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”
South Korea are open to the prospect of co-hosting the 2030 World Cup finals alongside China, Japan and arch-rivals North Korea.
The Korean nations are technically at war with each other over the past few decades despite splitting up back in 1948.
North Korea have illegally tested nuclear weapons against the will of the United Nations, and this has not gone well with their fellow neighbours. With the World Cup likely to involve 48 teams from 2026, countries in each continent may have to combine to plot respective bids for the showpiece event.
USA, Canada and Mexico look the most likely to host the 2026 World Cup, and this has urged South Korea to look into the event four years later, which could involve their Asian counterparts. Japan and South Korea hosted the showpiece event back in 2002 which Brazil won against Germany thanks to a brace from Ronaldo.
South Korea also achieved their best ever finish in a World Cup in the same tournament as they eventually achieved a fourth place finish after losing out to Turkey in the Bronze medal match. While the close neighbours are yet to come to peace, South Korean FA President Chung admits that the country could host the 2030 event with or without the controversial North Korea. Continue reading “South Korea Could Team up with North Korea to Co-Host 2030 World Cup”
The divides of Korea met in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup qualifier.
The game was hosted by the North and it ended in a 1-1 draw. Over 40,000 fans came out to see the game in the DRK capital city Pyongyang.
The landmark match required a lot of planning and security, considering the tensions between both sides. South Korea asked for security guarantees for players and officials before the trip was approved. Both nations met earlier for ice hockey in Gangneung before the South Korean women soccer team made the trip.
North Korea women are revered in Asia. They are three times winners of the Women’s Asian Cup and are among the top ten teams in the world based on FIFArankings. Their Southern counterparts are in 17th in the rankings.
Many expected the hosts to run away with a victory but they failed to do so. They had the chance to go ahead early in the game but they missed. It was Sung Hyang-Sim that opened the goalscoring in the injury time of the first half. They did not consolidate their lead before Jang Seul-Gi equalized following a scramble later on. Continue reading “NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA PLAY DRAW IN QUALIFIER”
Seol Ki-Hyeon is a former professional footballer who used to perform with various European clubs including: Wolverhampton Wanderers and Fulham, just to name a few.
He has recently been appointed as the new assistant coach of the South Korea national football team.
The technical director of the Korean Football Association is Lee Yong-soo and he revealed a few details concerning the appointment of Seol Ki-Hyeon as he said:“Having spent much of his career in Europe, Seol will be able to understand how a foreign manager works. He also brings a lot of football knowledge and experience to the table and this will be a big help to Stielike.”
Ki-Hyeon has the task of helping the head coach Uli Stielike in pushing the South Korean national side to new heights and hopefully not only make them qualify for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup but also get past the group stages as they have struggled trying to make it past those early stages of the worldwide football competition.
The South Korean national side couldn’t make it past the group stages from 1986 until 1998. That’s a total of 4 FIFA World Cups where the Asian nation had to settle with the same position in successive tournaments.
The furthest placing that they have managed to secure was the 4th spot which occurred during the 2002 edition of the FIFA World Cup but after that, South Korea once again continued with their tendency of not making it past the group stages as they snatched that position in 2006 and in 2014. Continue reading “South Korea has appointed former Fulham player as their new assistant coach”
The North Korean team at the Olympics are happy at their matchup and will be hoping to capitalize on it when they take on their opponents at the games. The squad is set to open the men’s football tournament when they face Fiji.
Their first game is set to kick off in Salvador on Thursday, a day ahead of the opening ceremony of the 31st Summer Olympics.
Continue reading “KOREA CAN CAPITALIZE IN OLYMPICS”