“One Club Man”

Go Yo-han will retire. Will FC Seoul, which is celebrating its first “Kim Ki-dong derby” this season, be able to give a gift to legendary Go Yo-han by winning the match against Pohang?

FC Seoul and Pohang Steelers will have a showdown at the seventh round of the “Hana Bank K League 1 2024” to be held at the Seoul World Cup Stadium at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Currently, Seoul is sixth in the league with two wins, three draws and one loss, and Pohang is leading the league with four wins, one draw and one loss and 13 points. Last season, the two teams had three draws to decide the winner.

“FC Seoul’s most participation + the first permanent absence of the club.” Ko Yo-han’s special retirement ceremony

Go Yo-han, the “one club man” of FC Seoul, will end his 20-year career. Since his debut in the K-League in 2004, Go Yo-han has played in Seoul alone, scoring 34 goals and 30 assists in a total of 366 matches in the K-League. At the moment of glory was Go Yo-han. Go Yo-han lifted a total of six K-League titles (2010, 2012, 2016), one Korea Cup title (2015), and two League Cup titles (2006, 2010).

He became the first team captain to lead the team for three consecutive seasons from 2018 to 2020. Seoul has decided to permanently vacate the club’s first player with his number “No. 13” in recognition of Ko’s contribution. The Korea Professional Football Association (KFA) also announced that it will award the award at the match between Seoul and Pohang on Wednesday. The award will be presented at a pre-match event.

He announced his retirement ahead of this season and is currently working as a coach for the U-18 team in Seoul. Although he no longer plays with Seoul as a player, he is currently working as a coach at Osan High School and one club man Ko Yo-han is in progress.

The best big match in the 7th round of the league, the first ‘Kim Ki-dong derby’ of the season

Manager Kim Ki-dong is in the center of attention in the seventh round of the league. As a player, he joined Pohang as a trainee in 1991 and continued his career in 1993 when he returned to Pohang in 2003. Starting with the runner-up of the K-League in 2004, he lifted five trophies in Pohang, including the 2005 A3 Championship, the 2007 K-League, the 2008 FA Cup (Korea Football Association Cup), the 2009 Peace Cup Korea, and the 2009 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League.

Kim, who returned to Pohang as a leader after retirement, led his team to the top of the K League 1 and earned the nickname “Motor Magic” by leading the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League runner-up in 2021 and the FA Cup in 2023.

Having successfully led Pohang to become a master, he took the helm of Seoul from this season and reunited with Ilyushchenko, Palosevic, Lim Sang-hyeop, and Kang Sang-woo in Seoul. Although the “Motive Strike Group” has not been completed 100 percent yet, it is coloring the team with a 5-1 victory over Gimcheon Sangmu on the 3rd. In particular, all five goals, including Ilyushchenko’s two goals and two assists, are involved by Pohang players, and Kim Ki-dong’s Seoul is expected in the future.

‘Taeha Drama’s Special Joker’ Jung Jae-hee Leads Pohang

The Pohang Steelers are leading the league in a surprise move. Park Tae-ha, who took the helm of Pohang this season, has been leading the league (13 points) alone, with no loss in five matches (4 wins and 1 draw) since the team lost the opening game against Ulsan HD. Pohang is currently taking a surprising step as the team has suffered considerable loss from head coach to team.

Pohang has now got a new nickname, “Taeha Drama.” It has scored nine points and four runs in six games this season, with five of the six goals scored after 80 minutes in the second half. Four of them were scored in stoppage time in the second half. Among them, striker Jung Jae-hee stands out by far.

Chung Jae-hee scored three goals and one assist to become the most prolific scorer in his team. What was surprising was that all three of his goals were scored after extra time in the second half. He led his team to victory with a winning goal in the 93rd minute of the second half at a home game (1-0) against Gwangju FC on April 17, and scored the first winning goal in the 92nd minute of the second half at an away game (2-0) against Jeju United on March 30, after the A-match break. At an away game (2-1) against Daejeon Hana Citizen on April 7, he scored the come-from-behind winning goal in the 92nd minute of the second half, when the score was tying 1-1, leading his team to the lone lead in the league.

At the current pace, he will be able to surpass the record of 10 offensive points (seven goals and three assists) in the 2022 season. “I’m smelling more goals these days, so I won’t be greedy. I’m not fully in my condition, and I need to take care of myself. It’s enough to play my part without any injuries in every game,” he said, displaying humility.

Meanwhile, Park won his first Coach of the Month award this season. “Pohang had the most points with Gimcheon Sangmu by posting three wins and one loss in four games in March,” the Korea Professional Football Association said. “The number of players substituted in the four games scored four goals and two assists. During the same period, the number was the highest among the first and second division teams in the K-League. Park’s ability to cope with tactics and resourcefulness stood out.”

Meanwhile, although Pohang is slightly leading with 16 wins, 14 draws, and 17 losses in total between Seoul and Pohang, they faced each other tightly with three draws last season. In particular, Pohang scored an equalizer in the second half of both games at home in Seoul, leading to a draw.

Both teams have been undefeated in five matches. However, the situation is different. Seoul, which lost points due to a large number of drawn matches, needs to leap to the top by winning the Kim Ki-dong derby. By winning the match, Pohang wants to maintain its lone lead and continue its six-match unbeaten streak.

FC Seoul, which aspires to say goodbye to “one club man” Ko Yo-han by winning, and Pohang Steelers, which aspires to advance to the top ranks by adding three more points, want to solidify its lone lead in the league. According to the Seoul club, the first “Kim Ki-dong Derby” of this season is expected to attract more than 30,000 spectators. More than 20,000 tickets have already been sold by preorder alone.

Expectations are high on who will laugh in the season’s first “Kim Ki-dong Derby” watched by 30,000 spectators. 먹튀검증

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