Taeguk Warriors (or Taegeuk Warriors) is the nickname given to the South Korean National Football/Soccer team.
The Tavern of the Taeguk Warriors is an English-language Korean football website that has been creating original content, writing stories, previewing and reviewing matches and analyzing and scrutinizing Korean football since 2012.
We strive to tell the story of the beautiful game through a Korean perspective, by keeping up to date with the Korean National Team, Koreans Players Abroad, Youth Prospects, the K League as well as presenting innovative commentary and analysis you can’t get anywhere else on Korean football in the English language.
The Tavern is the brainchild of Roy Ghim, “The Old Tavern Owner”, who created this site as a blog following the jubilation and shock as Korean football once again stunned the world by claiming a historic Olympic bronze medal at the 2012 London Games. His deep passion and love for football is something emulated by the entire Tavern crew who are inspired by his story:
Tavern of the Taeguk Warriors was inspired partly by insanity – summers can be extremely hot in Maryland – but also a growing fascination with international soccer. The game is unique in our past century as a unifying international language. People can speak this common language despite enormous distances, lingual, cultural, and past differences. It unites and occasionally divides (with horrific consequences), but ultimately bonds people across the world. I experienced it first hand in travels to rural Ghana as the 2006 World Cup was under way. In the village of Peki near the Togo border, jubilation erupted, people were animated by the word of mouth, and gunshots punctuated the air when Asamoah Gyan nailed the first shot in a 2-0 group stage victory over a heavily favored Czech Republic. People came out and handed me beers. It was pure magic. At night, drumming was loud and constant; despite it being 4 in the morning, I came to admire the endurance of the absolute joy Ghanians had in this victory.
The Tavern strives, yes, to relive these moments of delirium – the times when Korean football, and football in general, have inspired a generation. But the Tavern also strives to tell the story of today through various methods, by honing on the major structural and political issues surrounding Korean football in addition to following the Red Devils through cup competitions such as the elusive Asian Cup and the greatest sporting spectacle on earth – the World Cup.
Blogging, when done right, can be a way to illuminate the areas that the western media establishment under-report. The Tavern has several spotlights in order to raise the profile of Korean players within an western English language context.
Moreover, the Tavern strives to build a community. By uniting Koreans living abroad (of all generations), English-speaking Koreans at home and Korean football enthusiasts, the Tavern is dedicated to creating a space for passionate fans from all across the globe to share in the joys and the troubles of supporting Korean football. In addition, the Tavern staff is composed of a diverse and energetic team of contributors from across North America, Asia and Oceania ready to each bring their own perspective to hanguk chukgu.
Roy Ghim puts it best:
The Tavern of the Taeguk Warriors can be a place to convene, discuss, analyze, wring hands, pound the table, watch the games together, express joy and regret, and hang out and drink — except that you can’t really drink here, no liquor license in cyberspace… yet.
Find out more about our truly global crew of writers and contributors here.
For more on Roy’s story with football, the universal language, and reconnecting with his Korean roots, click here.
Update: the Tavern was recently rebooted in 12/2022 under Jinseok one of Roy’s first guest authors on the site. For a quick history of the Tavern how the 2022 reboot came to be, see Jinseok’s story here.