Episode 114 – A Question of K-League

Episode 114 – A Question of K-League

The guys host the inaugural A Question of K-League as they pit their wits and knowledge against a couple of the KLeagueUnited boys. All the old favorites are there with picture rounds, what happened next and of course it wouldn’t be Korea without some K-Pop added.

You can listen to the show below and also “watch” it on YouTube here

Episode 113 – I would do anything for love, Bhudda I won’t do that!

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This week the guys discuss the disaster that was the Asian Champions League 2017 as with one match left in the group stages we bid farewell to two Korean entrants in FC Seoul and Ulsan. It’s been a pretty dire affair for the K-League hopefuls as they have slipped from sublime to shocking to downright should be embarrassed. Ulsan have been eliminated after falling to a horrendous 4-0 home hammering by Kashima Antlers, Seoul on the other hand lost away in China to Shanghai to add to the three losses in the opening three matches. It wasn’t fun for Swuon Bluewings either who also lost at home to Japanese opposition and now need to win in Guangzhou. The only bright light is Jeju who will make the knockout stages if they can overcome Gamba Osaka at home in the final round although given how unpredictable they can be that is far from a gimme.

Also on this week’s show the boys discuss the recent news that Seongnam’s budget appeal has failed, talk politics in football and in particular some pesky banner waving, review and preview the K-League weekend’s fixtures and more….

 

 

Episode 111 – Violent Violet?

 

Anyang’s fans get ready for the Seoul cup tie!!!

” I am in misery, there ain’t nobody who can comfort me”

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This week the guys discuss the highly anticipated FA Cup match as FC Seoul welcome Anyang to Seoul World Cup Stadium for what could be a fiery encounter both on and off the pitch. Anyang fans do like to hold a grudge and still haven’t forgiven the KFA for relocating their team to Sangam. Many of the fans forums recently have been swamped by the boys in purple as they seem to view this as their “match of the season”. With Seoul in rather unpredictable form, and the memory of Bucheon claiming Jeonbuk’s cup scalp last year still fresh, this was has all the potential to be a cracker…..or Seoul could very well run out 5-0 winners. Whatever happens I’m sure those of a purple persuasion will have some kind of display in store for their hosts!

Also on this week’s show the guys discuss the continuing poor form of Seongnam (editor’s note : I’m just cutting and pasting that sentence week on week now), review a rather mixed week for the ACL teams, give an update on Uli and where he might be come next summer, they preview the weekend’s matches,discuss team’s of the week and more…..

 

K-League Classic 2017 Prediction League – Week 2

So last week was the inaugural 48 Shades prediction league round and it’s probably safe to say we won’t exactly be treating ourselves to succulent lamb with our winnings, in fact it this keeps up we might be dining out on kimbap for the foreseeable future!!

Paul managed to get 2 scores right with his Ulsan and Jeju predictions but unfortunately completely opposite scores in the Sangju v Gangwon and Bucheon v E-Land matches mean he is sitting on zero points after Week 1. Mark, on the other hand, got a full three points for his correct score prediction in the Jeolla Derby along with mirroring Paul’s correct results in the Ulsan and Jeju matches. A loss for Seongnam in the Seongnam v Busan match means he is sitting on six points after the opening fixtures. So after Week 1 the league table looks a little like this.

This week’s fixtures are below, who’ll come out on top this week and who will be fetching the coffees during the next recording?

Pessimistic Paul

Paul had this week opted to play his cards closer to his chest with new fewer than six draws and a couple of home wins.

 

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This week sees Mark going for the single away win down in Daegu while after last weekend’s poor result for Seongnam it’s a “cagey draw” down in Daejeon for them.

Editor’s note: As it’s early doors yet if you would like to pit your wits against the 48 Shades guys then leave a comment below and we we can add you to the league!

