North Korean youngster Han Kwang-song has been attracting a lot of interest from clubs in Europe and his agent has confirmed that Inter Milan and Juventus are some of the clubs who are trying to sign him in the January transfer window. The Cagliari forward was able to come up with seven goals in just 17 games while on loan at Perugia, who play in the second division, when he spent the first half of last campaign on loan at the club. He has since come back to Cagliari for the 2018-19 campaign but did not manage to score a goal in seven league games. As a result, the North Korean youngster has been loaned out back to Perugia.
His agent Sandro Stemperini, though, claims thatKwang-song could soon be playing alongside the likes of Mauro Icardi or Paulo Dybala considering the interest shown by Juventus and Inter Milan in the recent weeks. He has claimed that there have been discussions between Cagliari and Juventus. Prior to making the switch toPerugia,Han Kwang-song had come up with only five Italian top flight appearances for Cagliari. He also became the first player from North Korea to come up with a goal in the top flight of Italian football. He has featured in two games for the North Korean national team.
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North Korea suffered a penalty shootout defeat at the hands of UAE in the recent Asian games football tournament. The two teams were facing each other in the quarter-finals of the competition. Both teams were trying to set up a semi-final date with Japan but UAE were able to emerge out on top. The game finished as a 1-1 draw after normal time. UAE do have experience when it comes to penalty shootout and this certainly had its say in this match. This was the second consecutive shootout victory for the Middle East team. North Korea were able to claim a narrow 1-0 win over Junior Whites in the Asian games that happened in South Korea.
Now, UAE have been able to sneak through in yet another round. They were able to reach beyond the group after having finished as the third place runner up. The victory over East Timor is the only success for UAE after defeats against Syria and China. Kim Yu-song was able to give North Korea a major boost in the game when he put them in front after 63 minutes. He was able to convert the cross fromKang Kuk-chol. However, UAE were back on level terms after just four minutes, as North Korea were unable to hang on for much longer. A similar cross led to Ali Yahyaee providing the equaliser.
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Shin Tae-Yong has been criticised of coming up with a defensive approach even before stepping into the game against Mexico, as the South Korea coach says that the weather in the game between the two nations will be favouring Mexico. It is expected to be hot weather at the Rostov-on-Don. Mexico and South Korea will be taking on each other in a group match. South Korea are in desperate need of a three-point return in order to stay in the competition. The Asian team lost 1-0 against Sweden in the opening group match and this has put in a lot of pressure on the team to get a positive result against Mexico.
Since South Korea are up against Germany in the final group match, there is little hope of the national team picking up points against the defending world champions. Hence, they have to place a lot of faith on taking points against Mexico, who are certainly not an easy opponent by any stretch of the imagination. Juan Carlos Osorio’s team were able to beat Germany in the opening group match to create in the best result of the competition so far.Tae-Yong says that the hotter climate in the upcoming game will favour a Central American team like Mexico, while South Korea will have to put behind their recent poor form in order to have any chance of getting a positive result.
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Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min has named Park Ji-sung as the player he followed during the early stage of his professional career. The ex-Manchester United midfielder remains a source of inspiration for youngsters learning the game in South Korea, and Son is hoping to have a similar impact with Spurs.
In an interview covered by ESPN, the 25-year-old stressed that he has a long way to go before being compared with Park, but he is hoping to make a similar impression, now that he is in the Premier League, he said: “I can’t compare to Ji. He is a legend and my idol. They are still so proud of him at home. It’s difficult for an Asian to play in the Premier League. It still is. And he was the one who did it first so it was even harder for him. I am still hoping to play like him and bring fans like him and have an impact like him but I am not there yet.” Continue reading “Son Heung-Min Names Park Ji-Sung As His Childhood Idol”
Jorn Andersen left his role as the North Korea national team manager as he was left with little choice to do. North Korea was able to qualify for the Asian Cup finals after a successful with Hong Kong in the recent match. Immediately after the game, Jorn Andersen announced that he was stepping down from his role as he has achieved all of his objectives. However, a string of economic sanctions imposed by several nations on North Korea has prevented him from extending his stay with the communist country.
