It’s almost time to welcome fans back into K-League stadiums as the Korean Government announced tentative measures to open sports venues from Sunday July 26th starting with baseball of course. The K-League are looking at an August 1st return with 10% capacity if all goes well over the next week that is. Further restrictions involving ‘social distancing’, no ‘refreshments’ and no singing will also be implemented so I guess Bluewings fans will feel at home.
Before we have fans we do have another round of fixtures and they, as always, look tastier than an ‘all you can eat’ Jeju pork buffet. For those K-League fans out there that have been under a stone the past week or so, Ki Seung-yueng is back at FC Seoul. It’s a move that really has only happened thanks to Seoul holding him to ransom due to the most ridiculous clause in his contract when he left Korea for the hoops of Celtic. He is unlikely to make his debut this weekend given the fact he’s barely kicked a ball in anger in 2020 but he may very well be the player that keeps Seoul with only one foot in the relegation battle.
Before that clash though we have three games on the Saturday night as Seongnam host Gangwon with The Magpies looking to build on their win over rivals Bluewings last weekend, a victory that propelled them into 8th spot in the table no less. Bluewings travel to Gwangju knowing that a defeat would leave them not only 4pts behind them but edging ever closer to a relegation tussle with Incheon. The last game on Saturday is a mouthwatering clash between ‘table-toppers’ Ulsan and the ‘in-form’ Sangju. It’s a game that is almost impossible to predict but one that if Ulsan win will send shivers down every Jeonbuk fan’s spine.
Sunday’s ‘Match of the Day’ is the aforementioned Jeonbuk v Seoul clash but we also have Pohang hosting Incheon after running rampant at Sangam in their 3-1 victory over Seoul last week while Daegu welcome 6th placed Busan to town in a Southern-ish derby.