It’s our 2nd Tavern Live event – tune in later today [Friday 5pm US EST / Saturday 7am Korea Time] as the Tavern writers Jinseok Yang, Jae Chee and Tavern owner Roy Ghim discuss all the implications of the crucial friendly in Athens last Wednesday. It’s the return of Park Chu-Young, ‘Sonsationality’, Boss Hong’s tactics -what worked & what didn’t, how the roster is now shaping for the World Cup in June and so much more. You can ask us questions during the event via Twitter @taeguk_warrior (or see the Tavern Twitter window on your right).
Join us in a few hours… and we’re done – but the event is archived on Youtube:
And that’s a wrap. Our 2nd live event over – it was a good discussion – though we did have some technical glitches. If watching -be on the lookout from about 30 minutes into the show – that ‘sound’ goes away at the 50th minute of the broadcast. Mein-ham-nee-da!
The win against Greece was a morale booster – it gives some confidence Hong is heading in the right direction, but there were a number of areas of concern still. Nevertheless: the Return of Park Chu-Young was huge and the narrative of the prodigal son returning to the KNT fold may be particularly apt as we ride with some confidence along with some uncertainty into Brazil for the World Cup.
For those that don’t venture in to see the hangout in its entirety, here is my Tavern Owner takeaway from the broadcast: in talking about the left back position (which Kim Jin-Su left exposed a few times during the game), I (sort of) asked “if Yun Suk-Young was playing regular minutes at QPR and was in form and all things being equal with the other options at Hong’s disposal, who would would be the best purely defensive left back for the KNT?” Yun would hold that distinction, so says Jinseok. Thinking outside the box, would Hong Myong-Bo pull another ‘Park Chu-Young’ and call him up despite his lack of game playing minutes? Jae thought that if Yun got a sniff of pitch action at QPR, Hong would use any excuse to draft him into action this summer…we will have to see. Nevertheless, Kim Jin-Su in earlier KNT appearances in the fall impressed enough for many to believe he could do the job adequately at left back. The mini USA tour might not have shown his best qualities. Then again, maybe the real Kim Jin-Su will eventually show up, but until we get closer to June, questions remain…
Jinseok wondered – if from boss Hong we’ll see any significant changes. We did talk up some possibilities -but what I forgot to mention was what changes we won’t see from Hong -simply because it’s what worked: Son on the left wing, Koo in the middle, Lee Chung-Yong on the right wing, Park forward (but not necessarily the up front lone striker) and the duo of Han Kook-Young and Ki Sung-Yeung playing somewhat deeper. That all sounds somewhat obvious, but it’s the exact lineup-formation that Hong has wanted to play for a long time but hasn’t until now (due to factors like injuries and Park not being en vogue due to lack of minutes at Arsenal). It was certainly effective on Wednesday, and potentially can be a productive unit for the KNT in June.
We did talk about Park Chu-Young’s knee slide/prayer goal celebration -which I theorized had previously injured him after his famous 1st-Korean-to-score-in-LaLiga goal for Celta Vigo. Well he did it again on Wednesday, and while they didn’t pinpoint how he did it- he sustained a minor left knee injury which turned out was the real reason Hong removed him (for precautionary reasons) at half time according to the Korean JoonGangDaily. KFA officials declined to say how serious the injury was as Park did not talk to the press. According the Yonhap news agency, Park Chu-Young rejected talking to reporters – despite prodding by the KFA.
Be on the lookout for the weekend listing soon at the Tavern. The other Tavern writers themselves may chime in further. Happy Friday ( Happy Saturday if you’re in Korea) !