Korea moves up in Fifa rankings + more: Tavern Thursday Kickaround

Kim Bo-Kyung comes on for Craig Bellamy during Cardiff’s match with Birmingham. Photo/CJay

Oct 4, 2012

Thursday Tavern Kickaround begins with new FIFA rankings, and South Korea’s Taeguk Warriors moves up 2 spots in the October update, going from 27th to 25th. Australia’s Socceroos fall back 9 spots -out of the top 30 and into 34th place. They’re still reeling from back to back losses in September (3-0 loss to Lebanon and 2-1 loss to Jordon). Japan remains unmoved in the 23rd position. See here for the full updated rankings

RANK  October FIFA Table Rank 21-30 PTS +/- POS
21  Sweden 859 -3 Down
22  Czech Republic 837 -3 Down
23  Japan 818 0 Equal
24  Algeria 802 4 Up
25  Korea Republic 776 2 Up
26  Norway 764 8 Up
27  Mali 759 5 Up
28  Republic of Ireland 757 -2 Down
29  Bosnia-Herzegovina 740 1 Up
30  Belgium 723 10 Up


Ulsan Hyundai moves on to the SemiFinals of the AFC Asian Champions League, defeating Al Hilal earlier on Wednesday by a score of 4-0 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. A brace by Brazilian forward Rafinha and goals from the Wookie (Kim Shin-Wook) and Lee Keun-Ho sealed their passage to a semifinals clash with Uzbekistan champions Bunyodkor. K-Talk got an angle of the game over on his blog here.


Kim Bo-Kyung vs. Birmingham. Photo/CJay

In a short midweek roundup for Koreans playing in Europe, Lee Chung-Yong and Kim Bo-Kyung both were in the 18 man rosters for their respective sides on Tuesday, but only Kim got onto the pitch.  Kim subbed in for the last 10 minutes of a Cardiff 2-1 victory over Birmingham City, coming in for a banged up Craig Bellamy.  Bellamy scored earlier and along with Mark Hudson’s first half goal, shot the Bluebirds up to the top of the N-Power Championship table.  

BigSoccer Forum poster and friend of the Tavern, CJay was gracious enough to share his photos of the match and his take on Wednesday (originally posted in the BigSoccer Koreans Abroad forum):

“We are unbeaten at home, and unbeaten in red (new season kit colour)… maybe it is a lucky colour…a lot of quick runs and calling for the ball all the time. He got into a great position for a goal and could have scored -but the ball crossed/passed in was very quick. He helped a bit in defence, when under pressure he blasted the ball to safety (needed as there was one min to go). He also barged a big stocky 6ft + defender off the ball.”  CJay went on to favorably compare his performance with last Saturday’s 20 minute outing for Cardiff, also a victory, 3-0 over Blackpool.

So there you go. Kim hasn’t seen the full 90 minutes yet for Cardiff, but he’s appeared in 4 out of the last 6 Cardiff matches since being officially active with the first team.  Bit of a good trend there, which can’t exactly be said for Lee Chung-Yong and his Bolton Wanderers side. The team as a whole has been stuck in gear in the dregs of the N-Power Championship table.  On Tuesday, Bolton had to come from behind to manage a 2-2 draw with Leeds. Lee did not see any time on the pitch.  Not exactly sure what is going on with the team dynamics – but one possible scenario is perhaps Lee has fallen out of favor with manager Owen Coyle. Tavern will continue to monitor the situation with the Blue Dragon and Bolton’s struggle to promotion.

Last but not least we go back to South Korea: last Thursday Choi Kang-Hee released his roster for the upcoming World Cup Qualifier on October 16 when the Taeguk Warrior goes head to head with Iran.  Let’s go to K-Talk about who South Korea will be calling up to duty: “Coach Choi’s biggest surprise was leaving off Lee Dong-Gook from the roster. In a press conference early this week, he said that he had already made up his mind about this as his former club player had been showing signs of fatigue in club and international matches.  After an absence from the roster, Son Heung-Min of Hamburg returns as Kang Hee noted his ability to control the wing as well as attack the net. Son has 3 goals for his club this season.”

