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2017/18 Kits & Jerseys

Pohang Steelers 2017 Astore Home Kit

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Regrouping after a disappointing 2016 campaign, three-time AFC Champions League winners Pohang Steelers have have switched kit providers from hummel to Spanish sportswear company Astore. The K League Classic club will return to action next weekend against Ulsan Hyundai in their customary home red and black horizontal stripes.

Jeju United FC 2017 AFC Champions League Kits

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Korea's Jeju United Football Club have released their home and away kit for their 2017 AFC Champions League campaign. They are furnished by Korean sportswear firm and Jeju United technical partner Kika. The kits are in Jeju's traditional home orange and away white. They feature a grandfather collar with a buttoned placket.

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Asian champs Jeonbuk to appeal AFC ban

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Seoul (AFP) Disgraced Asian title-holders Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sports after being banned from this year's AFC Champions League over a domestic match-fixing scandal, reports said Thursday.

"We have decided to appeal the case to the CAS to justify our participation," Jeonbuk were cited as saying by South Korea's mass-selling Chosun Ilbo newspaper.

Asian champs Jeonbuk banned from 2017 season

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) Asian title-holders Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors have been banned from this year's AFC Champions League over a match-fixing scandal in South Korea's K-League, Asia's football governing body said on Wednesday.

"The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) independent Entry Control Body today declared that Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (KOR) is ineligible to participate in AFC competitions for the 2017 season due to its indirect involvement in activities aimed at arranging or influencing the outcome of matches during the 2013 and 2014 K-League seasons,"the confederation said in a statement.

Asian champs Jeonbuk banned from 2017 season

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) Asian title-holders Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors have been banned from this year's AFC Champions League over a match-fixing scandal in South Korea's K-League, Asia's football governing body said on Wednesday.

"The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) independent Entry Control Body today declared that Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (KOR) is ineligible to participate in AFC competitions for the 2017 season due to its indirect involvement in activities aimed at arranging or influencing the outcome of matches during the 2013 and 2014 K-League seasons,"the confederation said in a statement.

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors hummel 2012 Kits

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2011 Korean K-League champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Football Club are gearing up for the 2012 domestic and AFC Champions League seasons following their second league championship in the last three...

South Korea: Jeonbuk claim second K-League title over Ulsan (video)

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Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors are South Korean champions for the second time in three years following their play-off triumph over Ulsan Hyundai.

Jeonbuk were huge favourites going into this year's final having finished top of the regular season standings whilst their opponents Ulsan had knocked out FC Seoul, Suwon Samsung Bluewings and Pohang Steelers en route to this year's showpiece.

FIFA: Club World Cup Team Guide – Al Sadd

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AFC Champions League title holders Al-Sadd were the surprise winners of Asia's premier club competition and will feature in their first FIFA Club World Cup. Al Sadd, who hail from the Qatari capital city of Doha, have a quarter-final meeting with African champions Espérance and, should they emerge victorious, will look forward to a semi-final encounter against FC Barcelona.

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50 Football Manager 2016 Wonderkids

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50 Football Manager 2016 Wonderkids - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Football Manager 2016 is set for official launch later this month and for an avid fan of the game like me, it is time to kiss my social life goodbye.

Football Manager is easily the closest thing to the real job and the new set of features introduced in this version of the game is already earning rave reviews.

AFC Champions League Rotation

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Rotation has undoubtedly been the buzzword for the group stage of the 2014 AFC Champions League.

Much debate has been had about the extent of squad rotations this year and just what that says about the attitudes of clubs towards participation in the ACL.

It's a difficult issue, and not one that can be viewed as black or white.

Is the J-League Too Big?

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The new J.League season kicked off recently with 18 teams all aspiring to hold aloft the J.League trophy come December.

But that begs the question - is 18 teams too many?

For those who listen to the excellent JTalk Podcast, they would've heard the animated Cesare Polenghi pose that very question in the final podcast last season.

Asian Champions League 2014

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Ah ACL it's good to have you back!

108 days have passed since Guangzhou Evergrande were crowned 2013 Champions, and while we were served a great entrée with the entertaining playoff rounds there is nothing like a main course.

And what a main course!

On the opening night there were a number of intriguing battles, especially in Group E.

A Nostalgic Korean Summer

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The K-League All Stars game is a regular part of the Korean football calendar and a much-loved fixture at that. The format changes as in the past, northern teams have played southern teams, the K-League team has played a J-League once and two years ago, Barcelona provided the opposition. This time though, the team lining up against the All-Stars on July 5, made up of players who won the most votes in a nationwide poll, are special.

