Ki Sung-Yeung has a chance on Sunday to win consecutive League cups having won it last year with Swansea. To the listing this weekend (courtesy of Korean Footballers Abroad):
|Saturday||9:30 AM||Hong Jeong Ho||Augsburg||Hannover 96||None|
|Saturday||9:30 AM||Ji Dong Won||Augsburg||Hannover 96||None|
|Saturday||9:30 AM||Son Heung Min||Bayer Leverkusen||Mainz||GolTV|
|Saturday||9:30 AM||Koo Ja Cheol||Mainz||@Leverkusen||GolTV|
|Saturday||9:30 AM||Park Joo Ho||Mainz||@Leverkusen||GolTV|
|Saturday||10:00 AM||Lee Chung Yong||Bolton||Blackburn||None|
|Saturday||10:00 AM||Park Chu Young||Watford||Blackpool||None|
|Saturday||1:45 PM||Park Ji Sung||PSV Eindhoven||@Go Ahead Eagles||GolTV (Delay to 4:30 PM)|
|Sunday||9:00 AM||Ki Sung Yueng||Sunderland||@Man City (Cup Final)||BeIn|
|Sunday||11:30 AM||Kim Bo Kyung||Cardiff City||@Tottenham||NBCSN|
As we mentioned earlier, Ki returns to Wembley stadium, his 2nd League Cup Final in a row. This time, he is with Sunderland – but he faces stiffer competition this year: Manchester City. Sergio Aguero is back. On paper, Man City should decimate Sunderland…except that for some reason, the Black Cats have had Man City’s number – dating back to Ji Dong-Won’s 2012 New Years Day goal with seconds away from the end of regulation to steal 3 points from the eventual Premiership winner. Could Sunderland recover from their demoralizing 4-1 loss to Arsenal last weekend to rise above?
But Ki is not the only Korean to possibly see action in England…we have to wonder if Kim Bo-Kyung makes it onto the roster for Cardiff’s match at Tottenham’s White Hart Lane. He didn’t make the 18 man roster last Saturday for their horrific 0-4 home loss to Hull. If last season is any indication, Kim will disappear until April, where he will suddenly make a surprise start, earn Man of the Match and help the Bluebirds play attractive passing football. But wait…Vincent Tan still owns the team…shit, they’re doomed…
Lot of activity at the Tavern recently – if you missed the newest Tavern Podcast (released last Wednesday)- do check it out: Jae, Jinseok, and your truly talk about Korea in comparison to it’s neighbors. Is Korean football losing it’s edge?
and we were LIVE earlier tonight. It was a BLAST! We talked about Hong’s call ups for the friendly with Greece. Fortunately for those that missed it – we got it archived on youtube:
Stay tuned tomorrow – U20 Women’s World Cup draw in Canada – we’ll see where the Lady Taeguk Warriors draw…
Final thought before I expire tonight: the Tavern wife and I are going on a date in Washington DC Saturday night- first in a LONG time. We’re hoping to see St Vincent at the 9:30 club but it is stone cold sold out. We have a plan b, but I’m still hoping 2 tickets are still out there. Anyway, I was pleased to hear St Vincent’s Annie Clark used to play soccer (codeswitch alert) and she still got some moves – here she is giving a tutorial on executing a rainbow kick. She released her new album earlier this week.