Episode 124 – The Temporary Green Grass of Tancheon

 

The K-League transfer window is full flow!!

This week sees The Phantom make the trip to 48 Shades Towers as he and Mark discuss the main issues making the news in Korean football. Hot on that list of topics is some recent transfer shenanigans that can best be described as a tad complex. We had Alex moving to E-Land from Anyang and in turn Lukian moving from Busan to Anyang to potentially make way for Leo coming from Daegu. We had podcast favourite Rodrigo Parana returning to Bucheon. Pohang swapped Lee Dong Ki for Seongnam’s Oh Do Hyun (of laughing at FC Seoul fame) and E-Land signed Ahn Jae Hoon from fellow Challenge club Suwon. Confused yet? A lot of work lies ahead for the ‘name of the back of the shirt’ industry that’s for sure.

Also on this week’s show the boys review two sets of Classic fixtures, discuss Pohang’s plight, look at some interesting PR from Seongnam, discuss gardening tips, look ahead to the weekend’s matches and more……

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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…..

 

Episode 110 – Someone call a Seongnambulance

“You hide behind your Jekyll and Hyde”

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This week the guys discuss the goings on at FC Seoul as yet again the Champions put in a rather schizophrenic performance as they failed to show up for the first 45 minutes of their match against title rivals Jeonbuk. They were 1-0 down at half-time before Hwang gave them the hair-dryer treatment in the dressing room. This is not the first time that it has taken them a full half to ‘warm-up’ and it must now cast doubts over Hwang’s ability to lead them to a title defence. The boys also discuss just what it takes for Kim Shin Wook to get sent off as he somehow amazingly escaped a straight red card for aiming a petulant kick at Ju Se Jong midway through the first half.

Wasn’t me ref, honest!

Also on this week’s show the guys discuss Seongnam’s shocking start to the season as the boys in black failed to win yet again and still prop up the Challenge table, they preview the upcoming ACL matches, discuss Dejan’s ‘best XI’, preview the upcoming K-League games this weekend and get ready for the birthday party to end all birthday parties!!

Episode 107 – Pitch Imperfect

 

“Closer each day, Home and Away”

 

This week the boys review the latest round of both K-League and ACL matches with particular focus on the first match at the Gangwon Ski Resort. Seoul may very well have come away from that game with full points but it was the state of the pitch and the frustration of fans trying to get to the game that has made the headlines. The stadium is a cracking place with the ski jump behind the goals but you really do wonder if it is going to hold up for a full season of football. They have made a lot of noise coming into the 2017 season but whether they can back it has still to be seen.

Also on the show this week the boys discuss the recent exploits of the Korean teams in the ACL (spoiler alert it was awful), they discuss the pending punishment for Bluewings Seo Jung Jin, Seongnam’s tough start to life in the Challenge, preview week 3 of the season and more……

 

2017 K-League Classic Prediction League – Week 1

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For those of you who are avid listeners to the 48 Shades Podcast you’ll know that regularly the guys use their “expert” and “in-depth” knowledge of the K-League to predict the week ahead’s all-important clashes. So we decided that as a regular feature for the 2017 season we would put our reputations on the line and go ‘head-to-head’ over the year to see who really is the Nostradamus of the podcast and who is an Oda Mae Brown in waiting!

We will focus mainly on the K-League Classic and will add in Seongnam and E-Land matches also. The rules are fairly simple as below

3 pts awarded for a fully correct score

2 pts awarded for guessing the correct result – 2-2 instead of 1-1

-1 pt for a reversal – Seoul lose 1-0 instead of winning

-2 pts for a complete reversal – Pohang lose 2-0 instead of winning 2-0

A league table will be compiled so you can track your favourite tipster and prizes will be awarded at the midway point and end of season……perhaps!! Editor’s note: Mark hasn’t done his forfeit from last season yet!

The guys get ready for week 1
The guys get ready for week 1

Week 1 – Before it all goes horribly wrong!!

First up we have Paul’s predictions for the opening weekend. It looks as if he might need to watch the opening weekend through his fingers as he goes for an away win in The Supermatch.

Pessimistic Paul
Pessimistic Paul

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Mystic Mark

 

 

 

 

 

Next up we have Mark who has 100% faith in the mighty Magpies, will he have to take off his Seongnam-tinted glasses in the weeks ahead although? All will be revealed!

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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

Episode 103 – I was made for Lovinho Baby

 

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Episode 103 – “I was made for Lovinho baby”

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Made for Lovinho E-land

This week sees the boys taking on the main talking points in Korea and beyond. One of the main talking points this week is Seoul E-Land signing a replacement for the outgoing legend that was Tarabai in the form of Brazilian Lovinho. Can he become a fan favourite as quickly as Tarabai? Will he also post instagram videos in his underwear? Or will he be the latest in the long list of one-season flounders? Only time will tell.

Also on the show this week the boys discuss the ACL debut of history-making Chan Yuen Ting who last year became the first ever female manager to lead a men’s professional football team to a nation’s league championship title.

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Chan Yeun Ting

Tune in this week as the boys discuss transfers, preview next week’s ACL group matches, give fashion tips on FC Seoul’s new kit,  upcoming quizzes, discuss the new haircut “ban” in the UAE, the debut of Eastern’s female manager in the ACL and more……

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