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Player of the Week - Ki Sung-yeung

Player of the Week - Ki Sung-yeung

Swansea surprise Man Utd on opening day!

The opening day of the Premier League season started with a nasty suprise for Manchester United and a great result for Swansea City.  The Swans, from Wales, beat The Red Devils 2-1 and won a league game at Old Trafford for the first time in their 102 year history. The match was Manchester United's Louis van Gaal's first competitive game as manager, but won't be remembered by him or Man Utd fans with much joy.Ki celebrates his goal The opening goal was scored by Swansea City's Ki Sung-yeung and, despite Man Utd's Wayne Rooney equalising just after half-time, Swansea won the game with a goal from Icelandic midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson. 

 

Who was Man of the Match?

There were a few possiblilities for Man of the Match and one of them was Man Utd's Wayne Rooney. Rooney has been chosen as the new Manchester United captain and gave a captain's performance, scoring the equaliser with a bicycle kick and later hitting the post with a fantastic free-kick. However, after their fantastic performance, the Man of the Match has to go to a player from the Swansea team. Ki celebrates with Swansea manager, Garry Monk All of the Swansea players played well, including Sigurdsson, who scored the winning goal on his second debut for Swansea, and Lukasz Fabianski, Swansea's new goalkeeper, who has signed from Arsenal. But our Man of the Match was the South Korean midfielder Ki Sung-yeung, who, in his first competitive game for Swansea in over a year, had a great game and scored his first ever goal for Swansea to help them to a famous victory. 

"I don't think anyone expected us to win. But every single player deserved it."  Ki Sung-yeung

What do we know about Ki Sung-yeung?

Ki Sung-yeung was born in January 1989 and is from Gwangju, which is a city of over a million people in the south of South Korea. When Ki was 12 years old, he went to study in Australia because his dad saw this as a good opportunity to play football and study English at the same time. He studied and played football for 5 years in Australia and used 'David' as his English name! He became fluent in English while studying in Australia.

"This is something that I have dreamt about since I was a child - playing in the Premier League, against the best players in the world."  Ki Sung-yeung

In 2006 he returned to South Korea to play for FC Seoul. After three successful seasons at FC Seoul, Ki moved abroad again. This time he moved to Scotland to play for Celtic. During his time with Celtic, Ki won both the Scottish League and Scottish Cup and in 2012 moved to the Premier League to play for Swansea City.

What has Ki achieved in the Premier League?

Ki was on loan at Sunderland last season When Ki signed for Swansea, he became the Welsh club's most expensive signing at about £6 million and made over 30 appearances for the club. He also won a League Cup winners medal when, in 2013, Swansea won their first major trophy in English football. Despite this, in August 2013, Ki was sent on loan to Sunderland for the 2013/14 season. Ki was also successsful in the Sunderland team, and played in his second Wembley Final in two seasons when Sunderland reached the League Cup Final in 2014. Ki was one of the stars of the competition and scored against Chelsea in the quarter-final and also scored the winning penalty in a shoot-out against Manchester United at Old Trafford in the semi-final. Unfortunately, there was was no happy ending this time because Sunderland lost 3-1 in the Final to Manchester City

"I am back in the team and I want to play for Swansea and fight for my place."  Ki Sung-yeung

Has Ki had success with South Korea?

Ki celebrates victory with South KoreaKi has made over 60 appearances for the South Korean national team and has been a regular in the team since he made his debut in June 2008. He has played in two World Cup Finals and played in all three of South Koreas' matches at Brazil 2014. It wasn't a successful tournament for the Koreans; they didn't win any of their three matches. The London Olympics in 2012 was a happier ocassion for Ki and South Korea. Ki scored the winning penalty in a quarter-final shoot-out against Great Britain, and South Korea went on to win a bronze medal after beating Japan 2-0 in the bronze-medal match. It was only the second time an Asian football team won an Olympic medal.

