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K-League soccerKorean soccer news reports from the South Korean K-League Classic and the K-League, plus Korean national team news, interviews with K-League players, managers and fans and images of the game in Korea.

K. League Korean Corner

Soccerphile's John Duerden, the number one football pundit on South Korean soccer, brings you the latest football stories from South Korea's K.League, the ACL (Asian Champions League) and South Korean players overseas in the Premier League, Bundesliga and elsewhere.

Big Month For Korean Hopefuls

Korean players hopeful of a move to Europe.

Ki Sung-yong Debuts At Celtic

Ki Sung-yong impresses in his first game for Scottish giants Celtic.

New Foreign Coaches For 2010 Season

There are new foreign coaches for the 2010 K-League season at FC Seoul, Jeju United and Pohang Steelers.

North Korea World Cup 2010 Team Profile

North Korean national team - Read an in-depth analysis of the North Korean team at World Cup 2010 in South Africa.

South Korea World Cup 2010 Team Profile

South Korean national team - Read an in-depth analysis of the South Korean team at World Cup 2010 in South Africa.

K-League Season In Review

2009 K-League & Korean national team in review.

Lee Chung-yong

Lee Chung-yong is making waves at Bolton Wanderers.

Pohang Steelers

Pohang Steelers line up with big guns Barcelona and Estudiantes at the Club World Cup.

ACL Final 2009 Preview

Pohang face Al-Ittihad in Tokyo in the 2009 Asian Champions League Final.

Korean Coaches

Kim Ho & Artur Bernandes depart as managers of Daejeon Ciizen and Jeju United.

Under-20 World Cup 2009

South Korea exit the Under-20 World Cup in Egypt at the quarter final stage.

ACL Quarter Finals

Pohang Steelers and FC Seoul must come from behind against Bunyodkor of Uzbekistan and Umm Salal of Qatar.

Ki Sung-yong To Celtic

FC Seoul's Ki Sung-yong is to join Scottish giants Celtic.

South Korea v Australia

South Korea comfortably beat Australia but there were problems off the field.

North Korea

North Korea midfielder Ahn Young-hak discusses his team's qualification for the 2010 World Cup.

One Seoul, Two Uniteds

Both Football Club of Manchester and Manchester United are in Seoul this month.

Lee Dong-gook

Lee Dong-gook has scored 11 times in just 12 matches for Jeonbuk Motors.

South Korea v Iran

Afshin Ghotbi & Iran need a win in Seoul to have any chance of qualifying.

Korea Qualify For World Cup 2010

South Korea qualifies for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa after defeating UAE.

Korea v UAE World Cup Preview

South Korea's squad for the vital World Cup qualifier in UAE.

Ex-Korea Coaches

Korea opportunities beckon for ex-coaches of the national team.

2009 ACL

The quartet of K. League sides face crucial games in the Asian Champions League.

Korea Opportunities

North & South Korea face off again in Seoul in World Cup 2010 qualification.

2009 ACL

K. League sides Seoul & Suwon won their opening games in the Asian Champions League.

2009 K. League Preview

K. League 2009 read a preview to the new season.

Cho Won-hee

Cho Won-hee is looking set to join Wigan Athletic.

Two Koreas

North & South Korea are well placed to qualify for World Cup 2010.

Iran v South Korea

Korea play Iran in the intimidating atmosphere of the Azadi Stadium in Tehran.

Park Ji-sung

Park Ji-sung - had a great year with Manchester United despite missing the Champions League Final in Moscow.

Saudi Arabia v South Korea

Saudi Arabia v South Korea - a review of the World Cup qualification match in Riyadh, won 2-0 by Korea.

Saudi Arabia v South Korea

Saudi Arabia v South Korea - a preview of the World Cup qualification match-up in Riyadh.

Lee Woon-jae

Lee Woon-jae - the once-disgraced keeper is back for the national team.

South Korea v UAE

South Korea beat UAE in Seoul.

South Korea v UAE Preview

South Korea face a must-win game in 2010 World Cup qualifying against UAE.

North Korea 1 v South Korea 1

North Korea 1 v South Korea 1 - another draw in the Korean Derby.

North Korea v South Korea

North v South Korea yet again in Shanghai in a World Cup qualifier.

