Still riding high at the Tavern from Ki and Sunderland’s knocking out Man U in the League Cup semis, thus the Taeguk-gi flag is raised at the Tavern – Ki making a return trip to Wembley. I have a feeling the flag will have reason to continue flying this weekend, so let’s visit the listings shall we (provided in thanks to Korean Footballers Abroad):
|Saturday||9:30 AM||Hong Jeong Ho||Augsburg||@Dortmund||None|
|Saturday||9:30 AM||Ji Dong Won||Augsburg||@Dortmund||None|
|Saturday||9:30 AM||Son Heung Min||Bayer Leverkusen||@SC Freiburg||GolTV|
|Saturday||9:30 AM||Koo Ja Cheol||Mainz||@Stuttgart||None|
|Saturday||9:30 AM||Park Joo Ho||Mainz||@Stuttgart||None|
|Saturday||10:00 AM||Lee Chung Yong||Bolton||Cardiff City (FA Cup)||Fox Sports 2|
|Saturday||10:00 AM||Kim Bo Kyung||Cardiff City||@Bolton (FA Cup)||Fox Sports 2|
|Saturday||10:00 AM||Ki Sung Yueng||Sunderland||Kidderminster (FA Cup)||Fox Sports 1|
|Saturday||2:45 PM||Park Ji Sung||PSV Eindhoven||AZ Alkmaar||GolTV|
and on Saturday, the first Korea match of the year – this one against Costa Rica will be televised in the US on ESPN Deportes at roughly 9pm EST / 5pm PST / 10 am (Sunday) Korea Time.
- Bundesliga returns from winter hibernation. Ryu Seung-Woo isn’t listed here, however it isn’t out of the question that he might in the 18 man roster for Bayer Leverkusen’s match with Freiburg. He’s technically listed as a member of the 1st team thus far – not loaned out and not in the reserves as far as we can tell.
- And yes, Ryu’s teammate Son Heung-Min was voted by 200 journalists and Korea FA officials as the Korean Footballer of the Year. Obviously he couldn’t be there in Seoul to receive it in person but sent a video message of gratitude and called it “an honor.” He is just 21 years old. The past 2 years, Ki Sung-Yeung took the award.
- Speaking of Ki, earlier in the week a letter surfaced allegedly written by his dad that detailed the nature of Ki’s falling out with Ladrup – all starting with his request to seek treatment for a leg injury sustained at Chelsea last season. It was published in the online site Roker Report on Wednesday, which they sourced from Naver. How much veracity there is in the report? Not 100% sure, but if confirmed, it would explain why Ki sought out a transfer despite having a stellar first season at Swansea.
- The eventual game winning penalty kick by Ki that ensured his 2nd trip in a row to Wembley for the League Cup final? It was almost taken by Bardsley.
Poyet: ‘The players were asking for the penalties. There was a fight between Bardsley and Ki for the fourth. You don’t see that often’
— Daniel Taylor (@DTguardian) January 22, 2014
- and still on Ki: Happy 25th Birthday to Ki today! Here’s Sunderland twitternouncement:
Happy birthday Ki Sung Yueng! A nice early birthday present for the midfielder -a place in the Capital One Cup Final http://t.co/3VCJL8Qyau
— Sunderland AFC (@SAFCofficial) January 24, 2014
- Ji Dong-Won
reportedly injuredfor Augsburg, having just joined them after transferring from Sunderland. To paraphrase Monty Python: “(he) got better.” He will notmight play on Saturday against his future teammates in Borussia Dortmund -who he will join in a multi year contract after July.
- Sort of/kind of but not really a derby: Bolton squares off against Cardiff in the 4th round of FA Cup action. Both teams are struggling as of late. No guarantee, but likely that Lee Chung-Yong and Kim Bo-Kyung will be out representing their teams respectively.
- Park Chu-Young was not in the 18 man roster for Arsenal’s FA Cup 4-0 beat down of Coventry today. Arsene the Wenger issued in the press release when asked about him saying plainly that Park wasn’t injured – and that to his knowledge no bids have come in for him.
- On the Korea v Costa Rica friendly on Saturday, here’s a prematch report by YonhapNews. I’m very excited to announce that we have our West Coast Tavern peeps going to the match at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Hey, West Coast really does represent! Stay tuned for Jeremy Paek’s report…and I think in turn he’s getting interviewed by the folks from a football report…
- Looking ahead to the February 1 clash at StubHub center with the USMNT, Jurgen Klinsmann put out the roster to face Korea. Steven Goff in the Washington Post reported: “Buoyed by the large Korean community in Los Angeles, ticket sales are approaching 22,000 — a much larger response than for typical U.S. friendlies during the winter camp. Capacity is around 27,000. ESPN2 and UniMas will provide coverage, starting at 5 p.m. ET.” Right on, it’s a home match -for the KNT.
- Team Korea lost to Iraq 1-0 Thursday in the AFC U22 Championship. Ayguhnah…
- For East Coast Tavern goers, some exciting news in around DC area: likely there will be a World Cup viewing party in Dupont Circle in Washington on June 22 [possibly with additional dates], all the fixtures that day including the Korea v Algeria match – broadcast on large screen TVs pending FIFA and ESPN/ABC permission. The organizer, Dupont Festival‘s Aaron DeNu is planning on reaching some of the embassies of the countries playing that day to see if they can get them involved, including the South Korean embassy. The Tavern owner has made contact with Aaron, we will have an interview with him shortly. There is the possibility that the Tavern will help in collaborating on this event to make this at least one official viewing party. No doubt DC/MD/VA Taeguk Warrior supporters will show up and represent. In the meantime – I’m asking all US and Canadian Tavern goers (maybe more countries if possible) to see if you can help us identify all the World Cup viewing parties broadcasting the Korea matches. Hopefully we can offer for anybody coming by the Tavern an organized/easy to find reference showing where all the Taeguk Warrior viewing parties are. In LA and Korea, I’d imagine it’d be easy to find and document, but less so in Mississippi (hang in there Mississippi Tavern goers).
Hey, Jae’s back and he bring news on Park Ji-Sung turning down Hong Myong-bo’s personal request to come out of international retirement. I didn’t think it would change the calculus much, but don’t be surprised if Park joins the team on a consult/quasi assistant coach role.