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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

South Korea Men's National Soccer Team News


September 8, 2015 - Hyun-soo, Ja-cheol & Chang-hoon score in win over Lebanon
"The Taegeuk Warriors continued their march towards a ninth consecutive appearance at the FIFA World Cup finals as Korea Republic downed Lebanon 3-0 on Tuesday to maintain their perfect record in Group G of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.2019 AFC Asian Cup joint-qualifiers.... But just 26 minutes after Kyrgyz referee Dmitriy Mashenstev’s whistle signalled the start of the Matchday 4 fixture at the Beirut Municipal Stadium, the South Koreans had matched Kuwait’s goal tally with Jang Hyun-soo opening the scoring with a 22nd minute penalty before Koo Ja-cheol - top scorer at the 2011 AFC Asian Cup - added the second four minutes later. The FC Augsburg midfielder’s strike, his third against Lebanon after finding the net in both legs of the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, completed the scoring in the first half but the South Koreans were back on the scoreboard on the hour mark, with Kwon Chang-hoon’s third of the campaign taking Uli Stielike’s side above Kuwait on goal difference." - AFC

September 3, 2015 - Son Heung-min scores hat-trick in win over Laos
"Son Heung-min scored a hat-trick as Korea Republic continued their quest for a ninth consecutive appearance at the FIFA World Cup finals with an emphatic 8-0 win over Laos in Group G of the second preliminary round of 2018 FIFA World Cup/2019 AFC Asian Cup joint qualifiers. Crystal Palace winger Lee Chung-yong put the 2015 AFC Asian Cup runners-up 1-0 up after nine minutes before Son - who recently joined Lee in the the English Premier League when he moved to Tottenham Hotspur at the end of August - doubled the Taegeuk Warriors’ lead just three minutes later. Laos keeper Sengdalavong Phoutpasong was beaten for the third time in the first half when Kwon Chang-hoon, who was part of the South Korean squad that won the 2015 EAFF (East Asian Football Federation) East Asian Cup, made it 3-0 on the half-hour mark with his first senior international goal." - AFC

August 3, 2015 - Kim Seung-dae & Lee Jong-ho score in win over China
East Asian Cup: "Korea Republic beat China 2-0 to go to the top table above DPR Korea in the four-team tournament. Pohang Steelers striker Kim Seung-dae opened the scoring on the stroke of half time thanks to a pass from Lee Jae-sung, before Lee Jong-ho doubled their lead on 57 minutes to give Uli Stielike's side the win." - AFC

June 16, 2015 - Lee Jae-sung & Son Heung-min score in win over Myanmar
"Korea Republic kicked-off their quest to reach the FIFA World Cup for the ninth time in succession began on Tuesday with an assured 2-0 victory over Myanmar as the 2015 AFC Asian Cup runners-up made a winning start to their 2018 FIFA World Cup/2019 AFC Asian Cup joint-qualifying campaign. Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors midfielder Lee Jae-sung put the Koreans in the driving seat when the 22-year-old struck with ten minutes of the first half remaining with his second senior international goal following the winner in the Taeguk Warriors’ 1-0 friendly defeat of New Zealand back in March. The Koreans doubled their advantage in the 67th minute with what transpired to be the final goal of the game, which came courtesy of Bayer Leverkusen star Son Heung-min." - AFC

June 11, 2015 - Yeom Ki-hun, Lee Yong-jae & Lee Jeong-hyeop score in win over UAE
"With strong efforts on both ends, South Korea defeated the United Arab Emirates (UAE) 3-0 on Thursday in its final football friendly before the start of the World Cup qualifiers. Former World Cup veteran Yeom Ki-hun, international rookie Lee Yong-jae and rising striker Lee Jeong-hyeop scored a goal apiece at Shah Alam Stadium in Shah Alam, Malaysia, as the 58th-ranked South Korea edged past the 73rd-ranked UAE for the 12th time in 19 meetings.... Yeom, the Suwon Samsung Bluewings' star who leads the top-flight K League Classic in scoring this year, finally solved Eisa with a low free kick. The UAE keeper stood frozen and helplessly watched the ball skip past him into the net. Lee Yong-jae, forward for the second-division Japanese club V-Varen Nagasaki, doubled the lead at the hour mark. He gained possession on the left wing, dribbled toward the middle and fended off a defender to shoot one past Eisa. Lee Jeong-hyeop, who replaced Lee Yong-jae in the second half, rounded out the scoring by converting a perfect feed from Nam Tae-hee deep in the UAE zone. It was Lee's fourth goal in his 10th international appearance." - Korea Herald


