Sunday, November 23, 2008

K-League Playoffs

The K-League has an unusual playoff system, the fist round of which was played on Saturday and today. In this round, third place hosts sixth (Pohang Steelers and Ulsan Horang-i, or Tigers) while fourth place hosts fifth (Seongnam Ilwha Chunma vs. Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors).

Both games were hard-fought, going into an extra thirty minute period, and both games were upsets--Ulsan beat higher ranking Pohang, last year's league champs, in a shoot-out after going scoreless through 120 minutes. Jeonbuk and Seongnam were tied at the end of regulation after exchanging goals in the 29th and 30th minutes. Jeonbuk went ahead on a goal by Brazilian Luiz near the end. It's Big Five wherever you look!

So in the next round, Ulsan will play Jeonbuk on Wednesday. Then, the winner of that game plays 2nd place FC Seoul in a one game semifinal. The winner of that game will play Suwon Samsung Bluewings in a two-legged final. I will plan to go to one of the FC Seoul matches, if I can figure out date and time.


Ladyslippers said...

Hi. Just a little note to tell you that I enjoy reading your blog. I especially enjoy the pics. (Korean living in Geogia)


Tuttle said...

Thank you for the compliment. And welcome aboard!

Paul said...

As a fan of Jeonbuk FC I'm very pleased by the result. Their recent form hasn't been that great but they were the Asian Champion's League winners a few years ago. Oh, to have those times back again! ;)

- Paul / samedi