Monday, September 16, 2019

Weekend Recap Sep 14 and Midweek Preview Sep 17

Champions and Europa Leagues start off this week (sigh, more work). Reminder, for those thinking of subscribing, you can pay monthly for BR Live and save 30 bucks by cancelling right after group stage and again right after quarterfinals. I'm not gonna post Oh In Pyo in LASK Thursday at EL who is out injured still.

Still a bit behind on the watching with family in town... hopefully schedule clears out a bit soon (but next weekend still a bit dicey).


Lee Kang In -- Valencia at Chelsea - 3 PM on BR Live -- Played the last 30 minutes or so against Barcelona with the match well settled. Hopefully he gets a run out from the start but with new manager, not sure how things will go.

Hwang Hee Chan -- Salzburg vs Racing Genk -- 3PM on BR Live -- Was on bench all weekend so I'm guessing rested for CL but I don't follow him closely enough to know.


Son Heung Min -- Tottenham at Olympiacos --12:55 PM on TNT -- A good showing was rewarded with goals and a win as Tottenham find themselves back in top 3. Son was at the heart of it all, scoring the first by running onto a long ball, cutting in, and shooting back across GK into the lower corner. Then he had a big hand in the second, driving it up and feeding Aurier for the cross. And then Son scored his second, with a perfect volley into the lower near corner.


Ki Sung Yueng -- An unused sub.

Hwang Ui Jo -- Had an assist for the second and played about 70 minutes in a win so can't complain as they sit in top half of table.

Suk Hyun Jun -- Came on as a sub with 15 minutes to go and in a wrinkle, with Dia staying on.

Jeong Woo Yeong -- Paid the price for international duty and was left out of squad. With Freiburg doing so well, could be a long path back to even a sub role.

Kwon Chang Hoon -- Like JWY, seemed to pay the price for absence but at least made the bench. Freiburg rolls on to third in the table and will still be a bit tough to get into starting XI consistently if he's flying around the world.

Ji Dong Won -- Out injured.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Weekend Preview Sept 14

Thankfully the end of another international break. That first one is always so disrupting coming right after the transfer window close. At least KNT got three points (did not watch) and stayed mostly healthy. The usual disclaimer of unpredictability post international breaks applies.

Saturday7:30 AMKi Sung YuengNewcastle@LiverpoolNBCSN
Saturday9:30 AMJi Dong WonMainzHertha BerlinFox Match Pass
Saturday10:00 AMSon Heung MinTottenhamCrystal PalaceNBCSN
Saturday2:00 PMHwang Ui JoBordeauxMetzBeIn Play
Saturday3:00 PMLee Kang InValencia@BarcelonaBeIn
Sunday9:00 AMSuk Hyun JunReims@NantesBeIn Play
Sunday9:30 AMJeong Woo YeongFreiburg@HoffenheimFox Sports 1
Sunday9:30 AMKwon Chang HoonFreiburg@HoffenheimFox Sports 1

Ki Sung Yueng-- Probably on the bench, and don't foresee him coming on barring injury or implosion the latter of which is quite possible.

Son Heung Min-- The long journey back is always tricky but he'll be eager to go and Poch doesn't have any margin to be messing around with CL next week likely to suffer strength-wise. As a result, I think he starts barring excess travel fatigue.

Hwang Ui Jo-- I'll assume he starts.

Lee Kang In-- From this biased perspective, Marcelino seemed to be actively trying to get fired with his treatment of LKI and he got his wish today. The timing of this is the primary complaint, given the lack of preseason for the new manager, waste of international break to make up for it, and the closure of the transfer window for the players. We will see how it impacts things... I don't expect a major change but maybe LKI will be used for something besides garbage time now.

Suk Hyun Jun-- Seemed to get some decent time in international break friendly, so I assume he will continue to be the backup #9.

Jeong Woo Yeong-- The KFA showed continued lack of foresight, calling up JWY for the Olympic team for a pair of friendlies, and then having to cancel those friendlies due to travel issues. It wasn't even against a strong side which makes it all the more mindboggling. Playing time/form is more important than team chemistry for these youth tournaments and so having JWY who has struggled to make the bench miss an opportunity to impress Streich for these shenanigans hurts. Hopefully he makes the end of the bench.