Watch a video of Ki Sung-yeung talking about his match-winning performance against Manchester United on Swansea City's official website.

Ki celebrates scoring at Old Trafford, Getty.

What did you understand?

 
How much did you understand?

Swansea surprise Man Utd on opening day!

The opening day of the Premier League season started with a nasty suprise for Manchester United and a great result for Swansea City.  The Swans, from Wales, beat The Red Devils 2-1 and won a league game at Old Trafford for the first time in their 102 year history. The match was Manchester United's Louis van Gaal's first competitive game as manager, but won't be remembered by him or Man Utd fans with much joy.Ki celebrates his goal The opening goal was scored by Swansea City's Ki Sung-yeung and despite Man Utd's Wayne Rooney equalising just after half-time Swansea won the game with a goal from Icelandic midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson. 

 

Who was Man of the Match?

There were a few possiblilities for Man of the Match and one of them was Man Utd's Wayne Rooney. Rooney has been chosen as the new Manchester United captain and produced a captain's performance, scoring the equaliser with a bicycle kick and later hitting the post with a fantastic free-kick. However, after a fantastic performance the Man of the Match has to go to a player from the Swansea team. Ki celebrates with Swansea manager, Garry Monk All of the Swansea players played well including Sigurdsson, who scored the winning goal on his second debut for Swansea, and Lukasz Fabianski, Swansea's new goalkeeper who has signed from Arsenal. But our Man of the Match was the South Korean midfielder Ki Sung-yeung, who in his first competitive game for Swansea in over a year, had a great game and scored his first ever goal for Swansea to help them to a famous victory. 

"I don't think anyone expected us to win. But every single player deserved it."  Ki Sung-yeung

What do we know about Ki Sung-yeung?

Ki Sung-yeung was born in January 1989, and is from Gwangju, which is a city of over a million people in the south of South Korea. When Ki was 12 years old, he went to study in Australia because his dad saw this as a good opportunity to play football and study English at the same time. He studied and played football for 5 years in Australia and used 'David' as his English name! He became fluent in English while studying in Australia.

"This is something that I have dreamt about since I was a child - playing in the Premier League, against the best players in the world."  Ki Sung-yeung

In 2006 he returned to South Korea to play for FC Seoul. After three successful seasons at FC Seoul, Ki moved abroad again. This time he moved to Scotland to play for Celtic. During his time with Celtic, Ki won both the Scottish League and Scottish Cup and in 2012 moved to the Premier League to play for Swansea City.

What has Ki achieved in the Premier League?

Ki was on loan at Sunderland last season When Ki signed for Swansea he became the Welsh club's most expensive signing at about £6 million and made over 30 appearances for the club. He also won a League Cup winners medal when, in 2013, Swansea won their first major trophy in English football. Despite this, in August 2013 Ki was sent on loan to Sunderland for the 2013/14 season. Ki was also successsful in the Sunderland team, and played in his second Wembley Final in two seasons when Sunderland reached the League Cup Final in 2014. Ki was one of the stars of the competition and scored against Chelsea in the quarter-final and also scored the winning penalty in a shoot-out against Manchester United at Old Trafford in the semi-final. Unfortunately, there was was no happy ending this time because Sunderland lost 3-1 in the Final to Manchester City

"I am back in the team and I want to play for Swansea and fight for my place."  Ki Sung-yeung

Has Ki had success with South Korea?

Ki celebrates victory with South KoreaKi has made over 60 appearances for the South Korean national team and has been a regular in the team since he made his debut in June 2008. He has played in two World Cup Finals and played in all three of South Koreas' matches at Brazil 2014. It wasn't a successful tournament for the Koreans, they didn't win any of their three matches. The London Olympics in 2012 was a happier ocassion for Ki and South Korea. Ki scored the winning penalty in a quarter-final shoot-out against Great Britain, and South Korea went on to win a bronze medal after beating Japan 2-0 in the bronze-medal match. It was only the second time an Asian football team had won an Olympic medal.

