Can't find the great one where Senol Gunes talked about and gave directions to his favourite Itaewon kebab street stall, that was a good one, and just a couple of weeks ago Daegu boss Moacir Pereira announced to everyone that he liked ramyeon and kimchi which is nice to know.
Anyway there have been a couple of articles in the topic of foreign players adjusting to the K-League published in recent days so might as well stick them in here:
POSCO : Adjusting to K-League was no problem, says Steelers striker Zicu
Ianis Zicu, nicknamed the Romanian Express in Korea, has gained a reputation for being the Steelers` go-to striker, emerging as the team`s top scorer by hitting the mark in every game since the opening of the K-League season this year. He rivals Lee Dong-gook of the Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors as the top scorer in the league.
Zicu`s skill overshadows others in terms of purity. He has appeared as a replacement player in three out of five games. He scored goals in two of those games, despite aggregate playing time of only 57 minutes. He has outstanding shooting skills, having hit the net on five of his 10 shots in his five appearances.
The Steelers` match with Seongnam Ilwha on April 8 highlighted Zicu`s importance to the team. He scored a goal less than 2 minutes after coming off the bench as a replacement. Keeping a watchful eye on Ko Moo-yul`s penetration, he received the ball and scored the goal with composure. Both of his shots in the Seongnam match were counted as shots on goal.
``He`s an extremely quick thinker. His passes outmaneuver others and he is very decisive,`` said Manager Hwang Sun-hong. ``His position and tactics make it hard for him to play in the first half, but he is a player that I can rely on to do well at any time.``
Zicu expressed his opinion that the team`s success on the field is more important to him than personal playing time. ``It`s not important whether I play 10 or 90 minutes. I don`t get to decide how long I play. What matters to me is whether my team wins,`` he said in an interview with Sportal Korea after the Seongnam match.
Thanks to Zicu, the Pohang Steelers is undefeated in five consecutive matches, including two draws. The Steelers now ranks fifth in the league.
Zicu, a previous Romanian national team player, has also suited up for Inter Milan (2004-2005), Dinamo Bucuresti (2007-2010) and last year played for CSKA Sofia of Bulgaria. Known there as a star scorer, notching 13 goals in 15 matches, Zicu joined the Steelers in January this year. When asked about the secret to his successful adjustment to the East Asian game, Zicu replied, ``Soccer is the same everywhere. The rules and the methods are all the same. The club is very accommodating, and I`m happy.``
He has proven to be versatile positionally. Manager Hwang uses two main striker tactics alternatively by positioning Park Sung-ho as the main striker and Zicu as the shadow striker.
Foreign K-League players adapt to Korean life on and off the field
When Bas van den Brink arrived in South Korea last year to join the K-League, the Dutchman was still recovering slowly from an ankle injury. His new club, Busan IPark, wanted to show him to the fans quickly. The defender, who came from the more laid-back environs of the Australian league, apparently returned to action too soon and did not impress. Soon, his contract was canceled and he returned down under.
It was a sharp lesson in adapting to a new culture, one quite different in Korea, according to foreign players.
Since becoming a K-League player, Derek Asamoah, 30, a Ghanaian international now with K-league's Pohang Steelers, trains harder and more often than ever before. He acknowledges that he is prepared to train and play even when he is not at his optimal condition because in Korea, players often go that extra yard for the team.
"Before there were certain injuries or pains that I was not willing to play through or train through, but now that has changed a little," says Asamoah, who has spent much of his career in England.
"There have been times when I wasn't feeling great or just wanted a day off but kept going and kept training. It is the way things are, players work tirelessly here. There is much less time off and you are playing for the good of the club and everything is geared towards that."
From pre-match meals to locker room culture, foreign imports, who in the 2012 season come from such countries as Brazil, China, Chile, Colombia, Belgium, Australia, Japan, Montenegro and Ghana, describe an environment that has its good side and bad.
"In Korea, the players say little," says Dzenan Radoncic of Suwon Bluewings. â€œSometimes I keep quiet, too, but sometimes I like to talk because I want to improve as much as I can and I want to see my team improve, too."
"And if I see something that somebody else is missing then I mention it to the coach. It is easier for foreign players though, they have more freedom and leeway to act in this way," he says.
Reports of locker room unrest or divisions at a club are virtually unheard of in Korea in comparison to many European countries.
Foreign players learn that in Korea, communication at clubs generally travels in one direction: top down.
"The coaches here are more like your boss whereas in Europe, some of them can almost be your friend and you can talk to them about whatever you want," Asaomoah notes. "There are, of course, advantages and disadvantages. The Korean way ensures that things get done when they need to be done. You can't express yourself. I tried a few times when I was new here but I just got used to the idea that you can't chat to the boss.â€
One aspect that every overseas player appreciates is the hugely supportive fans in K-League stadiums. Win, lose or tie, the people who come to watch applaud their heroes. Some imports talk of occasional embarrassment at the practice of the entire team going to their fans after the match to bow in unison, even after a severe defeat. But in the main, it is a welcome part of Korean soccer.
"The fans are definitely a big difference, if you play in Europe and lose, you get jeered and abused but here that never happens and that's a good thing, especially for the players," says Radoncic.
The higher percentage of female fans and families at K-League games than in Europe may explain the friendlier atmosphere, according to Asamoah. "In Europe, they really let you know if they think you haven't done well and you get jeered and abused. To be honest, I think that it is great that the fans cheer us even when we play badly, but I miss the tense atmosphere of European football."
As well as bowing to the players, it is also customary for players who have been substituted from games to, as they leave the field, bow to those still in action and bow to the fans. Most from overseas also appreciate this custom although Eninho of Jeonbuk Motors had to apologize to fans for forgetting to do so in 2011.
Radoncic, who hails from Montenegro, is one of the longest-serving foreign players in the league. He first arrived in 2004 to play for Incheon United yet, the pre-match meal is one of the few soccer habits here he chooses not to follow.
"The pre-match meal is just normal Korean food like jjigae (soup) with rice, the same as the players eat every day. For me, it was difficult to adapt to that before the game. I like to eat spaghetti or something like that," he says. "Foreign players can order something different if they want. In Europe, clubs often have nutritionists who monitor and advise with that kind of thing. It is not so common here and that could be improved upon."
But players do adapt, as did Asamoah, who is playing his second season in the K-League. Training with players who work tirelessly isn't easy, he says, "but I would recommend it to players in Europe. If you can come here and adapt on and off the pitch, you will become a much better and stronger player. There is a lot to learn.â€
"I am like a Korean player now," he laughs.
Now at his third club in the league, Radoncic has adapted so well to South Korea that he is in the process of applying to become a citizen of the country.