Official ACL Update

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Former champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors and Gamba Osaka both registered timely first wins of the AFC Champions League this week as the Group Stage of the 2012 edition reached the halfway point with Al Jazira and Al Ittihad maintaining the only 100% records.

Last year's beaten finalists Jeonbuk ended Buriram United's perfect record in Group H as first half goals from Lee Dong-gook and substitute Seo Sang-min ensured the K-League champions bounced back from beginning the new continental campaign with back-to-back 5-1 defeats.

Palm Trees And Sand For Rapids Preseason

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The Rapids released their preseason plans today. They'll be making two trips, first to Oxnard and San Luis Obispo in California and second to Hawai'i for the Hawaiian Islands Invitational Tournament. In between the trips they'll be training out at the Dick. The first day of training is a week from today, though players report on Thursday for physicals and fitness assessments.

Mmmmm, Tasty Attendance Graphs

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Yeah, my power's been out. Curse you, October blizzard.

Remember when I said attendance was good this year? I was wrong. It was great. Record shattering, in fact. Enough to surpass the NBA and NHL, in fact. Seriously. After sixteen years, we have beaten not only our own record set in 1996, but those of other leagues against whom we're compared.

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South Korea Striker Kang Soo-Il Blames Failed Dope Test On Use Of Moustache-Growing Cream

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By Chris Wright

South Korean striker Kang Soo-Il was supposed to be making his international debut for his country tonight but instead found himself dropped from the squad entirely after failing a pre-match doping test.

Soo-Il, who plays for K-League side Jeju United at club level, tested positive before South Korea's friendly against the UAE on Thursday evening and was subsequently stood downby coach Uli Stielike.

Splits, boycotts and redemption

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The K-League is coming to terms with its first-ever split and it quite likes the feeling. At the end of August, the 16 team league divided in two, just like the Scottish Premier League does. Four teams were in the running for the eighth spot going into game 30 but it fell to Gyeongnam FC and they celebrated like they had won the league.

Bad Korea move

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It's become the vogue in Scottish football to declare the game - perhaps more accurately its administrators - as a "laughing stock."

That always seems a bit of stretch to me, this idea that people outside these shores care enough to chuckle. Care enough to even think about us that much, other than a feeling of mild relief when they draw one of our clubs in Europe.

Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma Uhlsport 2012 Home and Away Kits

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Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma (Korean: 성남일화 천마축구단) is a professional soccer club from Seongnam, Gyeonggi, South Korea. With seven league titles, Seongnam is the Korean K-League's most successful side. Seongnam Ilhwa...

Asia: Title showdowns bring tension in Japan and Korea

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To coin a well-known footballing phrase, it's squeaky bum time in two of Asia's biggest leagues.

In Japan the title will go down to a last day showdown with any one from Kashiwa Reysol, Nagoya Grampus Eight and Gamba Osaka all capable of winning the championship. Kashiwa currently hold the advantage of topping the table with 69 points from 33 games whilst Nagoya and Osaka trail the leaders by just one and two points respectively with one round of matches to be played next weekend.

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Progress made on all fronts in Korea

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Tight at top and bottom The Korean season is coming to a close but the final week or so promises to be full of action at both bottom and top, even if quite a few of those in between are starting to dream of, or dread, 2014. Ulsan Horangi took the 2012 Asian Champions League title but have benefitted domestically after not qualifying for the 2013 version of the continental competition.

Comings and Goings in South Korea

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Hong Comes Home After 135 caps, and spells in charge of the Under-20 and Under-23 national teams, Hong Myong-bo is now the head coach of the South Korean senior side. The charismatic captain of the 2002 semi-final reaching squad, the ex-defender was always going to become the main man, it was just a question of when.

Reversals of fortune in Korea

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Early days

Three games down and the big story in the K League Classic is that champions FC Seoul are having problems. One point out of a possible nine was not the start that was expected. An opening day draw at home against Pohang Steelers was not a terrible start but then a first home defeat in nine years against Incheon United followed and then came a depressing 1-0 loss at Busan I'Park.

Seoul set for K-League success

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Who can stop the Demolition Duo? Nobody so far this season and time is running out. Dejan Damjanovic and Mauricio Molina have spearheaded FC Seoul's frontline to devastating effect in 2012 and with eight games remaining; the club is seven points clear of Jeonbuk in second. With the two meeting at Jeonju World Cup Stadium this weekend, the feeling is that if the Motors don't take maximum points, then the title race is going to grind to a halt.