Watch a video of Ki Sung-yeung talking about his match winning performace against Manchester United on Swansea City's official website.

Activity 1: In this activity, try to answer the questions to show how much of the article you understand.

 


 

Put the words together as quick as you can.
Activity 2: Have a go at this game against the clock. Can you put the words in the right order?

 


 

Did you know......?

  • As a teenager in Australia, Ki was coached by Jeff Hopkins, who is from Swansea! 
  • Ki is married to Han Hye-jin, who is a famous actress in South Korea.
  • Swansea and Ki won their first major English trophy in 2013, but Swansea have won the Welsh Cup 10 times!.
  • Some other famous Koreans to have played in the Premier League include Park Ji-sung (Man Utd) and Ji Dong-won (Sunderland).
  • Swansea share their Liberty Stadium with a rugby team called 'Ospreys'.
Ki receives a yellow card at the World Cup in Brazil, Getty.

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Was Swansea's the best performance of the first weekend of the 2014/15 season?

Who was your Player of the Week?

Will Manchester United improve after this defeat?

Did you learn any new words?

 

 

 

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frdnd12
20/08/2014
TR
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nice :D


frdnd12
20/08/2014 13:18
Turkey
Chelsea
0

nice :D

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MUGEMANYI
03/12/2015
RW
2320
points

Great


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MUGEMANYI
03/12/2015 04:44
Rwanda
Arsenal
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Great

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almirpereira
26/10/2015
BR
1315
points

Uhf , difficult up!!!!


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almirpereira
26/10/2015 16:29
Brazil
Chelsea
1315

Uhf , difficult up!!!!

nikosonris
13/11/2015
UA
2453
points

The Swans are not a very stable team. They have their ups and downs.


nikosonris
13/11/2015 13:29
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

The Swans are not a very stable team. They have their ups and downs.

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MUGEMANYI
03/12/2015
RW
2320
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The same in this season too. They're not consistent


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MUGEMANYI
03/12/2015 04:44
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

The same in this season too. They're not consistent

nikosonris
04/12/2015
UA
2453
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If Garry Monk fails to boost their performance in the fixtures coming up, I think he will be forced to leave the team(


nikosonris
04/12/2015 16:51
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

If Garry Monk fails to boost their performance in the fixtures coming up, I think he will be forced to leave the team(

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aragorn1986
28/11/2015
ME
3424
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The Swans are proud of Wales. I enjoy watching them playing in the BPL. Also, a team hard to predict.


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aragorn1986
28/11/2015 20:18
Montenegro
Arsenal
3424

The Swans are proud of Wales. I enjoy watching them playing in the BPL. Also, a team hard to predict.

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MUGEMANYI
03/12/2015
RW
2320
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Premier league is popular for sure


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MUGEMANYI
03/12/2015 04:42
Rwanda
Arsenal
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Premier league is popular for sure

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MUGEMANYI
03/12/2015
RW
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The new word is abroad


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MUGEMANYI
03/12/2015 04:40
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Arsenal
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The new word is abroad

assemjuve
27/02/2016
PS
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Yes.


assemjuve
27/02/2016 09:39
Palestinian Territory
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Yes.

assemjuve
27/02/2016
PS
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No they will not.


assemjuve
27/02/2016 09:39
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No they will not.

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HakanUslu1881
23/03/2016
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I don't know.


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HakanUslu1881
23/03/2016 03:31
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Leicester City
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I don't know.

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HakanUslu1881
23/03/2016
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Ki Sung-yeung


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HakanUslu1881
23/03/2016 03:32
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Ki Sung-yeung

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HakanUslu1881
23/03/2016
TR
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We will see


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HakanUslu1881
23/03/2016 03:32
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Leicester City
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We will see

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HakanUslu1881
23/03/2016
TR
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Yes,it is nasty.


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HakanUslu1881
23/03/2016 03:32
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Yes,it is nasty.

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