Individual score 1st and 2nd place, team score 1st and 2nd place face-to-face… Seoul-Ulsan, should we play a ‘hot’ game?

As the novel coronavirus (Corona 19), which first occurred in Korea in January 2020, entered the era of endemic (converted to an endemic disease), the professional sports world, which had suffered from many restrictions, was in the past, a daily viewing culture trying to get back to

The hard work안전놀이터 is definitely the frontline staff (front desk) of each professional sports team. Those who play the role of ‘shadow’ in the field did not hesitate to share the pain, such as returning wages by crying and eating mustard during Corona 19.

Compared to major European professional league clubs, which reduced the number of employees due to loss of admission tickets, sponsorship income, and club product revenue due to a decrease in the number of games, it was better than that. It was all the more appreciated in the still deformed structure where the wages of the players account for 50-70% of the total club operating expenses.

In the case of professional football, corporate clubs Ulsan Hyundai and Busan I-Park returned part of their wages, and civil club Suwon FC also returned them by donating to Suwon City, its hometown. Higher organizations such as the Korea Football Association and the Korea Professional Football Federation also participated. In the case of the professional league, it is known that the return was compensated as a bonus.

▲ The FC Seoul-Daegu FC match where the power of singer Lim Young-woong was realized ⓒ Korea Professional Football Federation

▲ The FC Seoul-Daegu FC match where the power of singer Lim Young-woong was realized ⓒ Korea Professional Football Federation

At the time, in the eyes of the club return standard, public criticism poured out when a plan to use it for team operating expenses through partial return of wages came out. What is the meaning of using a small amount of money for a team that earns a salary that sounds like ‘billion’? There was also a question mark as to whether it was passing the pain on to employees without a labor union.

Now, three years later, professional football is in a booming period. Looking at the numbers alone, a rosy era has arrived. By the 12th round, the total number of spectators was 731,297 with an average of 10,157. This is the first time that the average number of spectators has exceeded 10,000 based on paid spectators in the 12 club system.

In 2019, before Corona, the total number of spectators was 1,827,061, and the average spectator was 8,013. If the current level is maintained until the end of the season, it is possible to achieve the dream of reaching 2 million spectators alone in the K League 1 for the first time in history. It is more so in that it shows a different appearance compared to the flow of previous years, when the number of spectators plummeted after 30% of the season. There is no need to combine K-League 2 and total spectators.

It is worth looking forward to a hot game.

Ulsan Hyundai and FC Seoul will face each other in the 13th round of ‘Hana One Q K League 1 2023’ held at Ulsan Munsu Stadium at 2:30 pm on the 14th. Currently, Ulsan is 1st in the league with 31 points, and Seoul is 2nd with 23 points.

This head-to-head match is a game where you can find fun in other parts than watching only the head-to-head match between the league’s first and second place. Currently, Ulsan and Seoul are competing for the 1st and 2nd place in the K-League 1 this season. The ranking is high in Ulsan, but the score is high in Seoul. Seoul scored 25 points and Ulsan scored 23 points. If you simply think of goals per game, Seoul is scoring more than 2 goals per game and Ulsan is also scoring close to 2 goals.

Ulsan won 3 games this season and Seoul scored 3 or more points in 4 games. A total of three goals were scored in the last match between the two teams in Sangam. Of course, there was a mistake on one side, but it was a game that neither team had any intention of giving up.

In addition, both Ulsan and Seoul are showing quite good looks this season, so expectations are high. It is evaluated that Ulsan, which has been in its third year under coach Hong Myung-bo, has improved the team’s overall organizational power. The performance of the players recruited ahead of this season also makes coach Hong Myung-bo laugh.

Same goes for Seoul. Seoul, which stayed at the bottom of the league last season, is showing a different look this season. ‘Iksu Ball’ is nearing completion, and new players are adding strength to the organizational power of the existing players.

It is also worth paying attention to the matchup between 1st and 2nd place. Currently, Na Sang-ho of Seoul is leading the league with 8 goals, and Joo Min-gyu of Ulsan is 2nd with 6 goals. Na Sang-ho is recording 8 goals and 2 assists in 12 games with a sense of rising score, and Joo Min-gyu is also praised for scoring and linking even though it is his first season in Ulsan. In addition, Park Dong-jin and Lim Sang-hyeop in Seoul, and players who can act as excellent helpers such as Rubik’s Hand and Bako in Ulsan are also together to relieve the burden on Na Sang-ho and Joo Min-gyu. There are plenty of reasons to expect a ‘big match’ this weekend.

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