So again, make sure you check back later for the pot 3 preview. But for now, a quick recap of last night’s Premier League and German Cup action. Plus some more random news bits.
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Unfortunately for me, the games came far too late/early (3-4AM) for me to watch. So once again, we’ll wait for Roy to add some more color.
Sangju Sangmu takes a step towards promotion
Military team Sangju Sangmu took a big step towards a return to the top flight. Last night the first leg of the promotion-relegation playoff took place in Sangju, and the army boys stomped on Gangwon FC 4-1. Lee Sang-Hyup scored a hattrick and Lee Jae-Hoon put one in his own net for Sangju’s four. Choi Seung-In scored a late goal for Gangwon that gives them a glimmer of hope going into the return leg in Gangneung. Sangju may feel that this is a very deserved result considering they were administratively relegated by the league last season for not meeting the new financial requirements (although they very well may have gone down anyway). For Gangwon it looks like three top-flight teams will make the trip down, with the northeast side joining Daegu and Daejeon.
Ilgan Sports talks to Pohang coach Hwang Sun-Hong
Ilgan Sports recently did an interview with double winning manager Hwang Sun-Hong of Pohang Steelers. There’s nothing particularly eye-opening in it, but it’s an interesting read for K League followers.
FIFA does a practice draw, and it’s a little scary
Yesterday, FIFA ran a practice draw for their presenters. And the results provided some (theoretically) starting results should something similar happen on Friday.
Group A: Brazil, France, Australia, Italy
Group B: Uruguay, Nigeria, USA, Croatia
Group C: Argentina, Ghana, Costa Rica, Russia
Group D: Switzerland, Chile, Japan, Greece
Group E: Spain, Ivory Coast, SOUTH KOREA, England
Group F: Colombia, Cameroon, Honduras, Holland
Group G: Germany, Ecuador, Iran, Portugal
Group H: Belgium, Algeria, Mexico, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Granted the practice means absolutely nothing, but it shows that for the most part, there will most likely be no easy group. Although, I’d fancy our chances if we got into something like Group B or Group D. Group A would scare the bejeezus out of me, and you could very easily switch us in there for Australia. Although, it would be fun (in a masochistic sort of way) to see us take on Italy (2002), France (2006), and Brazil.
Because I have no classes today (students are end of year testing), based on the practice results, let’s have some fun and predict the outcome of the tournament (share your final winner/predictions in the comments if you’re bored too).
Group winners: Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Spain, Holland, Germany, Belgium
Runner ups: Italy, USA, Ghana, Japan, South Korea, Colombia, Portugal, Mexico
Round 16 matches: Brazil-USA, Italy-Uruguay, Argentina-Japan, Chile-Ghana, Spain-Colombia, Holland-South Korea, Germany-Mexico, Belgium-Portugal
Round 16 winners: Brazil, Italy, Argentina, Chile, Spain, Holland, Germany, Portugal
Quarterfinals: Brazil-Argentina, Spain-Germany, Italy-Chile, Holland-Portugal
Quarterfinal winners: Brazil, Germany, Italy, Holland
Semifinals: Brazil-Germany, Italy-Holland
Semifinal winners: Brazil, Italy
Remember, it’s all for fun. Who knows how the actual draw will come out? The real draw is tomorrow, and we’ll have instructions out on joining the liveblog for the event soon. Stay tuned!