Korea beat Lebanon 1-0 in their last World Cup qualifying match. Korea has already qualified for the next round but was desperate to keep their 100% record in the qualifiers.
Korea was made to work hard during the game and winning the game proved to be more difficult than expected. With qualifying already won, Korea had trouble to up their game probably due to a lack of motivation and instead found it difficult to breach a side that was more than happy not to concede a goal.
In the beginning of the winter transfer window, Arsene Wenger started saying that he was predicting Arsenal to be very busy in the market and many fans of the Premier League club started to believe that a few high-profile players were going to be signed in January but after everything was said and done, the only player that was signed by Arsenal was Mohamed Elneny.
South Korea manager Uli Stielike claims that he is so far very satisfied with the 12 months he has spent in his job. The German was appointed as new coach of the Asian team.
Even though there have been several for managers in charge of South Korea over the last decade, the appointment ofStielike was always seen as a gamble. However, he has achieved reasonable success in the last 12 months andStielike is likely to go into the World Cup 2018 qualification with a lot of confidence. The biggest achievement for Korea during this period will be to have reached the final of the Asian cup.
Manchester City are expecting a very tough match against Sevilla according to their manager Manuel Pellegrini.
Ji-Sung Park reckons Memphis Depay has the capability to go on to become as successful as the legendary Cristiano Ronaldo.
Park played alongside Depay for the Dutch club PSV Eindhoven a couple of years back and he rates him as high as any other young player in the world at the moment.
United sealed the services of Depay in May this year and the 21-year old has found himself in the thick of things straightaway. He has featured in all the 4 Premier games that the Red Devils have played so far in their current campaign.
North Korea manager Kim Chang Bok has said that he is hoping that his team plays an attractive brand of football when they step onto the pitch to take on Vietnam in a friendly match.
This match gives them great opportunity to put behind the disappointment of the Asian cup. North Korea had a very disappointing tournament after finishing bottom of the group without even taking a single point. Not much is expected from them ahead of the World Cup 2018 qualification campaign that will begin in a month. The team start with matches against Yemen and Uzbekistan in the space of a few days.
Uli Stielike reckons there are a few places up for grabs in his Korean squad ahead of the World Cup qualifiers and he would be closely watching his young players in action versus Uzbekistan to identify the individuals who are capable of filling those places.
Stielike has made it clear that he is not going to make the wholesale changes to the squad that took part in the Asian Cup earlier this year, but, he would be adding a couple of young players based on the basis of the performances in the Uzbekistan game.
South Korea was on search for their 3rd Asian Cup title as they faced off with Australia on January 31 but goals from Massimo Luongo and James Troisi was enough for Australia to rise and claim their first Asian Cup trophy.
The match was a very dramatic one as Australia took the lead in the first half through Luongo and it seemed like it was going to be enough for the home team to snatch the victory but a late goal from Heung-Min Son at the 91st minute forced the match to continue rolling into extra time.
South Korea have called up several new names for the upcoming training camp after coach Uli Stielike said that he was looking for more hungry players. Out of the 28 players who have been called up by the German coach, 13 of them have been playing regularly in the domestic leagues.
They have been waiting for a chance to show their qualities and, according to Stielike,this makes them extremely hungry as far as the national team is concerned. South Korea have so far enjoyed an inconsistent run in the friendly matches after the World Cup.
Uli Stielike took the reins of the South Korean national squad in October and things began in superb form for him as the German coach guided South Korea to a 2-0 victory against Paraguay in his coaching debut on October 10.
Goals from Kim Min-woo and Nam Tae-hee in the first half were enough for Stielike to claim his victory as the coach of South Korea in his first match when playing against Paraguay.
This victory seemed to have fueled UliStielike as the German coach later went on saying that his squad should be able to defeat Costa Rica which was their next opponents.