Park Chu-young

Park Chu-young says "au revoir" to Seoul and joins Monaco.

Lee Young-pyo

Lee Young-pyo leaves Spurs for a new challenge in the Bundesliga with Dortmund.

Lee Chun-soo

Lee Chun-soo has joined Suwon Samsung Bluewings.

South Korea 0 v North Korea 0

South Korea 0 v North Korea 0 a dull draw in Seoul.

Korea Derby

South Korea v North Korea in a World Cup qualifier in Seoul.

South Korea v Jordan

South Korea manage only a disappointing 2-2 draw in Seoul in Asian Zone World Cup Qualifying Group 3.

Manchester United's Park Ji-sung

Park Ji-sung is back in Seoul for the latest round of World Cup qualifiers.


Gangwon are set to become the K-League's 15th team in 2009.

Chunnam Dragons v Melbourne Victory

Chunnam faced Melbourne in a low-key Asian Champions League game.

Park Ji-sung

Park Ji-sung and the "other" Champions League.

Kiki Musampa

Kiki Musampa the globe-trotting Dutch midfielder is now with FC Seoul in the K-League.

Korean EPL Exodus

Korean players look set to leave the English Premier League in the summer.

Seoul v Suwon

Suwon Bluewings beat FC Seoul in Korea's big match.

Korean Derby

North Korea v South Korea in a World Cup qualifier in Shanghai.

K. League Preview 2008

K. League Season 2008 Preview - A full round-up of all the teams, players and predictions for the 2008 K-League season.

Beckham In Seoul

The David Beckham LA Galaxy roadshow took in Seoul at the weekend.

East Asian Championships 2008

The East Asian Championships are taking place in China and the two Koreas are doing nicely.

Hwang Sun-Hong

Hwang Sun-Hong talks about his plans for his first season as Busan I'Park coach.

Koreans To The Premiership

More Korean players may be on their way to England in the January transfer window.

N-League Shock

Ulsan Mipo have "won" promotion to the K-League, but are not sure they want to step up.

Dragan Mladenovic

Dragan Mladenovic the ex-Red Star, Rangers and Real Sociedad midfielder is now with Incheon United.

Park Ji-sung

Park Ji-sung is set to return for Manchester United after a long injury.

Huh Jung-moo

Huh Jung-moo is appointed national team coach after an almighty mess at the KFA.

Pohang Steelers

Pohang Steelers 2007 K-League champions.

Korean Player Scandal

Four Korean internationals are banned for high jinks at this summer's Asian Cup.

Senol Gunes Interview

Senol Gunes the coach of FC Seoul talks about a difficult first season.

Asian Champions League

Urawa Reds v Jeonbuk Motors - Urawa progress as the holders go out.

Dennis Murray interview

GSEN agent Dennis Murray talks about negotiating Lee Chun-soo's move to Feyenoord.

David Shin

David Shin - a young Korean making his way at Woking.

Ahn Jung-hwan

Ahn Jung-hwan - berates a female fan in the crowd and is sent off and fined.

Afshin Ghotbi

Afshin Ghotbi - leaves South Korea to coach Iranian giants Persepolis.

Lee Dong-gook & Lee Chun-soo

Lee Dong-gook & Lee Chun-soo - a good week for the two Lees as Lee Dong-gook scores his first goal in England & Lee Chun-soo joins Feyenoord.

Andy Egli

Andy Egli has quit as Busan coach but fancies the vacant national team job.

Pim Verbeek Quits

Pim Verbeek resigns after Korea's third place finish at the Asian Cup.

Asian Cup 2007 Verbeek on The Brink

Pim Verbeek may not survive the fallout from Korea's semi-final exit from the Asian Cup.

Asian Cup 2007 South Korea v Bahrain

Korea edge Indonesia to advance to the quarters of the Asian Cup.

Asian Cup 2007 South Korea v Bahrain

Bahrain's win over Korea leaves the Taeguk Warriors facing elimination.

Asian Cup 2007 South Korea v Saudi Arabia

Korea and Saudi Arabia play out a 1-1 draw in Jakarta as the lights go out.

Pim Verbeek Names Asian Cup 2007 Squad

Korea's Asian Cup Squad has been named and there is no place for Ahn Jung-hwan.

