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!!
Paul opted for a 5-3-2 managed by Choi Kang Hee (Jeonbuk).
Mark would stick with a good old 4-4-2 managed by Kim Hak Bum (Seongnam)
By Mark aka @kleague_kilt