You ask, we deliver (sometimes). A reader wanted a place where they can introduce themselves, so people know a bit about each other. Not a bad idea. So, here it is!
In the comments for this page you can leave:
Name (or nickname if you don’t want internet strangers to know your real name)
Nationality (I don’t think all readers are Korean)
Where you live (you can be as specific or general as you want)
Favorite Team (club)
Favorite Player (club, NT, whatever)
Any other info you want to leave (contact, websites, blogs, etc)
Meet the Writers:
Roy Ghim – aka “Tavern owner”
Started my revolutions around the sun in Washington DC, raised in Silver Spring Maryland where I was instructed to embrace and alternately forget my Korean heritage. I’ve been wandering since then, with short stops in Harrisonburg VA, Denver CO, Omaha NE, Portland ME, and back to Maryland (Frederick). The fever bit first in 2002, around 2:30 AM mid June in a random apartment in Denver when Korea surprised the hell out of everyone in THAT World Cup. Brief flirtations with football/soccer in 2006 while in Ghana – it wasn’t until 2010 that the ‘madness’ would utterly take over. Been playing catch up ever since, but with one foot in the door in several different worlds, continents and universes, the Tavern was a manifestation of a fevered dream to explore my untapped Korean roots, unite the Korean diaspora and -who knows -over-optimistically to unite the Koreas in one unstoppable football force that will bring harmony and restore balance in the universe -all while enjoying a drink or two. Hard to narrow down team(s) to root for. This might not make sense but here goes: Cardiff City, Barca, Seattle Sounders, Jeju United and FC Seoul. Favorite players? Son Heung-Min, Kim Bo-Kyung, Koo Ja-Cheol, Ki Sung-Yeung, Lee Chung-Yong, Park Jong-Woo (for trouble making abilities) and I gots me a soft spot for Park Chu-Young. Now don’t be hating -but I do follow the exploits of the Ghanian national team and Ghanian players abroad – not that I’d start a blog on all that…
Roy can be contacted through the Tavern twitter – @taeguk_warrior
Jinseok Yang – New Tavern Owner (Tavern Studio Ohio/Connecticut)
I am a college sophomore reporting from New Haven, Connecticut. Born in Daegu, South Korea and raised mostly in Columbus, Ohio, I am a relative newcomer to football. I followed casually around 2006, but started seriously following Korean Football in 2008. As the designated “Youth Expert” I have since primarily posted updates on our promising youngsters in Spain and our Korean Youth National Teams, as well as random thoughts and analyses on national team events and the broader Korean 유망주 network. Although I initially started as a “Youth Expert” for the Spanish contingent and watching the KPA, I am now starting to focus on the K League. I’ve found it much more exciting, and the fact of the matter is, OUR DOMESTIC SCENE IS THE MOST CRUCIAL KEY TO SUCCESS FOR THE KNT. In my free time I play the violin and religiously watch every KNT, KYNT, and K League match possible, no matter how late at night. I hold no club loyalties, though as a Daegu native I have a soft spot for Daegu FC (I lived close to the stadium) and Pohang Steelers (best team for youth development and many of their star Pocheol HS graduates go to Youngnam University, where many of my family members attended). It’s really hard for me to pick a favorite player, but if I had to choose one who could I choose but Park Ji Sung, the hero of my generation? My favorite non-Korean player would probably be Patrice Evra because he’s one of the funniest guys ever (and a joy to watch), but Ronaldinho, Zidane, Brazilian Ronaldo, CR7, Eden Hazard, and Andres Iniesta are close on the list. I look forward most, however, to the development of our 유망주 such as Hwang Hee Chan, Seo Myung Won, Lee Kang In, Lee Seung Woo, Jang Gyeol Hee, and Paik Seung Ho, players who I will follow and update the Tavern on for years to come.
Follow Jinseok on twitter through the Tavern account @taeguk_warrior
Jeremy Paek – contributor (Tavern Studio LA)
I am a college junior reporting all the way from Los Angeles, California, where I was also born and raised. My interest in football sparked when I grew accustomed to hearing the soundchecks that would take place for the Koreatown WC viewing parties, at 12 in the morning all the way from my apartment. My earliest memory of the Taeguk Warriors was in 2002, when my mom took me outside up the next block to see people handing out glow in the dark sticks and “Reds” gear. At the time, I was very young and had no idea of what was going on. I became obsessed with football during the 2012 London Olympics when I watched the Korea U-23 team take the Bronze medal. Since then, I have been trying to learn about everything I can about the Korea National Team and football although there are some things that excite me more than other aspects of the game. I have been a regular customer of the Tavern since 2012, and I am honored to have joined the Tavern in the last two months. Other than football, my primary interest and study is Music, although my “passion” is still a work in progress. I don’t have a favorite club, but I can see myself become a passionate Barca supporter in the coming years when one of the Korean youngsters (or all) hopefully makes the first team. My non-Korean favorite players are Ibrahimovic and Neymar, and my favorite Korean players are Son-Heung Min, Park Ji-Sung, Lee-Seung Woo, and Lee Kang-In.