ACL 2017 Group Stage Round 1 – Previews

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This week sees the first round of the Group Stages of the 2017 ACL and for many of the teams it’s that much awaited first competitive match of the season and the chance to showcase the new additions to the squad. The first round has a couple of matches which even at this early stage could go a long way to deciding who gets out the group and who gets to “focus on the domestic scene”. With last year’s winners Jeonbuk being thrown out of the tournament all Korean eyes will be on ACL regulars Seoul and Suwon Bluewings to see if they can keep the trophy in Korea.

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FC Seoul v Shanghai SIPG (Tuesday 21st Feb)

FC Seoul start their Asian Champions League campaign with a home match against Andre Villa Boas’ Shanghai SIPG in what is generally regarded as one of the toughest ACL groups in recent years. Where SIPG are bolstered by players such as Hulk, Carvalho and Oscar, Seoul have seen their squad somewhat depleted with Adriano leaving for pastures new over the close season. Adriano had a fantastic group stage last year and will be undoubtedly be greatly missed with his replacement, Maurinho, hardly an eye-catching capture . With the other two members of the group being Urawa and Western Sydney Wanderers its fair to say that every point is a prisoner and neither team can afford a slow start. Shanghai came through the playoff stage with a rather routine 3-0 win over Sukhothai, Seoul haven’t exactly set the world on fire with their pre-season friendlies, it could all come too quick for the K-League Champions.

Prediction : Draw : Seoul 1 – Shanghai SIPG 1

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Kashima Antlers v Ulsan Hyundai (Tuesday 21st Feb)

The second Korean team involved in this year’s ACL are Ulsan Hyundai who found themselves the main beneficiaries of the ACL decision to prohibit Jeonbuk playing in this year’s tournament. Ulsan were promoted to the play-off stage after Jeju automatically moved up to take Jeonbuk’s place. They had a rather tense affair against Kitchee when the match went to penalties, this really was a match that they should be winning without too much huff and puff but I guess you can excuse them as they really didn’t get a whole lot of time to prepare. Ulsan make a welcome return to the ACL having last competed in 2014 when they failed to qualify from the group stages. They start their campaign with a tough trip to Japan to face J-League title holders and Fuji Xerox Cup winners Kashima Antlers. The main talking point of the match will undoubtedly be Kwon Sun Tae making his first appearance against a Korean team since his winter transfer from Jeonbuk. Ulsan themselves have seen a few new faces arrive in the close season with Mislav Orsic and Lee Jong Ho being two huge additions to their squad. As mentioned they did struggle against Kitchee and Kashima will be a tough nut to crack away. Brisbane Roar and Muangthong United make up the rest of Group E so they might just view this one as being “loseable”

Prediction: Home Win : Kashima 2 – Ulsan 0 

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Kawasaki Frontale v Suwon Bluewings (Wednesday 22nd Feb)

Korean cup winners Suwon Bluewings will head to Japan to start their ACL campaign and must be hoping for a better showing in the group stages this year than last year when they lost out on away goals to Melbourne Victory. They have strengthened quite a bit over the close season and seem to be building a team for an assault on the K-League title, signings such as Matt Jurman and Shin Hwa Young should more than compliment the squad which clinched the FA Cup to end the 2016 season. They seem to have managed to keep the prolific Jonathon in their ranks and on his day he is one of the deadliest in the K-League. This match will see Jung Sung Ryong line up against his old team for the first time since his J-League switch.  Kawasaki finished 3rd in the J-League last year and will be no pushovers and considering the other teams making up the group are Chinese giants Guangzhou Evergrande and Hong Kong’s Eastern it will almost certainly come down to the head-to-head between these two. Hopefully Bluewings will have learned from last year’s harsh lessons and be a little more focused in their home matches.

