Tavern of the Taegeuk Warriors

Tavern of the Taegeuk Warriors

By Tavern of the Taegeuk Warriors
The Tavern of the Taegeuk Warriors Podcast is a podcast about Korean Football. It's a chance to listen to the voices of our writers as we share our passion for Korean football, through all the highs and lows of this beautiful game. We'll share special interviews with Korean players, have fun round table chats, and reaction shows after national team matches. Have a listen and as always, Daehanminguk yall!
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The Korean Gooners Show Episod 18 - Korean Transfers Edition
On this week's episode of the Korean Gooners Show, Michael and Albert talk about Korean players in Europe and the K League. They discuss names like Kim Minjae, Lee Jaesung, Hwang Heechan and other players in Europe who may be linked with transfers or could benefit from a chance at a new club. In terms of the K League, they get into some of the promising young talent who may have the chance to earn a move abroad based on their strong play recently. They also discuss some European transfer rumors related to the Premier League, what would be Arsenal's dream summer transfers, and how Arsenal's recent form has been after the resumption of the season. On the Tavern Watchlist, Albert adds some of his recent Korean variety show discoveries and Michael talks about two dramas he's been watching. We hope you enjoy the episode and are staying safe and healthy.
1:42:00
July 5, 2020
The Korean Gooners Show Episode 17 - 8:46 Edition
On this episode of the Korean Gooners Show, Michael and Albert are joined by LAFC Tigers Supporters Group leader and Chelsea fan Sujin Lee. They begin the pod by talking about the protests going on after the death of George Floyd. As an exercise, the group spends 8:46 talking about potential reforms needed across the country in the wake of continued police brutality towards the black community. The 8:46 is significant because this was the amount of time George Floyd was on the ground begging for air before he passed away.  On Tavern Storytime, the group gets into how Sujin became a Chelsea fan and discuss the heated rivalry between Chelsea and Arsenal. Some topics include most hated and admired players across both teams, Sujin's thoughts on Frank Lampard as manager, the youth movement at Chelsea, and the huge transfer rumors for Chelsea. Finally, on the Tavern Watchlist the group recommends a movie, TV show, and documentary to watch that will help listeners understand the current climate in our country better. We hope you enjoy the podcast and are staying safe and healthy.
1:31:25
June 17, 2020
The Korean Gooners Show Episode 16 - Steve Han Edition
On this episode of the Korean Gooners Show, Michael and Albert are joined by Korean-American football journalist Steve Han from Goal Korea. Steve shares about the many different clubs he enjoys watching, up and coming Korean players to keep an eye on, and talks about the beginnings of the K League season. In addition, Steve shares about his career as a journalist and gives advice for those looking to get involved in sports journalism. Because Steve is an Angeleno through and through, Albert asks Steve about watching Kobe and his thoughts on Kobe's legacy. Finally, the Tavern Watchlist gets into the Korean hip hop scene. There might even be some transfer rumors at the end. We hope you enjoy this episode and are staying safe and healthy.
1:47:13
June 13, 2020
The Korean Gooners Show Episode 15 - Premier League Returns Edition
On this episode of the Korean Gooners Show, Managing Editor Michael and Tavern Contributor Albert get back to their roots and talk football together. They talk about the opening weeks of the K League season and their first impressions of the play. They discuss some of the exciting players and storylines from the return of the Bundesliga. The final football topic is Arsenal and how the club should approach player acquisitions and departures this summer. On a more serious note, Michael and Albert talk about the recent deaths of George Floyd and Hana Kimura and what issues they reflect in our society. We hope you enjoy the podcast and are staying safe and healthy.
1:25:36
May 31, 2020
The Korean Gooners Show Episode 14 - Plan A Mag Edition
On this episode of the Korean Gooners Show, Managing Editor Michael and Tavern Contributor Albert welcome in Chris Lee, formerly known as Oxford Kondo, to the pod. We chat about Chris' Asian American politics and culture magazine Plan A Mag and share together our hopes for our sites in the future. We dig into the best and worst World Cups of our lifetimes, analyzing the 2002-2018 World Cups. We also talked a bit about Spurs, who the Korean GOAT athlete is, and added some great movies and shows to the Tavern Watchlist. As always, thanks for listening to the pod and stay safe and healthy.
