From Incheon to Gwangju… Sidomin’s ‘Blast’, getting bigger in 2023

In the 2023 season, the blast of the club is expected to continue.안전놀이터

At the ‘Hana One Q K League 1 2023 Opening Media Day’ held on the 20th, the clubs that received the most attention were also last season’s champion Ulsan Hyundai and Ulsan rival Jeonbuk Hyundai. 

However, the following teams are interesting. This is because clubs such as Incheon United, Gangwon FC, and promoted team Gwangju FC were in the spotlight. It was proof that Si-do-min clubs are becoming the protagonists of the blast while building good grades and characters. 

Compared to corporate clubs operated with parent company funds, the performance and attention of municipal and municipal clubs operated with citizens’ taxes were bound to be relatively low. 

In the past, there were many cases in which city and village clubs did not see the light because they were pushed by corporate clubs, and only took care of themselves in the first division.

During the six seasons from the 2012 season to the 2017 season when the promotion system was introduced, there were no clubs in the 4th place to get tickets for the Asian Football Confederation Champions League (ACL).

On the other hand, the bloody relegation battle was the responsibility of Si-do-min’s club. In the 2015 season, Busan I-Park was the first corporate club to be demoted, but the unfortunate reality of going down to the second division was closer to the team of Si-do-min.

But that changed five years ago, and the sensation of Si-do-min’s club began.

The promoted team, Gyeongnam, played in the top ranks with tall striker Malkong in the 2018 season, and was the only club to advance to Final A (6th round), as well as to win the runner-up and succeed in advancing to the ACL for the first time since its founding.

In 2019, Daegu, the previous year’s FA Cup winning team, took over the blast from the club Shido-min. In particular, with the opening of the latest football stadium ‘DGB Daegu Bank Park’, it emerged as an emerging runner in the K-League box office drive, and advanced to Final A for the first time since its foundation.

In the 2020 season, which was shortened due to Corona 19, half of the team was occupied in Final A. 4th place Sangju (military team), 5th place Daegu, and 6th place Gwangju settled for Final A. In the 2021 season, Daegu took 3rd place and went to the ACL for the first time with only league results. It was also impressive that Suwon FC showed off its mighty offense and ranked 5th.

Last year, Incheon ranked 4th for the first time in history and won the first ACL ticket after its founding, proving that the gust of the city and the people club is not the exclusive property of a specific team, but that several teams can achieve it in turn. Gangwon’s advancement to the Final A, where coach Choi Yong-soo took the helm from the opening, was also fresh.

This year, it is expected that the wind driving of the club will continue.

This is because Incheon and Gangwon, which had good results last year, are alive and well, and Suwon FC is also said to be a good candidate for the semifinals. Incheon, which started the ACL, brought in two foreign strikers such as Zerso and Mpoku, as well as Shin Jin-ho, Kwon Jin-jin, and Chun Seong-hoon, and built a team that was second to none except for Ulsan and Jeonbuk.

In fact, on Media Day on the 20th, there were not a few coaches who put Incheon in the semifinals.

In addition, Suwon FC, which brings in Gangwon, where coach Choi Yong-soo’s leadership shines, and Yoon Bit-garam, and forms a ‘genius combination’ with Lee Seung-woo, is also considered a dark horse to stir up the top ranks this season.

Daegu, which is consulting with the team after succeeding in staying last year, and Gwangju, who are playing in the first division again with an early victory in the second division, can also establish themselves as the ‘Grim Reaper’ of corporate clubs. It can be harmful.

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