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South Korean captain signs for Newcastle United

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Ki Sung-Yueng is staying in the Premier League even as his Swansea City side joins the Championship.

South Korea’s captain is signing a two-year deal with Newcastle United. He had two goals and two assists in under 2,000 minutes for Swans last season.

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The Chronicle claims that Everton, West Ham, and AC Milan wanted to sign Ki, but the 29-year-old opted for a return to Northeast England having played on loan for rivals Sunderland.

Ki has also played for Celtic and FC Seoul, and is fresh off another stint captaining South Korea at the World Cup. Ki has 104 caps with 10 goals. From NUFC.co.uk:

“I’m so pleased I can join the club. I was always pleasantly surprised when I came to St. James’ Park to play against Newcastle – there is a great atmosphere and the passion from the fans is a great support to the players.

“Everyone knows how big this club is so I’m really looking forward to playing with my teammates and for the fans.”

Out in the group stage, but up in transfer stock

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Hyeon-woo Jo had an exceptional World Cup.

His South Korean national team did not.

But that will not stop potential suitors from seeking the 26-year-old goalkeeper who was named Man of the Match against Germany.

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And there will be many more. The 2014 World Cup saw names like DeAndre Yedlin (USMNT), James Rodriguez (Colombia), and Keylor Navas (Costa Rica) gain plenty of renown.

Here’s a list of names who’ve left the World Cup in the group stage but will certainly have their proverbial tires kicked.

Hyeon-woo Jo, South Korea (Daegu FC)

And he’s humble, to boot. From FIFA.com:

“I’ve never had a perfect game like this before, in my entire career, but I wasn’t saving all the shots by myself today – I thought the other goalkeepers [Kim] Seunggyu and [Kim] Jinhyeon were also giving me a hand.”

Salem Al-Dawsari, Saudi Arabia (Al-Hilal)

Didn’t see much time on loan at Villarreal this season, but clearly is a player not constrained to playing in his home country. The 26-year-old winger scored, averaged key passes per game, and threw in 2.3 interceptions per contest for good measure.

Kenneth Omeruo, Nigeria (Kasimpasa)

The center back registered an assist and played an all-around game for Nigeria. At 24, he should have plenty of suitors.

Lee Jae-sung, South Korea (Jeonbuk Hyundai)

If the 25-year-old midfielder’s status as the 2017 K-League Most Valuable Player hadn’t already raised some eyebrows, his job patrolling the center of the park certainly did the trick.

Ramin Rezaeian, Iran (Oostende)

The 28-year-old right-sided man can play right back or more advanced. He’s a bit longer-in-the-tooth in terms of prospect, but a club could do worse in adding depth.

Moussa Wagué, Senegal (Eupen)

A 19-year-old right back whose name was already popping up in the rumor mill, he’s going to be carrying even more interest after scoring against Japan.

VIDEO: Mexican fans party outside South Korean embassy

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San Zusi, make room inside the pearly gates for San Kim and San Son.

We learned how much Mexico loves a little help from other national teams when Graham Zusi saved El Tri’s spot in the 2014 World Cup.

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South Korea is feeling that love Wednesday after holding off Germany and allowing Mexico into the knockout rounds despite a 3-0 loss to Sweden.

Heung-Min Son and Young-Gwon Kim scored the goals for South Korea, who beat Germany 2-0.

There’s also this, the Korean call of the opening goal and elation after referee Mark Geiger announced that VAR helped it overcome the linesman’s flag.

Germany crash out of World Cup

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  • Germany crash out of group stage for first time in history 
  • Mexico, Sweden advance from Group F
  • South Korea score two goals late on
  • Last time Germany failed in first round was in 1938, before group stage format was introduced

South Korea beat Germany 2-0 as the reigning World Cup champions have crashed out of the group stage for the first time in their history.

The number one ranked team on the planet is out.

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Two stoppage time goals for Korea did the damage, as Sweden’s 3-0 win over Mexico made sure that Germany will not get a chance to defend the World Cup trophy it won in 2014.

Mats Hummels had three headers late on which went close but Germany looked sluggish in their moment of need and Joachim Low will be left scratching his head in disbelief.

Utter devastation from Germany as the pre-tournament favorites are out.

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Germany came flying out of the traps early on and a fine break should have resulted in a tap in but South Korea’s defense came to the rescue at the key moment.

At the other end there was almost a huge error from Manuel Neuer, as he spilled Jung Woo-Young’s free kick but the ball was cleared for a corner in a huge let off for Germany.

With nothing to lose Korea pressed high up the pitch on Germany and the reigning World Cup champions looked uneasy in possession as they struggled to get going in the first half. Timo Werner had a deflected shot which lobbed over the bar and from that resulting corner Hummels couldn’t convert a chance from close range.

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In the second half Germany had all the play as Leon Goretzka’s header from a wonderful Joshua Kimmich cross was superbly saved by Cho Hyun-Woo.

Germany continued to press but failed to carve out real clear-cut chances as South Korea looked dangerous on the break.

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On one of those breaks Heung-Min Son drilled an effort just wide as South Korea almost went ahead.

At the other end Germany’s best chance fell to center back Hummels but he got it all wrong six yards out as the ball came off his shoulder.

In stoppage time there was real drama as South Korea took the lead but the goal was initially chalked out for for being offside… then U.S. referee Mark Geiger overturned the decision via VAR as the ball deflected off of Toni Kroos and into Kim Young-gwon’s path to finish.

Drama.

Hummels then had a header land on the roof of the net as Germany pushed hard but they pushed too hard.

Son scored a late goal with Neuer out of his net to make it 2-0 and finally seal Germany’s fate with Hummels missing another late header.

WATCH: Spurs’ Son scores sensational consolation goal for South Korea

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South Korea has not had a good World Cup, but the Taegeuk Warriors have a fine goal for their tournament highlight reel.

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Tottenham Hotspur star Heung-Min Son was frustrated by Mexico’s stifling defense for most of the day, but El Tri had little hope of stopping his stoppage time stunner.

Son took a lay-off and then used a pick into his yard of space to rip into a shot in the third minute of extra time.

South Korea must hope for Germany to beat Sweden, then for Mexico to beat Sweden while it beats Germany and builds goals for tiebreakers.

As unlikely as that is, at least Son had this moment.