March 31, 2015 - Lee Jae-sung scores in win over New Zealand
"South Korea's Lee Jae-sung had a telling impact from the substitutes' bench with the late winner in Tuesday's 1-0 friendly triumph over New Zealand in Seoul. Lee converted the rebound after New Zealand goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic had parried Kim Bo-kyung's initial effort with just four minutes remaining." - Soccerway

January 26, 2015 - Lee Jeong-hyeop & Kim Young-gwon score in win over Iraq
"Korea Republic will play in the final of the AFC Asian Cup for the first time since 1988 after Uli Stielike’s side handed 2007 champions Iraq a 2-0 defeat to book their place in the competition’s final at Stadium Australia. The two-time champions – who have not won the continental title since 1960 – will meet either hosts Australia or 2013 Gulf Cup champions the United Arab Emirates on Saturday after goals from Lee Jeong-hyeop and Kim Young-gwon took the Taeguk Warriors past the Iraqis.... Son Heung-min’s 19th minute surge through the Iraqi midfield ended with the Bayer Leverkusen man seeing his drive from distance tipped over the bar by Jalal Hassan, and soon after Lee Jeong-hyeon claimed his second goal of the tournament. The 23-year-old Sangju Sangmu forward rose highest to reach Kim Jin-su’s free kick from close to the right touchline before Hassan could punch clear, the header sending the Korean fans amongst the 36,053 crowd into raptures in the 20th minute.... Five minutes after the restart, however, the Koreans all but put the game to bed. Lee Jeong-hyeop was involved again, this time chesting the ball down on the edge of the area into the path of defender Kim Young-gwon and the Guangzhou Evergrande man’s bouncing shot skidded past Hassan and into the corner of the goal." - AFC

January 22, 2015 - Son Heung-min scores extra time brace in win over Uzbekistan 
"Son Heung-min scored twice in extra-time as two-time champions Korea Republic secured a third consecutive appearance in the semi-finals of the AFC Asian Cup after edging out Uzbekistan 2-0 in a thrilling quarter-final at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium on Thursday.  Bayer Leverkusen forward Son netted with just over a minute of the first half of extra-time remaining following an entertaining yet goalless 90 minutes of normal time, which was the first draw of the tournament, before repeating the feat at the end of the second period.... With just over a minute of the first half of extra-time remaining, Nesterov was unable to hold Son’s stooping close range header from Kim Jin-su’s deflected cross and the ball crept across the line to finally break the deadlock after Shukhrat Mukhammadiev had conceded possession close to the touchline. And with just over a minute remaining at the end of the second half of extra-time Son repeated the feat as the forward fired high into the roof of the net from Cha Du-ri’s pass with Uzbekistan caught short at the back as they searched for an equaliser." - Asian Cup 

January 17, 2015 - Lee Jeong-hyeop scores in win over Australia
AFC Asian Cup 2015 hosts Australia will take on China in the quarter-finals after the Socceroos lost 1-0 against Korea Republic at Brisbane Stadium on Saturday thanks to a goal from striker Lee Jeong-hyeop.... Lee Jeong-hyeop scored 13 minutes before the end of the first half in a thrilling encounter but the Koreans did not emerge unscathed, with midfielders Koo Ja-cheol and Park Joo-ho both departing from the game with injuries.... Despite having Park Joo-ho off the pitch receiving treatment following a clash with Nathan Burns that earned the Australian striker a yellow card, the Koreans took the lead following a fine move instigated by Ki Sung-yueng and finished off by Lee Jeong-hyeop. Swansea midfielder Ki slipped the ball inside Socceroos left back Ivan Franjic to former AFC Player of the Year Lee Keun-ho and his low ball towards the far post was given the faintest of touches by Lee Jeong-hyeop to deflect it over the line. " - AFC

