung: 18 man roster, didn’t play in a game manager Redknapp described as one of the toughest results of his career, 1-1 draw with Wigan -in which Wigan equalized in stoppage time. *For the 2nd game in a row for the Rangers, Redknapp didn’t play Ji-Sung. In that stretch, QPR lost 3-2 against Fulham and drew with Wigan. Park’s last appearance for the Rangers was on March 16th where he registered an assist in a 3-2 loss to Aston Villa. For QPR sitting at 7 points from safety, while it’s mathematically still possible to escape relegation, it seems the drop is what’s in store with only 6 games left.
QPR M Yun Suk-Young: not in 18 man roster.
Bolton M Lee Chung-Yong: 90 minutes in a 2-0 win over Wolverhampton. Lee forced a fine save by Wolverhampton’s keeper De Vries, but couldn’t overcome Bolton’s other offensive threats in N’gog and Marcos Alonso. In 8th place in the table, Bolton back to striking distance of a playoff spot, 2 points separating them from 6th place Brighton & Hove Albion.
Cardiff M Kim Bo-Kyung: 90 minutes in a scoreless draw with Watford. Kim had 2 superb shots on target – forcing Watford’s keeper to put in equally brilliant saves. Cardiff maintains top of the table status, 5 points separating them from Hull.
Celta Vigo F Park Chu-Young: 90 minutes in a 0-2 loss to Rayo Vallecano. Agonizing to see Park miss 2 incredibly good chances to score; the first to potentially take the lead, the second to equalize after Rayo struck first in the 14th minute. With only 2 more games left before Iago Aspas returns to the team from his head butt suspension, and with the team 3 point from safety in the relegation zone, Park’s chances to make a late season impact are getting slimmer as the season starts to wind down.
Vancouver Whitecaps D Lee Young-Pyo: 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw at San Jose
FC Basel D Park Joo-Ho: 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw at St Gallen
Maritimo F Suk Hyun-Jun: 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Pacos de Ferreira