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No top three finish in 14 years… Can Jeonbuk, currently fourth, catch up to Gwangju?

How will Jeonbuk Hyundai finish this season?

Jeonbuk enters the final round in fourth place with 49 points, having won 14, drawn 7 and lost 12 in 33 regular-season games. A dramatic win over FC Seoul in their final game narrowly kept them in Final A, but a single victory turned the tide, jumping three spots.토토사이트

Their next goal is to finish in third place. Leaders Ulsan Hyundai (67 points) and second-place Pohang Steelers (58 points) are realistically out of reach with five games remaining. Instead, they’re only four points behind fourth-place Gwangju FC (54 points), which is enough to pull off the upset. Once they win their head-to-head, the gap closes to just one point, so it’s not that arithmetically difficult. For Jeonbuk, finishing in the top three should be their goal for the final round.

Third place is also the position where Jeonbuk can keep at least some pride. Jeonbuk hasn’t finished lower than third in 14 seasons since 2009, when they won their first title in the K League. They have only finished third twice, in 2010 and 2013, but have won the title nine times in total, finishing second in 2012, 2016, and last year.

If they stay where they are now, or fall further, it will be the first time they’ve finished outside the top three in 15 years, since 2008. It’s a difficult position for Jeonbuk to be in. While there is still the FA Cup to play for, the club may not be able to qualify for the 2024-2025 Asian Football Confederation club competition based on its ranking in the K League.

Against the five teams in Final A, Jeonbuk only managed 19 points this season. That’s just 38% of the 49 points they secured in the regular round. Based on their head-to-head record alone, they can’t be confident of catching up to Gwangju. On top of that, Gwangju’s pace is too good, with eight wins, five draws, and one loss in 13 games since July 7. It’s hard to see Jeonbuk pulling off an upset.

Moreover, unlike Gwangju, Jeonbuk has to play the Asian Football Confederation Champions League (ACL). Especially since the team traveled to Hong Kong in late October and Singapore in early November, it could be a physical challenge.

Still, a turnaround is possible. The biggest reason for Jeonbuk’s poor performance was the absence of five players from the Asian Games squad. Baek Seung-ho, Song Min-kyu, Park Jin-seob, Kim Jung-hoon, and Park Jae-yong were missing in every position, including attack, midfield, defense, and goalkeeping. Now they’re back, and with about two weeks of tune-up time, they’ll be able to set the tone.

World Cup 2026 Asian qualifiers begin in 12 days… South Korea’s first match in November

Asian qualifying for the 2026 Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup begins today.

The 2026 World Cup will be co-hosted by the United States, Canada, and Mexico, and the 12-day Asian qualifiers are the first round.스포츠토토

The first round of qualifying consists of 20 countries with lower FIFA rankings playing home-and-away matches on the 12th and 17th, with the winner advancing to the second round.

South Korea will play in the second round starting in November, and the first round will determine who will be in the same group as South Korea in the second round.

Of the 10 matchups in the first round, the winner of the Singapore-Guam game will be placed in Group C with Korea in the second round.

South Korea will play the winner of the Singapore-Guam match on Nov. 16 in the first round of the second qualifier.

On paper, either Singapore or Guam will not have much of an impact on the outcome, but once the second game is over on Nov. 17, Korea will know who they will play in their first game of the second round in November.

South Korea will play the winner of the Singapore-Guam match along with China and Thailand in Group C of the second round of qualifying. They will play a home game against either Singapore or Guam on November 16, followed by a second game away to China on November 21.

If the team finishes in the top two in the second round, they will qualify for the next Asian Cup and advance to the third round of World Cup qualifying.

The third round of World Cup qualifying is divided into three groups of six nations, with the top two finishers in each group qualifying for the World Cup.

The 2026 World Cup in North and Central America will increase the number of qualifying nations to 48, and the number of tickets allocated to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to 8.5.

After the third round of qualifying, the remaining 2.5 tickets will be awarded through the fourth, fifth, and continental playoffs.

Wayne Rooney appointed as manager of England’s second division Birmingham… “It will be a new challenge”

Birmingham City, a member of the Championship, England’s second division, appointed Wayne Rooney (38, England) as manager.