January 13, 2015 -  Nam Tae-hee scores in win over Kuwait
"A goal from Nam Tae-hee meant Korea Republic became the first team to book themselves a place in the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 quarter-finals after they defeated Kuwait 1-0 at Canberra Stadium on Tuesday. The midfielder’s breakthrough came on 35 minutes from a bullet header but Kuwait will once again be ruing the woodwork after they hit the post early in the second half through Ali Al Maqseed after having similar misfortune in their opening loss to Australia on Friday. The result means that because of their superior head-to-head record against both Kuwait and Group A’s other West Asian side, Oman, who were also beaten 1-0 on Saturday, the South Koreans are assured of a place in the knockout stages of the continental competition, regardless of their result against Australia on Saturday." - Asian Cup

January 10, 2015 - Cho Young-cheol scores in win over Oman
"A goal in first-half stoppage time from forward Cho Young-cheol was enough to edge two-time winners Korea Republic past Oman 1-0 in their AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 opener at Canberra Stadium on Saturday.... Lee Chung-yong pounced on a loose ball and laid it off to Koo and the midfielder’s left footed shot from outside the area was beaten out by Al Habsi only as far as a sliding Cho who forced the ball back across the wrong-footed goalkeeper and into the opposite corner from close range." - AFC

January 4, 2015 - Cho Young-cheol scores in win over Saudi Arabia
"South Korea head into the Asian Cup with momentum following a 2-0 win over Saudi Arabia in their final warm-up game.... And Uli Stielike's men appear in a strong position to challenge for the crown after two second-half goals secured victory against the three-time champions in Parramatta. A 67th-minute own goal from Saudi Arabia defender Osama Hawsawi gave South Korea the lead, before Cho Young-cheol wrapped up success with a strike in the second minute of injury time." - Sports Max

December 21, 2014 - roster updates 
"Korea Republic coach Uli Stielike has announced his final 23 man squad that will head Down Under for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup in January.... Stielike's side features a host of familiar faces including German-based stars Son Heung-min, Koo Ja-cheol, Kim Jin-su and Park Joo-ho, along with Ki Sung-yueng who has continued to impress in the English Premier League this season. The one surprise was the inclusion of Sangju Sangmu's Lee Jeong-hyeop who is the only player in the side to not have any international experience heading into the tournament." - AFC Asian Cup 

November 14, 2014 - Han Gyo-won scores in win over Jordan
"Han Gyo-won's first-half goal ensured Ray Wilkins remains without a win as Jordan coach as South Korea clinched a 1-0 triumph in Amman.... South Korea's first effort of note did not arrive until the 28th minute as Jordan goalkeeper Mutaz Yasin got down to his right to tip Park Chu-young's deflected drive around the post. The visitors made the breakthrough six minutes later, Han stooping to head home Cha Du-ri's pinpoint delivery from the right. Park almost doubled the advantage four minutes into the second period, flashing a shot across goal from 20 yards which went narrowly wide." - Stadium Astro

October 10, 2014 - Kim Min-woo & Nam Tae-hee score in win over Paraguay
"Uli Stielike's first game in charge of South Korea ended in comfortable victory as they cruised to a 2-0 win over Paraguay on Friday. The hosts were much the better side through the friendly clash at Cheonan Baekseok Stadium, and earned their triumph courtesy of first-half goals from Kim Min-woo and Nam Tae-hee.... Paraguay goalkeeper Antony Silva had to rush from his line to thwart Nam in the 14th minute as South Korea started the stronger. Their dominance paid off 13 minutes later as Lee Chung-yong broke free down the right and his low cross found its way to Kim Min-woo, who was able to regain his balance, control the ball and slot home. The second arrived five minutes later in very similar circumstances. This time it was Lee Yong who delivered the ball from the right flank, and Nam was on hand to apply a first-time finish." - SoccerWay

