Weekend Listing May 3-4

And before we go further, a Korean footballer that’s flying below radar in Russia just scored for FK Rostov: Yoo Byung-Soo scored in the 85th minute in a 2-3 loss to Dinamo Moscow.  More on that later, first we go to Korean Footballers Abroad for the Koreans plying (not a typo) in Europe this weekend:

All times in US EST / Broadcasts lists US TV & streaming available

Day Time (ET) Player Club Opponent TV
Saturday 7:15 AM Lee Chung Yong Bolton Birmingham City BeIn Play
Saturday 7:15 AM Yun Suk Young QPR @Barnsley None
Saturday 9:30 AM Hong Jeong Ho Augsburg Eintracht Braunschweig None
Saturday 9:30 AM Ji Dong Won Augsburg Eintracht Braunschweig None
Saturday 9:30 AM Son Heung Min Bayer Leverkusen @Eintracht Frankfurt None
Saturday 9:30 AM Koo Ja Cheol Mainz @Gladbach None
Saturday 9:30 AM Park Joo Ho Mainz @Gladbach None
Saturday 10:00 AM Kim Bo Kyung Cardiff City @Newcastle NBC Extra Time
Saturday 10:00 AM Ki Sung Yueng Sunderland @Manchester United NBCSN
Saturday 12:45 PM Park Ji Sung PSV Eindhoven NAC Breda ESPN3

K League Classic   round 11

Saturday, May 3
1:00 AM
1:00 AM
1:00 AM
Jeju United
3:00 AM
FC Seoul
Sunday, May 4
Busan IPark
1:00 AM
1:00 AM
Sangju Sangmu
All times are in Eastern Time
  • Ki Sung-Yeung is out, trying to recover from tendonitis. According to the Korea Herald, Ki’s father told the media that Ki has asked the club if he could leave the club early to seek medical treatment in Korea in time for a recovery before the start of the World Cup. He will not be eligible when Sunderland plays Swansea on the last day of the season due to EPL loan rules. 
  • If Sunderland does grant Ki early leave, he would join Park Chu-Young and Park Joo-Ho who are recovering / training under the guidance of Hong Myong-Bo and the KNT.
  • Speak of which, last week, Park Chu-Young gave a press conference trying to answer critics that he is getting preferential treatment by the KNT. He essentially told the gathered media that he can only let his action on the pitch speak for itself: “I’ve come here to try to help the national team, and more than any words, I think it’s important to work hard in practices and games and become a reliable player,” Park said. “As a football player, I think letting football do the talking is the best course of action for me. I wouldn’t even be here if the national team didn’t want me around.” Park added that Watford and Arsenal did not object to his early departure from Europe to recover and train in Korea. Meanwhile various Korean media sources disclosed that Park donated 100 million won (US$96,300) to support victim’s families of the Sewol ferry sinking via the Korean Red Cross. Park relayed his frustration with the media over his efforts to keep the donation giving private. Interestingly, while the Korean media relationship with Park historically has been an icy one, Park was asked why he agreed to do the press briefing: “I felt I needed to talk about my health at some point. People have also advised me that I should be more flexible in dealing with the media.” 
  • New rumor: according to the Augsburger-Allgemeine, Borussia Dortmund may be loaning Ji to Augsburg next season.  If true, in the minus column: Ji not playing with BVB and under Jurgen Klopp. In the plus: Ji would get regular playing time at Augsburg.
  • Park Ji-Sung announced he will hold a charity match in Korea in around mid-July to benefit victim’s families from the Sewol sinking. The JS foundation is negotiating for a venue and for available participants. Park will be in Korea in May along with his current club PSV Eindhoven for post season exhibition matches, first against Suwon Bluewings May 22, then Gyeongnam FC on May 24th.
  • Want to see that Yoo Byung-Soo goal?  Fast forward to 3:11 and take a look. I don’t know, but does that look like a cross attempt that somehow bounced into the net?  Well, a goal is a goal…
  • Lastly: Tavern Writers Assemble!!!  (simulate earth shattering noise and lighting bolts, followed by dust and coughing). Yes, that can only mean another Tavern Hangout on May 9 at 6pm US EST / May 10 at 7am in Korea, with Jae Chee in Tavern Studio Busan, Jinseok Yang in Tavern Studio Connecticut, Tim Lee in Tavern Studio Quebec and yours truly in the metaphorical Tavern somewhere in the (still) net neutral internet. That or central Maryland. Topic: Hong Myong-Bo will announce the World Cup roster. It shouldn’t be too much of a surprise…or will it?  We’ll post another announcement about this Hangout again soon -with links and all. What game or games will you watch this weekend?


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  1. It seemed very lucky for Yoo Byung Soo to get a goal like that but hey, he is the guy (specifically me) that I think should be given a chance in national team after the world cup.

  2. Glad that Yoo scored. Pretty lucky one but they all count. I’m positive after the World Cup he’ll get a shot, I’m thinking after the Asian Cup maybe? Depends how Hong approches the Asian Cup. I’d hope he’d go all out, but I don’t know who has priority for the Asian Cup games – the club or country? It’s going to be fun after the World Cup.

    • Country has priority, clubs are required to release players for the Asian Cup. He should go all out for it. I’d be quite surprised if Yoo got a call up after the World Cup. I suspect Hong will shift and take a look at Kim Seung-Dae or possibly give Ji Dong-Won a chance (maybe Kim Shin-Wook again). I suspect Yoo will never really get involved with the senior set up as long as he stays in Russia. Out of sight, out of mind.

      • I see your point. I’ll defer to you on this one, as I’m really not in the know with regards to Yoo. Just thought he might get a shot after the World Cup.

  3. It still makes me wonder when I see that Park jooho has made so little contribution to the national team, he seriously has been a regular starter for every European team he has played for yet he never gets called up, watching a few of his clips only highlights his aggressiveness on the ball that looks really direct, don’t know, just confuses mewhen it seems like a good option..
    Also, I realise that he is back in korea and will most likely be included in the roster, but looking in hindsight.
    PPS: it would be cool if you guys made some sort of affiliation with the youtube Korean channels. such as ‘thegaramrose’ and ‘footballonside’

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