As the New Year started, Dick Advocaat took his players away from a frigid Korea and onto warmer climes on a six-week tour to prepare for the big event in June. Many K-League coaches were not too happy about losing their best players for the majority of the pre-season.
Advocaat was not too happy either after watching the team start badly with a poor performance and embarrassing 1-0 defeat in Dubai against his former employers, the UAE. Results soon improved however. A draw with European champions Greece was followed by impressive wins over Finland and a tough Croatian team.
It was the off-season in the K-League so when the coaches weren’t cursing Advocaat, they were off buying new players and taking part in their own pre-season warm-up tours.
The national team showed signs of over-confidence against a powerful Denmark team and deservedly lost 3-1. Then the squad, which didn’t include the European-based stars, headed to California and put in two good performances.
Somehow, the team lost 1-0 to Costa Rica in Oakland despite dominating the game but achieved a memorable result a few days later. At Mexico’s second home of Los Angeles, a Lee Dong-gook goal gave the Asian team a great win.
On the way back to Korea, the team, stopped off in Syria for the first 2007 Asian Cup qualifier and defeated Syria 2-1 in a hard-fought clash.
Fans of the K-League were still waiting for the new Bandar Poker Online season to start but Bucheon fans found that they would have to wait for a very long time. The club’s owners, SK, suddenly moved the team from the city just outside Seoul, all the way to the southern island of Jeju. The fans protested but the K-League …