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Asia has a new champion: South Korea’s Ulsan Hyundai

Nov 10, 2012, 8:30 AM EST

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Though our soccer Saturday is just starting, the day is well underway in Asia, where the AFC have crowned a new confederation champion. And thanks to one of the goal celebrations, we also got confirmation that Gangnam Style is still a thing. Thanks for that, Rafinha.

The Brazilian attacker, who scored the day’s second goal, helped complete South Korea’s Ulsan Hyundai’s remarkable run to their first confederation title. In front of 42,153 at the Big Crown in Ulsan, last year’s K-League runners-up got goals from Korean international defender Kwak Taw-Hwi (13′), Rafinha (67′), and winger Kim Seung-Yong (76′) en route to a surprisingly easy 3-0 win over Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ahli.

The win culminated an amazing 10-0-2 run by Ulsan, with the team overcoming a slow start to blast their way through the last half of the competition. Once done with their East Asian competition (after the Round of 16), Ulsan posted +12 goal difference over the tournament’s last three round. They closed the competition with nine straight wins.

Along the way, Ulsan became the seventh different Korean team to win an Asian title, the third to claim the crown in the last four years. A K-League team has appeared in eight of the last 12 finals.

Forward Lee Keun-Ho, in his first season with Ulsan after five years in Japan, was named tournament MVP, with Kwak earning the honors for the final game.

Here are the highlights. Whoop `em Ulsan Style.

  1. tylerbetts - Nov 10, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Richard, as always, thanks for providing coverage of the less-talked-about tournaments from around the world. Posts like this are what have moved PST (finally) ahead of the other soccer sites I visit and made it my first visit daily – finally beating out SBI.

    This leaves just two spots to be determined in the FIFA Club World Cup – another one of those tournaments that I probably assign more value and meaning to than most of the known Universe does. Can we expect similar coverage next week for the CAF Champions League final?

  2. footballer4ever - Nov 10, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    I concur with one of the finest PST contributor/fan, tylerbetts.

    In my case, PST is the main sports blog i access often throughout the day. The whole world of football is vast and sometimes you can’t please everyone. It’s neat to see relevant stories about other leagues, tournaments or confederations. With the new NBC football Premier League acquisition, this blog will “explode” into a bigger, better and successful place.

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