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K League Internationals November 2023 Preview

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In what is definitely the final international break of the 2023 K League season, South Korea get their World Cup qualification campaign underway and there's a potential K League derby in the UEFA Euro qualifiers.

World Cup qualification begins for South Korea

Now unbeaten in five with three straight wins, four cleansheets, and 12 goals scored, South Korea begin their World Cup qualification campaign this Thursday with the visit of Singapore. It'll actually be the first-ever meeting between the two countries as they have never played each other before.  Nine K League-based players have been called up by Jurgen Klinsmann including five from Ulsan Hyundai. After Singapore on Thursday 16th November, Korea travel to Shenzhen to take on China on Tuesday 21st November in another World Cup qualifier.


K League call-ups

Jo Hyeon-woo, Ulsan Hyundai
Kim Young-gwon, Ulsan Hyundai
Kim Tae-hwan, Ulsan Hyundai
Jung Seung-hyun, Ulsan Hyundai
Seol Young-woo, Ulsan Hyundai
Kim Jin-su, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Lee Ki-je, Suwon Samsung Bluewings
Moon Seon-min, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Lee Soon-min, Gwangju FC


Hungary, Martin Ádám

Bulgaria and a potential K League derby against Montenegro is what's next for Ulsan Hyundai's Martin Ádám. Both are UEFA Euro qualifiers and the last before potential qualification to Euro 2024, first away to Bulgaria in Plovdiv in the early hours of Friday morning Korea time, then Montenegro at home on Sunday and a potential clash with Gangwon's Marko Tuci. Hungary sit top of Group G but only one point clear of Serbia. If they want to preserve top spot then there's very little margin for error. Ádám's most recent goal for Hungary game against Bulgaria in a 3-0 win back in March. Bulgaria are bottom of the group with just two points to show for their endeavours so far.

Montenegro, Marko Tuci

Elsewhere in Group G, just a couple of places below Hungary sits Montenegro who still have a chance of qualifying and so the upcoming qualifiers with Lithuania are Hungary are crucial. Gangwon FC centre back Marko Tuci keeps his place in the squad following impressive performances at the heart of the Bears back line while Stefan Mugosa hasn't been called up due to injury. Tuci will be looking to add to his three caps. In the last international break, the 24-year-old made his first competitive start for his country - the 3-1 loss to Serbia. Lithuania at home kicks off at 4:45 AM KST on Friday, November 17th while Hungary away is 11 PM Sunday night.


Albania, Jasir Asani

Sitting top of Group E in UEFA Euro qualification, Albania and Jasir Asani will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to seven. They take on Moldovia on Friday night or the early hours of Saturday morning Korea time then host the Faroe Islands at 4:45 AM KST on Tuesday 21st November. Moldova sit second-bottom of the group with two wins from six matches while the Faroe Islands are yet to win. Moldova are unbeaten in their last three matches but Albania won the last meeting 2-0 with Asani getting on the scoresheet. Asani got an assist in the 3-1 win away to the Faroe Islands in June.

Azerbaijan, Anton Kryvotsyuk

Daejeon Hana Citizen's Anton Kryvotsyuk has been called up for Azerbaijan's last two UEFA Euro qualifiers. Azerbaijan cannot qualify directly but may still be able to advance to the playoffs. They take on Sweden at home on Friday morning Korea time then Belgium away on Monday at 2 AM Korea time. Sweden sit just one place and three points above Azerbaijan in Group G. The most recent meeting, though, ended 5-0 to Sweden; Belgium have already qualified.