Ki Sung-yueng and Koo Ja-cheol retire

Photo from Korean Football News
News broke on Wednesday that Ki Sung-yueng and Koo Ja-cheol of Newcastle United and FC Augsburg respectively would retire from international football. Both players announced the news just days after the country exited the Asian Cup at the hands of Qatar. Although it was very much expected and the Koreans fans where prepared for the news as Bento looks to build a team for the future. 

Pair step down from International duty 

As the two players retired today it is clear the headlines were saved for the captain Ki Sung-yueng. The Newcastle United player ended his Asian Cup in disappointing circumstances as he picked up an injury. Am sure at that point the player realised any lasting hopes he had for playing for his country gone.

In his statement the 30-year-old said;
"It was a great honour to put on the South Korea shirt and take on the great responsibility during the 2019 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup. The national team in football means precious more than anything else. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all the fans who have supported me so much. I believe that the team who had a difficult time at the Asian Cup will be able to overcome this under the direction of Bento as coach" 

The player now leaves the national setup as a player who will not be forgotten quickly. In his time with South Korea, he picked up 10 goals in 110 matches, while also playing at three World Cups. His 110 caps mean he is the eighth most capped player in Korean football history.

Included in his great international career the midfielder played at the London Olympics picking up a  bronze medal for his side. Included in this great success was a win over the 'hosts' Team GB on penalties at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

He also captained his side at the Asian Cup in 2015 and the 2018 World Cup in Russia. He was voted in his time player of the year in 2011, 2012 and 2016.

Moving on to Koo Ja-cheol the midfielder at German club FC Augsburg was able to retire a bit quieter. The 29-year-old leaves the international set-up having picked up 76 caps, scoring 19 times in the process. 

The player retires after playing at two World Cups and three Asian Cups, he was also part of the Olympic team to pick up Bronze in London. The player even scored at the Olympics in a 2-0 win over Japan in Cardiff. Meanwhile, the player too scored in a 4-2 defeat over Algeria during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. 

On top of this, the player had his best scoring record at a tournament during the Qatar Asian Cup in 2011. This was seen as the player scored five times with the country eventually losing out to Japan in the Semi Final. 

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