Birmingham announced the hiring of manager Rooney on the 11th (local time). The term of his contract is 3 years and 6 months. Rooney’s former teammates Ashley Cole and John O’Shea are scheduled to join as coaches. Birmingham parted ways with manager John Eustace on the 9th and found a new manager within two days.안전놀이터

Birmingham club owner Tom Wagner expressed his thoughts by saying, “Rooney is a natural winner,” and that “Rooney’s playing philosophy will be a great help in the team’s promotion to the top division.”

Coach Rooney responded, “I’m really happy to be joining the team at this exciting time.” He went on to say, “It will be a new challenge,” and “I will do my best to realize my goal.”

Rooney, who played for Everton and Manchester United, also played 120 international matches for England and scored 53 goals. After retiring in January 2021, he began his career as a manager by taking charge of Derby County, a team in the Championship at the time. He served as a playing coach, but became a manager when the manager was sacked.

Afterwards, Rooney moved to the United States and took over as manager of DC United. However, when the team failed to advance to the playoffs, he parted ways with the team and returned to the British stage.

Ulsan Kim Ki-hee was fined 5 million won for irritating a Pohang fan.

K-League 1 Ulsan Hyundai defender Kim Ki-hee was fined 5 million won for inappropriate behavior that provoked the opposing team’s spectators.토토사이트

The Korea Professional Football League announced on the 11th that it held its 14th Rewards and Punishments Committee on the 10th and decided to impose such disciplinary action on Kim Ki-hee.

Kim Ki-hee frowned at the fans by making a gesture to stimulate the crowd who came to support the home team immediately after the away game against Pohang in the 32nd round of Hana One Q K League 1 2023 held at the Pohang Steel Yard on the 30th of last month. In this game, both teams drew without scoring.

In addition, the federation also imposed a fine of 10 million won on Suwon FC. This is a measure taken after a Suwon City Hall official displayed inappropriate behavior, such as approaching the entrance to the referee’s room, which is an access control area, and shouting at halftime of the 31st round home game against Ulsan held at Suwon Stadium on the 24th of last month.

The federation began disciplinary action against this official, believing he had acted in a way that threatened the safety of referees. Ulsan won the game 3-2 on this day, but Suwon FC defender Hugo Gomes was sent off in the 36th minute of the first half, and the game shifted to Ulsan.

Kim Min-hyuk headed the ball forward, and the moment Martin Adam tried to catch the ball, he was caught by Hugo Gomes and fell. The referee judged that Hugo Gomes had blocked Martin Adam’s perfect goal opportunity and issued a red card.

No hits, no hits, no hits… Achieving 100 hits in his first year after graduating from high school, Kim Min-seok said, “I will show you a stronger side next year.”

Hit, hit, hit, hit.

Lotte Giants’ high school rookie Kim Min-seok (19) achieved 100 hits. On the 11th, against the Doosan Bears held at Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, he played as number 8-center field and hit 4 hits. He filled 100. He left a strong impression on the 9,940 fans who watched the last home game of the season.

He hit a single to right in his first at-bat in the second inning, and followed up with a double to right-handed in the third and fourth innings. He reached base in his fourth at-bat in the sixth inning with an infield hit toward the third baseman.

Kim Min-seok said, “Regardless of the result, it was a very thankful game because many fans came to Sajik Baseball Stadium. The 100 hits were possible not because I did well, but because the manager and coach believed in me until the end.”스포츠토토

This is the 8th time in history that a high school rookie player has hit 100 hits in his first year. Previously, Hanwha Eagles Moon Hyun-bin (19) reached 100 hits in the game against NC Dinos on the 2nd.

Starting with Kim Jae-hyun in 1994, Lee Seung-yeop in 1995, Park Jin-man in 1996, Jeong Seong-hoon in 1999, Lee Jeong-hoo in 2017, and Kang Baek-ho in 2018, all hit 100 hits in their first year after graduating from high school and joining the team. Following in the footsteps of these legends.

Kim Min-seok is a prospect selected by Lotte in the first round in 2023. However, he plays like a key player rather than a potential rookie player.

Lotte, whose fall baseball season was frustrated, presented a refreshing victory to its home fans. They concentrated on 17 hits and achieved a 14-3 victory.

Kim Min-seok and Jeong Hoon each had 4 hits and 2 RBIs, and Yoo Kang-nam had 2 hits and 3 RBIs, including a home run.

