It is not the appearance of Jeonbuk Hyundai as we know it. Jeonbuk, the most winning team in the K-League, is off to a bad start at the beginning of the season.
Jeonbuk lost 0-1 in the 2023 K League 1 round 7 away match against Suwon FC held at Suwon Sports Complex on the 15th. With 4 losses out of 7 matches (2 wins, 1 draw, 7 points), they are in the bottom 8th place.
Jeonbuk, who allowed Lars the opening goal in the 26th minute of the first half, counterattacked with Song Min-gyu and Lee Dong-jun, but were unable to break through Suwon FC’s defense. Suwon FC won 2 consecutive wins and recorded 10 points (3 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses), rising to 5th place.안전놀이터
Jeonbuk has been plagued by controversy over their performance throughout this season. Ahead of the season, they strengthened their power by bringing in Lee Dong-jun, Amano Jun, and Andre Lewis, but the aggressiveness of the past has long since disappeared. Jeonbuk has only scored 7 goals in 7 matches. Jeonbuk recorded 11 shots on this day as well, but showed poor decision-making power with no goals.
Fans’ disappointment is growing this season as Jeonbuk recorded only 7 losses in 38 matches last season, which won the ‘runner-up’. Fans are demanding that director Kim Sang-sik (pictured) ‘harden’ the situation.
Coach Kim said after the defeat that day, “I feel responsible as a manager because the results are not coming out. In particular, after the players became passive, I should have coordinated this well, but I was inexperienced,” he said. “It is already 4 losses. It is a situation that cannot be in Jeonbuk. We have to have faith with the players and move forward step by step,” dismissing rumors of hardship.
However, Jeonbuk fans are expressing dissatisfaction by blocking the bus and refusing to cheer. As voices demanding the resignation of CEO Heo Byung-gil and manager Kim are growing, the club has the task of improving its relationship with fans while recovering its sluggish performance.
Meanwhile, Suwon Samsung, who challenged for the first win of the season, also lost again. Suwon, led by head coach Lee Byeong-geun, lost 2-3 to Jeju United in the same day at Suwon World Cup Stadium. They fell into a swamp of no wins (2 draws, 5 losses) in the opening 7 games in a row and failed to escape from the bottom. The match between Pohang Steelers and FC Seoul was a 1-1 draw. Pohang, which continued its undefeated march, maintained second place in the league following Ulsan with 4 wins, 3 draws and 15 points. Seoul secured 3rd place with 4 wins, 1 draw, 2 losses and 13 points.