When the whistle sounded at the end of the 90th minute, Daejeon Hana Citizen players fell to the ground one by one. It was the moment when the leader Ulsan Hyundai’s ‘traditional soccer’ collapsed in front of ‘7’. Regardless of the win or loss, the emotion waved. No rhetoric was needed for those who poured out their souls. this was football
The spring breeze brought by Daejeon Hana and Gwangju FC, who took the stage for the first part of the 2023 season, is fresh. In fact, no one expected it. Two months ago, in the opening game of this season, when the K-League team won a victory together with a promoted team for the first time, the voice of ‘shining spirit’ was higher.
There are stereotypes. A promoted team is usually the first candidate for relegation. There is a perception that the gap between Part 1 and Part 2 is so large. Kim Chun, managing director, was promoted to the first division last season, but fell back to the second division after one season. Moreover, winters in Daejeon and Gwangju were quiet. Rather than recruiting new players, we focused our efforts on protecting existing players. Most of the players remained, but they could not reap the anxiety.
But it was raining. Part 2 was not as competitive as Part 1. As short as two seasons, as long as three seasons, the faith of the players and the ‘stubbornness’ of the coaches are creating harmony and emitting special light.
Gust and gust, no more doubts. After 7 rounds, Daejeon was in 3rd place (14 points, 4 wins, 2 draws, 1 loss), and Gwangju was in 5th place (12 points, 4 wins, 3 losses). Jeonbuk Hyundai (7 points, 2 wins, 1 draw, 4 losses, 9th place), Incheon United (goal difference -5, 8th place) and Jeju United (8 points, 2 wins, 2 draws, 3 losses), which are classified as the ‘Big 4’ · Goal loss -2nd, 7th place) is underfoot. Suwon Samsung (2 points, 2 draws and 5 defeats), the lowest ranked team in the ‘fallen prestigious family’, is unable to even show their business card.
For pros, products are their competitive edge. A greater value than ‘winning football’ lies in ‘fun football’. If you break away from sexualism and show your own color no matter what team you meet, the fans will recognize that team first. Daejeon and Gwangju are walking the path. The implications are great. There is no interest in a tilted playground. Daejeon and Gwangju collide and see without fear. No matter what team the opponent is, it is ‘attack forward’. Gwangju coach Lee Jeong-hyo played attacking football based on forward pressure in the second part as well. Last season was based on a three-back, but the style remains the same even if it is changed to a four-back this season.
For Daejeon coach Lee Min-seong, the modified three-back stands out. He raised the wingback like Wongeo to make it look like a fourback. The key is held by Ju Se-jong. While Ju Se-jong plays an active role as a support for the midfield, he constantly threatens the opponent with his diversified tactics in the center and flanks. Amidst that, fans are excited. Daejeon’s average attendance of 14,850 this season is by no means a pattern. FC Seoul, Ulsan, and then Daejeon.
“It is true that the best defense is offense.스포츠토토 You have to be aggressive to prevent the opponent from doing well. Even if you lose, you have to go out and fight together. We are survival. Every day is so hard.” This is the sincerity of director Lee Min-seong. “Ulsan, Jeonbuk, and Incheon are teams that need to win, and we just need to beat the team below, but it’s confusing because teams that need to do well can’t catch them. Ecosystems are being destroyed.” This is director Lee Jeong-hyo’s cold-hearted diagnosis of reality.
Last year, the ascending and descending structure changed from ‘1+1’ to ‘1+2’ system. Teams in the first division vomit voices in the current structure in which up to three teams can be relegated. But I want to see the forest. If you play football like Daejeon and Gwangju, you can hold on to those worries. I hope that their challenge bears bright fruit. Daejeon and Gwangju are the hopes of the K-League.