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. Busan did give it their all and came close on a couple of occasions but for all their attacking play they were pretty limited in terms of chances. There was one moment at the end of the 1st half when they hit the post which might have changed the outcome of the tie but in the end Ulsan saw the game out comfortably and lifted their first trophy since winning the ACL in 2012 . This was actually their first domestic silverware since winning the league away back in 2005 and it’s been a long wait for the Horang-i. They will have a lot more time to prepare for next year’s ACL than this year’s and will need that time as they were paired with Kawasaki Frontale, Melbourne Victory and more than likely Shanghai SIPG

Also on this week’s episode Mark takes a trip back down memory lane and tells us about his experience at the 2013 East Asian Cup, the guys announce their winners and losers of the week, discuss the new managerial appointments in the Challenge, discuss the draw for the ACL group stages and more……

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Classic K-League – The 2005 Dolphins FA Cup Run

The Dolphins ‘school’ all on the way to the 2005 FA Cup Final

This year’s FA Cup may have fizzled out with a forgettable FA Cup Final played out over two-legs at the end of a long season when it’s too cold to play football. But it hasn’t always been like this. No, things used to be far worse! From that era of neutral grounds, 2pm weekday kick-offs and the final three rounds all crammed into one inglorious December week, one year does stand out though. Just like 2017, it was a year when a lower league team almost made it to the Asian Champions League.

Ulsan Mipo players celebrate Jung Min-mu’s stoppage time goal that sealed victory against Chunnam in the 2005 FA Cup semi-final at Seoul World Cup Stadium (Pic: OSEN News)

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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 131: The Days Of Future Past

 

 

This week the boys host the podcast from the newly renovated 48 Shades Mansion as they discuss all the main news and issues hitting the K-League. This week sees the launch of the inaugural K_Classics section where we review a key event/moment/star from the past that has shaped the league. For the first trip down memory lane the boys get all teary-eyed as they look back to the 2005 FA Cup and that unbelievable run from the sadly departed Ulsan Mipo Dolphins. The National League team made it all the way to the final only to fall to Jeonbuk Hyundai. As well as that fantastic run there was also the rather impressive goal-scoring feats of one Milton Rodriguez who scored six goals en route to the final…..unfortunately he pulled a Salvatore Schillaci and was never to be heard of again!!!

Also on this week’s show the boys review the recent matches in both the Classic and Challenge, discuss the potential return of Hiddink, reveal their losers and winners of the week, look ahead to the weekend’s clashes and more……