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811 players eligible to play in K League 1 and 2 this year

A total of 811 players will be eligible to play in Korea’s pro football leagues this year, its operator said Friday.

The K League said that 442 players registered for the top-tier K League 1 and 369 for the second division K League 2 this season. The player registration for the 2018 season ended Thursday. There are 12 clubs in the K League 1 and 10 clubs in the K League 2.

Daegu FC had the most players among K League 1 clubs with 44 players, while military football club Sangju Sangmu only registered 31 players. In the K League 2, Daejeon Citizen FC topped with 58 players, while Seoul E-Land FC had the least number of players at 32.

The K League said 69 players are from overseas - 41 in the K League 1 and 28 in the K League 2 - and 12 of them are from Asian Football Confederation (AFC) member nations.

In the K League, teams are allowed to have three foreigners, in addition to one player from an AFC member country, also known as the “Asian quota.”

KFA chief named to lead East Asian Football Association

Korean football chief Chung Mong-gyu was named the new leader of the East Asian football body on Friday.

Chung, who heads the Korea Football Association (KFA), was elected as the new president of the East Asian Football Federation (EAFF) at its congress in Busan. He will serve in the post until March 2020.

At the EAFF congress, three vice presidents - Martin Hong of Hong Kong, Tashima Kohzo of Japan and Sun Wen of China - were also elected, while KFA international relations director Park Yong-soo was named the general secretary.

The congress in Busan was attended by football officials from 10 EAFF member nations, including North Korea. Four North Koreans, including EAFF executive committee member Han Un-gyong, will leave Korea on Saturday.

Korea will host the 2019 EAFF E-1 Football Championship according to the rotational system of hosting the four-nation tournament. The EAFF approved holding the first qualifying round of the 2019 tournament in Mongolia in September and the second qualifying round in Taiwan in November. Korea, as the tournament hosts, will not play in the qualifying rounds.



Team Kim jumps up world ranking to take No. 6 spot

The Korean women’s curling team has moved up two spots in the World Curling Federation world ranking.

Team Kim was ranked eighth prior to the PyeongChang Olympics, where they took silver and changed the face of curling in Korea.

Following their Olympic second place finish and a fifth place finish at the 2018 Ford World Women’s Curling Championship in Canada in March, skip Kim Eun-jung and her teammates are now ranked No. 6 in the world.

By Kang Yoo-rim
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