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2014 Challengers League season

Postby Holyjoe » Sun Jan 19, 2014 8:20 pm

Not much on dates for this yet, however I saw this article today and it would seem to suggest a pretty big rule change if they're allowing foreigners to play in the K4. Jeonju FC have signed two 21 year-old East Timor youth internationals, the bloke on the left is called Alves and the bloke on the right 마리아누스 (Marianus?)

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Re: 2014 Challengers League season

Postby Holyjoe » Sun Jan 19, 2014 8:23 pm

Aha, having read into this a bit further the two blokes were featured in the 2010 Korean football film "A Barefoot Dream" which was about a Korean football manager called Kim Shin-hwan who went to East Timor to set up some sort of business but eventually found himself managing their national youth teams and won an international tournament. The two players have been studying for a few years in Korea and now they've signed for the K4 club.

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Re: 2014 Challengers League season

Postby Holyjoe » Sun Jan 19, 2014 8:29 pm

Turned up this Korea Times article from a couple of years ago which gives their full names - Nidio Ricardo Ferreira Alves and Efrem Marianus Almeida Santos Jeronimo. Of course it doesn't necessarily mean the K4 have changed their rules and it could be a tokenistic 'signing' much in the same way that Jerry Kaka is signed to Seoul United. I guess we'll soon see if they do indeed turn out for Jeonju FC.

2 ’Barefoot Dream’ stars to attend college here
27/02/12

Two teenage soccer players from East Timor, who starred in a movie based on their true story, have been admitted to a university in North Jeolla Province.

Kunjang College in Gunsan said Monday that Nidio Ricardo Ferreira Alves and Efrem Marianus Almeida Santos Jeronimo, who are members of the East Timor Youth Soccer Team, will arrive in the country Wednesday to begin their college life here starting from March.

Alves and Jeronimo were admitted to the Department of Life Physical Education at the university.

The East Timor Youth Soccer Team received the spotlight following the Korean movie “A Barefoot Dream” released in 2010. The movie is based on the true story of soccer player-turned-coach, Kim Shin-hwan, who led the amateur team to victory at an international soccer competition in 2004. Kim, who had originally planned to go into the coffee business in East Timor, organized a soccer team after being touched by the boys who played soccer barefooted.

In 2004, a year after the soccer team was formed, the East Timor under-14 soccer team won the Liberino Cup held in Japan _ they won all of their six matches.

Kim, who still leads the team in East Timor, had requested the college to allow the boys to learn soccer in Korea. The two boys were the main players in the team at the international tournament.

“School officials visited East Timor to interview the boys and admission was decided after a construction company in Gunsan promised to pay for their tuition,” an official from the college told Yonhap News.

Kunjang College plans to accept two students from East Timor every year.

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Re: 2014 Challengers League season

Postby FCSeoul » Sun Jan 19, 2014 9:01 pm

Inspiring story. Good luck to these guys.

If anyone wants to watch the movie (english subs):


More info about their youth coach, Kim Shin-Hwan.
http://english.chosun.com/site/data/htm ... 61004.html
http://www.koreafocus.or.kr/design2/fea ... category=H

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Re: 2014 Challengers League season

Postby Martyrs Forever » Tue Jan 21, 2014 8:02 pm

What's all this K4 movie business?

I'm turning the Martyrs 2013 season into a Broadway musical!

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Re: 2014 Challengers League season

Postby Holyjoe » Tue Jan 21, 2014 10:26 pm

On the fixtures front, the Chuncheon FC twitter account tweeted that the fixture meeting will be held on February 5th. Hope they don't take too long after that to get the actual fixtures out!

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Re: 2014 Challengers League season

Postby paquebot » Wed Jan 22, 2014 1:10 am

Holyjoe wrote:Image


Jeonju FC ... that wouldn't happen to be the newest incarnation of Jeonju Effective Micro-organisms FC and Jeonju Maeil FC by any chance? If so, that's a new logo for the club. Also a bit different from what this site and the KFA official site are suggesting. I like the magpie logo more, even if Goyang FC is already using a magpie in their badge. Seongnam City also proposed a club logo with a magpie. If chosen that would make things a little odd.

