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.

 

 

Runner-up – Kim Tae Hwan – You’ve got to take your hat off to a player who has played 30+ matches in five consecutive seasons in the Classic. For both Seongnam and Ulsan before his military service he was one of the first names on the team sheet and he continued that in the red of Sangju in 2017, making 34 appearances for the Army as they battled to stay in the top division. Deployed in the right winger role that he made his own during his spells at Seongnam and Ulsan he has gone on to be a mainstay of the Sangju team also, unlike other ‘big names’ such as Yoo Sang Hoon and Yun Young Sun.

Winner – Joo Min Kyu – There was a lot of hype surrounding ‘Joomes’ while he was playing for Seoul E-Land in the Challenge but a lot of people were still in doubt that he could cut it at a higher level … but enough about Uli Stielike. It didn’t take him long to find the net in an Army shirt though as he scored on his first start against Jeonnam Dragons. He did hit something of a dry spell afterwards, scoring only 3 times in the next 4 months. Fast forward to August 12th though and suddenly ‘Joomes’ was back as he scored a  quite incredible 11 goals in 7 matches. This feat took him to the brink of the K-League record for goals scored in consecutive games… unfortunately he would fall at the final hurdle, away to FC Seoul. The fact that it was Hwang Sun Hong’s record that was on the line is one of those footballing ironies that makes us love the game. He would end up finishing the season on 17 goals and it would be more than fitting that is was his spot-kick that was the decisive penalty in the shoot-out which kept Sangju in the K-League Classic and gives the man himself at least one more year to showcase at the top table.

Joo Min Kyu a quite worthy winner of Soldier of the Year 2017

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Episode 136 – That’s Harrisment!

 

Episode 136 – That’s Harrisment!

This week the boys gear up for some end of season Shenanigans as the K-League enters it’s final stages and everyone has to start dusting off their volleyball scarfs and flags. Last weekend seen the final round of the Challenge as Asan, Seongnam and Bucheon all battled for the final two playoff spots. Mark is finally able to look out form the behind the couch as Seongnam, thanks to Seoul E-Land, made it by the skin of their teeth despite falling 1-0 to Champions Gyeongnam. There was some pre-match beer, banter and pizza awaiting his arrival in Jamsil as E-Land coach Dan Harris gave him some pointers on how to cope with the 90 minutes ahead. *Spoiler Alert – it involves the biting of nails and consumption of beer (okay Dan didn’t actually suggest the second part). Asan would also join Seongnam in the playoffs as they came from behind to draw 1-1 at Busan which left Bucheon feeling sorry for themselves as they fell short on the day. The fact that the bottom tier had all the seats ripped out before the match meant that not only did the fans watch their team ‘cement’ a lowly 5th position but they also had to endure sitting on cold concrete.

Also on this week’s show the boys discuss the Classic fixtures and the upcoming Player of the Year awards, they congratulate (kind of) Jeonbuk on another title and ultimately star on their badge, they reveal their losers and winners of the week and get all misty-eyed as they remember the Seongnam “glory days” for this episode’s K-Classic!

 

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……

Episode 103 – I was made for Lovinho Baby

 

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Episode 103 – “I was made for Lovinho baby”

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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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Episode 97 – His name is Leo and he dances in the sand!

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Episode 97 – “His name is Leo and he dances in the sand”

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Episode 97 is in the can- This week sees the boys discuss the big news in the transfer market as some rather popular names get set to leave for pastures new. Jeonbuk’s most loved foreign son Leonardo is on the move while Wesley Snipes wannabe Adriano is garnering interest from China. The plus news for the Mad Green Boys is that the talismanic Tiago could be making a return to Korea after a rather disappointing jaunt in the Middle East. Not to be eclipsed the Challenge has also seen some action as the aforementioned Seongnam recruit former Jeju striker Danilo Neco. Seoul E-Land also found themselves in the news this week as some over-zealous PR work backfired and they were forced to first retract then aplogise for announcing a couple of signings a tad too early. A schoolboy error if ever there was one.

Tune in this week as the boys discuss transfers, the Japanese Emperor’s Cup, Chinese fair play rules, new regulations for the K-League, the new Seongnam gaffer’s vision for 2017 and more…….

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The K-Advent Calendar Day 1 – Running Tracks

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For the next 24 days leading up to the start of the K-League Classic 2016 season we will be opening a ‘window’ containing one feature of the K-League match day experience. From the highs to the lows we will take you through what we feel makes the K-League the ‘special’ league that it is and why it is should be the first entry in your weekly planners!!

So without further ado it’s time to see what lies behind window number 1.

K-Advent Day 1 – Running Tracks

Running Track

Like a giddy kid on Christmas Eve we all love the prospect of watching football in a new stadium. From the travel to the different atmosphere to even the look and feel of a new ticket it all adds to the experience of going to a new ground (or maybe even your first ground). In Korea though there is one thing that can rip the heart out of that new experience quicker than you can say “Am I the only one here?” and its …… the dreaded running track and the now all too familiar sight of a hastily constructed, potential death-trap of a temporary stand! Now don’t get me wrong some clubs have managed to pull this off and Seoul E-Land and Seongnam FC are two of them but unfortunately they are the exception. For fans of Bucheon, for example, it really does look like somebody has been let loose with a Lego set after a few OB too many.

The running tracks are a relic of the days when football clubs would double-up as the local athletic club but it’s hard to imagine the need for this these days and save for the occasional ajumma walking off off some steam they remain unused. So if this is your first trip to a new stadium be ready as you may just find yourself sitting closer to the subway station than the pitch.

Bucheon's temporary nightmare!
Bucheon’s temporary nightmare!