13 April 2024

Pohang, which was expected to collapse, will meet “Director Kim Ki-dong” in Seoul when it happens to be No. 1

By pestfood.com

“We finally met.”
Pohang Steelers is on the rise. He meets his fateful opponent when he is leading the league. It is FC Seoul led by former coach Kim Ki-dong.

Head coach Park Tae-ha’s Pohang will play an away game against Seoul in the seventh round of the Hana One Q K League 1 2024 at 2 p.m. on the 13th at the Seoul World Cup Stadium.

Pohang, which was thought to be in a big crisis, overturned everyone’s expectations and was placed at the top of the ranking table. It led the league with four wins, one draw and one loss (13 points) this season, and continued its flow without losing a single game after losing in the opening match of Ulsan HD on the 1st of last month. It also won the away match of Jeju United after catching tricky opponents Daegu FC and Gwangju FC. Although it drew 1-1 with Suwon FC on April 2, it caught Daejeon Hana Citizen 2-1 on the 2nd and turned it into a good trend.

Pohang again has a chance to win consecutive games. Moreover, since the opponent team is Seoul with Kim Ki-dong, there is much more to gain if the team wins. Kim Ki-dong is a Pohang legend. He played for Pohang as a player and led the team for five years from 2019. Under Kim’s leadership, Pohang ranked at the top of the league every season. It also won the runner-up prize in the Asian Champions League in 2021 and the FA Cup in 2023. However, Kim headed to Seoul for a new challenge ahead of this season.

This was not the only unfavorable factor for Pohang. Key players including frontline striker Zekka (Shandong Taishan), Ha Chang-rae (Nagoya Grampus), Alex Grant (Tianjin Jinmenhu), Shim Sang-min (Ulsan HD), and Kim Seung-dae (Daejeon Hana Citizen) transferred. Midfielder Park Seung-wook also left for Gimcheon Sangmu to serve in the military.

Pohang, however, overcame bad news to announce a fresh start to the season. Jung Jae-hee, who shook off his injury, has shown tremendous performance of four goals and one assist in three league games this season, and Lee Ho-jae is already playing the role of the top joker by giving three assists. Pohang is also strong in defense. It has allowed four goals, the fewest among the 12 K-League 1 teams. In addition, three of Pohang’s four wins came in the 45th minute of the second half to secure the win. He also displayed his concentration and determination to win. 여우알바

Although it is early in the season, Park is also recognized for his leadership. Park Tae-ha is also a Pohang legend. As a one-club man, he scored 46 goals and 37 assists in 263 games. He took the helm in lieu of Kim Ki-dong, and thanks to Park’s leadership, Pohang also achieved a surprising rise. Park Tae-ha won three games and one loss in four games held in March, earning him the Coach of the Month award.
Seoul, on the other hand, ranks sixth in the league with two wins, three draws and one loss (nine points). Despite the record of five undefeated matches (two wins and three draws), it is also true that the team is on the disappointing list. If Seoul finds Pohang, the league leader, it can pave the way for a reversal of mood. Jesse Lingard, a former member of England’s big club Manchester United, is reportedly out due to injury and is highly likely to return to the match against Pohang this time.