Pim Verbeek Looks Ahead To Asian Cup 2007

Pim Verbeek criticizes Korea's preparations for the Asian Cup.

South Korea v The Netherlands

Dutch Double Does For Korea - there were angry words from coach Pim Verbeek after South Korea's 2-0 home loss to The Netherlands in Seoul.

Korean Players in England

Korean Stars in the Premiership - Park Ji-sung (Man Utd), Seol Ki-hyeon (Reading), Lee Dong-gook (Boro), Lee Young-pyo (Spurs).

Dejan Damjanovic Interview

Dejan Damjanoviv Interview - John Duerden talks to Incheon United striker Dejan Damjanovic.

Andy Egli & Busan I'Park

Andy Egli talks about the start to his coaching spell at Busan I' Park.

K. League Preview 2007

K. League Season 2007 Preview - A full round-up of all the teams, players and predictions for the 2007 season.

Lee Chun-soo

Lee Chun-soo - big talent, big mouth.

Korea v Greece

Korea edged Greece in a tight match at Craven Cottage in London.

Lee Dong-gook To Boro?

Is the "Lion King" - Pohang Steelers' striker Lee Dong-gook on his way to the Premiership with Middlesbrough?

Korean Football Review 2006

Korean Soccer Review 2006 Part 2 - we take a look back at Korean football from July to December 2006.

Korean Football Review 2006

Korean Soccer Review 2006 Part 1 - we take a look back at Korean football from January to June 2006.

Korean FA Cup 2006

Korean FA Cup 2006 - Chunnam Dragons beat Suwon Bluewings in a chilly Seoul finale.

Asian Football Confederation Awards

The Asian Football Confederation Awards 2006 are a mess again.

Jeonbuk Motors

Unfashionable and struggling in the K-League, Jeonbuk Motors have reached the finals of the 2006 Asian Champions League.

Dick Advocaat

An interview with Dick Advocaat, new boss at Zenit St. Petersburg, who discusses his time in charge of the South Korean national team.

Korea's "Mr. Football"

An interview with Ka Sam-hyun the General Secretary of the Korean Football Association.

Kim Hak-bom

K-League Seongnam Ilwha's tough-talking coach Kim Hak-bom talks to Soccerphile about his team's success, foreign players and the Korean national side.

Interview with Andy Egli

Andy Egli talks about his new job as coach to Busan I'Park.

Interview with Pim Verbeek

Pim Verbeek talks about his appointment as South Korea's coach and plans for the Asian Cup.

Asian Cup 2007 Qualifying

Pim Verbeek's South Korea drew with Iran in Seoul before thrashing Taiwan in Suwon.

Afshin Gotbi Interview

Afshin Ghotbi Interview Part 2 - John Duerden talks to Afshin Ghotbi (and this time we managed to get his name right - appologies Afshin).

Jang Woe-Ryeong

K-League Incheon United's innovative, young coach Jang Woe-Ryeong talks to Soccerphile about his ambitions to one day manage the national team.

Pim Verbeek's First Squad

South Korea's new coach Pim Verbeek names his first squad for the Asian Cup qualifiers.

European Teams in Asia

European teams such as Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid regularly tour Asia seeking shirt sales but give little back in return.

KFA Conference

South Korea's FA tries to lay the blame for the national side's failure to reach the second round of the 2006 World Cup on ex-coach Dick Advocaat.

K. League Transfers

Soccerphile's John Duerden brings you the latest transfer action in the K.League.

K. League Crisis

South Korea's early exit from the World Cup has created a crisis in the domestic K. League.

World Cup 2006 Long Road Ahead for Asia

Asia's 'Big Four' crashed out of the World Cup at the group stage.

World Cup 2006 Italy v Czech Republic

Italians breeze through Czech point - The Azzurri overcome the Czech Republic in Hamburg.

World Cup 2006 Germany v Ecuador

Germany easily overcame Ecuador before an adoring crowd in Berlin.

World Cup 2006 South Korea v France

Korea came from behind again to draw with France as the Korean fans painted Leipzig red.

World Cup 2006 South Korea v Togo

Korea came from behind to beat Togo under the roof in Frankfurt.

World Cup 2006 Japan v Australia

Australia overcame Japan in the midday heat in Kaiserslautern in their eagerly awaited Group F clash.

