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The Hwang In-beom Interview

The K League United Podcast draws its second series to a close with a memorable finale as site editor Paul Neat travels down to Daejeon to speak with one of the city's greatest exports, Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Hwang In-beom. The pair spoke about Hwang's time in the K League with both his hometown club Daejeon Citizen in addition to his contribution to Asan Mugunghwa's title-winning season whilst on military duty. There's talk of his national team success including the gold medal at...


2019: What Worked and What Didn't

With 2019 behind us and a new and exciting season ahead, K League United editors Ryan Walters, Paul Neat and Matthew Binns look to draw a line under the last campaign and pick out both the lowlights and highlights. With 2019 proving to be an encouraging season for the K League in terms of both attendances and excitement, it only makes sense to offer praise where it is due in a year that saw the league revitalised in the eyes of the neutral once more. That does not mean all was well,...


K League Room 101

After a brief holiday break, Ryan Walters, Paul Neat, and Matthew Binns are back and doing a K League version of the classic radio show turned TV show: Room 101. Each of the Editors discuss one their pet hates and try to convince the ‘panel’ that it should be banished from K League forever. We all love K League and Korean football, and that’s why we are here... but there are of course some things that might irk us. And just to end things on a happy note, Matthew takes on the role of Quiz...


22 Teams of K League-mas

Just in time for Christmas, Ryan Walters, Paul Neat, and Matthew Binns give Santa a hand with the naughty and nice list for all 22 K League teams. Joined by writers throughout the county, the hosts start at the bottom of K League 2 and work their way to the top of K League 1 assessing what did and didn't go well for each club, handing out Young Player and MVP awards for each team, and assessing what they should have on their Christmas wish list. All that and your questions in the Eulji Lewis...


2019 KLU Awards

As they prepare to turn the calendar on 2019, Ryan Walters, Paul Neat, and Matthew Binns take a look back on the year that was in K League 1 and 2 announcing the winners of the fan vote awards. Complete with a few surprises along the way, the three debate the winners and occasionally offer up their own alternate options. They also settle the debate of which K League mascot could rival their J.League counterparts. All that and your questions in the Eulji Lewis Mailbag in this edition of The K...


EAFF E-1 Preview

Busan simply cannot stay out of the footballing news this week with IPark making their long awaited return to K1 and the EAFF E-1 Football Championship kicking off midweek. Ryan Walters and Matthew Binns discuss the Promotion/Relegation Final and their impressions of Busan as a K1 ready club. They're then joined by South China Morning Post's Jonathan White to discuss what to expect from the Chinese and Hong Kong sides in the tournament. Later, Japan Times' Dan Orlowitz calls in to preview...


K1 Final Weekend Recap & Pro/Rel Playoff Final

With his team back in first place and lifting their fifth title in six seasons, Matthew Binns returns to the newly renamed Kim Dohoon Bunker to join Ryan Walters and Paul Neat to break down a wild weekend that saw Ulsan quite literally throw the title away on the final day. Ulsan columnist Dan Croydon joins on the line to discuss what went wrong and where the Horangi can go from here. They then analyze the upcoming Gyeongnam vs Busan Pro/Rel Playoff Final and go over key players and what to...


K League Decision Day

After a thrilling penultimate weekend, we are down to the last match day in K League 1 and nearly everything is still on the line! The K1 title, the final AFC Champions League spot, and determining who will play in the Promotion/Relegation Playoff Final will all be decided this weekend. And there's also the small matter of Busan IPark hosting FC Anyang in the K2 playoff final. Ryan Walters and Paul Neat are joined on the line by Todd Wilde to preview Busan's third consecutive playoff final...


K2 Playoffs and Ulsan vs Jeonbuk

Easily the biggest K League weekend of the year kicks off with Anyang hosting the K2 Playoff opener against Bucheon and Ulsan on the verge of winning their first title since 2005. Ryan Walters is joined once again by Paul Neat to go over what to expect in Anyang Saturday afternoon: a historical breakdown of the rivalry, key players, and what to watch for in the match. Then Jeonbuk and Ulsan columnists Matthew Binns and Dan Croydon dissect the match of the season as the Horangi go for the...


FA Cup Recap & KNT

In the end it was a decisive 4-0 aggregate victory for Suwon Samsung Bluewings over National League side Daejeon Korail that earned the team their record fifth FA Cup title. Ryan Walters is joined by Steve Price in studio and Peter Hampshire on the line to break down the Bluewings historic run, what it may mean for their winter transfer window, and we get the immediate post game reactions from Dejan Damjanović and Adam Taggart. The three also discuss Bucheon 1995's winning streak that saw...


