Round 28 K-League Classic Power Rankings

With just 6 rounds left until the Championship Round and Relegation Round split, Football Radar's Miroslav Tramita gives an updated K-League Classic Power Rankings.

Suwon Bleuwings Still Looking For A Proper Striker

Marco Nakamura's first piece for K-League United takes a look at Suwon Samsung Bluewings' season long struggle up top.

Vedran Jugović and Tomislav Mrčela Interview Part 2

Jeonnam columnist Ryan Walters sits down with Vedran Jugović and Tomislav Mrčela to discuss Choi Hyo-jin's leadership, the 2016 Dragons ceiling, how K-League prepares players for the international stage, and a bit about the 2018 World Cup.

2016 K-League Kits Reimagined: Part 2

Our Incheon and Jeonnam columnists Marc-Élie Guay and Ryan Walters took on the challenge of reimagining all 12 K-Leauge Classic kits under a single brand: Adidas.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Koreans Abroad Weekend Recap Aug 26th


Transfer window's closing soon, so perhaps we will get some clarity on the futures of these players soon.  It's an international week and already pics of Son Heung Min arriving for NT duty would seem to preclude a move... but of course last season we had Koo Ja Cheol move despite that, so nothing is set in stone.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Preview: Daejeon Citizen Vs Ansan Mugungwha

Daejeon Citizen Vs Ansan Mugunghwa

Hyundai Oilbank K League Challenge Sunday 28th August 2016 7:00 PM KST

Form

Daejeon Citizen: LWWWLW
Ansan Mugungwha: DWWDLW

The Purples got back to winning ways on Monday with an expected but nonetheless much-needed win over bottom side Goyang Zaicro.

Post Goyang win celebrations with Bozga joining the fans. Credit: DCFC.co.kr
The ever impressive Kim Dongchan bagged a brace in a 2-1 win to ensure that the Purples keep the pressure on the teams occupying the playoff places.

Up next for Citizen, however, should prove to be a much sterner test with league leaders Ansan Mugunghwa heading south to Daejeon.

Quite like the Mugunghwa rose itself, Ansan have been somewhat of a thorn in Daejeon's side in recent years; with the police team certainly having the upper hand over the Purples since their first meeting in 2014.

Recently, however, Daejeon have put themselves into a commanding position; currently sitting in 5th place and just two points behind Daegu who now occupy the last playoff spot.

Heading into Sunday's fixture, both sides are on a similar run of form with Daejeon beginning to gather a bit of momentum heading into the business end of the season.

A win for Daejeon could see them jump into the playoff positions but results elsewhere would have to go Daejeon's way, however.

High-flying Bucheon play host to 4th placed Daegu on Monday, a win for Bucheon would be of great help to Daejeon.

Previous Meetings

To date, Daejeon have only been able to muster one win over Ansan in the six times that these two sides have met.

Said win dates back to Daejeon's 2014 K League Challenge title winning season when the Purples sealed a 2-0 win in May of that year thanks to two first half goals from Adriano.

However, since that win, Daejeon have only managed to pick up two more points against Ansan and have suffered three defeats, which includes the last two meetings.

The most recent was in July this year when Ansan recorded a 2-1 home win over Daejeon thanks to goals from Han Jiho and Lee Hyunseung.

Kim Dongchan had equalised just after half time but an 89th winner from Lee Hyunseung sent Daejeon home with nothing for their endeavours.

Team News

Choi Moon-Sik has a relatively fully squad to choose from heading into Sunday's clash.

During Daejeon's win over Goyang on Monday, Jean-Claude Bozga and Gustavo were taken off early with both players considered key for Sunday's game.

Writers Chat: FC Seoul vs Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Preview

FC Seoul vs Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors K-League Classic Preview

With both teams coming off the back of midweek Asian Champions League action, this Sunday evening sees the K-League's first and second place sides face-off as FC Seoul plays host to Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors. Our FC Seoul columnist John Emanuelson speaks with Jeonbuk contributor Matthew Binns about what to expect this weekend.

Preview: Sangju Sangmu vs Suwon Bluewings
























(Yeon Jei-min celebrates scoring on his return to the starting line-up against Jeonnam. Photo courtesy of www.fourfourtwo.co.kr)

This Sunday sees Suwon return to the only football ground outside of Suwon that they have registered an away win at this season, when they travel to Sangju to take on Korea's military team. The two teams are having contrasting seasons with Sangju surprisingly challenging for an ACL qualifying spot and Suwon languishing near the foot of the table. But with Suwon winning both previous games this season this one might not just be a foregone conclusion.

Writers Chat: Jeonnam Dragons vs Pohang Steelers Preview


Jeonnam will play host for the 38th POSCO Derby and welcomes a Pohang side that's directly above them in the table. While the two teams may be heading in opposite directions, both currently have the goal of making the upcoming Championship Round and duking it out with the top 6 teams to end the season. Our Pohang columnist Josh Bulloch and I discuss the derby's history, the recent Power Rankings, and of course give our two cents on who'll win this Sunday.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

K League Classic Focus: Jung Seung-hyun

Jung Seung- hyun, 22 years old. (photo credit: Ulsan Hyundai football club official facebook page.)

Great header, good marker, good at positioning, and strong on tackles. This is Jung Seung- hyun described in a  few words. Despite being 1.88 cm tall, he is quite fast and agile.

Round 28 K League Classic Power Rankings


With just 6 rounds left until the Championship Round and Relegation Round split, Football Radar's Miroslav Tramita gives an updated K-League Classic Power Rankings. Only three teams managed to move up from the last Power Ranking, but one of them jumped 10 spots!