Friday, 15 April 2016


In his own words, this season is a very important one for Shoichi Koshimizu. This year the 25 year old from Japan is on his second assignment with Australian 2nd Tier outfit, Sunshine Coast FC.
Back in 2014 Koshimizu made his first trip to Australia to try his luck in the Queensland NPL. Koshimizu had spent his formative years with the Kanagawa University team before moving onto current J3 outfit YSCC Yokohama. Though 2014 ended with a serious knee injury, Koshimizu impressed enough to be invited back in 2016.
At present Sunshine Coast FC find themselves third from bottom, but the attacker has wasted no time in finding the back of the net. Forced to sit out the last two fixtures, Koshimizu has managed to bag three goals in his four appearances.
On Sunday (10/4/16) Sunshine Coast FC took the field without the Japanese import and were unlucky losers against Redlands United. The Fire drew level in the 79th minute only for a penalty to  be awarded to Redlands in the 86th minute.
Asked about the level of the Queensland NPL, Koshimizu was confident that . . . 

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Melbourne Victory v Suwon Bluewings: Asian Champions League Writer's Chat

Melbourne Victory v Suwon Bluewings
Melbourne Victory v Suwon Bluewings
In partnership with K-League United, East Asian Soccer has adopted the writer’s chat format for this special feature. 
First off East Asian Soccer Editor Lew Dub fires the questions at Suwon Bluewingsexpert Scott Whitelock.

1. Most Australians don’t know much about Suwon Bluewings. Can you tell us a little bit about the club’s pedigree and the kind of support they get?
Historically, Suwon Bluewings have been one of the strongest teams in Korea. They have won the K League on 4 separate occasions and have also finished as runners up on 4 occasions. They have also previously lifted the Asian Champions League twice. Backed by one of Korea’s biggest conglomerates they have been one of the more wealthy Korean teams in years gone by, however, in recent year this funding has been pulled and Suwon Bluewings’ power appears to diminish season on season. Their last title was won in 2008 and it  might be a few more years until the next one is won.

2. What kind of football should Melbourne Victory fans be expecting on Tuesday night?
That is a very good question, and one that I would really love to answer. Their 3 games so far, this season, have seen very contrasting performances. The first 3 halves of ACL football that they played saw play with a confidence and swagger that belied the young age of the squad. The passing was smooth and quick and they dominated Gamba Osaka and Shanghai SIPG, their respective opponents. Suwon attempted to keep the ball for long periods and then hit their opponents with quick attacking bursts down the wings. It was very pleasing to watch and the game plan was superbly orchestrated by their holding midfielder Park Hyun-bom. However, the latter 3 halves of football that Suwon have played in their fledgling 2016 campaign have been anything but pleasing. The passing fluency has all but vanished and far too often promising attacks are petering out because of a lack of fire power up front.
Their last game, against Seongnam FC demonstrated everything that is wrong with Suwon’s squad this year. For large parts of the game, Suwon controlled the ball and the midfield trio of Ko Cha-won, Kwon Chang-hoon and Park Hyun-bum stroked the ball around with consummate ease. But for all Suwon’s midfield dominance, they rarely registered any sort of threat on the Seongnam goal. Infact, despite having the majority of possession it wasn’t until the 41st minute that Suwon registered a shot on target. At the other end of the pitch it was more of the same, with all 4 defenders showing a significant lack of quality and in the 2nd half Seongnam looked like they would score with every attack. The veteran centre back, Lee Jung-soo, making his debut looked considerably out of place, losing possession a number of times and showing a distinct lack of pace.
We are hoping for a more attacking performance on Tuesday and hopefully Melbourne will face a tougher challenge than Seongnam did.
3. Santos has served Suwon well for three seasons, but what can you tell us about new Brazilian import Hygor? 
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Friday, 11 March 2016


The race for the Hyundai A-League finals is on in earnest. Perth Glory are now inside the top six and if current form is anything to go by the West Australians will be fighting it out in the finals. Meanwhile, both Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory’s seasons have fallen by the wayside.
With five games of the regular season remaining Sydney FC must correct an alarming run of form that has seen them collect just 3 points from the last 21 available. The form slump has been exacerbated by injuries and suspensions. Unfortunately, Alex Brosque has been ruled out for the season with a hamstring injury (only returning if the team goes deep into Finals).
Along with that, manager Graham Arnold has to navigate the Asian Champions League. [cont out our new website eastasiansoccer.co]

Friday, 26 February 2016


East Asian Soccer picks Ten of the Best personalities and players in the 2016 Asian Champions League.