Prediction : Draw : Bluewings 1 – Kawasaki 1 

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Jeju United v Jiangsu FC (Wednesday 22nd Feb)

Our final Korean team in action are Jeju United who embark on relatively unknown territory as they make only their second ever appearance in the ACL, the first of which was back in 2011.They qualified courtesy of finishing third in the K-League and then were moved into Jeonbuk’s place after they were expelled. They had a good season last year and will be hoping to build on a rather surprising third place spot this year. They strengthened their squad by adding Frederic Mendy from Ulsan whilst bringing Aleksander Jovanovic back from China. They also signed the experienced Park Jin Po from Seongnam which should add some steel to their often leaky defence. In Jiangsu FC, they face a tough opening game against such big names as Ramires, Martinez and Teixeira as well as continuing the ex-player theme by coming face to face with Hong Jeong Ho. Add in Adelaide United and Gamba Osaka and they have a really tough group which they will do well to get even close to qualification from to be honest. They are difficult to beat on the island in the domestic scene but bringing that form into the ACL is a different kettle of fish altogether.

Prediction : Away Win : Jeju 1 – Jiangsu 3

Football Cliches – Week 2 – “Take on fluids”

 

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Week 2 : “Take on some fluids”

It was somewhere around the early 2000s while working in the heady world of the soft drinks industry that I first noticed everyday words  such as drinking and water becoming Marketing buzzwords such as “hydration” and “aqua”. Not to be left behind ,”the beautiful game” also adopted this trend and where as once we had the physio with his “magic sponge” we now had the players “taking on fluids” during a match. It wasn’t long before every pundit from ‘Soccer Saturday’ to ‘Match of the Day’ was remarking on how badly the players needed to “take on fluids” as opposed to simply “taking a drink”. I understand that times have changed and it’s no longer good old H2O that is being consumed during a match but quite why we have the phrase “taking on” is beyond me. I’ve seen The Poseidon Adventure, the taking on of fluids ain’t a good idea.

The first time I heard this cliche coined I remember instantly being reminded of Adam Sandler’s epic portrayal of Bobby Boucher in The Waterboy and half expecting to see a village idiot figure scampering onto the field of play with a bucket, a second glance at the screen confirmed it was in fact Wayne Rooney on my screen so I guess I was half right! Thinking back to some of the epic footballers that I’ve seen grace the green fields of the SPL, I wonder just exactly what “fluids” they had taken on before the game started and in fact there was one rather portly ginger-haired ex-Celtic player who was rumored to enjoy having a “cold Becks” on the the team bus en route to away matches.

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The Waterboy “takes on some fluids”

Of course we all know that even some of the simplest of tasks can be beyond the reach of the average footballer, take Mario Balotelli’s infamous ‘bib fight’ for example, but surely the taking on of fluids is a relatively simple task? Apparently not if you are an Australian female footballer it would seem! One can only be glad that her teammate was close at hand to aid her in the task.

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This post has of course made me reminisce about the golden era of when footballers could actually get through 45 mins of what most of us regard as a hobby without the need to guzzle gallons of liquid to get them to half-time. The modern game really does miss those days when players such as Teddy Sherryingham, David Gin-ola, Alex Miller, Rudi Vodka, Damien Duff, David Becksham, Oliver Bier-hoff, Dick Advocat, Magners Hedman and the great Grenadine Zidane graced the field of play.

Episode 97 – His name is Leo and he dances in the sand!

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Episode 97 – “His name is Leo and he dances in the sand”

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Episode 97 is in the can- This week sees the boys discuss the big news in the transfer market as some rather popular names get set to leave for pastures new. Jeonbuk’s most loved foreign son Leonardo is on the move while Wesley Snipes wannabe Adriano is garnering interest from China. The plus news for the Mad Green Boys is that the talismanic Tiago could be making a return to Korea after a rather disappointing jaunt in the Middle East. Not to be eclipsed the Challenge has also seen some action as the aforementioned Seongnam recruit former Jeju striker Danilo Neco. Seoul E-Land also found themselves in the news this week as some over-zealous PR work backfired and they were forced to first retract then aplogise for announcing a couple of signings a tad too early. A schoolboy error if ever there was one.

Tune in this week as the boys discuss transfers, the Japanese Emperor’s Cup, Chinese fair play rules, new regulations for the K-League, the new Seongnam gaffer’s vision for 2017 and more…….

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