Podcast Podcast Podcast! We’re very excited to present our 2nd ever podcast, (technically it’s a soundcloud stream, but it’s all semantics, dig?). An improvement in production values from last year’s podcast, but like the Tavern, it still has some rough edges – but hey, it’s providing character. I’m psyched – it’s the first time our Tavern writers have assembled in one cyber tavern – to wrangle with all things related to Korean football: Jae Chee, on the mic from Studio Tavern Korea and Jinseok Yang dropping in from Connecticut, and yours truly, the old Tavern owner.
Right up front we discuss the upcoming international friendlies between South Korea and Switzerland (Nov 15) and Russia (Nov 19) and what to look out for with the roster Hong Myong-bo called up for duty. Left off the roster: Park Chu-Young. Can the KNT afford to leave out the Arsenal man? But wait, Arsene Wenger hadn’t forgotten about him – he played (a much talked about ) several minutes in last week’s League Cup game against Chelsea. What does that mean? Can Park rejoin the KNT? Despite not getting regular playing time, is Park the solution to the KNT striker woes?
Among other topics to muse about, would expanding the World Cup to 40 nations be a something Asian countries can take advantage of – enough to dare challenge conventional wisdom about overcoming European and South American hegemony to win the whole damn thing? Jinseok gives an update on the Korean youth players on Barcelona’s La Masia academy. Also, Lee Young-Pyo (who just retired for good in Vancouver) his importance for the KNT as one of most celebrated and capped left back player in Korean football history. Finally we talk about the upcoming Asian Champions League final Saturday morning between FC Seoul and Evergrande – does FC Seoul have enough character and talent to overcome Marcello Lippi’s moneyed squad?
Anyway, we think you’ll like it. Thank you to Jae (who had to wake up at 6 AM to record this) and Jinseok for saving the podcast when the Tavern’s computers were acting up. If you have questions / comments / this post and the comment section below is the perfect place to bring ’em on board!
[Production note: I ran into some technical glitches during the recording so I did my best to patch them up with some editing magic. So if you can forgive some of the audio quality gaps, I still think you’ll find it’s a pretty damn good podcast].
PS, a really hilarious and quite energetic iphone video captured this scene after Cardiff’s derby win over Swansea. The supporters inside Cardiff City Stadium are chanting Gary Medel’s name over and over – and doing the same for Kim Bo-Kyung. Man, if this is what it’s like to be a supporter over in Wales, sign me up –seems like an opportunity to lose your sanity not to be missed!