Then again, they could start a 'Bird Cup' along with Asan, Paju, and Pocheon ... :smt117

Too bad it looks like they're going with red kits as well -- I wouldn't mind seeing them in sky blue again.
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Re: 2014 Challengers League season

Postby Martyrs Forever » Thu Jan 23, 2014 1:23 am

this made me laugh a lot....they're all magpies...and zebras...plus you can't trust Jeonju, they keep changing their name and the heads in that picture have been photoshopped.

the fixtures meeting is just corruption in action....everyone negotiating who is playing who where and when...our guy just stands up and says...we don't care so long as it's Saturday and it's 5pm!

Come on you Martyr Magpies!!!

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Re: 2014 Challengers League season

Postby OttoSilver » Thu Jan 23, 2014 11:07 am

I could be behind a team that said "Saturday, 5pm, thank you very much"
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Re: 2014 Challengers League season

Postby Martyrs Forever » Thu Jan 23, 2014 6:36 pm

In theory, perhaps. However the fact that you have whored yourself out to FC Seoul means you can never be accepted into the Kingdom of Gangbuk....just ask Gyeongmaman - the man who simply wouldn't be nailed down to any one club - he had season tickets for about 5 and still came to watch God's own. His idea of communion was a Pringle and a sip of Cass...I do miss the old blighter though. Who can forget the day his mate got attacked with a baseball bat or the time we turned up to watch a Seoul Middle School FA Cup Second Round game that went to extra-time?

Your only way in is a ritual cleansing at the hands of some pretty fierce monks in the hills near the border. Some don't make it back. Others live to tell the tale but mysteriously vanish years later. They tell people they've gone to live in Malaysia but really they're buried in the forest of cherry blossoms behind the 'Buk and they pay some bloke to type bollocks on a forum to keep up the belief that he is still alive.

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Re: 2014 Challengers League season

Postby OttoSilver » Fri Jan 24, 2014 11:19 am

Whoring myself out? You mean I'm supposed to receive payment for my attendances? Don't you think you should have mentioned this earlier, huh? :smt093

Actually I fell in to FC Seoul by accident. I lived in Icheon, who at the time didn't have any kind of football I could go out and watch. My options were either Seoul or Suwon. Since I tended to go to Seoul over weekends just to do stuff, I naturally ended up going to some sporting events, FC Seoul being the biggest around these footballing parts. Somewhere along the line I got Paul C on my Facebook friend list and started joining them lot on the North stand. I'm sure had I lived in Seoul I would have gravitated towards one of the smaller clubs. Had I lived in Gunpo as I do now, I would have been either an Anyang or Suwon FC fan (Likely Suwon, as I cant stand all the bitching and crying about FC Seoul). Such is life, I guess.

Now, off to write an email to find out more about this whoring business.
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Re: 2014 Challengers League season

Postby Martyrs Forever » Sat Jan 25, 2014 9:25 pm

I think they should pay you for watching that tripe....

....get down to the Challengers, brother. Where else can you watch a team get demolished 13-0 for free and still smile?

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Re: 2014 Challengers League season

Postby paquebot » Sun Jan 26, 2014 1:08 am

I feel like the Challengers League is missing something now that Namyangju is no longer around. It's nice for fans to see their team run up the score against Martyrs, but what we really need is a return of the bottom place grudge match. "Our team might be shit, we might have let in 100 goals this season, but at least we're not as bad as the other guys!"

Based on the reports posted here, the last Namyangju - Martyrs match was an epic encounter between the two sides.
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Re: 2014 Challengers League season

Postby Martyrs Forever » Sun Jan 26, 2014 10:36 am

I'm sorry I missed that one...the Piggy did a good write-up....I think the Goyang-Martyrs game meets that same need now...to be honest, there were a few games last year where I fancied us to win and we ended up losing....I sat next to you for the Yangju game and we hit the post near the end - that could have been a win or at least a draw. I maintain the problem being that 5 or 6 teams are simply too good and spoiling it as a competition...admittedly the Martyrs are too bad but a few players, a new coach and some cheerleaders could see us back to 2012 levels...

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Re: 2014 Challengers League season

Postby Holyjoe » Sat Feb 01, 2014 6:53 pm

Four days to go now until we get the fixtures, or at least until they hold their secret meeting to work out the fixtures. They've confirmed that the league will operate on a similar system to last season, ie two sections with teams playing each other home and away and an additional inter-league stage as well, the top three teams in each group then progressing to the championship playoffs. Uijeongbu FC are the only confirmed new participants for 2014, nobody has withdrawn from the league as yet so there will be nineteen teams taking part which will obviously give one group of ten and one of nine.


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