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Ex-FIFA VP Chung wants change

FIFA World Cup
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 By John Duerden

For China and North Korea, the East Asian Cup can be a confidence builder

China are the hosts for the East Asian Cup and are seeking their their third title.

The East Asian Cup is an unusual tournament.

The trophy itself doesn't really matter; few fans would be able to describe what it looks like much less name the nations to have lifted it since it came into existence in 2003 (China and South Korea have won it twice and Japan have one win).

Yet, lose the three games against close, in all senses of the word, rivals and coaches may find that their positions are not as secure as they think. And if you asked fans in South Korea, Japan, China and North Korea...

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Chung Mong-Joon to fight Michel Platini for FIFA presidency

Get up to speed with FIFA presidental candidate Michel Platini's amazing record as a player
Michel Platini will stand as a candidate to replace Sepp Blatter as the next president of FIFA, world football's governing body.
French World Cup winners Didier Deschamps and Robert Pires have backed their countryman Michel Platini, who is expected to annouce he is running for FIFA President
The ESPN FC panel discusses the FIFA presidency candidates and their thoughts on the favourites to win the spot, specifically Michele Platini.

Chung Mong-Joon has confirmed he plans to run for the FIFA presidency at next year's election, saying Michel Platini is not the right man for the job.

The South Korean, a former FIFA vice-president, said earlier this month that a non-European leader would help breathe "new wind" into world football's governing body.

UEFA president Platini has also confirmed that he plans to challenge for the position when Sepp Blatter's reign comes to an end at the election on Feb. 26

Chung told the BBC's...

 By John Duerden

Martin Rennie's South Korean mission with second tier Seoul E-Land

Former MLS boss Martin Rennie took charge of Korean second tier side Seoul E-Land last year and is dreaming big.

Seoul 1988. Members of the international media were enjoying a few beers around the US military base in the Korean capital when word started to spread of a huge story. Calls were made, mouths were dropped and copies were written as one of the biggest scandals in Olympic history came to light.

27 years later the biggest sports story coming out of the huge stadium on the south bank of the mighty Han River is not a steroid-taking Ben Johnson but Martin Rennie and Seoul E-Land FC.

The Scot is building...

Former FIFA VP Chung Mong-joon may run in election, criticises Sepp Blatter

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner and Alexis Nunes give their thoughts on today's FIFA Executive Committee News Conference and discuss the best person to replace Sepp Blatter.
The ESPN FC crew discuss FIFA President Sepp Blatter's press conference where he states that he remain president until February of 2016.
UEFA spokesperson Pedro Pinto hinted that Michel Platini might stand for the FIFA presidency, as he spoke to the cameras in Zurich.
The Highly Questionable crew debate whether Simon Budnik's antics towards Sepp Blatter was worth it.

South Korean powerbroker Chung Mong-joon is leaning toward running for the FIFA presidency as a replacement for Sepp Blatter, telling The Associated Press that a non-European leader would help breathe "new wind" into football's international governing body.

A former FIFA vice president, Chung also criticised the decision this week to allow Blatter to remain as president until the election on Feb. 26, despite calls for him to immediately step down amid mounting pressure to reform as U.S. and Swiss...

 By John Duerden

Teenager Seung-woo builds bridge between Korea and Barcelona

Seventeen-year-old South Korean Lee Seung-woo looks set to be promoted to Barca B, the path many legends, including Lionel Messi, have taken before making the first team. Photo credit: Lee Seung-woo

Just five years ago South Korea fell out with Barcelona in a big way when the arrival of the Catalan giants provoked a furious reaction on a sultry summer's night.

The perceived attitude, the lack of interest in the country and a prematch media conference from Pep Guardiola -- one that would have been seen as frosty had it come the night before a title-deciding Clasico instead of what was supposed to be a brand-building, fan-attracting exercise -- all left something of bad taste in the mouth.

It...