Episode 48 – Best XI, Best Vacation, Worst Offside Call!


Episode 48:

The one with the Best XI, the best training camp and the worst offside call ever!!!


music_double_note_song_melody-512 It’s the eye of the tiger, it’s the thrill of the fight. music_double_note_song_melody-512

The results are in, the votes have been cast and the tears have been shed. No it’s not the Oscars I’m talking about but the altogether more important result of the 2015 K-League Best XI. It had all the hallmarks of an epic battle much like the Rocky movies before Stallone thought he could act. But would it be the epic slugfest of Rocky I or more like the ridiculous match-up with Hulk Hogan of Rocky III.

As previously blogged it was a complex process to decide the ultimate winner. After avid podcast listener Ally have rather unsurprisingly refused to bite the hand that feeds him and therefore threw his weight behind fellow Diablos member Paul (Diablos are FC Seoul’s foreign fan group) all eyes turned to @FRsoccerMiro, the modern day equivalent of Fantasy Football League’s ‘Statto’. Would he also be swayed by the glitz and glamour of Adriano and The Wookie upfront or would he be dazzled by the flair of Mark’s Yeom Ki Hun and Orsic on the wings. Using a point scoring system based on the importance of each player to their team Miroslav gave the victory to Mark’s team with both his midfield and attack proving too much for Paul’s 5-man defence.

You can listen to the reasoning behind both Ally and Miroslav’s decisions in Episode 46

With the result tied at 1-1 it meant the deciding ‘vote’ would rest on the shoulders of Football Manager 2015. Much faffing around ensued and after almost pulling out what remains of his once flowing black locks Mark was eventually able to get the teams assembled, the beers chilled in the fridge and the pizza occupying center row in front of the Mac.  In the interest of fairness we decided to play the match ‘the best out of three’. The first game finished a 1-0 victory to Mark’s Makgeolli Marvels, an Orsic wonder-strike separating the teams. Match two leveled affairs with Paul’s Seoulfield Wednesday running out convincing 2-0 winners as first Adriano then Yeom found their way past a rather unsteady looking Shin Hwa Young in goals.

Tune in to Episode 48 to see how it all turns out as the boys give a rundown of the enthralling final and deciding match.  We also talk training camps, the AFC Under 23s in Qatar and especially that offside call and maybe just maybe Mark will get time for his long overdue rant on referees.

By 48shadesoffootball for @Kleague_Podcast


Let Battle Commence!!


As predictable as the title race may have ended there were some twists and turns along the way, though they all generally ended up benefiting Jeonbuk somehow. The season would see the emergence of it’s fair share of heroes and villains, or mainly villains in the case of Daejeon and Busan.

Below Paul and myself have a look at who were our stand-outs throughout the season as we select our K-League Classic Best XI. Of course as is always with the 48 Shades podcast it’s not that simple. The XI must be made up of one player from each team, yip even Suwon much to Paul’s disgust, with the twelfth team being a manager. Each player must have ended the season playing for a Classic team . We must also follow the K-League rules regarding foreign players and each team must play within a recognisable formation so there goes Craig Levein’s now infamous 4-6 disgrace. It would prove to be a far more difficult task than we first imagined although that have been the effects of the Cass. There would be some overlap on the players and a little controversy as Mark would massage the rules to allow Adriano to represent Daejeon but we got there in the end.

The eventual winner would be decided by a complex system more akin to a chaebol promotion process than a football simulation. Avid 48 Shades listener Ally McLeod (who may or may not have had the great idea) would have one casting vote, Football Radar Korean expert @FRsoccerMiro would give his opinion on the likely victors based on his analysis of the 2015 season. Then we would put the teams into that hugely accurate football simulator that is Football Manager 2015 to give us the result of the match. Never let it be said that we just make this stuff up before going on air.

So without further ado here are the teams and Let Battle Commence!!

Best XI - Paul

Paul opted for a 5-3-2 managed by Choi Kang Hee (Jeonbuk).

Best XI - Mark

Mark would stick with a good old 4-4-2 managed by Kim Hak Bum (Seongnam)

By Mark aka @kleague_kilt