The years of ‘two rivers’ system has cracked. In the 2023 season, the professional soccer K League 1, where all teams faced each other one by one, will enter a full-fledged ranking fight after a full-scale exploration match. Attention is focusing on whether the defending champion’s ‘solo’ will continue, whether the pursuers’ jump will lead to a ‘multi-gang’ system, and whether the famous houses that have fallen into the ‘swamp’ will revive.
K-League 1 starts the 12R match between Ulsan Hyundai and Gangwon FC from the 9th, and starts the 2nd round robin (12~22R). K-League 1, in which 12 teams compete, plays 11 matches per round and goes through a total of 3 rounds of robin. Play a match to determine the final ranking.
In the first round robin, Ulsan’s solo performance stood out. As of the 8th, Ulsan is in second place with 9 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss (28 points), leading by 8 points. Ulsan, who had won 6 consecutive wins for the first time since its founding, was hit by the promoted team Daejeon Hana Citizen and slowed down with a draw with Pohang Steelers, but got back on track with 3 consecutive wins.
In a situation where most of the winning members of last season are still alive, the joining of transfer students is the icing on the cake. Joo Min-gyu, the top scorer in the 2021 season, and Rubikson, a Swedish special, scored 5 goals and 1 assist, ranking tied for second place in scoring.
Other than that, it’s a thrilling ranking competition. 2nd place FC Seoul (20 points) to 5th place Jeju United (17 points) are placed side by side with a difference of 1 point, and 6th place Suwon FC (15 points) to 11th place Gangwon (10 points) are standing in line with 1 point difference.
K-League 1 was a Yanggang system of ‘Ulsan-Jeonbuk Hyundai Family’ in the last 4 seasons. However, from 2017 to 2021, Jeonbuk Hyundai, which achieved 5 consecutive losses, fell to 10th place, and Seoul and Pohang performed well, creating a crack.안전놀이터
In particular, the rapid progress of Seoul is remarkable. Last season’s Final B, Seoul, which stayed in ninth place, is running second. Signboard Na Sang-ho is showing off his peak skills by leading the scoring with 7 goals. Im Sang-hyeop and Palosevich each scored 3 goals and Hwang Eui-jo and Park Dong-jin each scored 2 goals, and the attack routes are also diverse. It is also worth aiming for the first championship in 7 years since the 2016 season.
On the other hand, Jeonbuk and Suwon Samsung’s pride as ‘famous houses’ was cracked. Jeonbuk is in 10th place this season with 3 wins, 2 draws and 6 losses (11 points), while Suwon Samsung is the lowest with 1 win, 2 draws and 8 losses (5 points). Both teams eventually resigned after the head coach took responsibility for the sluggish performance.
Some of the shock therapy of the supervisor’s dismissal and resignation is appearing. Suwon defeated Incheon United in the 11th round and finally recorded a valuable first win. In the head-to-head match against Jeonbuk-do 11R league powerhouse Seoul, they drew 1-1.
Unfortunately, the two teams will face each other in the first game (12R) of the second round robin on the 10th. Suwon’s new head coach Kim Byung-soo, who is making his debut that day, said at the inauguration press conference on the 8th, “The fact that we scored 9 goals and conceded 18 runs in 11 matches shows that the balance of the team is broken.” However, I do not intend to do it radically,” he said.
Article provided by Kukmin Ilbo