Ace Park Se-woong, who returned from the Asian Games national team, earned his 9th win of the season with a good pitch, allowing 3 runs in 6 innings.

Kim Min-seok said, “I discovered a lot of shortcomings this year. I will become the Kim Min-seok of 2024 who has grown from the Kim Min-seok of 2023.”

Lotte players greeted their home fans with a placard in front of them that said, ‘We will come back stronger.’

“Pay no attention to Holland!” Manchester City also removes the ‘285.5 billion won’ release clause… Salary ‘8th highest in the world’ → Real-Barça ‘transfer blocked’

They also plan to eliminate the astronomical release clause. Manchester City is busy keeping Erling Haaland (23).

Italian media ‘Gazzetta dello Sport’ said on the 10th (Korean time), “Man City is preparing to renew the contract with Holland. They are trying to reject approaches from FC Barcelona and Real Madrid,” and “In a situation where the contract is until 2027, 1 “We want a one-year contract extension. We also want to remove the release clause worth 200 million euros (about 285.5 billion won). Manchester City hopes Haaland will reach an agreement within a few months,” the report said.

Both Real Madrid and Barcelona are known to be teams that will target Haaland in the next few years. Real Madrid wants Haaland as a replacement for veteran striker Karim Benzema (36, Al Ittihad), who left for Saudi Arabia. Barcelona’s Robert Lewandowski (36) is likely to soon enter his twilight years. This is why they are aiming to recruit Haaland.

Manchester City intends to provide clear compensation. According to a past report by the Daily Star, Haaland’s current weekly salary is 375,000 pounds (about 624 million won). Along with Kevin De Bruyne (31), he is at the highest level at Manchester City. If he signs a new contract with Manchester City, Haaland will receive a weekly salary of 600,000 pounds (about 1 billion won). This amount is the 8th highest in the world among soccer players.

Haaland had already been promised a weekly wage increase. Haaland signed a contract until June 2027 when he left Borussia Dortmund to join Manchester City. In his first season, he became the Premier League’s top scorer. Under the terms, Haaland was expected to receive a 60.5% weekly wage increase. Holland scored a whopping 52 goals in all competitions in the 2022-23 season, leading Manchester City to its first treble in club history.메이저놀이터

He is expected to receive an astronomical annual salary. If Holland renews his contract, his annual salary will jump significantly from 19.5 million pounds (about 32.4 billion won) to 32.5 million pounds (about 54 billion won).

The contract renewal results are expected to become official soon. ‘ESPN’ reported, “Negotiations between Holland and Manchester City are not over yet, but discussions will be completed within the next two months.”

I thought there was a high possibility of renewing the contract. The media said, “Halland wanted to play at Real Madrid,” but “Halland is happy at Manchester City. He will want to settle down at the team. He will be willing to agree to new terms.” Haaland is already under contract with Manchester City until June 2027. “There is,” he explained.

It seems that the main offensive line will not change for a while. Julián Alvarez (23), who recently completely filled the void left by De Bruyne, also signed a contract with Manchester City until 2028. ‘ESPN’ added, “Coach Pep Guardiola strongly denied rumors of a transfer for Brighton & Hove Albion striker Evan Ferguson (18). He is very satisfied with the performance of Alvarez and Haaland.”

‘4th place in EPL scoring’ goal sense ↑ Hwang Hee-chan was surprised “Competing with (Son) Heung-min’s older brother? I don’t think about it.”

Hwang Hee-chan (27, Wolverhampton), who has a keen sense of goal, does not consider Son Heung-min (31, Tottenham) a ‘competitor’. He considers himself a senior who must be respected.

The Korean national soccer team, led by Coach Klinsmann, entered the second day of convocation training in preparation for the two-game A-match in October at Paju NFC (national soccer team training center) on the afternoon of the 10th.

Klinsmann will play the first match of the October evaluation against Tunisia at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on the 13th. Afterwards, the team will move to Suwon World Cup Stadium on the 17th and play the second match against Vietnam.

Hee-chan Hwang joined the Klinsmann on the evening of the 9th. After scoring a goal for his team Wolverhampton, he immediately boarded a plane to Korea.

