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Hwang Hee-chan named FC
Salzburg player of the week


Hwang Hee-chan, currently a striker in the Austrian football club FC Red Bull Salzburg, was selected as one of the top 11 players in the UEFA Europa League for the first week of November.

Each week, the European football association chooses the best player from each of the league’s 11 clubs to highlight on its website. Hwang’s selection came after a stellar performance on Thursday against OGC Nice in France. During the UEFA Europa League Group I match, Hwang entered the pitch as a substitute and netted both goals in the team’s 2-0 wipeout against the French club.

With that, Hwang has now scored a total of five goals in his last four games, staying light on his feet as he prepares for upcoming national team duties as one of its three forwards. Team Korea is set to face Canadians in a friendly at home on Nov. 11 at Cheonan Stadium in South Chungcheong, followed by a World Cup qualifier match against Uzbekistan on Nov. 15 at Seoul World Cup Stadium.

Though just 20 years old, the young Hwang boasts a lot of international experience under his belt, having most recently represented the country at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.


Lee Ki-hyung will officially take helm of Incheon United

Lee Ki-hyung will officially take the helm as the new manager of Incheon United FC in the top-tier K-League Classic after serving as its interim caretaker for the past two months.

Lee had come to oversee the troubled team in September when Kim Do-hoon stepped down from the manager post to take responsibility for the club’s disappointing performance.

The team had faced the high possibility of demotion to the K-League Challenge, Korean football’s second-tier league, as Incheon United had been performing poorly this season, but Lee managed to help the team turn things around and avoid the fate.

On Saturday, they took down Suwon FC 1-0 to finish the season eighth in the league.



SHORT TRACK

Skating season starts with gold and silver for Korea

Korean skaters started off this year’s International Skating Union Short Track World Cup season on a high note, clinching gold and silver from the women’s 1,500-meter event at the season-opening World Cup in Calgary, Canada.

Shim Suk-hee and Choi Min-jeong, the dynamic duo of Korea’s short track team, each collected gold and silver on Saturday, clocking in 2 minutes 23.359 seconds and 2 minutes 23.500 seconds, respectively.

Shim won her heat with 2:32.700, advancing to the semifinals where she timed 2:22.925. Choi, the defending women’s overall champion, passed her heat top in the group after clocking 2:29.325. She also finished first in her group during the semis with a 2:20.302 record.

By Choi Hyung-jo

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