I am really getting troubled by how football in Korea has been lately. Of course naturally these thoughts have just begun to escalate fast after Korea's 1-0 and 3-1 losses to Vietnam and Oman, but it's been in back of my mind as far as couple months ago. Let's see some of the troubles that we are experiencing right now: 1.) Horrible form from the senior national team: well we lost to Vietnam and Oman, enough said. Although the team was mostly made of domestic players in these matches, there is no way to excuse them from these results. Both the mentality of the players and bad coaching has to take the blame here. This dates back even further all the way back to the Columbia match, though... I don't think our NT have had a truly impressive performance ever since the new year began (vs Japan is an exception, but they were a weakened side. I suppose we were alright against Argentina, but they were also a "B" side. We were horrible against Uruguay), and our chronic problem of not finishing in front of the net has been more prominent than ever before. We also must learn how to play better away from home as well. I heard that KFA are putting on an emergency meeting to discuss the state of the affairs in the Korean football, and it's about damn time. I hope these losses against Vietnam and Nepal are going to be the wakeup call and that we will perform better by the time Asian cup rolls around. 2.) Struggles of our Foreign-based players: Gosh where do I start here... it seems as though every one of our foreign players have been struggling as of late. - Song Chong-Gug have been relegated to the bench after struggling big time ever since the start of the season, even though he's not suffering from any injuries or anything (strange, as he is usually very consistent). - Park Ji-Sung. After an impressive Peace cup performance, he is now really struggling and has been relegated to the bench. Seems like he has lost all his confidence. - Lee Chun-Soo, as impressive performances as he may be showing in his rookie year in Real Sociedad, is failing to do one critical thing for a forward; scoring goals. If he fails to score in next couple games, he may run out of his chances. - Cha Doo-Ri, although starting game in and game out, haven't scored a goal in the domestic play yet. You can attribute it to the fact that Frankfurt are a crappy team and that he has weak support from the teammates, but it's still inexcuseable for a forward to start that many games and not have one single goal. - Seol Ki-Hyeon, although he had been playing okay, is now injured and our for couple months. Ko Jong-Su have completely failed in Japan and he may never recover. Yoo Sang-Chul and Choi Young-Soo has been consistent, yes, but not spectacular. Kim Eun-Jung have seem to have disappeared off the face of the earth (I'm not hearing anything about how he is doing in Japan). - Guys like Lee Eul-Yong and Kim Nam Il, have failed with the European teams and has since returned to K-league. So the only guys that have been pretty consistent overseas have been Lee Young-Pyo and Ahn Jung-Hwan. Everyone else is really struggling one way or another. 3.) Our youth teams are really struggling as well. The olympic team gave poor performances against Hong Kong in the preliminary rounds (mostly because of Kim Ho-Gon and his lack of logic, tactics and intelligence in coaching, people say), and if they don't come around, they may follow in the footsteps of the Senior team and completely collapse. This combined with the fact that we got Iran and China lurking around for the next round, I've never been more worried about our chances of getting to the olympics. We all know about the complete collapse of the U-17 team in the world championships... big disappointment... and our U-20 team doesn't look too good either for the upcoming world championships as well with various injuries are happening within the team (and major players at that, Choi Sung-Kook and Jung Jo-Gook comes to mind). So, the things haven't been looking too good for Korean football as of late. The scary thing is that all of this is happening so fast, only a bit more than a year since our glory during the 2002 world cup. What do you guys think is going on and needs to be fixed? Is it just a one big coincidence of misfortune or was this predictable from your eyes? Let's discuss.