Team K League Friendly with over 60,000 fans


This month the K League hosted a friendly against European giants Juventus and they lined up against team K League. A round of fan voting saw 408,667 votes cast to choose a starting 11 for Team K League and a further nine players were selected by a panel of experts. 


In front of more than 60,000 fans at Seoul World Cup Stadium Team K League didn’t fail to impress holding their illustrious opponents to a 3-3 draw,  and at one point led the game by three goals to one. FC Seoul’s Osmar opened the scoring in style, stealing the ball on the half-way line before firing a thunderbolt of a shot into the top corner from 30 yards out. 


Juventus pulled a goal back quickly but Team K League went into half-time leading when Daegu FC’s Cesinha powered home a drive from the edge of the penalty area. Team K League continued to assert their dominance in the match in the early stages of the second half and extended their dream lead when Suwon Bluewings’ Adam Taggart volleyed home. 


Although they couldn’t hold on to the lead the experimental team gained plaudits for the quality they displayed and the entertainment provided. 


K League U-15 & U-14 Championship in Pohang


The 2019 K League U-15 & U-14 Championship began on the 23rd of July and the 12 day tournament concluded on the 3rd of August. The tournament, which took place in Pohang, Gyeongsangbuk-do, featured a total of 24 teams in the U-15 category and 19 teams in the U-14 category. 


To prevent injury and protect the players all games within the tournament were held after 18:00 in a floodlit environment, and every team was assured a day off between games. The addition of the U-14 tournament is also a great opportunity for the younger age group to gain some competitive experience. 


In addition, the format of the tournament was run in a league format rather than a knockout format ensuring that every player could enjoy the tournament and have a further chance to play even if their team lost. In the first round of the tournament, the teams were split amongst four groups (A,B,C,D) and during the second round of the tournament groups A and B faced each other whilst groups C and D played each other, allowing every team to play seven matches each (5 matches for the U-14 teams).


This year, for the first time, the EPTS (Electronic Performance & Tracking System) was made available for the U-15 & U-14 Championship. The system had previously only been made available for the U-18 & U-17 Championship but will now allow younger age groups to monitor important data such as distance traveled, average speed, maximum speed and other important analysis. 


Taggart, Pešić, Júnior, Bo-kyung : Golden Boot Race


With over half of the season gone the race for this year’s K League 1 Golden Boot race is beginning to heat up. Suwon Bluewings’ Adam Taggart leads the way after blitzing six goals in five league games throughout July. The Australian international now has 13 goals in the K League 1, four goals clear of his nearest rival. FC Seoul’s Aleksandar Pešić, Ulsan Hyundai’s Júnior Negrão and fellow Ulsan teammate Kim Bo-kyung all sit in 2nd place in the race scoring nine goals apiece. Kim also had a superb July scoring three goals from midfield, helping Ulsan to knock Jeonbuk Hyundai off the top of the table in the process. Gangwon’s Kim Ji-hyun is the youngest of those players in the hunt for the Golden Boot and the 23 year old striker has eight goals in just his 2nd season as a professional. 


“HOT” Summer Signings


The summer transfer window has now closed but some big business was done by teams at either ends of the table. Perhaps the biggest transfer was secured by Ulsan Hyundai as they continue to push for their first championship in 13 years. Korean international goalkeeper Kim Seung-gyu has returned to the team he made his professional debut for, joining from Japan’s Vissel Kobe to help Ulsan in their quest for the K League 1 title. Their main rivals for that title, Jeonbuk Hyundai, have also looked to bolster their chances by also signing a Korean national team player. Centre back, Kwon Kyung-won, also returns to the K League after having made his debut for Jeonbuk Hyundai in 2013. 


Suwon Bluewings added to their Australian contingent with the signing of Terry Antonis from Melbourne Victory. The midfielder arrives with a wealth of A-League experience and has also been capped by his native Australia. He has already linked up with his fellow Australian, Adam Taggart, providing an assist for the striker on his debut. 


Gyeongnam secured a major transfer, signing Uroš Đerić from Gangwon FC. Đerić scored the 2nd most goals (24 goals) in the league last year and Gyeongnam will hope that his goals 


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#
Club
Pts
H.P

1

Ulsan Hyundai

54

Ulsan

2

Jeonbuk Hyundai

50

Jeonbuk

3

FC Seoul

45

Seoul

4

Gangwon FC

38

Gangwon

5

Daegu FC

33

Daegu

6

Suwon Bluewings

32

Suwon

7

Sangju Sangmu

32

Sangju

8

Seongnam FC

30

Seongnam

9

Pohang Steelers

29

Pohang

10

Jeju United

17

Jeju

11

Gyeongnam FC

16

Gyeongnam

12

Incheon United

15

Incheon


#
Goals
Club
Name

1

13

Suwon

TAGGART Adam

2

10

Ulsan

JUNIOR Gleidionor

3

10

Ulsan

KIM Bokyung

4

9

Seoul

PESIC Aleksandar

5

9

Daegu

CESINHA

0

#
Club
Pts
H.P

1

Gwangju FC

49

Gwangju

2

Busan I'Park

42

Busan

3

FC Anyang

36

Anyang

4

Asan Mugunghwa

34

Asan

5

Ansan Greeners

33

Ansan

6

Suwon FC

31

SuwonFC

7

Bucheon FC 1995

25

Bucheon

8

Jeonnam Dragons

23

Jeonnam

9

Daejeon Citizen

16

Daejeon

10

Seoul E-Land FC

14

Seoul E

#
Goals
Club
Name

1

15

Gwangju

FELIPE

2

12

Asan

GO Mooyol

3

11

Busan

LEE Junghyub

4

10

Anyang

JO Guesung

5

9

Busan

PACHECO Romulo

 

 

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