1:31:28
May 25, 2020
The Korean Gooners Show Episode 13 - Canada Nostalgia Edition
On this episode of the Korean Gooners Show, Managing Editor Michael and Tavern Contributor Albert welcome in long-time Tavern social media manager Namu Yoon. The crew chats about Namu's travels around the world, and how that introduced him to diverse teams such as Valencia CF, Daejeon Citizen, Toronto FC, York9 FC, and the Vancouver Grizzlies. This episode is full of nostalgia as Albert and Namu talk about the Vancouver Grizzlies and how exciting it was for Namu to watch them. For the Tavern Watchlist, the crew recommends some classic Korean movies and then does a deep look into the recent Lee Chang-dong film Burning. Please enjoy this podcast and stay safe and healthy.
1:38:31
May 17, 2020
The Korean Gooners Show Episode 12 - CaitFreestyle Edition
On this edition of the Korean Gooners Show, Michael and Albert are joined by Caitlyn Schrepfer, otherwise known as CaitFreestyle. She shared with us about how she got started in freestyle football, the most memorable matches she's been to, and what it was like to meet the Arsenal players at Venice Beach. She shared her inspiring words for all the female athletes out there and told us about her first KDrama experience. Have a listen and please stay safe and healthy.
58:39
May 10, 2020
The Korean Gooners Show Episode 11 - K League Preview Edition
In this episode of the Korean Gooners show, Managing Editor Michael and Tavern Contributor Albert are joined by a returning guest, Tavern Contributor Allen Park. With the news that the K League is starting on May 8, Albert decides he needs help picking a K League team to follow and Michael and Allen explain all 12 teams before he makes his decision. Then, Albert and Allen chat about their love for the New York Yankees before the crew puts some Korean dramas, variety shows, and movies onto the Tavern Watchlist.
1:18:54
May 2, 2020
The Korean Gooners Show Episode 10 - The North London Derby Edition
In this special episode of the Korean Gooners Show, the Korean Gooners are joined by Tavern Contributor and Tottenham Hotspur fan Bennett to discuss what would have been this week's North London Derby. Bennett shares how he became a fan of Spurs, some of his favorite players, and his current feelings about Mourinho. For some fun challenges, the crew do the Compliment Challenge and compliment their rival club. Finally, they make a combined Spurs-Arsenal XI of current players. On the Tavern Watchlist, Albert and Michael give reviews of past movie recommendations and Bennett shares about his latest Korean drama that he watched.
1:39:34
April 25, 2020
The Korean Gooners Show Episode 9 - Quarantine Week 3
In this episode of the Korean Gooners Show, Managing Editor Michael and Tavern Contributor Albert are joined by Josh from the FCFC Podcast. Josh talks about his love of LAFC and how he's been a large part of the founding of MLS' first Korean supporters group, the Tigers Supporters Group. For his Tavern Storytime, Josh shares the story of how the Tigers Supporters Group and LAFC's Mexican supporters met Son Heung-min when he visited LA after the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The group talks some Premier League football since Josh is also a Man United fan. Finally, Josh and Albert answer some of Michael's Itaewon Class questions and then the group adds some movies to the Tavern Watchlist. Enjoy this conversation and stay safe and healthy.
1:38:41
April 19, 2020
The Korean Gooners Show Episode 8 - Quarantine Week 2
In this episode of the Korean Gooners Show, Managing Editor Michael and Tavern Contributor Albert talk during the coronavirus quarantine. Also joining the Korean Gooners for this episode is Tavern Contributor Jason, who shares about his memories as a Man United fan during Tavern Storytime. Albert and Jason talk a little bit of Tavern Hot Stove baseball before the three of us dive into the Tavern Watchlist. The Tavern Watchlist includes our movie and Korean drama recommendations for you as we all try to stay safe at home. Enjoy this conversation and stay safe and healthy.