When Citizens Attack: K-League Season Gathering Pace

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Six down, 38 to go, the K-League season may have a long way to go but the first month has been action-packed with shocks, hooliganism, full and empty stadiums and mascots getting attacked.

That happened at Incheon United. It was only the second ever game at the brand spanking new Sungui Arena.

K-League Gets Temperatures Rising Already

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The winter was not a fierce one by Korean standards, except for one week in early February that saw Seoul temperatures plummet to minus 20, and the 2012 K-League certainly did not take long to warm up.

The excitement and controversy were getting going even before the big kick-off. 24 hours ahead of the opening game, Daejeon Citizen were in the headlines for letting veteran, and we are talking Dino Zoff style, goalkeeper Choi Eun-sung go.

FC Seoul le coq sportif 2012 Home and Away Kits

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FC Seoul (Korean: FC 서울) is a South Korean professional soccer club based in Seoul, South Korea, currently playing in the K-League. The club is currently owned by GS Sports,...

Korean Transfer Window Well And Truly Open

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The turn of the year has seen the transfer market in the K-League gather momentum. Players and coaches have returned from their end of season vacations and teams are starting their winter training camps.

The first week of 2012 saw two big deals involving midfielders who may not be quite automatic starters for the national team but are never too far from the first eleven.

Jeonbuk Motors Win Deserved Title

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It didn't come as a surprise. Jeonbuk Motors led the K-league from early in the season and were the best team for most of it. Choi Kang-hee's men should have won the Asian title too but had to make do with the domestic title to add to the 2009 crown.

The inevitable came to pass on December 4 in the second leg of the Championship play-off final against Ulsan Horangi.

FC Seoul v Seongnam

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FC Seoul 3-1 Seongnam (23:10:11)
Dominic Norris pushes the boundaries of European Football Weekends by around five thousand miles to bring us a report from a match involving two of South Korea's footballing heavyweights...

Travelling from the relaxed, curious hubbub of South Korea's single largest populated island, Jeju-do, to the franetic, blurred motion of the nation's capital, Seoul, was enough of a shock enough to leave me feeling somewhat in limbo.

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Daejeon Citizen FC Lotto 2012 Home and Away Kits

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Daejeon Citizen FC (Korean: ëŒ€ì „ 시티즌 프로축구단) is a South Korean professional soccer team currently playing in the K-League. The club is known for being the first community-owned club in...

Daegu FC hummel 2012 Home and Away Kits

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A K-League team since 2003, Daegu Football Club, commonly referred to as Daegu F.C. (Korean: 대구 F.C.), is a South Korean professional soccer club based in Daegu. Since joining the...

Ulsan Hyundai FC Diadora 2012 Kits

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Perenniel Korean K-League title contenders Ulsan Hyundai FC have unveiled their Diadora 2012 kit collection. The Hyundai Corporation-owned club switches technical sponsors from le coq sportif to Diadora for the...

Busan I’Park PUMA 2012 Home and Away Kits

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Founded in 1983 the Daewoo corporation, Busan I'Park (Korean: 부산 아이파크) is a South Korean soccer club currently campaigning in the top tier of soccer in the country, the K-League....

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Korea’s K League

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With the K League providing most of the roster for the Korean team touring the USA, here's a look at Korea's pro soccer league. Read More

Our Dear Player

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A few of you might remember WC 2010. North Korea claimed that their star forward, Jong Tae-Se, was nicknamed North Korea's Rooney. Apparently, they thought that looking like Shrek and underperforming at random intervals was a good analogy. Which brings us to North Korea declaring it's armistice with South Korea, null and void this month.

New Year, New Starts in Korea

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There is rarely a quiet month in South Korean football and while January is the close-season, the first month of 2013 has been a busy one. It started with a change of name for the league which is celebrating its 30th birthday. ‘The K League' now refers to the second tier of South Korean football.

Ulsan 1 Monterrey 3 Club World Cup

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On a freezing night at Toyota Stadium, Mexico's CF Monterrey defeated Ulsan Hyundai 3-1 in front of a sparse crowd of 20,000 spectators wrapped up against the winter chill.



Monterrey lead at the break thanks to a tap in from Jesus Corona after the ball was pulled back to him at the near post.

German referee attempts to drink water on field, ends up with very wet face

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Dr. Felix Brych is smarter than the average bear — the German referee is a qualified lawyer, with a doctorate in sports law. The 37-year-old has been officiating in the Bundesliga for 8 years, and has also refereed in Euro 2008 qualifiers, the UEFA Cup, the Champions League, the South Korean K-League and the London 2012 Games.