The Norwegian came to the North Korea national team in May 2016 and his contract came to an end on Saturday. However, he was able to extend his goodwill by helping North Korea reached the Asian Cup finals. The economic sanctions were quite hard when it comes to sports. Continue reading “Andersen Leaves Role As National Team Manager”
There was huge controversy recently in the friendly match between South Korea and Colombia when Colombian midfielder Edwin Cardona appeared to make a racist gesture towards a Korean player during the disagreement over a free-kick.
Cardona pulled his face back to make the slant-eye gesture which is offensive to Asians. The incident was captured on film and caused a furore across the game especially among those of Asian origin. Continue reading “Colombians apologise for racist gesture”
The Chief Organiser for the forthcoming World Cup in Russia, Vitaly Mutko has left the role, according to reports in Russia. Mutko stepped down from the office barely two days after he temporarily left his role as the president of the Russian Football Union (RFU).
The Deputy Prime Minister of Russia stepped aside to contest his life time ban from the Olympics for a purported state directed doping programme. He stepped aside from the RFU on Monday to be able to contest the ban but he has now left his role as the chief organizer of the World Cup. Continue reading “WC 2018: CHIEF ORGANIZER VITALLY MUTKO RESIGNS”
North Korea could have a major player in the Premier league if reports are to be believed.
Several top English outfits like Arsenal and Everton have reportedly sent scouts in order to take a look at the country’s most prolific youngster – Han Kwang-Song.
At just 19 years of age, he has been making a lot of impact in the world stage. He is currently with Perugia in the Italian Serie B, and is hoping that his impressive performances catch the eye of the very top teams, who are playing in European football. It is understood that Arsene Wenger is very keen on the 19-year-old who has been able to score four goals in his three games for Perugia.
He made the switch to Perugia only back in August and he plays for Cagliari. The Italian Serie A outfit decided to loan him to the second division team in order to get him experience about playing in the first team. At just 19 years of age, it may take a while before he starts to make an impact at the first team of a major club. Cagliari are at the risk of losing the player, as they have inserted a buyback option at the time of sale. Continue reading “Arsenal and Everton Taking a Look at North Korea Starlet”
JoernAndersen says that he has been able to fulfil his long-standing ambition of becoming a coach in Asia as he took over at North Korea recently.
The Norwegian, however, says that he would have never imagined that the possibility of being in charge of one of the most unique countries in the world. The 54-year-old surprised the world when he took charge of North Korea, and he is the first foreign coach for the national team in more than 25 years. Now, Andersen has set his sights upon getting the national team into the World Cup finals for a third time.
He has revealed about the situations that led to his appointment as the North Korean national team manager. The country made headlines when they reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup 1966 which was held in England. However, they have not been able to make much of an impact at the international scene since then. Continue reading “Andersen Reveals Desire for the World Cup Final Qualification with North Korea”
On June 7 of 2017, South Korea faced off with Iraq in a friendly match that resulted with neither national sides being able to score a single goal which is a fairly underwhelming and slightly surprising result if anyone takes into consideration the fact that the Korean squad is currently positioned at the 43rd spot in the FIFA rankings while Iraq is in the 120th position.
The FIFA rankings has traditionally been critiqued for the way that it evaluates national teams and results but nonetheless it’s just a system that evaluates the performances from squads at the international stage whether or not how accurate it actually is, is up for debate.
When the friendly match between South Korea and Iraq was over, the 62 year old German tactician revealed details concerning some of his decisions that were made prior and during the actual match as UliStielike said:
“I ordered the players to stick to the back three because we might have a situation to use the formation in the future. In the first half, the players weren’t aggressive because of the new formation and also the hot weather. In the second half, they played with a familiar formation, so our game got better.” Continue reading “South Korea´s UliStielike talks about his decisions against Iraq”