We’ve had a handful of game options to tune into this week as the EPL and Bundesliga teams are in full swing this time around:
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According to a mishmash of tweets, Jurgen Klopp has said that Ji isn’t fully fit to start in the fixture against Wolfsburg tomorrow. Koo Ja Cheol, after sitting out the previous match, got in the action yesterday against Cologne in the 62nd minute. Interesting fact: This is the 9th draw of the season for Mainz, according to FSV Mainz’s English Twitter account:
Also, old news with QPR’s game against Everton: the R’s logged their eighth away loss, but Redknapp sounded optimistic and pleased with the team’s performance (and during the first half-hour of the match in particular):
Switching gears to KNT-related news: the squad of 28 domestic players have started their weeklong training camp at Jeju-do, and the final Asian Cup squad is set to arrive in Sydney next Saturday, December 27th, before going head-to-head with Oman on January 10th.
QPR Chairman Tony Fernandes confirmed that QPR will sign two Korean players next month, and some speculation exists that Kim ShinWook is one of them. Here’s the Naver Sports article (all in Korean) that reported this. With a move that I’m sure will cause various reactions, what’s your take on this?
Jae jumping in here for a sec with some transfer news. Earlier today, RB Salzburg announced they have signed highly-rated prospect Hwang Hee-chan to a five-year deal. The club said that Hwang will spend his first year at FC Liefering who plays in the Austrian 2nd division (and serves as a feeder team for RB Salzburg). The problem? Hwang and Salzburg have apparently done this deal without Pohang. I’m not entirely clear on it, but it seems like Hwang and Salzburg have acted with the thought that because Hwang had not signed a professional contract with Pohang (he is an amateur player) that Pohang is not needed. However, new regulations state (to my understanding) that Pohang does need to agree to any deal as Hwang played in their official youth team. Pohang has stated they intend to enforce their legal rights. I don’t think the deal will be derailed, but I suspect Salzburg will need to pay some (minimal) compensation to Pohang.