K2 Final Round

With Gwangju FC having already been crowned champions and Busan IPark awaiting the winner of the 3rd vs 4th playoff game, a first glance would suggest there isn't much on for K2's final match day. Yet, the Golden Boot, final playoff place, and much more are still on the line. Ryan Walters and Paul Neat go over what to watch in all five of the final matches and speak with Ansan Greeners columnist James Walsh about the Green Wolves season thus far and what the playoffs would mean to the club....


FA Cup Final with Adam Taggart

The FA Cup Final is here! Third division side Daejeon Korail's unlikely run continues as they face off against one of the most storied clubs in Korean football, Suwon Samsung Bluewings. Ryan Walters, Paul Neat, and Matthew Binns sit down to discuss Korail's run thus far, what it means for Korean football, and what to expect in the first leg of the final. They then speak with Suwon and Socceroos star Adam Taggart to get his perspective on the match and talk about the finer points of his...


K1 Final Round

The newly minted Final Round is set to begin this weekend in K League 1 and we've gone over the five key things to keep an eye on over the final weeks. Regular hosts Ryan Walters and Paul Neat touch base with Jeju United columnist Branko Belan to discuss the Islanders shock season and what chances they have of avoiding the drop. They then turn attention to managers currently on the hot seat, AFC Champions League places, and talk with Ulsan Hyundai columnist Dan Croydon about the Horangi's...


Sri Lanka and North Korea WCQ

With the Taeguk Warriors continuing their quest for Qatar 2022, Ryan Walters is joined by out KNT columnists Steve Price and Peter Hampshire to discuss manager Paulo Bento's squad selection and which players perhaps wrongly missed the cut. In the second segment they discuss the Sri Lanka match set to take place in Hwaseong and what to expect on the night. Finally, they go over the men's team's first match in North Korea in nearly 30 years, what to expect on the pitch, and a bit about the...


K League Rivalries & The Final Round

It's rivalry week on the KLU pod! Ryan Walters, Paul Neat, and Matthew Binns highlight the key matches in the final round of the 2019 K1 season with title and relegation implications abound. Jeju, Gyeongnam, and Incheon all face significant challenges as they attempt to stay in the top flight. They then turn their focus onto the final Super Match of the year with Suwon hosting FC Seoul, and go long on the East Coast Derby between Pohang and Ulsan. After a brief derby quiz, they dive into the...


KLU Pod | K League 1 Split Rounds

With just a few weeks remaining in the K League 1 regular season Ryan Walters and Paul Neat sit down to assess which teams Incheon, Jeju, and Gyeongnam will have to battle to stave off the drop in the Relegation Round, and who will be playing against Jeonbuk and Ulsan to determine this year's champion in the top six. They also dive into the state of Suwon Samsung Bluewings, judge the summer signings, and discuss which teams could benefit from the ASEAN player quota next season in an extended...


K2 Playoff Race

Time is running out for K League 2 teams below the playoff line to make a run at potential promotion as the playoffs draw ever closer. Regular hosts Ryan Walters and Paul Neat are joined by Seoul E-Land columnist and all around K2 expert Michael Redmond to break down seven different teams chances at the playoffs and whether or not Gwangju FC can hang on to their lead at the top of the table. All that and more in this edition of The K League United Podcast!


FA Cup Semifinal Preview

Following an extended summer break, the FA Cup returns with some enticing matchups spanning the top four divisions of Korean football. Ryan Walters returns to the hosting chair alongside Matthew Binns and Paul Neat to discuss the Semifinal matchups between Daejeon Korail and Sangju Sangmu, and Hwaseong FC and Suwon Samsung Bluewings. They go over how each team got to this point in the tournament, their current form, and what to expect heading into the first leg next week. All that and more...


South Korea vs Georgia and Turkmenistan Preview

South Korea finally get underway on their road to Qatar 2022 as they prepare for a friendly against Georgia before their first World Cup qualifier against Turkmenistan. We take a look at the call-ups for Korea, who they'll be facing as well as evaluate Paulo Bento's first year at the helm. After a brief hiatus, The K League United Podcast returns in time for the international break, ready to take a detailed look at the latest South Korea squad. Our writers Matthew Binns, Paul Neat and Steve...


K League 1 Round 26 Recap and Marquee Match Preview

Site editors Paul Neat and Scott Whitelock take their seats in the K League United Outpost to go over all six matches that took place last weekend in the K League 1, including Ulsan Hyundai's defeat to Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, Seongnam's victory over rivals FC Seoul and a clash at the foot of the table. Our writers then pick their matches to watch this weekend before moving onto the mailbag and answering your questions submitted via social media.