1:06:24
April 12, 2020
The Korean Gooners Show Episode 7 - Quarantine Week 1
In this episode of the Korean Gooners Show, Managing Editor Michael and Tavern Contributor Albert talk during the ongoing Coronavirus quarantine. Because of the ongoing break from football, Albert and Michael share memories about their lives as Arsenal fans in the new Tavern StoryTime segment. The Korean Gooners also tackle current Korean pop culture sensation Parasite as they discuss the Oscar-winning film in depth. Enjoy this conversation and stay safe and healthy.
1:08:07
March 25, 2020
The Korean Gooners Show Episode 6: Arteta is Getting Results
In this episode of the Korean Gooners Show, managing editor Michael and Tavern Contributor Albert run through the Premier League storylines. They discuss the ramifications of a Manchester City Champions League ban, the current situation at Tottenham, the resurgence of Man United and the coming out party for new signing Bruno Fernandes, and plenty of other topics. On the Arsenal side of the pod, they talk about the recent victories for Arsenal and the signs of improvements amongst the squad. Some topics include the strong play of Dani Ceballos and Bukayo Saka, the continuing set piece defensive issues and how to fix it, as well as looking forward to how Arsenal will reinforce the squad this summer.
1:09:04
March 1, 2020
The Korean Gooners Show Episode 5: Midseason Roundup
On this week's episode of the Korean Gooners Show, managing editor Michael and Tavern contributor Albert take stock of the English Premier League during the January transfer window. They discuss the unbreakable mentality that Liverpool have created in their championship pursuit, talk about the shortcomings of the other Big Six teams, and lament the competitive parity that has allowed Liverpool to open up a huge lead. In the Arsenal portion of the pod, they discuss what Mikel Arteta is getting right in his first few weeks on the job, who Arsenal may need to sign in the January transfer window, and decide on realistic expectations for the rest of the season. Finally, Albert begins with a few words in memory of Kobe Bryant.
1:03:58
February 3, 2020
Korean Gooners Show Episode 4: The Arsenal Deep-dive
In this episode of the Korean Gooners show, managing editor Michael and Tavern contributor Albert take a deep dive into the current state of Arsenal Football Club. They discuss the different managerial candidates in the running to replace Unai Emery, discuss the current state of the squad and its strong and weak points, and even talk about players they miss. In other Premier League news, they discuss the Manchester Derby and the resurgence of United, what if anything could stop Liverpool, and spare a quick moment for some Sonny magic.
1:01:13
December 18, 2019
Korean Gooners Show Ep. 3
In this episode of the Korean Gooners Show, managing editor Michael and Tavern contributor Albert discuss the recent developments in North London. They talk about the issues surrounding Granit Xhaka and Unai Emery, the problems with Arsenal's defense, and another dismal draw. On the other side of North London, the Sonny Hatewatch/Lovewatch returns with a new manager and a victorious Spurs side. In other matches, Man City beat out a determined Chelsea side and Jamie Vardy continues to lead the Golden Boot race. Finally, they end by discussing who will get sacked next and what they want the Arsenal board to do.
51:07
November 28, 2019
Korean Gooners Show Episode 2 - What's Wrong with Arsenal?
In this episode of the Korean Gooners show, managing editor Michael and Tavern contributor Albert try to find out what is going wrong with Arsenal. They discuss the somewhat confusing player selection issues plaguing Unai Emery's side. In addition, Michael apologizes for his rash criticism of Mesut Ozil and decides it's time to bring him back into the fold. The Sonny Love/Hatewatch is back as Sonny unleashed himself on Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League on Tuesday. Finally, the Korean Gooners praise Leicester and Chelsea as well as offering up a preview of the Liverpool-Spurs clash this weekend.
