KPA Update

Bayer Leverkusen

Son Heung Min – Featured in 2 friendlies since last update.
Ryu Seung Woo – Serving his 3 match suspension

Overview: Son Heung Min was the main focus when Leverkusen played FC Seoul. Played 90 minutes and had some nice passing sequence. As for Leverkusen’s performance in general? Very disappointing but they had issues with humidity, heat, and travel according to Schade, Voeller, and Roger Schmidt. Humidity played a large role in Leverkusen’s slack/slow pressing and the interchange between 4 attacking players weren’t as chaotic compared to previous friendlies.

For the 2nd friendly, you can watch the full replay from here.

http://www.bayer04.de/B04-DEU/de/_md_bayer04tv.aspx?guid=0-812B8CA1-A3AC-4AD7-95F6-EBF1FACCE06F-613&id=3838 (1st half)

http://www.bayer04.de/B04-DEU/de/_md_bayer04tv.aspx?guid=0-812B8CA1-A3AC-4AD7-95F6-EBF1FACCE06F-613&id=3838 (2nd half)

Mainz

Koo Ja Cheol – 2 Europa League games, 1 assist and 1 goal as LW
Park Joo Ho – 2 Europa League games and as starting LB

Overview: Mainz crashes out of Europa League after losing 3-2 on aggregate to Asteras Tripoli. Koo Ja Cheol scores an impressive goal in the 2nd match.

Dortmund

Ji Dong Won – 2 friendlies, 2 goals and 1 assist

Overview: Dortmund are currently experimenting with 4-4-2 diamond formation they utilized since the 2nd half of last season. So far, Ji has played as CAM or withdrawn 2nd/support forward with freedom to roam. Dortmund’s next friendly will be against Liverpool and the game will be live on NBCSN to American residents on Sunday Aug 10 at 7am EST.  The following fixture for Dortmund on Wednesday August 13 will be a date with Bayern Munich for the German Supercup.

FC Augsburg

Hong Jeong Ho – Nursing an injury.

1899 Hoffenheim

Kim Jin Su – 1 friendly, started and played 60 mins as LB

Bundesliga 2/Reserve/Youth players

Choi Kyoung Rok – Started 2 games for FC St Pauli II
Park Jung Bin – Absent in season opener for KSC
Kim Dong Su – Started and played full 90 mins for HSV II
Roan Kwon – Yet to feature for HSV II
Kim Jin Su – Yet to feature for FCA II

Portugal

CD Nacional

Suk Hyun Jun – 2 goals. Consistently started or featured with starters from previous season.

Transfer Update/News/Off-topic

Han Kook Young – Is reported to leave Kashiwa Reysol to join QSL club (new club is unknown atm).

Yoon Jung Hwan – Resigns as manager of Sagan Tosu (1st in J-league). It is rumored he will join KNT as coach by Japanese media.

7 Comments

  1. Why doesnt the KNT utilize Ji more as a CAM? Koo sucks balls as a CAM… and I think HKY’s career will become shit if he joins a QSL club… no Euro teams wanted him….?

    • Koo was a Hong favorite. He was always going to be in the team and CAM is the only position he can really play. If Han goes to Qatar, I’d worry about him too. Too many younger players (Nam TH, Lee MJ, Han?) are heading that way.

  2. I can’t lie, I was psyched to see Ji had scored for BVB and opened his scoring account in pre-season. It looks like he’s doing ok so far and will actually give Klopp options up front.

    • Haha, I think you need to temper your expectations of Ji. Anyways, I should do in-depth tactical analysis and KPA’s outlook this season for each team but that’s a difficult piece to write.

      • Yeah maybe you’re right. In the meantime I forgot to give some mad props to Koo for scoring, that was a difficult shot to pull off. Good sign he’s getting back to decent form.

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