Episode 145 – Damn!janovic

 

Episode 145 – Damn!janovic

The boys meet this week to discuss the story that that has caused ripples throughout Korean football and beyond as one-time FC Seoul legend Dejan Demanovic has agreed to join bitter rivals Suwon Bluewings in a transfer none would have predicted as the winter close season fell upon us. Continue reading “Episode 145 – Damn!janovic”

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Episode 144 – The Danned United

Episode 144 – The Danned United!

This week the 48 Shades boys met up with Seoul E-Land coach and all-round good guy Dan Harris in what was to be an ‘exit interview’ as he was leaving Korea the next week for pastures and challenges new. Continue reading “Episode 144 – The Danned United”

Episode 142 – Damp Squib Man

Episode 142 – Damp Squib Man

This week the boys focus on the East Asian Cup and the upcoming ‘winner takes all’ Haniljeon match between Korea and Japan as the old foes do battle once again, this time the EAFF trophy the spoils of war. Continue reading “Episode 142 – Damp Squib Man”

Episode 141 – Once Busan, Twice Shy

Episode 141 – Once Busan, Twice Shy
The Ulsan tiger finally wakes up from its domestic slumber!

The boys meet up to wrap-up the 2017 K-League season as Ulsan hosted Busan in the final match of the year in the 2nd leg of the FA Cup final. The visitors had it all to play for as they came into the match 2-1 down but it was unfortunately not to be and the ‘fairytale’ ending that all the neutrals had hoped for wasn’t to be realised. Continue reading “Episode 141 – Once Busan, Twice Shy”

Episode 140 – One Game, Two Cups

Episode 140 – One Game, Two Cups
It was close but no cigar for Busan as the Army win the playoffs

The focus for this week’s episode is on the boys from Busan as their season draws to a close with two final appearances in the space of a week. It was a week which promised so much but ultimately delivered nothing but heartbreak, and VAR anger, as first they lost to Sangju on penalties in the playoff final before falling 2-1 at home to Ulsan in the first leg of the FA Cup Final….yeah I know it’s 2017 and Korea still has two-legged Cup finals :-). The playoff final defeat must really have hurt as they fought back from a 1-0 1st leg defeat to take the Army boys to penalties and were it not for a contentious VAR call (again I hear you say) they would almost certainly have killed the tie off in normal time. Joo Min Kyu would be the Army’s hero on the day as he scored the decisive penalty for Sangju to consign Busan to their third season on the bounce in the Challenge. Sangju have under-performed this year and when you look at the potential influx of players for the 2018 season you do get the feeling they might have won the Challenge in 2nd gear. As mentioned, Busan would then go on to lose at home in the FA Cup to an Ulsan team who on the day looked a division higher than their opponents. Can they turn it around in the 2nd leg???

Also on this week’s episode the 48 Shades boys look ahead to the World Cup draw and Mark gets his Anyone But England scarf out, they get their anoraks on to analyze foreigners in the K-League, preview the 2nd leg of the FA Cup, reveal their winners and loser of the week and more…….

 

Episode 139 – Open All Hours

 

Episode 139 – Open All Hours

On this week’s episode the boys discuss the final round of the K-League Classic as Suwon Bluewings confirmed their place in the ACL qualifiers and Sangju confirmed their place in the playoffs due to a quite ridiculous episode of shambolic defending as not one but three players trip over each other and fail to prevent Incheon taking the lead. Sangju would then go on to somehow return from Busan 1-0 to the good after being pummeled by the lower league team in the first leg of the playoff final and find themselves in pole position going into the 2nd leg. As mentioned The Bluewings fought their way into next year’s ACL with a spirited comeback in Jeonju with the departing Santos being the hero, coming off the bench and scoring twice to send the boys in blue back home with 3pts in their pocket and smiles on their faces. Both FC Seoul and Ulsan managed to round the season off with victories and all eyes will now be on the FA Cup final as Ulsan and Busan clash over two legs to see who will take home the silverware and that all important last ACL spot.

Also on this week’s episode the guys give their winners and losers of the week, discuss the upcoming playoff final leg and how Sangju’s captain still gets to play despite his red card against Incheon, they talk about the Gyeonggi Cup, all the hot news making the K-League forums buzz, FC Seoul’s new “fashion range” and more……

Episode 138 – It Was All Bus While!

Episode 138 – It Was All Bus While!

After Mark’s lengthy and rather alcohol-infused round trip to watch Asan defeat Seongnam in the playoffs the guys relocate to a “dry” venue for this week’s episode as they discuss all the big news in the K-League and beyond. The main focus is on the recent Korean National team games as they defeated Colombia in Suwon before drawing with Serbia in Ulsan. It was a double header of almost unbridled joy as Korea emerged unscathed from the matches….which is more than can said for Colombia’s chances of winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018. There was a double for Son Heung Min against the South Americans before Ko Ja Cheol grabbed an equalizer against the Serbians. We also saw a debut handed out to Daegu FC’s Cho Hyun Woo as the keeper got just rewards for a fine season and some pretty nifty attacking play from the hosts as, especially against Colombia, they opened their opponents up with relative ease……now if only they can find a natural goal-scorer (yes Joo Min Kyu I’m looking at you).

All in it was a good set of results for the Taegeuk Warriors as they hope to put on a better show than the abject performances in Brazil….speaking of abject, Mark is so disgusted with Seongnam’s showing against Asan that he has downloaded Football Manager 2018 Mobile and vowed to right the wrongs of 2017…..we’ll keep you posted on that one.

Also on this week’s show the boys preview the final round of the Classic, announce their winners and losers of the week, look ahead to Busan v Asan in the playoffs, give their tips for the drop from the Classic and more…….