Just when you thought things were going to get boring – after months and weeks of the Tavern calling for Kimbo’s release with #FreeKimbo campaign — surprise surprise, Kim Bo-Kyung was sprung from Cardiff purgatory on Saturday, getting the start and going the distance for the Bluebirds. How did he and the rest of the KPA’s do in European football this weekend?[table “” not found /]
*We haven’t posted Suk Hyun-Jun’s yet as CD Nacional plays on Monday. We’ll post on twitter his performance and will update this post if he does something significant.
- We’ll get to Kimbo soon, but the outstanding result of the weekend has to go to QPR’s Yun Suk-Young. A deserved 2-0 victory despite going down to 10 men after Charlie Austin’s 2nd yellow – the win pushes QPR out of the relegation zone. For Yun, a very solid performance, much improved over his game with Swansea last Tuesday. Defensively he had his best performance yet this season, but it was his forward contribution that has the Tavern taking notice. We’ve noted that his crosses could’ve used more polish in his previous starts – but on Saturday, (rough estimate) 7 out of 9 crosses were brilliantly on target – and brought with it plenty of trouble for Burnley’s defense. Yun made decent runs up the left, and despite going down a man in the 2nd half, nearly made the score 3-0 at Loftus Road towards the end with a well executed 1-2 with Leroy Fer – his shot very close to notching his first Premier League goal – but an equally excellent save from Burnley’s Heaton prevented further damage.
*That* close to a goal for Yun Suk Young… pic.twitter.com/a55NuiiiwR
— Korean Footballers (@KoreaFootAbroad) December 6, 2014
- Son and Leverkusen had Bayern Munich on the ropes initially, but alas, we are dealing with a club that is in a league of their own. Ribery blasted in the only goal of the match – Son exited early – put in a good shift in the first half but both Son and Leverkusen ran out of gas against the defending Bundesliga champions.
- Kim Jin-Su – who earned universal plaudits in his first game back last weekend, wasn’t as sharp in defense against Borussia Dortmund. Klopp’s side were DESPERATE for points and they could’ve easily made it 4-0. The 1-0 result sees BVB out of the relegation zone, with Hoffenheim missing a chance to break back into the top 4.
- Ki, the hero of Swansea’s 2-0 win against QPR last Tuesday, may not have given his best in marking newly recovered Andy Caroll today. Suffice to say, Caroll’s freakish height won the day with 2 great headers (+1 header assist for the last goal) to give a surprisingly deft West Ham the 3-1 victory. Big Sam getting Alex Song on loan from Barcelona: genius. West Ham shockingly 3rd in the table. Swansea is still in 8th place and must dust themselves off for the Spurs next weekend. An interesting factoid: Swansea, like QPR, has struggled with away games, only winning 1 on the road at: Old Trafford. But unlike QPR, they at least have that 1 result, QPR has yet to get their first victory away from Loftus Road.
- So the long awaited start for Kimbo – how’d he do for Cardiff? Ermmm…not much as far as we can ascertain, but apparently the entire team struggled in a drab 90 minute affair against bottom dwelling Rotherham. He was installed to start apparently due to an injury to Anthony Pilkington…so perhaps the #FreeKimbo campaign isn’t dead after all? We will continue to monitor that one here at the Tavern.
- Update. While Lee Chung-Yong’s Bolton only managed a scoreless draw, a very good run of form for the Blue Dragon lead to this announcement on Monday:
— Bolton Wanderers FC (@OfficialBWFC) December 8, 2014
A bit extra: saw this in the BSK forum, Son’s passes were really on target in the first half vs Bayern Munich. Take a look at Son’s first half summary:
Semi-quick note on FIFA’s ridiculous attempts to pave over overwhelming concerns about Russia and Qatar hosting the 2018 and 2022 World Cups respectively, the New York Times reported that Russian sporting officials criticized UEFA for banning Crimean football clubs from participating in the Russian leagues. If one remembers FIFA rules, it clearly prohibits governing political heads from mucking around with their domestic football organizations. After Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine, A taped conversation leaked of top Russian Premier League owners anguished over a ‘request’ by Putin to absorb recently annexed Crimean football clubs into the Russian leagues: they feared FIFA would take away the World Cup, however feared Putin even more. But this is Sepp Blatter’s FIFA we’re talking about – and just when you think FIFA couldn’t sink any lower in credibility: FIFA declared that Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea wouldn’t derail awarding Russia the 2018 World Cup (Crimean football clubs? What Crimean clubs?) Never mind that Russia ‘accidentally’ deleted all conversations, emails and correspondence regarding any possibly corruption/bribery in connection to said hosting rights in a recent FIFA led investigation. Now that Putin has directly interfered with Russia’s football heads concerning the Crimean clubs – FIFA clearly is looking the other way despite it’s very own rules prohibiting the very actions Russia is trying to circumvent. UEFA, to their credit, is giving Russia a firm ‘Nyet,’ leaving political football junkies to wonder- just how will this World Cup hosting clusterf*ck end?
We will try to update this post with Mid East KPA results. In the meantime, Doa-bo-jjah!