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”

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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…….

Episode 49 – The Bank Holiday Giveaway

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Episode 49:

The Bank Holiday Giveaway


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For 60 minutes the young pretenders were looking like the real thing, two goals to the good on their bitterest rivals they were playing with a confidence and a swagger that was well to be honest non-Korean. They were stroking the ball around the park like it was connected solely between the ‘soon-to-be-heroes’ in red, when Japan did get the ball they lacked the composure to do anything with it other than return it to a red shirt. The script was written for not just a victory but a humbling, that was until Makoto Teguramori, the Japanese U23 Manager, used his magic eraser and changed the script forever.

With one change, namely bringing on Takuma Asano on the hour mark, he not only reversed Japan’s fortunes but transformed them into a completely different team. Within six minutes it was 2-1, two minutes more and it was 2-2 and to be honest from then on there was only going to be one winner and it came as no surprise when that man Asano struck again to deal the fatal blow.

And so yet again a Korean National team feel short at the final hurdle. It was a tournament that promised much but delivered that same old feeling of disappointment. That it came at the hands of their rivals and in such a heart-breaking manner made it all the tougher to take.

Tune in to Episode 49 for a full review of the final and the tournament as a whole. The boys also talk K-League finances (or lack there of), season ticket prices for 2016, the hugely anticipated 2016 K-League slogan and we have a look at the next set of ACL play-offs and more.

By 48shadesoffootball for @Kleague_Podcast

 

Episode 48 – Best XI, Best Vacation, Worst Offside Call!

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Episode 48:

The one with the Best XI, the best training camp and the worst offside call ever!!!


 

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The results are in, the votes have been cast and the tears have been shed. No it’s not the Oscars I’m talking about but the altogether more important result of the 2015 K-League Best XI. It had all the hallmarks of an epic battle much like the Rocky movies before Stallone thought he could act. But would it be the epic slugfest of Rocky I or more like the ridiculous match-up with Hulk Hogan of Rocky III.

As previously blogged it was a complex process to decide the ultimate winner. After avid podcast listener Ally have rather unsurprisingly refused to bite the hand that feeds him and therefore threw his weight behind fellow Diablos member Paul (Diablos are FC Seoul’s foreign fan group) all eyes turned to @FRsoccerMiro, the modern day equivalent of Fantasy Football League’s ‘Statto’. Would he also be swayed by the glitz and glamour of Adriano and The Wookie upfront or would he be dazzled by the flair of Mark’s Yeom Ki Hun and Orsic on the wings. Using a point scoring system based on the importance of each player to their team Miroslav gave the victory to Mark’s team with both his midfield and attack proving too much for Paul’s 5-man defence.

You can listen to the reasoning behind both Ally and Miroslav’s decisions in Episode 46

With the result tied at 1-1 it meant the deciding ‘vote’ would rest on the shoulders of Football Manager 2015. Much faffing around ensued and after almost pulling out what remains of his once flowing black locks Mark was eventually able to get the teams assembled, the beers chilled in the fridge and the pizza occupying center row in front of the Mac.  In the interest of fairness we decided to play the match ‘the best out of three’. The first game finished a 1-0 victory to Mark’s Makgeolli Marvels, an Orsic wonder-strike separating the teams. Match two leveled affairs with Paul’s Seoulfield Wednesday running out convincing 2-0 winners as first Adriano then Yeom found their way past a rather unsteady looking Shin Hwa Young in goals.

Tune in to Episode 48 to see how it all turns out as the boys give a rundown of the enthralling final and deciding match.  We also talk training camps, the AFC Under 23s in Qatar and especially that offside call and maybe just maybe Mark will get time for his long overdue rant on referees.

By 48shadesoffootball for @Kleague_Podcast