FC Seoul, which was driven to the brink of relegation 먹튀검증 to the second division last season, is showing a completely different look. After the opening, they are on a two-game winning streak, and they are expecting the highest performance since 2019.
In the 2019 season, Seoul ranked third in the league (15 wins, 11 draws, 12 losses, 56 points), following Jeonbuk Hyundai and Ulsan Hyundai.
The difference between the two teams was quite large at 23 points, but they succeeded in winning a ticket to the AFC (Asian Football Confederation) Champions League by beating 4th place Pohang Steelers by goal difference.
However, the following 3 seasons continued to fall short of fans expectations. As it fell to Final B in the 2020 season, it only finished 9th in the final rankings. The difference between them and the lowest ranked Busan I-Park was only 4 points.
Even in the 2021 season, it did not reach the final 6 and competed in Final B. The final ranking was 7th, a ranking that fans who watched them challenge the Champions League until last season could not be satisfied.
Ahead of the 2022 season, the players promised good results.
But there was no rebound. It was a series of sluggishness that had to worry about relegation until the end of the season. Fans also often blocked the team’s bus and protested, and each time the players had no choice but to bow their heads.
Seoul, which has been shrinking for about 3 years, is finally showing itself to live up to fans’ expectations. It’s early in the season, but last season’s 4th place Incheon United was caught in the opening game.
In the second round, they defeated promoted team Gwangju FC and won two consecutive victories. Currently, the only teams that have won two consecutive victories are Seoul, Ulsan and Pohang, which were in the top three last season.
The changed appearance of Seoul was well shown in the data. According to the Korea Professional Football Federation, Seoul recorded 541 passes in the second round against Gwangju, and the pass success rate was 87.2%. This is the record for the first place out of six matches in the second round.
Team scoring average also increased. It’s still only two games, but the atmosphere has changed from 1.13 goals last season to 4 goals in 2 games.
The main activity was the clinical consultation of the recruited students. Lim Sang-hyup, who joined from Pohang, played full-time by starting both the opening game and the second round, and achieved offensive points in two consecutive games with one goal and one assist.
In an interview before the start of the season, Lim Sang-hyup said, “As much as I get scolded by coach Ahn Ik-soo the most, I want to play as a starter. I want to raise 10 attack points this season.”
As vice-captain Kim Jin-ya said, “I think the fans will want to show it through actions, not words. I hope there will be