KPA + K League Listing 11/4-11/5

Impressive win by Spurs beating Real Madrid – too bad there were too many defenders injured to get Son in on the party. I’m doing a super short KPA + K-League listing – got to get up in a few hours for a long U10 tournament in Virginia.

Korean Footballers Abroad, take it away:

Weekend Preview Nov 4th and Midweek “Recap” Nov 1

Daylight Savings syncing up Sunday increases risk I’ve messed up but here’s what I got:

Day Time Player Club Opponent TV
Saturday 10:30 AM Ji Dong Won Augsburg Leverkusen Fox Match Pass
Saturday 10:30 AM Koo Ja Cheol Augsburg Leverkusen Fox Match Pass
Saturday 11:00 AM Ki Sung Yueng Swansea Brighton NBC Gold
Saturday 3:00 PM Suk Hyun Jun Troyes Strasbourg None
Sunday 7:00 AM Lee Chung Yong Crystal Palace @Tottenham NBCSN
Sunday 7:00 AM Son Heung Min Tottenham Crystal Palace NBCSN
Sunday 9:00 AM Kwon Chang Hoon Dijon @Nice None
Sunday 9:00 AM Lee Seung Woo Hellas Verona @Cagliari BeIn Play

Ji Dong Won — Hopefully last weekend as a sign that he’ll at least have a bench spot going forward

Koo Ja Cheol — Did Koo do enough to earn back a starting spot? He’ll need to contribute more offensively despite his deeper role to warrant the mistakes he makes in defense. I’d guess bench but he could start.

Ki Sung Yueng — Ki should start after some good showings and hopefully he continues his good form in a critical match against another relegation candidate.

Suk Hyun Jun — I’d expect a bench spot and hopefully he makes an impact if/when he comes on.

Lee Chung Yong — No Korean derby as I don’t think he’s healthy or if he is, if he’d even be in squad.

Son Heung Min — At usual substitution time for Poch, one sub had been burned with Davies going down injured and three goals up so Son got a bit of extra rest ahead of international duty. We’ll see how he gets along with Rose but he should start this weekend and hopefully scores to get himself going. I could see Poch trying to keep momentum going and using Son as a sub as it’s hard to take out anyone right now after being Real Madrid.

Kwon Chang Hoon — I’d expect him to start.

Lee Seung Woo — Do the late appearances signal a bigger role or will he have to settle for garbage time every game?

Next up: K-League Classic is winding down, with Jeonbuk winning the title last weekend, only the Asian Champions League spots and who gets relegated is left to decide.

 

K League United breaks it all down – read their preview of the penultimate round 37 here.

Modern Seoul has Saturday’s fixture previews here and Sunday’s over here.

 

About to go but before I do, I got a chance to see Okja today – simply brilliant film by Bong Joon-Ho who killed it with his other films, the Host and Snowpiercer.  Byun Hee-Bong plays a harabojee of one of the protagonists  – in the film he is flipping the channels and announces that he wants to watch chu-gu on TV – presumably a K-League game. Alas, his football game is nowhere to be found, a Korean infomercial is on the air instead.  If I had to guess, it might be Bong Joon-Ho’s sly commentary on the sad state of Korean football – in that it’s getting harder and harder to find on Korean airwaves. 

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