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Thu, March 30, 2023 | 17:18
Klinsmann era starts Friday
It has happened many times in the past but there is always something a little special when the first game of the new national team coach of South Korea comes around. On Thursday in Ulsan it is Jurgen Klinsmann's turn. The German was appointed at the end of February on a three-and-a-half-year contract running to the end of the 2026 World Cup.
New coach could be gamble for Team Korea
The man charged with leading South Korea to the 2023 Asian Cup - to be played in January 2024 - and, hopefully, the 2026 World Cup is Jurgen Klinsmann. While few doubt his credentials as a player for winning the 1990 World Cup with West Germany and starring for Inter Milan, Bayern Munich and Tottenham Hotspur, his coaching credentials are more debatable.
Historic K League season kicks off and promises much
The K League started in 1983 as five teams looked to make history: Hallelujah FC, the eventual winner, Daewoo Royals, Yukong Elephants, POSCO Dolphins and Kookmin Bank. More than three decades later, the 2023 campaign started with a meeting of last season's top two. Defending champion Ulsan Horangi defeated Jeonbuk Motors 2-1.
K-League needs new title challenger
On Saturday the 2023 K-League season starts, 50 years after the very first campaign kicked off. It sees champion Ulsan Hyundai take on its biggest rival Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors. The question in the short term is which team will start with a win. Over the longer period, the question is whether any of the other ten teams can challenge these two, who have been dominant over the l...
More problems for Hwang at Wolves
It has been a real stop-and-start season for Hwang Hee-chan in the English Premier League and is in danger of becoming one to forget. It is striking that the best moment so far came for him as he scored the winning goal against Portugal in the World Cup in December, a goal that took the Taeguk Warriors into the second round. But Hwang has not scored at all this season for his...
FC Seoul and Hwang can help each other
It has been an interesting few months for Hwang Ui-jo. The striker signed for an English Premier League club just before Qatar 2022. Had things been different then, he could have established himself at Nottingham Forest and then starred in front of a global audience watching the Premier League and also the World Cup. Instead, he has hardly played in Europe and is now back in ...
S. Korean forward joins Celtic of Scottish Premiership
It has been some time since South Korea had a player at Celtic. Cha Du-ri and Ki Sung-yeung are fondly remembered in Glasgow. Now there is another: Oh Hyeon-gu, who has just joined Celtic and it will be fascinating to see how he gets on in Scotland's biggest city, especially because it has become something of a Japanese enclave in Europe.
Search for new coach crucial for Korea
One major soccer tournament may have finished just a few weeks ago but the international game does not stop for long. The 2023 Asian Cup is probably going to take place next January and qualification for the 2026 World Cup starts in October. It sounds like there is a lot of time remaining but in reality, there is not. Rivals such as Japan are already starting to prepare and i...
Korean coaches duke it out in Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia has been a fascinating soccer battleground in recent weeks and there has been plenty of Korean influence there. The AFF Championships is the region's biennial tournament and a big deal with around 650 million people, many of whom love the beautiful game.
2023 another big one for Koreans in Europe
With no K League or Asian Champions League action in the early weeks of 2023, it is understandable that the attention of most soccer fans is on Europe. It is also understandable that there is concern about the form of Son Heung-min. Last year was one of two halves for the player. In May, the Tottenham Hotspur forward was the toast of the English Premier League by finishing th...