3 words: The Tavern Rejoices.  We noted back in early September concerning Lee’s lackluster performance in the Taeguk Warriors 2-2 draw with Uzbekistan. Now that Boss Choi seems to be finally making necessary adjustments, eyes are now on Son Heung-Min, currently helping to do his part to restart Hamburg’s Bundesliga season. They’ve now won their last 2 games and looking for 3 in a row against SpVgg Greuther Furth this Saturday.  Not to disrespect SpVgg Greuther Furth fans worldwide, but that really could be the name of James Bond’s next diabolical villain to tangle with. Half of the battle will depend on Bond’s abilities to successfully pronounce his adversary’s name.

What’s that whistle sound in the distance?  Apparently I’ve been yellow carded for a rude display of behavior concerning said Bundesliga club. I’d best go now, but lest I forget- on your radar should be: today Park Joo-Ho and Basel FC facing off against Genk in the Europa League and the next day, Park Chu-Young + Celta Vigo friday bash at home against Sevilla. Park has only good memories of Celta Vigo’s home base since he scored at the Balaidos 2 weeks ago and became the first Korean to score in La Liga.  I’ll leave you with the official roster of all the Taeguk Warriors getting called up on the Oct 16th WCQ against Iran.   nite nite.

Team Squad (For The World Cup Qualifier vs. Iran -26.09.2012)
Position No Name Date of Birth Cm/Kg Club Caps/Goals
GK KIM Young-Kwang 1983.06.28 184 /85 Ulsan Hyundai 16/-13
GK JUNG Sung-Ryong 1985.01.04 190 /86 Suwon Samsung 44/-35
GK KIM Jin-Hyeon 1987.07.06 193 /78 Cerezo Osaka(JPN) 1/-4
DF SHIN Kwang-Hoon 1987.03.18 178 /76 Pohang Steelers 1/0
DF KIM Young-Gwon 1990.02.27 187 /74 Guangzhou Evergrande(CHN) 7/1
DF Hwang Seok-Ho 1989.06.27 182 /71 Hirosima Sanfrecce(JPN) 0/0
DF KWAK Tae-Hwi 1981.07.08 185 /80 Ulsan Hyundai 27/5
DF PARK Won-Jae 1984.05.28 175 /69 Jeonbuk Hyundai 10/0
DF OH Beom-Seok 1984.07.29 181 /77 Suwon Samsung 41/2
DF YUN Suk-Young 1990.02.13 182 /74 Chunnam Dragons 0/0
DF JUNG In-Whan 1986.12.15 187 /84 Incheon Utd. 1/0
MF PARK Jong-Woo 1989.03.10 180 /74 Busan IPark 0/0
MF SON Heung-Min 1992.07.08 183 /78 Hamburg SV(GER) 10/1
MF LEE Seung-Gi 1988.06.02 177 /67 Gwangju FC 3/0
MF KIM Jung-Woo 1982.05.09 183 /71 Jeonbuk Hyundai 68/6
MF KI Sung-Yueng 1989.01.24 186 /75 Swansea City(WAL) 48/5
MF LEE Keun-Ho 1985.04.11 177 /75 Ulsan Hyundai 45/15
MF LEE Chung-Yong 1988.07.02 180 /69 Bolton(ENG) 41/5
MF HA Dae-Sung 1985.03.02 182 /73 FC Seoul 5/0
MF KIM Bo-Kyung 1989.10.06 178 /73 Cardiff City(WAL) 15/2
MF NAM Tae-Hee 1991.07.03 175 /73 Lekhwiya SC(QAT) 9/0
FW KIM Shin-Wook 1988.04.14 196 /93 Ulsan Hyundai 11/1
FW PARK Chu-Young 1985.07.10 183 /72 Celta Vigo(ESP) 59/23
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    • Wow! Thank you for the compliments! Kudos back to you K Talk – you are the man when it comes to getting absolutely vital info on the K-League. We need to chat -I’ve noticed ESPN Soccernet website does not cover the K-League. What’s up with that when they are covering some minimal aspects of the J-League? I’m wondering outloud if we can (with other bloggers and BigSoccer posters) get some worldwide activism campaign started with ESPN to fix that. yikes, I’m late to work – peace!

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