South Korea World Cup Preparations

South Korea got off to a mixed start in their World Cup warm up games in Europe against Norway and Ghana.

Dick Advocaat Interview

Korea's World Cup coach Dutchman Dick Advocaat talks to Soccerphile about the life in Korea, kimchi and his side's preparation for Germany.

Korean World Cup 2006 Squad Announced

Korea's World Cup squad for Germany is announced by coach Dick Advocaat in Seoul.

K. League First Stage Review 2006

K. League First Stage 2006 Review - A look back at the first half of the 2006 K. League season.

Lee Chun-Soo

Lee Chun-soo - After disappointing in Spain, Korea's 'blond-bombshell' hopes to impress at World Cup '06.

Lee Dong-Gook

Lee Dong-gook - The "Lion King's" cruciate ligament injury seems likely to keep him out of the South Korean World Cup squad.

Afhsin Gotbi Interview

Afhsin Ghotbi Interview Part 1 - John Duerden talks to Afhsin Ghotbi - back for a second spell as assistant coach of the South Korean national team.

Pre-Game Press Conference

Press Conference in Seoul - John Duerden reports on the press conference prior to Korea's World Cup warm-up against Angola.

K. League Preview 2006

K. League Season 2006 Preview - A full round-up of all the teams, players and predictions for the 2006 season.

Asian Cup Qualifying - Syria v South Korea

Syria v South Korea - South Korea got off to a shaky start in search of their first Asian title since way back in 1960.

Ahn Jung-hwan

Ahn Jung-hwan - The Korean striker refused to attend a trial at Blackburn Rovers and as a result may have missed out on his dream of playing in the Premiership.

K. League Top Ten Transfers 2006

K. League Transfers - A look at the comings and goings on the K.League transfer market.

K. League 2005 Review

K. League 2005 Review - A team-by-team review of the 2005 K. League season.

Korean 2005 FA Cup Final

Korean 2005 FA Cup 2005 - On the coldest day in living memory, Chonbuk Motors met Ulsan Mipo Shipyard in Seoul for the 2005 FA Cup Final.

Friendlies Versus Sweden and Serbia & Montenegro

Dick Advocaat and his assistant coach Pim Verbeek must be happy at what they saw in South Korea's recent World Cup 2006 warm-up games against Sweden and Serbia & Montenegro.

Interview with Pim Verbeek

Pim Verbeek talks about his appointment for a second spell as South Korea's assistant coach in time for World Cup 2006.

Korea Downs Iran 2-0

Dick Advocaat gets his first win against Asian opponent Iran in a pulsating match.

Asian Champions League Semi-final First Leg Busan I'Park v Al-Ittihad

K.League side Busan I'Park got a thumping in the first leg of their Asian Champions League semi-final against Saudi champions Al-Ittihad.

Dick Advocaat Appointed South Korean Coach

The KFA go Dutch again as Dick Advocaat is appointed South Korean national coach in the wake Jo Bonfrere's departure.

South Korean Coach Resigns

South Korean national coach Jo Bonfrere - has resigned, one day before he was to be sacked by the KFA.

K. League 2005 Second Stage Preview

K. League 2005 Second Stage Preview - there have been plenty of surprises as the K. League's second stage kicks off.

World Cup Asian Qualifying - Uzbekistan

Spotlight on Uzbekistan's crucial game aginst Kuwait as the Uzbeks hope to reach the play-offs under new coach Bobby Houghton.

East Asian Cup

South Korea finished last in the recent East Asian Cup as pressure mounts on troubled coach Jo Bonfrere.

Korea's Lee Young-pyo

Lee Young-pyo - The latest Korean addition to the Premier League debuts for Tottenham on September 10th.

Korea's Dynamic Duo

Park Ji-sung & Park Chu-young - the "Two Parks" are Korean football's most exciting young prospects.

World Cup 2006 Qualifying - South Korea's games v Kuwait and Uzbekistan

World Cup 2006 Qualifying - South Korea reach Germany! - South Korea have qualified for World Cup 2006 after a fortunate draw in Uzbekistan and a resounding vixtory against Kuwait.

K. League Preview 2005

K. League Season 2005 Preview - A full round-up of all the teams, players and predictions for the 2005 season.

The Hauzen Cup

The Hauzen Cup - pre-season in South Korea - The Hauzen Cup is a strange invention. It is a cup that is played in a league format, with the thirteen league teams playing each other once. In reality, it is a drawn-out pre-season.

