Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors win 5th consecutive K League 1 championship
Updated: 2021-12-06 17:04:05 KST
And time now for "This Week in Sports" and so joining us in the studio is our sports editor Paul Neat.
Paul, let's begin with K League football.
Jeonbuk are champions yet again.
Yes, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors are K League Champions for a record-extending fifth consecutive year.
Jeonbuk sealed their latest and ninth crown on Sunday the final day of the season following a 2-0 win over Jeju United.
In what was one of the closest K League 1 title races in recent history, Jeonbuk Hyundai ran out 2-0 winners on Sunday thanks to second-half strikes from Han Kyo-won and Song Min-kyu.
A draw would have sealed it with Ulsan two points behind and with seven goals scored fewer.
A Jeonbuk legend as a player, Manager Kim Sang-sik guided Jeonbuk to 22 victories from 38 games.
Jeonbuk's attack was led by Gustavo and Stanislav Iljutcenko who bagged 15 goals each.
The duo became the first Jeonbuk players to reach 15 goals in a single season since Lee Dong-gook with 26 and Eninho with 15 in 2012.
Overall, Jeonbuk scored the most goals in K League 1 this season with 71 and conceded the fewest with 37.
On the subject of K League, I understand that Lee Seung-woo has returned to Korea.
What can you tell us about that?
Yes, Lee Seung-woo has signed for Suwon FC in K League 1.
Lee was released from his contract with Belgian side Sint Truiden last week.
Then Suwon FC announced his arrival on Friday in what is believed to be a long-term contract.
Lee Seung-woo who is from the city of Suwon joined Barcelona's famous youth academy in 2011 at 13 and scored 39 goals in 29 matches in his first season there, breaking a record once held by Lionel Messi.
But his senior career has been stop-start, spent mostly on the benches of teams across Europe.
Speaking of Korean stars in Europe, Son Heung-min was back amongst the goals over the weekend.
Yes, indeed he was, scoring in two matches in a row last week in fact.
Son scored one and assisted one during Sunday's 3-0 Premier League win at home to Norwich City.
The assist came for the game's opener after 10 minutes… laying the ball into Lucas Moura who found the top corner 20 yards out.
Son had a hand in the second too as it was his corner which led to Davinson Sanchez firing in from close range on 67 minutes.
Son then capped off the win with a goal of his own with 77 minutes on the clock, showing neat footwork in the box before slotting the ball into the bottom corner.
It was Son's second goal in a week having also scored in the 2-0 win over Brentford on Thursday night… his first since October 17th.
Son is now on six Premier League goals for the season.
Elsewhere in Europe, fellow Korean international Lee Kang-in on Saturday provided an assist in Real Mallorca's 2-1 away win over Atletico Madrid.
Hwang Ui-jo too on Sunday setting up Alberth Ellis in Bordeaux's 2-2 draw with Lyon.
To tennis now, the Women's Tennis Association is pulling out of China for the time being.
What can you tell us about that?
The WTA recently announced the immediate suspension of all tournaments in China amid concern for Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai.
Peng disappeared from public view for three weeks after accusing a top Chinese official of sexual assault.
WTA chief Steve Simon said he had "serious doubts" that Peng was "free, safe and not subject to intimidation."
He also said that "in good conscience," he doesn't see how athletes can be asked to compete in China.
In response, China said it "opposes the politic-ization of sports."
Peng had said she was "safe and well" during a November video call with Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee.
However, the WTA said the video was "insufficient evidence."
To golf now. Already, we are gearing up for the 2022 LPGA season.
That's right, eight South Korean players are involved in the LPGA qualifying tournament.
The first phase of the LPGA Q-Series teed off on Thursday in Alabama, for a 72-hole run.
Choi Hye-jin is the highest-ranked South Korean… sitting in second place at 17-under 269.
An Na-rin is third at 14 under.
Play resumes Thursday with the top 45 players and ties from the next 72-hole event earning LPGA status for 2022.
The South Korean city of Gwangju has been chosen to host the World Archery Championships in 2025.
Something to look forward to.
Gwangju Mayor Lee Yong-seop said in an online briefing on Monday that the decision was made by the executive board of world archery, and he received the news on Sunday evening.
This city in Jeollanam-do Province beat Madrid in a vote ten to one.
South Korea will be hosting the event for the third time Seoul having done so in 1985 and Ulsan in 2009.
It's expected to bring together around 11-hundred competitors from 90 different countries.
And finally, two Black professional baseball players are headed for the U.S. National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Yes, that's right. Buck O'Neill and Bud Fowler were on Sunday elected into the National Hall of Fame.
O'Neill who died in 2006 was known as an ambassador for baseball and played 10 seasons with Memphis Red Sox and Kansas City Monarchs.
Fowler gained recognition for being the first Black professional baseball player and played in more than a dozen leagues before his death in 1913.
MLB said it is "correcting a longtime oversight in the game's history" by recognizing players from the Negro Leagues.
They will be officially inducted in Cooperstown, New York on July 24th 2022.
Thank you for that, Paul. See you next week.