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Ex-FIFA VP Chung wants change

FIFA World Cup
 By John Duerden

Martin Rennie's South Korean mission with second tier Seoul E-Land

Former MLS boss Martin Rennie took charge of Korean second tier side Seoul E-Land last year and is dreaming big.

Seoul 1988. Members of the international media were enjoying a few beers around the US military base in the Korean capital when word started to spread of a huge story. Calls were made, mouths were dropped and copies were written as one of the biggest scandals in Olympic history came to light.

27 years later the biggest sports story coming out of the huge stadium on the south bank of the mighty Han River is not a steroid-taking Ben Johnson but Martin Rennie and Seoul E-Land FC.

The Scot is building...

Former FIFA VP Chung Mong-joon may run in election, criticises Sepp Blatter

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner and Alexis Nunes give their thoughts on today's FIFA Executive Committee News Conference and discuss the best person to replace Sepp Blatter.
The ESPN FC crew discuss FIFA President Sepp Blatter's press conference where he states that he remain president until February of 2016.
UEFA spokesperson Pedro Pinto hinted that Michel Platini might stand for the FIFA presidency, as he spoke to the cameras in Zurich.
The Highly Questionable crew debate whether Simon Budnik's antics towards Sepp Blatter was worth it.

South Korean powerbroker Chung Mong-joon is leaning toward running for the FIFA presidency as a replacement for Sepp Blatter, telling The Associated Press that a non-European leader would help breathe "new wind" into football's international governing body.

A former FIFA vice president, Chung also criticised the decision this week to allow Blatter to remain as president until the election on Feb. 26, despite calls for him to immediately step down amid mounting pressure to reform as U.S. and Swiss...

 By John Duerden

Teenager Seung-woo builds bridge between Korea and Barcelona

Seventeen-year-old South Korean Lee Seung-woo looks set to be promoted to Barca B, the path many legends, including Lionel Messi, have taken before making the first team. Photo credit: Lee Seung-woo

Just five years ago South Korea fell out with Barcelona in a big way when the arrival of the Catalan giants provoked a furious reaction on a sultry summer's night.

The perceived attitude, the lack of interest in the country and a prematch media conference from Pep Guardiola -- one that would have been seen as frosty had it come the night before a title-deciding Clasico instead of what was supposed to be a brand-building, fan-attracting exercise -- all left something of bad taste in the mouth.


ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

'North Korea's Wayne Rooney' Jong Tae-Se joins Japan's Shimizu S-Pulse

Jong Tae-Se returns to Japan after a prolific spell with Kawasaki Frontale between 2006 and 2010.

North Korea striker Jong Tae-Se -- dubbed "the People's Wayne Rooney" -- has signed for Japan's Shimizu S-Pulse.

Jong, 31, who was born in Nagoya, Japan to Korean parents and holds a North Korean passport, completed a move from South Korea's Suwon Bluewings to the J-League side.

"I would like to dedicate myself from here on to Shimizu S-Pulse," Jong said following the transfer. "I will sacrifice myself and advance as one with the team.

"I want to carve the words 'history' and 'honour' into my heart...