He scored one goal in the 2023-2024 EPL match against Aston Villa, which ended at midnight on the 9th Korean time. This is his 6th goal of the season, including cup competitions, and his 3rd consecutive goal in official games. The teams tied 1-1.안전놀이터

If we set the scope to EPL, Hwang Hee-chan, who scored 5 goals, is tied for 4th place in scoring, following leading scorer Erling Holland (Manchester City, 8 goals) and Son Heung-min (6 goals). Although it is early in the league, a rivalry with Son Heung-min has been formed.

[Photo] Korea Football Association.

Hwang Hee-chan smiled as if he did not think about competing with Son Heung-min.

First, he said, “Of course, as I am a striker, I always try to help the team through offensive points. Also, my greatest desire is to make plays that help the team, such as having the ability to score a goal.”

He continued, “I don’t think I’m competing with Heung-min. I’ve always watched him set records. Rather than competing, I want to do my job and become a source of strength to Heung-min. In the future, I want to be more helpful to him.” “I know I can do better, so I want to continue to show many good performances.”

Hwang Hee-chan and Holland were ‘colleagues’ who worked together in Salzburg. Hwang Hee-chan said, “It won’t be easy (competition to score) because Holland has such good goal-scoring ability. But Heung-min will try to score more goals, and I also plan to strive for the highest number of goals in my career. I will perform at my best in every game.” “If we focus on showing off, we will get good results. I want to focus on each game,” he explained.

He also mentioned the reason why his performance has been good since the beginning of this season. Hwang Hee-chan said with a smile, “This is my third season in England. Now is the time to adapt and show a better side. There is nothing special. I try to continue my usual routine. I tried to sleep well and eat well, so I got good results.” Built.

At the same time, he answered, “Not much has changed, but I’m paying more attention and making changes little by little. I have confidence that I can show a good performance if I keep running without getting sick. I want to keep running without getting hurt.”

The battle for 3rd place is decided by ‘A Week of Destiny’

is 2023, when LG’s first place in the regular league in 29 years is decided One biggest topic remains at the end of the KBO League. It is a fierce battle for third place between Doosan, SSG, and NC. With about a week left until the end of the 2023 KBO League regular season, the starting point of the fall baseball season for the three teams will be different in this ‘week of fate’, so the battle for rankings is expected to unfold until the end of the season.

As of the 9th, the ridership of Doosan in 3rd place and SSG and NC in joint 4th place is ‘zero’. Doosan has 71 wins, 2 draws, 63 losses, and a winning percentage of 0.530, just one league ahead of SSG (72 wins, 3 draws, 64 losses) and NC (72 wins, 2 draws, 64 losses), which both have a winning percentage of 0.529.

If you take 3rd place, you will start fall baseball from the semi-playoffs, and if you come in 4th and 5th place, you will have to go through a wild card game. At least 4th place can advance to the semi-playoffs by playing both wild card games at home and winning only one game. This means that if you rank 5th, you have to win both games on the road. There is a very high chance that you will be eliminated after just getting a taste of fall baseball.메이저사이트

Because of this situation, Doosan, SSG, and NC all have no choice but to fight with all their might in each game as if it were Game 7 of the Korean Series in order to take third place.

As of the 10th, Doosan has the most games remaining with 7 games remaining, SSG has 4 games remaining, and NC has 5 games remaining. At first glance, it seems advantageous to have the most games left as it gives you more opportunities to decide your own fate, but it also means that it consumes more stamina because you have to play more games during the same period. In fact, Doosan must play eight consecutive games without a single day of rest from the 10th until the 17th, when the regular season is scheduled to end.

On the other hand, SSG and NC can play games with a break until the end of the regular season on the 17th, which gives them more breathing room in managing their pitching staff. As we approach the end of the season, the fatigue accumulated in the field lineup can be managed.

The recent trend is good for SSG. SSG, as the ‘defending champion’, formed a two-tier system with LG in the first half of the year and finished in second place. The team plummeted in the second half of the season and was once in a situation where fall baseball itself could not be guaranteed, but they managed to bounce back with 8 wins and 2 losses in the last 10 games (as of the 9th). In a situation where 5th place was a long shot, we are now in a position where we can aim for 3rd place. On the other hand, Doosan has not even been able to break even with 4 wins, 1 draw, and 5 losses in 10 games, and NC is in a downward trend with 3 wins and 7 losses in the last 10 games.