Kwon Chang Hoon-- His moderate use in second match hopefully a positive sign but I don't expect him to start.

Ji Dong Won-- Out injured

Friday, September 6, 2019

Weekend Recap Aug 31

Watched what I could on live or replay but BeIn remains the bane of my existence.

Jeong Woo Yeong -- Made the bench so that seems like good news, but the distraction of U21 callup is not good timing especially when the matches were cancelled. Would have been far better trying to impress Streich.

Kwon Chang Hoon -- Had his first start but Freiburg really struggled with the new shape. KCH didn't even get involved early and probably could have helped out a bit more in defense playing on the right. But KCH started to get touches and had some decent passes and runs before Streich switched shape at halftime and took off KCH. Not a great day and bad timing with international break...

Ki Sung Yueng -- Made the bench with injuries elsewhere but didn't come on.

Hwang Ui Jo -- Started but was taken off after 70 minutes or so. Though it didn't sound like he played well, they did eke out a draw against a strong side and he scored two on KNT duty the other day, so hopefully he can get going again.

Suk Hyun Jun -- An unused sub... not sure whats going on there if they wanted to avoid risking an injury to a last second sale or complete lack of use. With Reims in decent position, don't expect a big change.

Lee Kang In -- Came on in garbage time so getting real minutes, albeit few and of low consequence.

Son Heung Min -- A very good performance and unfortunate that Leno was amazing in goal and his teammates failed to finish some great opportunities. Son continuously got behind the Arsenal defense, and his shooting and passing were very accurate. His throughball that setup the first goal was superb and he earned a PK for the second with his quick movement in the box. His decision making got a bit forced at the end before being taken off with 10 minutes left.

Ji Dong Won -- Out injured

Friday, August 30, 2019

Weekend Preview Aug 31 and Recap Aug 28

Didn't get around to watching Tottenham yet so apologies on that front. Not gonna get better this weekend as kid has another tournament.

And we say farewell to Lee Seung Woo from the schedule as he moves to Sint Truiden in Belgium. On the one hand, probably equal or a quarter step up in play from Serie B, but on the other, a bit disappointing to see a former bright star struggling to have any sort of market. Hopefully a new start is all he needs to get get going again.

Saturday9:30 AMJeong Woo YeongFreiburgKölnFox Match Pass
Saturday9:30 AMKwon Chang HoonFreiburgKölnFox Match Pass
Saturday9:30 AMJi Dong WonMainz@Bayern MunichFox Sports 1
Saturday10:00 AMKi Sung YuengNewcastleWatfordNBC Gold
Saturday11:30 AMHwang Ui JoBordeaux@LyonBeIn
Sunday9:00 AMSuk Hyun JunReimsLilleBeIn
Sunday11:00 AMLee Kang InValenciaMallorcaBeIn
Sunday11:30 AMSon Heung MinTottenham@ArsenalNBCSN

Jeong Woo Yeong-- We'll see if he's with first team today but with things going well, doubt Streich is in a rush to upset the boat.

Kwon Chang Hoon-- Let's hope his sharp play means more playing time... at the least coming on earlier than the 85th minute.

Ji Dong Won-- Still out injured.

Ki Sung Yueng-- There's a fair amount of injuries but not sure if it will mean the end of the bench or three other players for one backup Bruce-style, but I don't foresee lots of play.

Hwang Ui Jo-- Should start. Tough challenge.

Suk Hyun Jun-- Not sure whats going on here... probably his usual sub forward role.

Lee Kang In-- Injuries at RB pushes LKI further up the depth chart but still only as a bench option.

Son Heung Min-- NLD means Poch will be eager to put his best team out there, especially after last week's debacle. I'd have to think Son is in that, especially with some of the injuries in midfield and attack.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Weekend Preview Aug 28th and Recap Aug 24th

"Recap" is being quite generous as I was out all weekend and still haven't watched the Tottenham wreckage yet. And missed seeing the two goals live :( And of course have to get right back into this recap for an untelevised League Cup match is salt in the wound.


Ki Sung Yueng -- Newcastle vs Leicester (Cup) at 2:45 PM. No TV -- Ki was left out of the squad with Bruce switching to two CMs and having Shelvey on the bench. A weird situation where Ki is still only an injury away from being an important cog in the team, but also feels very much on the margins having been left out of two of three matchday squads. He'll probably have a chance to start midweek in League Cup fixture against strong opposition.


