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10th place in salary → 1st place in grades… ‘Kim Ki-dong-ho’ Pohang, ‘two consecutive wins’ with a reason

 The Pohang Steelers are once again bringing the wind to the K-League following last season.

Pohang won a 2-1 victory in the Hanawon Q K League 1 2023 2nd round away match against Suwon FC held at Suwon Sports Complex on the 4th.

Pohang took the lead in the 19th minute with Go Young-Jun’s opening goal, but in the 32nd minute, Jeong Jae-Hee’s additional goal took the lead. In the 2nd minute of the second half, Suwon striker Murillo scored a comeback goal, but the score was not equalized and the team scored 3 points.

Pohang, which had a thrilling 3-2 come-from-behind victory in the K-League 1 opening game against Daegu FC on the 26th of last month, also won the away game in Suwon, and sprinted for two consecutive victories.

In K-League 1, if the number of points is the same, the ranking is based on the number of points. Pohang recorded two consecutive victories with Seoul and Ulsan, but became the first with five goals in the most points.

Pohang had a successful season last year, finishing the 2022 season in third place in the league. However, after the season, it received more attention as the ranking of the total annual salary of the K-League 1 teams in the 2022 season was released.

According to data released by the Korea Professional Football Federation, Pohang’s total annual salary expenditure last year was 7,737,277,000 won, and excluding the military team Kim Cheon, it was ranked 10th, second from behind among 11 K-League 1 teams.

The average annual salary per player was 272.49 million won, ranking ninth, and the average foreign player salary was only 666 million won, falling short of the average annual salary of non-K League 1 players (862.685 million won).

Compared to last year’s champion Ulsan Hyundai’s total annual salary of about 17.7 billion won and runner-up Jeonbuk Hyundai spending more than 19.7 billion won, the amount spent is less than half, but Pohang took third place in the league and even secured a ticket to the Asian Champions League (ACL). .

In addition to this, Pohang suffered from measles, which unavoidably led to a reorganization of the squad ahead of this season.

Captain Shin Jin-ho, who scored 4 goals and 10 assists last season and was nominated for K-League 1 MVP, transferred to Incheon United. In addition, one player who was supposed to be recruited could not sign a contract due to personal circumstances.

Im Sang-hyeop, who recorded 8 goals and 6 assists last year and posted double-digit attack points, also left for FC Seoul, and young defensive midfielder Lee Soo-bin also joined Jeonbuk. Gatekeeper Kang Hyeon-moo, who showed good saves last season, also went to Gimcheon to settle his military service.

Kim In-seong, Baek Sung-dong, Kim Jong-woo, Oberdan, and Jeka were recruited to fill the vacancy of the departed players, but some expressed doubts whether Pohang could reproduce the performance of last season.

But the worries were in vain. Pohang is running fast, winning two consecutive victories as soon as they open.

Although the key players left, the newly recruited foreign players Oberdan and Zeca performed well in both Daegu and Suwon matches and became the starting lineup. In particular, Oberdan was selected as the best 11 member of the K-League 1 Opening Day.

The appearance of new stars is also noticeable. Young striker Lee Ho-jae, born in 2000, who scored just three goals last season, came on as a substitute in the match against Daegu and scored multiple goals and was selected as the opening game MVP. Winger Jeong Jae-hee, who is in his second year in Pohang, also led the win streak by scoring in two consecutive games.

There are no outstanding players, but some point to Pohang’s unchanging driving force for solid leadership. 메이저사이트

Pohang strengthened its strength by signing a three-year contract renewal this year with coach Kim Ki-dong, who took the baton during the 2019 season. Under the firm leadership of coach Kim, Pohang is advancing without wavering.

In addition, as general manager Lee Jong-ha, who had 27 years of administration for the club, was promoted to office, not only utilized his know-how, but also achieved various effects that raised the morale of the club staff.

It is evaluated that the establishment of such leadership has become the strength to overcome the bad news of player personnel costs and the outflow of key players.

There are opinions that we should watch more because we have played 2 games now, but Pohang’s early 2 wins in a row must be a stimulus to K-League 1. 

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