Weekend Listing March 7 & 8

Still riding high after Wednesday’s Taeguk Warrior win over Greece, we go right into action with today marking the start of the K-League Classic season. But first to Europe with Korean Footballers Abroad:

All times are in US EST / TV in US   – Sunday marks Daylight Savings – we lose an hour

Day Time (ET) Player Club Opponent TV
Saturday 9:30 AM Hong Jeong Ho Augsburg Gladbach None
Saturday 9:30 AM Ji Dong Won Augsburg Gladbach None
Saturday 9:30 AM Son Heung Min Bayer Leverkusen Hannover 96 None
Saturday 10:00 AM Lee Chung Yong Bolton Leeds United None
Saturday 10:00 AM Kim Bo Kyung Cardiff City Fulham NBC Extra Time
Saturday 2:45 PM Park Ji Sung PSV Eindhoven FC Utrecht GolTV
Sunday 10:00 AM Ki Sung Yueng Sunderland Hull City (Cup) Fox Soccer Plus
Sunday 12:30 PM Koo Ja Cheol Mainz Hertha Berlin GolTV
Sunday 12:30 PM Park Joo Ho Mainz Hertha Berlin GolTV
Off n/a Park Chu Young Watford None

There is always the question whether some of these players will see time on pitch after a midweek International friendly, but because of a relatively short plane ride from Athens, it’s not out of the question.

Note: Watford rests this weekend and will play midweek instead – March 11 at Doncaster.

Looking over to Korea, Jae and his crew are headed to see IPark Busan start their season at Jeonbuk (see his preview of the match here). You can follow his exploits at supporting IPark at busanipark.wordpress.com and at his twitter handle @BusanIParkEng .

I’m looking at Soccerway where they got K-League Classic schedule (times translated in US EST military time)

Sat 08/03/14 Pohang Steelers 00 : 00 Ulsan  
Jeonbuk Motors 02 : 00 Busan I’Park  
Seoul 02 : 00 Jeonnam Dragons  
Sun 09/03/14 Gyeongnam 00 : 00 Seongnam  
Sangju Sangmu 00 : 00 Incheon United  
Jeju United 03 : 00 Suwon Bluewings

and did you see who’s playing Sunday? None other than the first team ever to be promoted into the K-League’s top flight, it’s Lee Keun-Ho and Sangju Sagmnu (otherwise known as that Army team).  Jae is apparently fabulous at mulit-tasking – check out his preview of Sangju Sangmu’s season at the sparkling-new kleaguefootball.com  –do they have what it takes to stay up this season?

And the Tavern writers had fun hanging out at the Tavern Google Hangout Live event earlier today. It has some technical glitches (through no fault of our own) – but if you can wade through some of that – Jinseok Yang – [who looked BOSS in his KNT jersey!] hosted a lively discussion concerning Korea’s win on Wednesday. And believe me you, there will continue to be reverberations that will resonate long after the Koreans leave Athens – wide implications that will factor how they will fare in Brazil for the World Cup. And Park Chu-Young scoring?  Holy F#ck – what relief!  The missing link and the way out of our long standing striker problems. And if anything else- Jae’s super cute baby daughter had a guest appearance near the end [fast forward to 1hr 9 min 22 sec to see Jae’s egie!]

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  1. Robbie Mustoe of NBC’s Premier League made an interesting comment after the Tottenham Chelsea match and that was that while most teams today concentrate most on possession football, Mourinho’s genius is directly opposite and thats to wait for teams who favor this tactic to make mistakes and pounce and capitalize on them.

    It made me think how awesome would it be if Josie ever managed KNT. We score the majority of our goals on set pieces and counterattacks Sounds like Korea’s real style to me. Its a pipe dream of course but I would love to see what he’d come up with as Im sure many would too. Anywayz

      • yea, that’s hong’s style. but, you also have to remember that personnel matters just as much. if you think about the KNT, it is really the first time in its history that it could try to play possession style, and that’s because it’s the most talented they’ve ever been at midfield. hiddink in 2002 employed the counterattack style. while korea is possession based, they still aren’t completely that either. jae sort of touched on it when he talked about tactics last week. korea against more talented teams that play possession style would be unable to completely play their own game if they did that. so they’d have to adjust to make up for that.

        • If you honestly evaluate it, even though we’ve shown massive improvement lately…we still aren’t good enough to be relying on a passing possession game.

          Mourinho was probably shrewd enough to understand the statistics of being able to carry out such an offense and only the best teams can honestly pull it off (i.e., Barca).

          The others to him anyway are cannon fodder and he’s perfectly happy waiting and getting a mistake from the other side to pounce on.

          Genius.

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