Five Things we Learnt from R3

April promises to be a busy month with six rounds of the K-League Classic taking place and the first of these rounds contributed five new facts to add to the 2016 K-League Wiki…

1. Ban that Banner!
Anyone that has been to an FC Seoul game will be aware of Kim Yong-dae superfan and his succession of ever bigger KYD tribute banners. With KYD being shipped off to Ulsan over the winter, the most asked question in the Diablos forum was what new atrocity said KYD ajosshi would have to block our view with and in R3 we got our answer…Behold!
image1He swings it in a figure of eight regularly throughout the match completely obscuring our view…


Diablo Bruce Banner’s view is blocked by KYD Ajosshi’s banner once again…

2. His Milkshake will bring all the boys to the yard…
Bluewings’ association with Maeil Dairies is the gift that keeps on giving. Hot on the heels of last week’s giant cow mascots is the news that the Man of the Match Award for this season will be 1,000 cartons of Maeil low fat and 2% calcium milk (500 of each?). Wunderkid Kwon Changhoon won the MotM award for R3 and when asked for his reaction said “It’ll be difficult to drink 1,000 cartons of milk by myself, I’ll have to think about what to do with them.” Sounds like a good competition for us to run, so answers on a postcard to the usual address!


He’s really milking that!

3. Born Again Patriot
It’s now 4 in 3 games for the patriot to remain clear in the race for the golden boot. This week’s strike was very well taken as he hovered on the edge of the box and pounced on a half-hit clearance and slammed it into the net. The Patriot has really taken the Gwangju Phoenix mascot to heart in this renaissance.

4. Luck of the Irish!
All those years of singing Celtic chants has finally brought Seongnam the luck of the Irish as for the second week in a row they benefit from the lack of goal-line cameras in the K-League. This week Pohang had a clear goal disallowed and Seongnam won 1-0 to put them top of the tree.


A close-up of the pitch at Tancheon!

5. Next stop Prawn Kimbap?
Where the UK is to the Dodgy burger van, so Korea is to pot noodles and dried squid…until now!  This past week, Ulsan had some foodtrucks at their game serving Turkish kebabs, Greek souvlaki and Mexican quesadillas.  Prawn sandwiches cannot be far behind!


Don’t forget to crook your little finger!

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