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South Korea Enters Race to Host 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea has entered the race to win the rights to host the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup along with four other countries, the global football governing body's website showed Saturday (Korea time). 

FIFA's home page said England, France, New Zealand and South Africa, as well as South Korea, submitted their letters of intent to host the games that are held every four years. 

FIFA said with the exception of South Africa, the other four countries have expressed a desire to host the U-20 Women's World Cup set for 2018. 

The Korea Football Association (KFA) said it has applied for the games to further promote women's football and to raise national interest in the sport. 

The host for the 2018 and 2019 games will be decided at the first FIFA executive board meeting scheduled for next year. 

IPark Goalkeeper Lee Beum-young Selected to National Team

Busan IPark goalkeeper Lee Beum-young has been selected as one of the 23 players to take part as part of team Korea at the 2014 Brazil...

Park Ji-sung Seeks to Host Charity Match for Sewol Victims


BUSAN, South Korea -- South Korean football icon Park Ji-sung is seeking to host a charity match in tribute to the victims of the recent ferry accident in his native land, the player's father said Wednesday. 

Park Sung-jong, the veteran's father, told Yonhap News Agency that his son wanted to pay his tribute to the fallen passengers aboard the Sewol through football. 

According to the father, the match will likely be held in mid-July, after the conclusion of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, which will go on from June 12 to July 13. 

The senior Park said JS Foundation is in talks over the venue and participants of the charity match. Park Ji-sung could also play in the game, his father added. 

Source: Busan eFM News

K League Classic Clubs Look to Book AFC Champions League Spot


BUSAN, South Korea -- Three of the four South Korean football clubs in the AFC Champions League will seek to book their spots in the knockout stage in final group stage matches this week. 

With the Pohang Steelers having already secured a spot in the round of 16 of the top Asian club competition, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, FC Seoul and Ulsan Hyundai will try to join their fellow K League Classic club.

Source: Busan eFM News


 

Pohang FC Advance in AFC Champions League


POHANG, South Korea -- The 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. 

The two K League Classic sides both enjoyed group stage victories. Pohang defeated Cerezo Osaka 2-0 in their Group E match in Osaka, as Lee Myung-joo and Kim Seung-dae had a goal apiece. Pohang, with one match remaining, clinched the first place in the group with 11 points and booked a ticket to the next round, open to the top two clubs from each of the eight groups.

Source: Busan eFM News

South Korean World Cup Squad Nearly Set


SEOUL, South Korea -- 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 today. 

During the media showcase of the FIFA World Cup Trophy in Seoul, Hong said that their final roster is more than 90 percent complete. And that he is 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. 

Source: Busan eFM News

Lim’s Huge Second Half Lifts IPark Past Pohang 3-1


BUSAN, South Korea -- A huge second half surge gave the Busan IPark their first win of the 2014 campaign with a 3-1 win over visiting Pohang at the Asiad World Cup Stadium Saturday afternoon.

After a back-and-forth battle around midfield in the first half, Pohang opened the scoring on the hour when Lee Myung-joo blasted home a shot in the left corner from just outside the penalty area.

Lim Sang-hyub scored the Iparks first goal of the year when he leveled the score in the 65th minute with a beautiful effort from the penalty area past Pohang keeper Shin Hwa-yong. 

The IPark took the lead in the 72nd minute when Lim Sang-hyub notched his second goal off a corner kick when he banged in the rebound off a deflection off the crossbar to give IPark a 2-1 lead.

Yang Dong-hyun added an insurance header in the 82nd off a Fagner corner to give the IPark their first points of the season.

IPark Humbled By Jeonbuk in Season Opener


JEONJU, South Korea -- The Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Football Club got off to a fabulous 2014 with a 3-0 drubbing of the Busan IPark Saturday afternoon at the Jeonju World Cup Stadium.

Han Kyu-won opened the scoring in the 39th minute, with Jung Hyuk and Leonardo adding second half goals for Jeonbuk, while Choi Eun-seok stopped seven shots for the clean sheet.

The IPark head home for the season opener versus Pohang, 1-0 losers to Ulsan, this Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Asiad World Cup Stadium.


 

Soccer Class for Children from Multicultural Families


BUSAN, South Korea -- The Busan Foundation for International Activities (BFIA) and Busan IPark, a South Korean professional football club based in Busan, are currently working together to host a soccer class for children from multicultural families and are now recruiting players for the upcoming season.  

Busan-based elementary school students from multicultural families are eligible to apply for the class. The application period is from February 27 - March 18, 2014, at 6 p.m. You can download the application form and submit it by email to [email protected]

Busan IPark Unveil 2014 Uniforms


BUSAN, South Korea -- The Busan IPark Football Club have released their new uniforms for this season which are a dramatic change from previous versions. The new kits feature their new slogan 'Challenge 2014' in their hopes of symbolizing change.

The home kit, designed by Adidas, features the traditional red and white with the shield, while the new away kits feature a blue background with white lines drawn in waves to symbolize the sea.

The new kits will be unveiled in front of fans March 2nd at 2 p.m.


 

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