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Lee Chung Yong Emerges Unscathed from 'Friendly' with Iran

Pesky Iranians trying to get our man...

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Bolton Wanderers key man Lee Chung Yong has managed to return to the North-West relatively unscathed following a fiercely-battled so-called 'friendly' match against Iran.

A hot-tempered match saw emotions spill over towards the end, with full-time bringing players and staff from both sides together in what presumably was not an opportunity to exchange shirts and international pleasantries.

These two teams were among the strongest Asian national football teams during the 1960s and 1970s. Since then, the teams have developed one of Asia's greatest rivalries.

Most recently, Korean coach Choi Kang-Hee opened up the rivalry by stating that he wanted to beat Iran and let Uzbekistan automatically qualify for the last World Cup.

He supposedly blamed the Iranians for providing a lack of hospitality when they faced off in Tehran, where the Koreans received deliberately poor facilities in which to train.


At least Chungy is OK.