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Korean Football Shinmun Episode 3

After a one-week break, Korean Football Shinmun returned earlier this week for episode three. Trying to limit each episode to around five minutes means that there are a lot of stories which don't make the final video.

The Gangwon Dinosaur

The Gangwon Dinosaur celebrating the team's win over Pohang Streelers in July. Image via K League

Gangwon FC fans, or those with a keen eye will perhaps have noticed a supporter dressed up in a dinosaur costume, even before the national media began to take notice. A gentleman by the name of Kwon Hyun, 33, has become synonymous with Gangwon FC this season, or rather his dinosaur suit has.

In fact, during Gangwon's run of form which saw the Chuncheon-based side move up to fourth place and within a genuine chance of qualifying for the AFC Champions League next season, Mr Kwon and his costume have been called a 'symbol of victory' (승리의 상징).

Speaking to Hangook Ilbo, Mr Kwon said: "I may sweat [in the suit] but if kids like it then I don't mind".

Wookie Watch

Korean striker Kim Shinwook, or 'the Wookie' as he is affectionately referred to as by some supporters, recently made a big money move to the Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua from Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors. Joining up with his former Jeonbuk boss, Choi Kanghee, the Wokkie has taken to live in China like a duck to water.

The 31 year-old, who won two K League titles and one ACL with Jeonbuk, not to mention one ACL triumph with Ulsan Hyundai, hit eight goals in six appearances to guide the once relegation threatened 'Flower of Shanghai' up to 13th and five points clear of Tianjin Tianhai and Beijing Renhe in the relegation zone.

Star News published a story questioning why Kim Shin-wook, who they labelled as a 'Super Hired Gun', could live in such modest surroundings after a picture of Kim's apartment in Shanghai began to circulate on social media.

Kim Shinwook with his laundry behind him unwinds in his Shanghai home (image via Sina Sports)

The headline read: "Kim Shinwook does his own laundry... outrage in the Chinese press - " this is the house you gave a Super Hired Gun?" (직접 빨래한 김신욱... 中 언론의 분노 "슈퍼 용병에게 이런 집을 줬어?").

Takahagi Yojiro: "I will always support FC Seoul"

Japanese box-to-box midfielder Takahagi Yojiro spent two seasons with FC Seoul, winning the FA Cup in 2015 under Choi Yongsoo and the K League 1 title a year later with Hwang Sunhong. However, the former Western Sydney Wanderers man moved back to his native Japan with FC Tokyo in 2017 in a deal which saw Ha Daesung move the opposite direction.

Speaking to Sportal Korea, Takahagi said that he watches every FC Seoul game and will always be a fan. He continued: "since Choi Yongsoo returned the team looks united again. Every member of the team is pulling in the same direction it seems and have more of an understanding of style of play, that's FC Seoul's biggest characteristic at the moment (FC서울 경기는 매 번 챙겨보고 있다. 최용수 감독이 오면서 팀이 하나가 된 모습이다. 팀 전체 구성원이 같은 방향을 보면서 같은 축구를 이해하고 플레이 하는 것이 지금 FC서울의 가장 큰 특징인 것 같다").

Watch: Korean Football Shinmun Episode 3


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