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Feb 2, 2015

South Korea’s ‘Cha-minator’ says: ‘I won’t be back’

SEOUL (Reuters) – Cha Du-ri retired from international football after South Korea’s Asian Cup final defeat to Australia at the weekend and while his career never hit the heights of his legendary father, the destructive defender will be a tough act to follow.

The son of Bundesliga great Cha Bum-kun, he began life as a speedster winger but found his true calling as a galloping wingback, leaving a trail of destruction in his wake with trademark wide-eyed, full-blooded challenges.

Jan 29, 2015

South Korea present case for better defence

SEOUL (Reuters) – Of all the positives South Korea will take away from their run to the Asian Cup final, the fact that they have not conceded a goal through five matches should be held up as the biggest point of progress for a team ripped apart at the World Cup.

South Korea leaked six goals from three games in Brazil, despite being placed in arguably the easiest of eight groups, and were mercifully sent home with just a point following a draw against Russia and defeats to Algeria and Belgium.

Jan 27, 2015

Korea’s Park ‘shocked’ by failed dope test

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean swim star Park Tae-hwan has been left “shocked” by a failed doping test, which local media said was a result of a local hospital injecting him with testosterone.

Yonhap News agency quoted Seoul prosecutors as saying on Tuesday the hospital had testified it gave Park the shot but did not realise it was against World Anti-Doping Agency regulations.

Jan 21, 2015

Military man Lee shooting for South Korean glory

SEOUL (Reuters) – Plucked from the obscurity of South Korea’s military soccer team, Lee Jeong-hyeop has shown he not only deserves a place in Uli Stielike’s Asian Cup squad but could one day be the answer to their chronic striking problems.

Stielike’s decision to include the raw 23-year-old in the party for Australia was met with raised eyebrows and murmurs of surprise, as the absence of injured pair Kim Shin-wook and Lee Dong-guk left Korea woefully short of experienced strikers.

Jan 21, 2015

Soccer-Military man Lee shooting for South Korean glory

SEOUL, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Plucked from the obscurity of South Korea’s military soccer team, Lee Jeong-hyeop has shown he not only deserves a place in Uli Stielike’s Asian Cup squad but could one day be the answer to their chronic striking problems.

Stielike’s decision to include the raw 23-year-old in the party for Australia was met with raised eyebrows and murmurs of surprise, as the absence of injured pair Kim Shin-wook and Lee Dong-guk left Korea woefully short of experienced strikers.

Jan 16, 2015

South Korea coach Stielike yet to find the right blend

SEOUL (Reuters) – The surge of interest in South Korean players after the 2002 World Cup has been a source of pride for fans back home, but for national team coach Uli Stielike it is a double-edged sword.

The South Koreans’ unlikely ride to the semi-finals on home soil sparked something of a transfer frenzy, with European clubs snapping up talent such as Park Ji-sung, Lee Young-pyo and Song Chung-gug.

Jan 16, 2015

Soccer-South Korea coach Stielike yet to find the right blend

SEOUL, Jan 16 (Reuters) – The surge of interest in South Korean players after the 2002 World Cup has been a source of pride for fans back home, but for national team coach Uli Stielike it is a double-edged sword.

The South Koreans’ unlikely ride to the semi-finals on home soil sparked something of a transfer frenzy, with European clubs snapping up talent such as Park Ji-sung, Lee Young-pyo and Song Chung-gug.

Jan 10, 2015

Expect the unexpected in North Korea’s Asian Cup campaign

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea make their fourth appearance at the Asian Cup this month and if the trail of controversies that has followed the team at major tournaments in recent years is anything to go by, their campaign in Australia is likely to be far from boring.

The North arrive in Australia for the Jan. 9-31 tournament without coach Yun Jong Su, who was hit with a 12-month ban by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for his behaviour after the Asian Games final against South Korea in October.

Jan 10, 2015

Soccer-Expect the unexpected in North Korea’s Asian Cup campaign

SEOUL, Jan 10 (Reuters) – North Korea make their fourth appearance at the Asian Cup this month and if the trail of controversies that has followed the team at major tournaments in recent years is anything to go by, their campaign in Australia is likely to be far from boring.

The North arrive in Australia for the Jan. 9-31 tournament without coach Yun Jong Su, who was hit with a 12-month ban by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for his behaviour after the Asian Games final against South Korea in October.

Jan 6, 2015

South Korea need more time under Stielike, says Lee

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea are on the right track under new coach Uli Stielike but may need another year to reach their full potential and are unlikely to break their 55-year Asian Cup drought in Australia this month, former international defender Lee Young-pyo said.

Stielike has revitalised South Korea since taking over in late September following the resignation of Hong Myung-bo, injecting a much-needed dose of confidence in a young side that were totally overwhelmed at the World Cup in Brazil.

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      "Based in Singapore, I am the Chief Sub Editor for sports in Asia. In addition to sub editing duties I also compile monthly rotas for our team of deskers and reporters in the region, but I also get to do a lot of the fun stuff such as covering major sports events like the Olympics and World Cup."
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