Find out which KPA’s are getting a break and which ones are right back into the fray after the Asian Cup.
I’ve admittedly neglected the German boys in recent weekends, but this is one fantastic weekend for football with a ton of derbies, a game on NBC, etc. This is also a shorter listings as I really want to go to bed. Sorry 😀
|Saturday||9:30 AM||Kim Jin Su||Hoffenheim||@Wolfsburg||None|
|Saturday||9:30 AM||Koo Ja Cheol||Mainz||Hertha Berlin||None|
|Saturday||9:30 AM||Park Joo Ho||Mainz||Hertha Berlin||None|
|Saturday||10:00 AM||Lee Chung Yong||Crystal Palace||@Leicester City||NBC Extra Time|
|Saturday||10:00 AM||Yun Suk Young||QPR||Southampton||NBC Extra Time|
|Saturday||10:00 AM||Ki Sung Yueng||Swansea||Sunderland||NBC Extra Time|
|Sunday||9:30 AM||Son Heung Min||Bayer Leverkusen||@Werder Bremen||GolTV|
|Sunday||11:00 AM||Suk Hyun Jun||Vitoria Setubal||Academica de Coimbra||None|
|Sunday||11:30 AM||Hong Jeong Ho||Augsburg||Eintracht Frankfurt||None|
|Sunday||11:30 AM||Ji Dong Won||Augsburg||Eintracht Frankfurt||None|
Kim Jin-Su is expected to start. No rest at all for a player who won the Asian Games, then played every minute of the Asian Cup, and now thrown back into the Bundesliga.
Mainz is being slightly more cautious with their players – Koo Ja-Cheol is expected to be given another week of bench/left out of squad so he can recover from his injury, whereas Park Joo-Ho has been granted a week or two of rest from training and playing.
Lee Chung-Yong, who transfered to Crystal Palace, is still carrying that hairline fracture and that will leave him out of contention this week and probably next week too.
Chungy, by the way, wrote a letter to Bolton fans, thanking them for their support.
— Bolton Wanderers FC (@OfficialBWFC) February 6, 2015
Yun Suk-Young is a toss-up as Tim Sherwood takes the reins at QPR.
Hong Jeong-Ho is still injured, but his Augsburg teammate, Ji Dong-Won, isn’t. He sort of assisted their goal midweek by falling over and making a nuisance of himself. Hopefully he can end up bagging one this time, as he was determined to score last time around.
Ki Sung-Yueng and Son Heung-Min have both just got back to training so it is unclear where their fitness levels are at. Game-time decision it seems.
Suk Hyun-Jun scored midweek in the cup for Vitoria Setubal.
Kim Bo-Kyung and Wigan are taking on Championship-leading AFC Bournemouth this weekend. He began training right away after signing on a free transfer so we will see if he makes the squad. (Gametime 10am EST, 12midnight KST, Saturday morning/Sunday morning).
MIDDLE EAST UPDATE
There’s no use really doing a Middle East listings as all the games in that region were played on Thursday and today. However, there are two things that caught my eye involving KPA’s from that part of the world.
Firstly, Kwak Tae-Hwi received one hell of a reception after arriving in Saudi Arabia after the Asian Cup:
Secondly, Cho Young-Cheol scored a last minute GOAL to win 3 points for Qatar SC against midtable Al Sailiya:
The final games of the Kings Cup will take place on Saturday. In the early game, Uzbekistan U-22’s take on Honduras U-20’s, while Korea U-22’s can win the tournament with a draw against Thailand National Team. Korea needed two big PK saves from their keeper to hold off Honduras, but they play this next game with added incentive, for after former manager Lee Gwang-Jong suddenly resigned to due leukemia.
KOREA U-22 goalkeeper Kim Dong-Jun made TWO PK saves in succession after the first one was called back. Watch: https://t.co/atjf9MsGhL
— Tim Lee (@korfan12) February 6, 2015
The Korea U-22 v Thailand NT game will take place at 7am EST, 9pm KST. It will be on MBC Sports and KBSN Sports. I will be live tweeting the game on my twitter handle (@korfan12) provided I wake up in time.
RANDOM K-LEAGUE MUSINGS
I’m hoping to post a series introducing the 12 teams in the K-League this season in the coming weeks. I’ve only been following the league for a year, so there’s that disclaimer to be made, but it will allow me to research all 12 teams and possibly help you, the casual reader of this site, select a K-League team to back as the season fast approaches.
So a couple recent transfer things: Lee Chun-Soo will stay with Incheon United for another year after agreeing to an extension, Kim Do-Heon returns to Seongnam FC, a club I don’t fancy this year as they lack depth (and have to juggle the K-League and ACL) and lost Server Djeparov to Ulsan, and, much to my delight, Daejeon Citizen have re-signed Brazilian striker Adriano.
Also, Seoul E-Land have been busy, signing former Wigan player Cho Won-Hee and now revealing their crest for the 2015 K-League Challenge season:
Alright, extremely tired. What games will you be watching this weekend?