The 2017 Alternative K-League Awards – Rock of the Year

Rock of the Year 2017

This award goes to the best defender in the K-League Classic for the 2017 season. Continue reading “The 2017 Alternative K-League Awards – Rock of the Year”

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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”

The 2017 Alternative K-League Awards – Soldier of the Year

The 2017 Alternative K-League Awards

Soldier of the Year 2017

This award goes to the best K-league player serving their military service with Sangju FC. Continue reading “The 2017 Alternative K-League Awards – Soldier of the Year”

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…….