A slightly shorter weekend listings than usual as I somehow forgot I was going to do this tonight until right before I called it a night. So, here goes a sleepy weekend listings:
Thanks to Skimmilk for the Weekend Listings table – you can check out his blog by clicking here.
|Friday||2:45 PM||Kim Bo Kyung||Cardiff City||Reading||None|
|Saturday||9:30 AM||Son Heung Min||Bayer Leverkusen||@Hannover||None|
|Saturday||9:30 AM||Ji Dong Won||Dortmund||@SC Paderborn||None|
|Saturday||9:30 AM||Kim Jin Su||Hoffenheim||@Bayern Munich||GolTV|
|Saturday||9:30 AM||Koo Ja Cheol||Mainz||Freiburg||None|
|Saturday||9:30 AM||Park Joo Ho||Mainz||Freiburg||None|
|Saturday||10:00 AM||Lee Chung Yong||Bolton||@Blackpool||None|
|Saturday||10:00 AM||Yun Suk Young||QPR||@Newcastle||NBC Live Extra|
|Saturday||10:00 AM||Ki Sung Yueng||Swansea||@Manchester City||NBC Live Extra|
|Sunday||10:00 AM||Suk Hyun Jun||CD Nacional||Ribeirao (Cup)||None|
|Sunday||11:30 AM||Hong Jeong Ho||Augsburg||@Stuttgart||GolTV|
Korean TV – Premier League games involving Korean players are usually live on SBS Sports, while Bundesliga games are on Sky Sport. Son Heung-Min usually gets priority, with other games broadcast on delay.
Friday, Kim Bo-Kyung, a late night trip to Reading for the Bluebirds-turned-Dragons. Kimbo probably won’t feature as he hasn’t been in Cardiff’s plans this season – I’m tooting the same horn every weekend – basically, he’s fallen off the face of the earth.
Although perhaps more interestingly, his ex-manager Malky Mackay has been appointed Wigan manager despite an ongoing FA investigation into his racist/sexist/homophobic/xenophobic private text messages with Iain Moody. It’s generating a bit of a backlash from a few organizations, notably “Kick It Out”, because, like I mentioned above, the FA hasn’t concluded an investigation and what punishment Mackay will face (if he will at all).
Saturday, a bunch of KPA’s take the pitch after a “meh” international break (in case you live under a rock, members of the Tavern crew (Roy, Evelyn, Jinseok whispering in a library, Jeremy for a few minutes, and myself) discussed Stielike (btw, pronounced “sh-tee-lee-kuh)’s Korean NT after a pair of international breaks, the striker dilemma, all that fantastic stuff in a condensed 30-45 minute hangout – click here).
Son Heung-Min played 90 minutes + a sub appearance in the friendlies, and if Roger Schmidt sees him to be fit, the “Sonaldo” will take the pitch at Hannover. Ji Dong-Won is injured so will have to wait to make his debut in a BVB shirt for the first team. Kim Jin-Su is fit – yay! – he played in friendlies over the break. For the one of you that have GolTV, you can see Kim Jin-Su feature (maybe) against the mighty Bayern Munich. Come on Hoffenheim!
The Mainz boys are both in contention for a starting XI spot. Park Joo-Ho likely gets a start, but whether or not he plays in the back four or as a six remains to be seen. Koo Ja-Cheol admitted he wasn’t 100% fit in an interview with the Joongang Ilbo, and has been a bit lackluster for both club and country, so perhaps he gets relegated to bench duty this week.
10am kickoffs in England – in the Championship, Neil Lennon didn’t have to kidnap Lee Chung-Yong after all (he joked about something similar in order to protect Chungy from injury during the break) as the Korean midfielder returns to England in one piece. The Bolton News reported that Matt Mills, a BWFC defender, said that LCY is key to the Wanderers and that he has “brought a real buzz to this place”. Good to hear. Lee Chung-Yong will start.
Yun Suk-Young should also start, but warning – Harry Redknapp is in charge. You just never know until 9am EST when the team news comes out. Over in Wales, Ki Sung-Yueng should get a nod in his usual midfielder position – can yet another Korean help steal points at the wrong side of Manchester?
And on Sunday, Hong Jeong-Ho will be on the bench as he always is for he hasn’t gotten himself into the centre-back pairing for Augsburg.
Oh – Ryu Seung-Woo on Saturday morning, 7am ET – FSV Frankfurt await.
The Middle East is off this week for the Gulf Cup.
Jae will have a K-League preview sometime soon – 4 games + the FA Cup Final – Seoul welcomes Seongnam for the final trophy of the year. Keep your eyes peeled for that. I think that’s all for this one – let us know what you think of Kimbo’s predicament – should he move at all costs, maybe a move to Mackay’s Wigan (remember, he was linked to Palace when Mackay almost got the job), should he stay put and work his way back into the team… and jalgayo (or a “ddoboja” if you’re to copy Roy from the hangout today) from Tavern Studio Quebec.