World Cup 2006 Qualifying - South Korea's games v Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan

World Cup 2006 Qualifying - South Korea - South Korea had mixed fortunes in their games against Saudi Arabia (away) and at home to Uzbekistan. Dutch coach Jo Bonfrere is beginning to feel the pressure.

World Cup 2006 Qualifying - March Madness

World Cup 2006 Qualifying - South Korea - Just like seven other Asian nations the last week of March 2005 will be a vital one for South Korea.

World Cup 2006 Qualifying - South Korea v Kuwait

World Cup 2006 Qualifying - South Korea v Kuwait - South Korea got off to a winning start at home against Kuwait on a freezing night in Seoul.

World Cup 2006 Qualifying - 2nd Round Preview of South Korea

World Cup 2006 Qualifying - 2nd Round Preview - South Korea - Appearing in the 2006 World Cup is not yet a done deal, as the second stage of Asian qualifying has to be successfully negotiated. Not appearing in what would be its sixth consecutive tournament is unthinkable in Korea, so much so that no-one in the media seems to acknowledge that such a situation could arise.

Korean FA Cup 2004

Korean FA Cup 2004 - The K-League 'big guns' gave Busan I'cons the chance to lift the 2004 Korean FA Cup on Christmas Day, as they forgot to take the competition seriously. The victory also gave Busan's dwindling band of loyal supporters the chance to forgive, if not forget, their team's uninspiring league campaign.

K.League End Of Season Review 2004

K.League End Of Season Review 2004 - And so it ends; it lasted a long time considering that each team only played twenty-four games although Suwon Samsung Bluewings played three extra and one penalty shootout in order to clinch Asia's oldest league championship.

Asian Champions League 2005

Asian Champions League 2005 - The third Asian Champions League is about to kick-off. Twenty-eight teams from fourteen different countries will be doing their utmost to win the competition that was formerly known as the Asian Club Championship.

Asian World Cup Qualifiers 2004 - First Stage Review

Asian World Cup Qualifiers 2004 - First Stage Review - South Korea made it through but China fell by the wayside. We take a look back at all 32 teams.

Asian Champions League Semi-finals 2004

Asian Champions League Semi-finals 2004 - Two Korean sides made the semi-finals of the 2004 Asian Champions League. Seongnam Chunma made it to the final, Chonbuk Motors were unlucky not to join them.

Asian World Cup Qualifiers 2004

Asian World Cup Qualifiers 2004 - Asian powerhouses South Korea and China are both struggling to make the second round of qualifiers.

K. League Review 2004

K. League Season 2004 1st Stage Review - A full round-up of how all the teams fared in the 1st stage of the 2004 K.League season.

K. League Preview 2004

K. League Season 2004 Preview - A full round-up of all the teams, players and predictions for the 2004 season.


Humberto Coelho - South Korea's ex-national team boss speaks exclusively to Soccerphile.
Ian Porterfield - current manager of Busan I'cons on his new life on Korea's south coast.

Ahn Jung-hwan

Ahn Jung-hwan - South Korea's David Beckham and the man who knocked Italy out of the 2002 World Cup is now at the crossroads of his career.

Seol Ki-hyeon

Seol Ki-hyeon - Belgium-based striker Seol Ki-Hyeon's goal against Italy in the 2002 World Cup brought him to the attention of the football world now the striker is hoping to be come the first Korean in the English Premiership via way of Woverhampton Wanderers.

Asian Cup 2004

Asian Cup 2004 - A preview of the 2004 Asian Cup in China.

Asian Cup Review 2004

Asian Cup 2004 - A review of the 2004 Asian Cup in China, won for the second consecutive time by Japan.

Asian Cup 2004: Korea Go Home Early

Korea Exit Asian Cup 2004 - A look back at Korea's poor form at the 2004 Asian Cup.

Humberto Coelho Resigns

Humberto Coelho resigns - After an unhappy spell in charge Humberto Coelho heads for the door.

Stories & Match Reports

Follow news of the Korean national team as they adapt to life after Guus Hiddink.
Who will follow Coelho as national team coach? The 10 candidates for the job.


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