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    • For the umpteenth time (not your fault, just everyone asks this question), no, they don’t, unless the Korean government feels generous.

      The idea behind only giving exemption for a gold in the Asian GAMES or a medal in the Olympics is that that way, all players of all sports have a fair chance at exemption. World championship (or Asian Cups, in this case) do not give exemption because then we’d have the entire table tennis, ping pong, badminton programs getting exemptions left and right due to the sheer amount of World Chships and Asian Chships they play. That’s one reason why, and probably the most pertinent in this scenario.

      There can be exceptions, like the 2002 World Cup team, but winning the Asian Cup doesn’t really scratch the surface of what the 2002 team did.

      • i thought there wasn’t, but wanted to confirm, since for the umpteenth time (not your fault, but rather disqus) to go back and search for an answer to a question that was previously addressed.

        considering how rare it is for korea or a team to actually win the afc though… it’s a pretty impressive feat if they do, whether they get exemption or not.

        • Only way to get military exemption is through

          1. winning World Cup (yes, not 2nd or 3rd)
          2. any medal in Olympics
          3. Gold in Asian Games

          • Right about olympic and Asia Gold = military exemption.

            while winning the World Cup is not officially on the books to earn military exemption – if they do win it – there’s not a doubt that there will be an exemption made. The court of public opinion would see to that.

      • Being a fan of soccer and Korean soccer, I want this Korean national team to receive military exemption if they win the tournament, but your explanation make sense. If the KNT receives exemption, then athletes from other sports competing in a world championship have the right to receive it too. If they all do receive it, then where does the Korean govt. draw the line. Which sports don’t or do qualify for it?

        Do reserve players also receive exemption too? Also, has Son Heung Min received exemption yet?

  1. I could not agree more. If they win the AFC Cup, I hope they do get exemption because the boys deserve it….Is not Lee Jung Yup doing more for our country than him playing for the military soccer team? Imagine if Lee Jung Yup played in for first division team in Europe? Or if Son Heung Min did not have to serve, the EPL would be wide open….

    I know I am preaching to the choir here….

    • Obviously it would be awesome if they got the Asian Cup and exemption, but you are indeed preaching to the choir.

      And big difference between AFC Cup and Asian Cup.. AFC Cup = Asia’s Europa League, Asian Cup = Asia’s Euro. And the so-called “Asia Cup” doesn’t exist! It’s “AsiaN Cup”. 🙂

    • Theres been a long standing bias or connotation amongst Koreans that the AC never mattered and isn’t a significant tournament for us.

      At least thats what my understanding of it has been.

      Im just happy that we seem to be delivering for our new manager honestly. Im not impressed by our competition with the exception of Japan or possibly Iran. Its good to be playing in something with pride on the line I suppose.

      But Im really growing to like Stilecky (one day Ill learn to spell his name properly), and he’s obviously made some nice choices with players.

      The speed with which he inserted our new keeper over Jung…I wish I knew how he came to such a decision in such a short period of time. As we’ve come to know over the past decade, KFA has been highly political and has had a reputation of advising new managers of certain decisions.

      I truly hope KFA has learned some lessons in the past and is now allowing managers to do their job on their own.

      The German seems to be passionate about our team, and thats what Im enjoying most about this tournament. I still have quite a bit of reservation on how this team would do against a top tier side.

    • I agree that Korea didn’t look impressive against Australia, but I thought they looked a lot better against Iraq. Certain partnerships look promising and there have been some pleasant surprises. Even though I don’t see Korea as the favorites, I think they have a legit chance. They’ve been good enough and/or lucky enough to have kept a clean sheet so far. It could continue into the next game.

      • I certainly agree they have a legit chance of winning.. I’m worried about fatigue playing a part negatively for Korea … also Australia’s best player and captain Mile Jedinak is back. But certainly it’s going to be a fairly competitive game. Just have a hard time seeing us beating Australia twice, not to mention in Australia.

        • @Michael
          Fatigue is going to problem, but isn’t it more of a problem with Australia since they have one less day of rest before the final? Unless, you’re also considering how little their best players played against Korea.

          Also, is Jedinak really Australia’s best player? Isn’t it Tim Cahill? I haven’t watched much of Crystal Palace. I’ve seen plenty of Cahill when he was at Everton. Even though he’s gotten old, he’s still really good and arguably the best striker in the tournament.

          • I feel like despite one extra days rest, fatigue will hit Korean’s asian bodies hard.. And I actually support palace, so perhaps I am biased, but he’s a solid and consistent player who capitans for both club and country. Being Korea fans, we all know how beneficial a solid cm that facilitates possession can be. I think that it’s not a matter of skill level, but mentality that will determine the winner.

          • eh, asian bodies.. I’d still expect fatigue to be more of a factor for Korea than Australia..

            I actually am a Palace supporter, so I might be a bit biased.. still, I think Jedinak is solidly consistent and a huge factor for the team. He captains for both club and county, and we all know how vital Ki is for Korea.

            In terms of skill, Korea can definitely beat Australia. For me, it’s up to their mentality and how they react if they want to win.

        • Australia’s no Bayern Munich. I am not impressed by their kung fu. Havent been for years actually. Sure they have home turf advantage but I think they have a bit of an inferiority complex to us.

          I think we have a very good chance this Sat of becoming champs.

          • No reason for them to have an inferiority complex. They have the historical head-to-head advantage over us.

            Korea’s record vs Australia: 7-10-9, 27 scored, 28 conceded.

            That being said we do have a good chance of winning it on Saturday (I say 40-45% chance)

          • Hmm I always thought we had pole position. Thanks for that correction. I still don’t think theyre a very good side.

          • Well we’re talking one win-loss/one goal, essentially the sides are level. I think they’re a decent AFC side, but one that most good S. American/European sides could take care of easily.

          • You’re a lot nicer than I but I am on the same page as you more or less. I actually meant what you said. Funny how it was expressed so differently.

  2. Does anyone know whether Lee Chungyong’s hairline fracture is on the same leg as his broken leg and if so, whether it’s in the same vicinity?

  3. Does anybody know if the final is available to watch in the US? Cable, not streaming; & please not BeIn or whatever, I don’t get that channel on TWC :/

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