October 6, 2014 - roster updates
"South Korea's Asian Games-winning football captain Jang Hyun-soo was added to the country's full squad on Monday for their upcoming friendly matches against Paraguay and Costa Rica. The fixtures against the South Americans in Cheonan on Friday and World Cup quarter-finalists Costa Rica in Seoul the following Tuesday will be the first for new coach Uli Stielike. The former German international, who was appointed last month, had named a squad of 22 last week before adding Jang, Han Kyo-won of Jeonbuk Motors and Qatar-based forward Jo Yeong-cheol on Monday. The squad will meet up on Tuesday but will be without midfielder Koo Ja-cheol, who has a knee injury, while Kim Jin-su went back to German club Hoffenheim after helping the predominately under-23 side win gold in Incheon on Thursday. Central defender Jang, who plays his club football for Chinese Super League side Guangzhou R&F, joins forward Kim Seung-dae, goalkeeper Kim Seung-gyu and midfielder Park Joo-ho as Asian Games winners in Stielike's squad." - SBS

September 5, 2014 - Lee Dong-Gook scores brace in win over Venezuela
"South Korea came from behind to defeat Venezuela 3-1 in their football friendly match on Friday, with a veteran striker celebrating his milestone match with a pair of goals. Playing in his 100th international match, South Korean striker Lee Dong-Gook headed in the go-ahead goal early in the second half and netted an insurance marker for good measure, giving the host a win before more than 34,000 fans at Bucheon Stadium, just west of Seoul." - Yonhap News

June 17, 2014 - Lee Keun-ho scores in draw with Russia
"Lee Keun-ho's impact off the bench against Russia was all part of the plan, according to South Korea coach Hong Myung-bo. With the first half of Tuesday's game in Cuiaba ending scoreless, Hong waited just 11 minutes after half-time to throw Lee on up front in place of Park Chu-young and the Sangju Sangmu striker opened the scoring in the 68th minute. Lee needed some luck to score with Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev letting the 29-year-old's long-range shot slip through his hands and into the net but Hong claimed he always believed the forward could make an impact against the experienced Russian back four." - Allsports

May 14, 2014 - Park Ji-sung to retire
"Park Ji-sung, the former Manchester United midfielder and best known South Korean in global soccer, retired Wednesday at age 33. Park, known as a tireless attacking player, played his last match for Dutch club PSV Eindhoven earlier this month but said a lingering knee problem prompted him to call time on his career. 'I’ve been considering retirement since February and I figure my knee won’t last another season,' Park said in a press conference near Seoul, sitting behind a row of replica shirts of the teams he has represented in a 14 year professional career. Park’s career began in the Japanese league in 2000 but took off after he was part of the national team that reached the semi-finals of the 2002 World Cup, co-hosted by South Korea and Japan." - Wall Street Journal

May 8, 2014 - World Cup roster named
Goalkeepers: 
  • Jung Sung-ryong (Suwon Bluewings)
  • Kim Seung-gyu (Ulsan Hyundai)
  • Lee Bum-young (Busan IPark)
Defenders: 
  • Kim Jin-su (Albirex Niigata)
  • Kim Young-gwon (Guangzhou Evergrande)
  • Yoon Suk-young (QPR)
  • Hwang Seok-ho (Hiroshima Sanfrecce)
  • Hong Jeong-ho (Augsburg)
  • Kwak Tae-hwi (Al Hilal)
  • Lee Yong (Ulsan Hyundai)
  • Kim Chang-su (Kashiwa Reysol)
Midfielders: 
  • Ki Sung-yueng (Sunderland)
  • Ha Dae-sung (Beijing Guoan)
  • Han Kook-young (Kashiwa Reysol)
  • Park Jong-woo (Guangzhou R&F)
  • Kim Bo-kyung (Cardiff City)
  • Lee Chung-yong (Bolton Wanderers)
  • Ji Dong-won (Augsburg)
  • Son Heung-min (Bayer Leverkusen)
Forwards: 
  • Koo Ja-cheol (FSV Mainz 05)
  • Lee Keun-ho (Sangju Sangmu)
  • Park Chu-young (Watford)
  • Kim Shin-wook (Ulsan Hyundai)

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