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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 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 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.

Jan 6, 2015

Soccer-South Korea need more time under Stielike, says Lee

SEOUL, Jan 6 (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.

Jan 1, 2015

Asian Cup too soon for improving young North Korea

By Peter Rutherford

(Reuters) – North Korea’s traditional goal at the Asian Cup has been to show heart, determination and perhaps spring a shock win over neighbours South Korea and Japan to trumpet to fans back home.

However, with the country’s leader Kim Jong Un pushing hard for sporting excellence on the global stage, glorious failure may not be enough this time around.

Jan 1, 2015

New look South Korea hope to turn the page at Asian Cup

SEOUL (Reuters) – After 55 years without continental football success and on the back of a dire World Cup campaign in Brazil, all the talk in South Korea has been of a “Time for Change” in the buildup to the Asian Cup in January.

The Koreans, who last won the region’s showpiece tournament in 1960, arrive in Australia with a new coach, new faces and fresh legs hoping to show some of the sparkle that took them to the semi-finals of the 2002 World Cup on home soil.

Jan 1, 2015

Soccer-Asian Cup too soon for improving young North Korea

Jan 1 (Reuters) – North Korea’s traditional goal at the Asian Cup has been to show heart, determination and perhaps spring a shock win over neighbours South Korea and Japan to trumpet to fans back home.

However, with the country’s leader Kim Jong Un pushing hard for sporting excellence on the global stage, glorious failure may not be enough this time around.

Jan 1, 2015

Soccer-New look South Korea hope to turn the page at Asian Cup

SEOUL, Jan 1 (Reuters) – After 55 years without continental soccer success and on the back of a dire World Cup campaign in Brazil, all the talk in South Korea has been of a “Time for Change” in the buildup to the Asian Cup in January.

The Koreans, who last won the region’s showpiece tournament in 1960, arrive in Australia with a new coach, new faces and fresh legs hoping to show some of the sparkle that took them to the semi-finals of the 2002 World Cup on home soil.

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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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