55:54
October 27, 2019
Tavern of the Taegeuk Warriors Interview Special: Hal Kaiser and the Korean Women's Football Team
In this interview special, managing editor Michael Welch talks with Hal Kaiser, one of the most knowledgeable sources on Korean women's football. They both talk about how they became interested in women's football, their experiences covering the Korean women's national team for the recent Victory Tour matches with the US Women's National Team, and how the Korean women's national team has been able to progress in the past 10-15 years. Finally, they discuss the upcoming Olympic women's qualifying tournament and how they feel about the Taegeuk Nangja's chances of earning their first place in the Olympics at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.
31:21
October 17, 2019
Tavern Podcast Special: The Korean Gooners Show
In this new podcast from the Tavern of the Taegeuk Warriors, managing editor Michael and Tavern contributor Albert talk all things EPL, with the POV of two Korean Gooners talking footie. They start with a segment called the Sonny Love/HateWatch, where they discuss how they felt to watch Sonny in Tottenham's recent struggles. Then, they dig into what makes Man City so great, with a shoutout to the newest Korean player for Man City, Lee Geummin. Other topics include Watford and the Kim Minjae rumors, whether or not VVD is overrated, how Leicester finds all these great players, and what is wrong with Man United. Enjoy the newest Tavern of the Taegeuk Warriors podcast and let us know if there are other podcasts you'd like us to make!
55:45
October 10, 2019
Tavern Roundtable: October World Cup Qualifying Squad Preview
In this Roundtable podcast, managing editor Michael and new contributor Jason Lee get together to talk about Bento's latest squad for the October World Cup Qualifying matches with Sri Lanka and North Korea. The Lightning Round includes a positive review of this latest sqaud and the main topic is how the squad should approach a home match with Sri Lanka and the cauldron of the Korean Derby in Pyongyang. In what is clearly becoming a recurring segment, Michael uses his Last Call time to geek out over a new stadium in Kangin's future.
54:11
October 5, 2019
KNT Roundtable: September International Break Verdict
In this KNT Roundtable podcast, join our managing editor Michael as he speaks with returning contributor Allen and newcomer Gordon to wrap up the KNT's September international break. During the lightning round, we discuss the players that impressed and underwhelmed and how the Crew grades the two results against Georgia and Turkmenistan. In the long discussion, the Crew discusses their confidence levels going into the October International Break with matches coming up against Sri Lanka and North Korea. Finally, they discuss what happened with the U22 team preparing for Olympics qualification.
1:06:30
September 20, 2019
Tavern Roundtable: September World Cup Qualifying Squad Preview
In this Roundtable podcast, Michael, Joon, Allen, and Albert get together to talk about Bento's latest squad for the September World Cup Qualifying match with Turkmenistan. The Lightning Round includes a quick discussion of whether Lee Seungwoo got snubbed and the main topic is what formation the Crew would like to see Bento use. There may be some light Kim Shin-wook banter as well.
1:05:01
September 3, 2019
Exclusive Interview with Moon "Moondog" Hong
Hong Moon, also known as “Moondog”, has had quite the career. After a youth career in England and Sweden, he had to retire due to injury, and came back to Korea. He became the youngest Korean to obtain the UEFA B coaching license, and is now the owner and manager of amateur team STV (Share the Vision) FC. STV FC is strongly influenced by Moondog’s experiences playing in Europe. Moondog’s YouTube Channel, TrainLikePros SPT, became well known in the Korean football world as Moondog shared his thoughts on the Korean National Team, publishing videos which analyzed specific matches, players, and decisions by the manager at a very advanced level. One example can be seen here. TrainLikePros SPT now has 51K subscribers and nearly 800 videos, and has progressed to revolve around STV FC, introducing its players, matches, and training methods. The Tavern was fortunate enough to have an opportunity to speak with Moondog, and he discussed how his football club seeks to model the European system, and furthermore shared his opinions on the KNT, K League, and Korean football culture as a whole.
47:26
August 31, 2019
Seo-in Kim Interview Special
On this episode of the Tavern of the Taegeuk Warriors Podcast, Michael chats with Korean American footballer Seo-in Kim about his youth development, what it took for him to become a professional footballer, and where he's going next.
39:02
August 11, 2019