Number 2 – Zhang Linpeng

Guangzhou Evergrande’s Zhang Linpeng burst into the consciousness of Australian football fans when he was red carded in a fiery ACL clash with Western Sydney Wanderers.
Easy to pick out with his tattooed forearms, Zhang often gets forward despite his position as fullback. He’s been the subject of much transfer speculation, but to this point the Chinese international remains the property of Guangzhou Evergrande.
Occasionally used in the centre back role, current manager Felipe Scolari has tended to utilise the 26 year old’s speed and power at fullback. Watch out for his long range shots which when on target are lethal.
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Saturday, 13 February 2016


In the shadows of the big spending Chinese teams and FC Tokyo's demolition of Chonburi FC, a man called Shim, Dong-woon scored a stunning hat-trick in the Asian Champions League's final play-off fixtures.

Shim's Pohang Steelers were expected to beat Vietnamese club Hanoi T&T comfortably but were it not for the 25 year old forward, things may have been a little different. Playing on the left of a front three Shim struck first with a superb volley worthy of a Champions League fixture, on any continent.

Shim had made an unchecked run into the centre of the pitch, where he met a long ball at the edge of the box and redirected it into the back of the net. [watch the goal and highlights on this link]

Pohang's pocket rocket then went on to score in the 62nd and 84th minutes. The win put his team into Group H of the ACL alongside Guangzhou Evergrande, Urawa Reds and Sydney FC.

It's hard to imagine a tougher or more glamorous group in the Asian Champions League. The only team in Group H not to have won the ACL is A-League outfit Sydney FC.

Pohang with their three titles as Asia's number one club (most recently 2009), will battle reigning champs Guangzhou Evergrande on 24th February. The Koreans are at home for their next two matches, and though Shim, Dong-woon is not renowned for his goal-scoring, the killer instinct he showed in the ACL play-off could be enough to guide his club through a tough group.

Most are predicting a battle for second place in this Group H. An in-form forward could be all that separates 2nd from the also rans.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016


Chonburi FC
Chonburi FC of Thailand.
Reports have emerged from Chonburi FC's Asian Champions League camp that there will be no down time for the team in Japan, unlike last year.

When Chonburi got to the play-off stage last year they faced Japan's Kashiwa Reysol. Unfortunately, when players were given some down time they took full advantage, and the coaching staff forgot the team's jerseys.

Last year Chonburi took well credentialed Kashiwa to extra time despite only five players showing up to the first training session in Japan.

On the shirt-front, it has been reported that the Sharks had to have new jerseys made up on the day of the game after coaching staff failed to pack the kit for the trip. In 2016 the management have wisely outlawed day trips.



Adelaide United have been in impressive form in the A-League of late, with 7 wins from their last 10 outings (+ 3 draws). Manager Guillermo Amor had to fend off some flak early in the season when the Reds limped to 3 draws from 8 games. But things have changed.

The criticism for straying from predecessor Josep Gombau’s easy on the eye, tiki taka style has now been silenced. In all truth, Amor’s Adelaide is only a slight departure, with players less likely to be stubbornly attempting to pass out of impossible situations.

In the January transfer window Adelaide lost passing midfielder Jimmy Jeggo and Osama Malik, but gained Stefan Mauk. The 20 year old midfielder is one of those rare Australians that looks comfortable on the ball and is reportedly being courted by clubs in Holland, Belgium and Germany. Adding to the ins, is the acquisition of former fan favourite Sergio van Dijk. The experienced striker is back from stints in Indonesia and Thailand. 

Poignantly Adelaide manager Amor emphasised the importance of the match for the locals in yesterday's press conference. "It's a big day for us, for Adelaide, the club and our supporters, and for Australian football in general," he said.

On the other hand, Shandong Luneng form part of the brave new world of Chinese soccer. Led by former Brazilian national team manager Mano Menezes, the east coast club were 6-0 victors last week in their first Asian Champions League play-off against Indians Mohun Bagan

As is standard with Chinese Super League clubs, Shandong have a bevy of foreigners at their disposal. Most well known would be Argentine international Walter Montillo in midfield. Amongst their Brazilian contingent is 27 year old Aloisio. The former Sao Paulo player picked up 22 goals as Shandong nudged Beijing Guoan out of 3rd place in last year’s CSL. 

Another one to watch in the orange team is Chinese national team midfielder Hao, Junmin. The 28 year old received a football education in Germany at Schalke 04 between 2009 and 2012, and he made an impression in the 2015 Asian Cup with his precision passing.

For neutrals this is probably the pick of the play-off matches in the east side of the Asian Champions League. Look out for Marcelo Carrusca, Adelaide’s midfield maestro whom a close friend of mine says is, “too good for the A-League.” Powerful Bruce Djite will be a thorn in the sides of Shandong's less physically imposing defenders. Throw in fleet-footed fullback Tarek Elrich and the home side should just have enough to join Hiroshima, FC Seoul and Buriram in Group F of the Asian Champions League.