Follow Jeremy on Twitter @jeremypaek1
Tim Lee – contributor (Tavern Studio Quebec)
I was born in Cheongju, South Korea, though I spent most of my childhood in Daejeon. I’m half Korean, half Canadian – I like to identify as a Hapa, to pay homage to my Korean ancestry but to also recognize my Canadian upbringing. As a (very) young child, the memories of 2002 are faint and vague, but family tells me the story of how I joined in the jubilation and euphoria of Hong Myungbo scoring that penalty kick against Spain, “manse’s” and all. In a weird way, I guess I was addicted from the very start? The 2006 World Cup was probably the first World Cup I vividly remember – and Lee Chunsoo’s free kick that gave Korea 2-1 win over Togo was a moment that I will never forget.
I currently live in the middle of nowhere in Southern Quebec, and I’m a proud critic of the Francophone “rights” movement and probably too left-wing politically for your taste. But on this site, I stick to Korean football, don’t worry! My club allegiances lie with Daejeon Citizen in the K League (shout out to Gangwon FC, my second Korean home), the Ottawa Fury in the NASL (my former home town in Canada which I still love) and I’m the typical bandwagon Manchester United fan who first supported them back when they were good so I could experience the glory (though Park Jisung played a role). My favorite players? Ki Sungyueng, Seo Myeongwon, Lee Jaesung are all favorites. I’m the Tavern hoobae – still in high school!
Follow Tim on Twitter @korfan12
Nicole Chung – contributor
Location: Sydney, Australia
Favourite team: Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen, FC Seoul, Seoul Eland FC
Favourite player: Marco Reus, Mats Hummels, Yoon Il-Lok, Joo Min-Kyu, Son Heung-Min
Hello everyone, my name is Nicole Chung and I am from down under in Sydney, Australia. I’m a final year media student at Macquarie University and my aspiration is to become a sports journalist. My passion for football originated from the 2014 World Cup. For the first time in my life, I felt very wholehearted and proud of supporting the Republic of Korea national football team and I vividly remember the games against Algeria and Russia. Shortly after the World Cup had ended, I started to enjoy watching football at the club levels by supporting Borussia Dortmund in Europe and FC Seoul in Asia. I have two favourite players. Firstly, I love Marco Reus from Borussia Dortmund as he is a brilliant attacking midfielder and he is very loyal to the club. Secondly, I enjoy watching FC Seoul’s Yoon Il-Lok as he is a very hard-working player.
Follow Nicole on Twitter @0Nicole0 (seriously follow her she’s THE account to follow… asides from the Tavern account of course)
Name (ID), Age, Nationality, Living In, Favorite Team(s), Favorite Player(s)
Tony (Firehole), Unknown, Korean-American, Los Angeles, Bayer Leverkusen, Son Heung-Min
Daniel (Daniel), 32, Korean-American, Chicago, Liverpool, Steven Gerrard
Jin-Woo (TaegukRedDevil), Too young to drink, Korean-Canadian, Montgomery (Alabama), Sunderland/Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo/Ki Sung-Yueng/Park Ji-Sung
Martin Kang (Martin Kang), 30, Korean-Norwegian, Oslo, Arsenal/FC LYN Oslo, Chinedu Obasi/Cha Du-Ri
Daniel Y (Daniel Y), 25, Korean-American, DC, Arsenal, Dennis Bergkamp
Steve (Kimchi Cock), 35, Korean-American, San Francisco, None, Luis Suarez / Carlos Tevez
Daniel (daniel), Unknown, Korean-American, Northern Virginia, Manchester United, Andriy Shevchenko/Robin Van Persie/Park Ji-Sung
Simon, 25, French-Korean, France, Bayer Leverkusen, Lee Chung-Yong/Ki Sung-Yueng
Tomáš, 23, Czech, Prague, Arsenal FC, Titi
Justin, 18, Korean-American, North Carolina, Bayer Leverkusen, Son Heung-Min/Ki Sung-Yueng
Jun, 30, Korean-Kiwi, New Zealand, Borussia Dortmund, Son/Bergkamp/LYP/Juergen Kohler/K-H Riedle/Tony Adams
Jae (Jae @armchairregista), 29, Korean-American, Busan/ATX, Busan IPark/Atalanta BC, too many to list
Michael, under 21, Korean-American, California, Crystal Palace/AS Roma, Park Ji-Sung
Elliot, 18, Korean-American, California, FC Seoul/LA Galaxy/Manchester Utd/FC Barcelona, Son Heungmin/Messi/Ki Sungyueng
Namu Yoon, 20s, Korean-Canadian, Toronto, Ottawa Fury/Toronto FC/Daejeon Citizen/Valencia CF, “all about club on country yo”
Dongbaek Dan, 31, American, Yongin SK, Suwon Bluewings/Suwon FC/Jeju United