Jeong Woo Yeong -- Played with reserves so struggling a bit and don't see a major change given Freiburg's good form.

Kwon Chang Hoon -- Made his Bundesliga debut with about five minutes left, and was lively from the start, stealing a ball on the press and starting the counter which should have led to a goal. When KCH was given same opportunity, he latched onto a good cross and made no mistake and easily scored so a good debut.

Ji Dong Won -- Still out injured

Hwang Ui Jo -- A win can help things, especially when you score a nice goal like HUJ. He was smart to identify quick break opportunity, literally putting his head down like a sprinter and getting onto a deep ball. He had enough left in the tank to put in a good move and an inch perfect shot just inside the post. It was a good goal and it seems that there's positivity around his entire performance, so hopefully a positive sign here.

Suk Hyun Jun -- Came on with 67' gone but couldn't score.

Lee Kang In -- Another match as an unused sub hopefully spurs on his desire to find a loan destination for the season. One week left for him to find an opportunity to play.

Son Heung Min -- I'll put in a recap with the previews when I get around to watching the remaining part of the match.

Lee Seung Woo -- He ruled himself out of squad with a nebulous "fatigue" claim which puts a potential move into the more likely category.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Weekend Preview Aug 24 and Weekend Recap Aug 17

I definitely can't watch most of this live as kid has a tournament this weekend (and next) as preseason grinds on for him. Just a little over a week left in the European window which ends on the 2nd.

Saturday9:30 AMJeong Woo YeongFreiburg@PaderbornFox Match Pass
Saturday9:30 AMKwon Chang HoonFreiburg@PaderbornFox Match Pass
Saturday9:30 AMJi Dong WonMainzGladbachFox Match Pass
Saturday2:00 PMHwang Ui JoBordeaux@DijonBeIn Play
Saturday2:00 PMSuk Hyun JunReims@BrestBeIn Play
Saturday3:00 PMLee Kang InValencia@Celta VigoBeIn
Sunday11:30 AMKi Sung YuengNewcastle@TottenhamNBCSN
Sunday11:30 AMSon Heung MinTottenhamNewcastleNBCSN
Sunday2:45 PMLee Seung WooVeronaBolognaESPN+

Jeong Woo Yeong-- He didn't make the squad... not sure if the knock was a bit more lingering that anticipated or just the lack of prep ahead of the match. Maybe he makes the bench this weekend.

Kwon Chang Hoon-- KCH on the other hand did make the bench, and it was a bit disappointing for him not to make a small cameo given large lead but of course it makes sense to play it safe for now. We'll see if another week improves his chances of playing but certainly bench if not.

Ji Dong Won-- Still out.

Hwang Ui Jo-- Reports were not very good on his performance, and not reassuring when they buy a CF afterward. It's not a position of strength so maybe he starts again.

Suk Hyun Jun-- Came on as a sub, and sounded lively if not efficient. We will see if this leads to more opportunities but for now, I'm assuming still a bench role for now.

Lee Kang In-- We will see if he's fit enough to make the bench and how Marcelino uses him given uncertainty of roster.

Ki Sung Yueng-- Started but it was not a good showcase for him, between battling Norwich's speed of play which left him out of position defensively, and Newcastle's ugly football where the simple passes were avoided in favor of long balls to nowhere. Without any fluidity in the buildup, Ki wasn't able to do enough to offset his defensive liabilities and he came off after a little more than an hour. I didn't think Ki was the problem, but if Newcastle won't defend or pass, Ki's not of much use either. I expect him on the bench but with someone like Bruce in charge, who knows how he will set his bench up.

Son Heung Min-- Finally eligible to play again, we will see if Poch throws him right in, and my assumption is yes.

Lee Seung Woo-- Was an unused sub, as they were defending a tight lead but still conceded in the final minutes.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Weekend Preview Aug 17- Recap Aug 10 and Lower Tier Preview

I've put together a hastily put together season preview for the lower tier guys that I can remember. Kinda rushed through so hopefully didn't miss too much.