In the battle for rankings between these three teams, the results of their head-to-head matches are more important than anything else. This is because you can win while inflicting defeat on your opponent, so a win in a head-to-head match has the effect of two wins. SSG and NC played all 16 head-to-head matches in the regular league. Doosan and SSG are about to play two games, and Doosan and NC have one game to play. If the 3rd to 5th place positions are not decided even as the 17th, the final day of the regular league, approaches, the two-game series between Doosan and SSG on the 16th and 17th will likely ultimately decide the positions of the three teams.

Which team will end up victorious in the ‘war for third place’ between the three teams? The more intense the battle, the more likely it is that only KT, who is waiting in the playoffs, and LG, who is heading straight to the Korean Series, will laugh, but there is a calculation that all three teams must place at least 3rd in order to achieve the great goal of winning the Korean Series. There is another reason to watch the KBO League until the end of the season.

“We have to do it like Sony” ‘Captain’ Son Heung-min’s manners that even British legends fell in love with

The England legend was also impressed by the manners shown by ‘Captain’ Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur).

Tottenham-Luton Town match in the 8th round of the 2023-2024 English Premier League at Kenilworth Road in Luton, England on the 7th (Korean time). Tottenham were outnumbered due to Yves Bissouma’s sending off, but beat Luton Town 1-0 and rose to the top of the Premier League.

After the game, TNT Sports called the ‘Captain’ for a stand-up interview. It was an interview conducted by England legend Rio Ferdinand and Peter Crouch.메이저사이트

Son Heung-min’s final actions after skillfully completing the interview attracted attention. After greeting everyone, Son Heung-min carefully placed his microphone on the table with both hands. It was Son Heung-min’s manner to prevent unnecessary noise from entering the broadcast.

TNT Sports posted a video of the scene on social media and applauded, calling it “Son Heung-min’s way of putting down the microphone.” A heart emoticon was also added.

Ferdinand, who conducted Son Heung-min’s interview, also posted on social media, “I should do something like Sony later.”

Spurs Web, a Tottenham fan community, said, “Son Heung-min always behaves humbly and respects others. These things make Son Heung-min a great leader. It is an ingrained behavior. It is probably due to his childhood upbringing and cultural background.” analyzed.

Klinsmann, firm in his convictions despite the ‘overseas investment controversy’, “I wish KFA would open an office in Europe”

Jürgen Klinsmann (Germany), the coach of the Korean national soccer team, repeatedly emphasized his convictions regarding the controversies surrounding him for outsourcing and sabotage.

According to News1 and Newsis, Coach Klinsmann held a press conference at the Paju National Team Training Center (NFC) on the 9th.

Coach Klinsmann began by saying, “I am constantly listening (about domestic public opinion). The role and work method I think of as the national team coach may be different from the method fans and media are accustomed to.”

He continued, “It is right for a K-League team leader to stay in Korea, but it is different for the national team coach. I travel to various places and am always working no matter where I am. This is my way of working. I travel to Europe and visit not only the players but also the officials of the players’ clubs. “I can understand the situation by talking to the coaches. I plan to run the national team in my own way. That will not change,” he explained.

He also proposed setting up an office for the Korea Football Association (KFA) in Europe. Coach Klinsmann emphasized, “70% of the national team is overseas. By having an office in Europe, we can continuously get to know and work with European players.”토토사이트

He also said that his appearance as a panelist for foreign broadcasters such as ESPN is not a ‘second job’ but an ‘extension’ of his national team work. He said, “(Appearing on a panel) is also about studying the flow of modern soccer,” and added, “The national team coach must keep abreast of the flow of change.”

Jürgen Klinsmann (left) watching the match between FC Seoul and Gwangju FC held at Seoul World Cup Stadium on September 17 with coach Du-ri Cha / Photo = OSEN

Coach Klinsmann, who was appointed as the coach of the Republic of Korea national soccer team last February, sparked controversy over overseas travel because he stayed overseas longer than at home.

He returned to Korea with the team after playing an international match in England last month, but returned to the United States 5 days later after watching two K League 1 games on site.

The national team led by Coach Klinsmann will play an evaluation match against Tunisia at Seoul World Cup Stadium on the 13th and Vietnam at Suwon World Cup Stadium on the 17th.