Last week we posted part 1 of the Asia Cup preview podcast examining Team Korea. We got part 2: a look at Korea’s group stage opponents. We also muse on possible scenarios past the group stage. Is a grind out with Iran inevitable? Can Korea reverse the trend and outplay Japan? Join the Tavern writers on the eve of the Asia Cup down under. Click on the link below to listen to the newest podcast:
Korea plays Oman in their first group match on Saturday January 10th at 12am midnight ET / 2 pm Korea Time.
US Broadcast: One World Sports / Korea Broadcast: KBS2
Lee Chung-Yong’s negotiations to extend his contract with Bolton has broken down according to team sources. Neil Lennon has been keen to keep the services of the Blue Dragon longer, but with his recent beast-in-form mode not a well kept secret, other clubs are presumably in the mix.
Have to admit, I was impressed when I came upon this nifty tidbit of info at BSK forum: according to the Daily Mail and their data, Yun Suk-Young is the fastest player on QPR’s roster. He was clocked at top speeds of 34.7 kmh (21.56 mph) during a match against Manchester City in early November. That speed is among the best in the Premiership (Sissoko with Newcastle was the speediest at 35.3 kmh).
In my last update on the Korean Barca kids and the transfer ban saga, I originally mentioned that Paik Seung-Ho should have his transfer ban lifted in March (turning 18 renders the ban moot as he no longer is a minor). Lo and behold, it’s not until January 2016, that according to Sport.es Whaaaaat!? Takeuchi on twitter informed the masses of this compounding nightmare -and interesting enough, added a link to estrella wondering why other clubs, namely Real Madrid, also have minors in their academy (i.e. Takuhiro Nakai) who transferred in similar fashion to Paik, Lee Seung-woo and Jang Gyeol-Hee in their move to La Masia. Except that they go unpunished while Barca has been demonstrably rounded in front of the world. What gives FIFA? Why the blatant inconsistency?
Last thing before I crawl into bed: the Washington Post’s Steven Goff wrote about a college soccer player registering in the MLS draft. At 6’6″ Joe Greenspan would be a sought after player, taller than any MLSer in history and possibly a 2nd round draft choice …except that he’s a Navy midshipman, scheduled to serve on a ship for 2 years. At best, he might get an exemption until late 2015 – but the military service requirement looming would drop him down as a 4th round pick – as a best case scenario.