Saturday9:30 AMJeong Woo YeongFreiburgMainzFox Match Pass
Saturday9:30 AMKwon Chang HoonFreiburgMainzFox Match Pass
Saturday9:30 AMJi Dong WonMainz@FreiburgFox Match Pass
Saturday10:00 AMKi Sung YuengNewcastle@Norwich CityNBC Gold
Saturday12:30 PMSon Heung MinTottenham@Man CityNBC
Saturday1:00 PMLee Kang InValenciaReal SociedadBeIn
Saturday2:00 PMHwang Ui JoBordeauxMontpelierBeIn Play
Sunday11:00 AMSuk Hyun JunReimsStrasbourgBeIn Play
Sunday2:30 PMLee Seung WooVeronaCremoneseNone

Jeong Woo Yeong-- Came on as a late sub, but with it being level, did play extra time in a win. We'll see if Jeong gets thrown into starting XI or they take it slowly given adaptation to top tier play.

Kwon Chang Hoon-- Though he did return to training before the cup match, wasn't quite ready to play. He's trained all week so a better chance of making squad.

Ki Sung Yueng-- A surprise scratch off the squad as Bruce has the brilliant idea to have four backups for two CBs. This decision came back to bite Newcastle as Shelvey got hurt, and was more problematic when he took off Longstaff leaving them lacking in CM. I'm sure Bruce learned his lesson but whether its Ki or Matt Longstaff who fills the bench spot(s), I'm not sure.

Son Heung Min-- Still suspended. How anticlimactic. Sigh.

Lee Kang In-- He's been struggling with a knock. Now is it a "knock" or knock? I don't know but he's been training individually which puts the weekend in question.

Hwang Ui Jo-- Started and played over an hour in a big loss. The reports were not great on his play but haven't not watched, can't really opine.

Suk Hyun Jun-- Came on off the bench and scored the second goal. Like his other goal this preseason, a fairly straightforward one where an attacker from behind made a good run and crossed to Suk who was wide open and could easily slot past goalie. Probably not enough to change his role but perhaps solidifies backup striker job.

Lee Seung Woo-- Some indecisive chatter as to whether LSW goes or stays. Based on preseason, he's been among first offensive options off the bench so I expect that to continue. We will see if that's enough of a role for him to avoid going down a tier, or conversely marginal enough that Hellas Verona would let him go if a small bid came in from another top tier side.

Ji Dong Won-- Still out injured.

Lower Tier Previews

This list isn't inclusive... I lose track of players as the number keep increasing and sometimes news is really hard to gather. That said, I subscribed to the overpriced Fox Match Pass and perhaps I'll do ESPN+ which cover BL2 and Segunda Division respectively, albeit in limited coverage so hopefully I'll get a better glimpse of those guys.

Paik Seung Ho -- Girona (Segunda Division)-- PSH didn't seem to have the best season, at times being a bench guy for a third tier side, and yet he also made 3 appearances in La Liga for their parent club (at the time) and seemed to mostly be limited by non-EU quota. The dual relegation and subsequent separation of Girona and Peralada appears to have worked in PSH's favor. Girona loses the stream of Man City players looking for 1st tier play and there's no parking PSH in the 4th tier.

Lee Chong Yong -- Bochum (Bundesliga 2)-- Had a decent year all things considered, joining late to a new league. He regularly started and chipped in with a goal and a handful of assists playing primarily in the CAM role. How long he wants to toil away in a lower tier at a likely modest salary will probably be the biggest question for the season, but for now, little impetus to change, and similarly his role should remain.

Lee Jae Sung -- Holstein Kiel (Bundesliga 2)-- After an explosive start where it looked like LJS, an attacking midfielder, was going to dominate the league, LJS cooled off quite a bit though like LCY, he remained an integral part of Holstein Kiel's attack. Of course, part is the limited resources that Holstein Kiel have in general, vs. some of the large clubs who fell down a tier last year. There was very sketchy talk of Belgian interest in LJS, but it died fairly quickly so for now, LJS will remain here where he's doing well, but maybe not enough to warrant a move up to the top tier.

Seo Young Jae -- Holstein Kiel (Bundesliga 2)-- Kind of a surprise move for a left back who hardly played for a relegated side (from BL2->3), though cheap, he moved to join Lee Jae Sung. He had some glimpses last season but also some visible faults so we'll see if he can move beyond backup left back. He appears to be limited to the left which doesn't help his cause as he's come in and out of the bench already.

