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Pohang moves on, Seoul moves up in AFC Champions League

SEOUL, April 17 (Yonhap) -- Pohang Steelers secured a place in the round of 16 at the AFC Champions League, while FC Seoul took a huge step closer toward the knockout phase at the annual Asian club football competition on Wednesday.

Nat'l football coach hopes Park Chu-young will have rehab at home

SEOUL, April 14 (Yonhap) -- Hong Myung-bo, head coach of South Korean men's national football team, said Monday he hopes the injured striker Park Chu-young will stay at home for rehab instead of returning to his English club. Park, who plays for Watford in England's second division, arrived in South Korea on April 3 to treat his injured right foot. Doctors said he would need two to three weeks of rehab. With Watford's season scheduled to end on May 4 and Park still not 100 percent, Hong said the player would be better off rehabbing in South Korea.

Conglomerate Eland vows to build 'most popular' football team

SEOUL, April 14 (Yonhap) -- South Korean conglomerate Eland will try to put together "the most popular football club" in the nation when it enters the second-tier league next year, its senior official said Monday. Park Sung-kyung, vice chairwoman of Eland, told a press conference in Seoul that she hopes the new club, to be owned and run by her group, can become "a pillar of development in South Korean football" by entertaining its fans.

S. Korean football team pushes for warm-up match with Ghana

SEOUL, April 13 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean men's national football team is pushing for a warm-up match with Ghana in June in its buildup to the FIFA World Cup in Brazil this summer, officials said Sunday. The Korea Football Association (KFA) said it hopes to arrange a friendly match with Ghana on June 10 as the last warm-up match during the South Korean national team's pre-World Cup training camp in Miami. "We will announce the exact schedule and place once the friendly is confirmed," the KFA said.

World Cup roster '90 percent' complete: head coach

By Yoo Jee-ho SEOUL, April 4 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean men's football team for this year's FIFA World Cup is nearly set with about two months remaining, the national head coach said Friday. "Our final roster is more than 90 percent complete," Hong said during the media showcase of the FIFA World Cup Trophy in Seoul on Friday. "I am also trying to draw up alternative plans in case of injuries to key players." Hong said he and his coaches are keeping a close tab on players' form, saying it is important for them to avoid injuries before the big tournament.

Two S. Korean clubs go winless in AFC Champions League

SEOUL, April 2 (Yonhap) -- FC Seoul eked out a dramatic draw against a Japanese opponent, while undermanned Ulsan Hyundai blew an early lead and fell to a Chinese rival in the AFC Champions League play this week. FC Seoul scored a last-minute penalty for a 2-2 draw against Sanfrecce Hiroshima at home, while Ulsan fell to Guizhou Renhe 3-1 in an away match on Tuesday. Despite the winless performances, both K League Classic clubs remained in position to reach the knockout phase, open to the top two teams from each of the eight groups.

S. Korean teams back in AFC Champion League action this week

SEOUL, March 31 (Yonhap) -- After a short break, four South Korean clubs will return to action in the group stage at the AFC Champion League this week, hoping to take a step closer to a berth in the knockout phase. In perhaps the most anticipated match of the week involving K League Classic clubs, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors will host Guangzhou Evergrande of China, the defending AFC champ, on Wednesday in their Group G showdown.

Coaches, physicians for national football team to check players in Europe

SEOUL, March 26 (Yonhap) -- Coaches and physicians for the South Korean men's national football team will soon travel to Europe to check up on prospective members of the country's World Cup squad, an official said Wednesday.

FC Seoul off to winless, goalless start in K League Classic

SEOUL, March 25 (Yonhap) -- Three matches into the 2014 K League Classic football season, FC Seoul is still seeking its first victory and first goal. FC Seoul has two losses and one tie so far, and it's been a frustrating start to a club that hasn't fallen out of the top five since 2007 and won the league title just two years ago. FC Seoul lost to Chunnam Dragons at home 1-0 in the season opener and was held to a scoreless draw by Seongnam FC. Then on Sunday, FC Seoul fell to Busan IPark 1-0 at Seoul World Cup Stadium, suffering its first defeat to Busan at home in 12 years.

S. Korean clubs go winless in AFC Champions League

SEOUL, March 20 (Yonhap) -- After going undefeated in their first two matches, four South Korean football clubs went winless this week at the AFC Champions League. At the top annual Asian club competition on Wednesday, the K League Classic's Ulsan Hyundai, the 2012 AFC champ, played Guizhou Renhe of China to a 1-1 draw at home in Group H action. Ulsan remains in first place in the group with seven points.
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