Interest and attendances in the K-League are on the wane, so South Korea need a good World Cup to give their top flight a shot in the arm.
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South Korea star Son Heung-Min has warned his teammates they must cut out mistakes ahead of the World Cup.
Paul Smyth needed just four minutes to deliver on Michael O'Neill's assertion that "the future starts today" with a late winner for Northern Ireland.
Ki Sung-yueng feels his South Korean teammate Son Heung-min's goal-scoring exploits at Tottenham should be grabbing more headlines in England.
All five Asian World Cup participants are busy in this international break. ESPN FC takes a look at where they all stand as Russia 2018 gets closer.
South Korea's star, Son Heung-Min, has won a vital role at Tottenham but the added responsibility is causing fears of exhaustion before the World Cup.
South Korea's Shin Tae-Yong is pleased with the form of Tottenham striker Son Heung-Min but is concerned about potential burnout before the World Cup.
Tottenham midfielder Son Heung-Min has hailed "idol" Park Ji-Sung for paving the way for Asian players in the Premier League.
Son Heung-Min replicating his Spurs' form at national level and a successful World Cup are among John Duerden's 2018 football wishes for South Korea.
South Africa completed a miserable weekend as Cape Verde handed them a second consecutive defeat.
Cape Verde ended their recent poor run with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over a poor South Africa in their World Cup qualifier in Praia.
Both China and Australia were held to draws by Qatar and Thailand respectively on matchday five of the AFC World Cup qualifiers.
Mile Jedinak's penalty salvaged a 1-1 draw for Australia against Japan while Iraq and Uzbekistan secured victories in 2018 AFC World Cup qualifying.
Spurs' star Son Heung-Min struck the winner as South Korea followed Japan in recording second-half victories in 2018 World Cup qualifying on Thursday.
South Korea winger Son Heung-Min says that he prefers London to Leverkusen, and has made lots of friends since joining Tottenham Hotspur last year.
The recent fine form of Son Heung-Min at Tottenham has South Korea fans eagerly awaiting to see if his heroics carry over to national team duty.
The K-League says Jeonbuk was also fined 100 million won ($90,600).
Son Heung-Min says his Olympic agony has made him "stronger" after his fifth goal in as many matches helped Tottenham to a 1-0 win at CSKA Moscow.
South Korea coach Uli Stielike has recalled Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-Min ahead of next month's 2018 World Cup qualification games.
Nawaf Al-Abed fired two late goals as Saudi Arabia came from behind to beat Iraq 2-1 to make it two wins out of two in the third round of WCQs.
An unlucky Japan side were left seething after losing 2-1 in Saitama to United Arab Emirates in controversial fashion, writes John Duerden.
War-torn Syria's World Cup qualifier with South Korea has been moved from Macau to Malaysia, reports say.
Australia eased to a 2-0 win over Iraq in Perth as Japan suffered a shock 2-1 home defeat to UAE in 2018 AFC World Cup qualifying on Thursday.
The 2018 Asian Games could be the perfect lifeline for South Korea and Tottenham forward Son Heung-min, writes Jason Dasey.