Park Yi Young -- St Pauli (Bundesliga 2)-- PYY had a strange year where he had a variety of roles from starting FB, to DM, to often out of the squad or playing with the reserves. That pattern has continued this season, where he was a bit of a surprise starting RB, separated a shoulder resulting in him being at fault for equalizing goal, and now playing with reserves this weekend. From what I've seen, he's got decent size and a DM's skillset, but his defensive lapses hamper his ability to play either spot well but it seems managers keep giving him chances so hopefully he figures things out.

Hwang Hee Chan -- Salzburg (Austria)-- HHC had a rough season last year, where injuries and form on loan at 2nd tier Hamburg meant a return to Salzburg in an uncertain state. On a side that routinely wins by large margins, league performances are fairly meaningless to prospective buyers and so CL may be the only way of rebuilding his market... but will he be top XI guys to do so?

Kim Jung Min -- Salzburg II (Liefering) (Austria 2)-- Seemed to earn his way to the starting LM by the middle of the season after what appeared to be a slow start. He's not been playing as much this season but perhaps thats due to a knock, as he did start at the top of a midfield diamond recently and also was with first team bench for a friendly. It's getting near the time for him to start making a push to first team rather than linger in relative anonymity after a meh U20 WC showing.

Oh In Pyo -- LASK (Austria) -- I know very little about him as the club is pretty quiet media wise... seemed to be on the margins of the bench but signing a permanent deal despite an apparently significant injury is a positive sign, despite the short-term absence.

Lee Seung Won -- St Pauli U23 (Bundesliga 2)-- LSW has captained the reserve team this season and also has done a few camps with the first team. He appears to be progressing well, but also still hasn't really had a real chance at the first team.

Cheon Seong Hoon -- Augsburg/Augsburg U23-- Seems to be doing well as he participated in summer camp with the first team, and seems to be splitting training time between the two sides. He did look quite lost when he did come on with the first team, so I don't expect him to have a big role there yet but Finnbogason is hurt again, and so we'll see if forces will work in his favor.

Choi Kyoung Rook -- Karlsruhe (Bundesliga 2)-- Making the switch to a third division side didn't quite pan out for CKR, who started off in a decent backup attacking role, before struggling to even get on as a sub. Even now, it seems he's being tried in a few different roles to get more value out of his skills. It was a good club ride through promotion and they've not dramatically changed the squad for the higher level, so we'll see if CKR can regain a more significant role.

Park Jung Bin -- Formerly Viborg (Denmark)-- Park Jung Bin recovered from a torn ACL and immediately jumped into a starting role. The bright start turned negative with some injuries and then being on the bench often leading to his contract not being renewed. Not sure how much was getting back up to speed from major injury, but he did parlay his career into trials at Troyes and Nimes. The latter seemed to be turning out well, with trial extended and some assists and goals, but Nimes went elsewhere. He did have a groin injury which may have caused some hesitation. We'll see if interest picks back up when he's healthy, but disappointing end to a hopeful trial.

Ahn June Hyuk -- Villarreal C/B -- AJH appeared to be on a similar track, albeit slightly less prominent, to Lee Kang In, progressing through Villarreal's youth system(s including Roda). And things still appear to be going positively as he's done summer training with the B team. That said, in what I've seen, its a bit of a tough stretch for a smaller player in the lower tiers where physicality can be so important. We will see how much time he spends between the two teams.

Yang Jae Woo -- Ebro (Spain 3rd Tier) -- Didn't quite turn out as well as AJH on a similar path, never returning to Villarreal and instead staying with Roda, and Juv B team at that, and now signs on with Ebro.  Given lack of appearances with the side so far, I am assuming that he's on something like a reserve team but kind of a mystery when you go down so low. EDIT: I think he signed with their Juvenil team.

Kevin Harr / Choi Min Soo -- Hamburg U23-- He's moved up to the reserve team so we'll see if he gets to keep progressing.

Hwang Seom Gyu -- Extremadura B -- He's trained this summer with the first team (a 2nd tier Spanish side) so seems to be doing well. He played on the wings there, though what little I've seen of him with the B side this summer has been at CM.

There are some more players (e.g. Park Kyu Hyun at Werder Bremen U23) but even less familiar with them and I'd be lying to you about my knowledge if I were to say anything more.