Gwangju, Undefeated In Nine Games, Broke The Record For The Most Wins In The First Division If It Exceeds Seoul
Will Gwangju FC make a new history?
Gwangju will challenge the most points (based on the first division) in a season in the 30th round of the “Hana One Q K League 1 2023” against FC Seoul at 2 p.m. on the 17th.
Gwangju is currently in third place with 45 points with 12 wins, 9 draws and 8 losses, and even though it is the team with the lowest labor cost in the K League 1, it has jumped to the top and is shaking the league’s game this season. Head coach Lee Jung-hyo and his players’ stock prices are rising without knowing that the sky is high. Key midfielder Lee Soon-min played as a substitute in both A matches in September, and some players were selected for the Asian Games (Jung Ho-yeon) and the Olympic national team (Heo Yul and Eom Seong).
The recent momentum is scary. With 4 wins and 5 draws in 9 games, they have become a team that has forgotten defeat. Since losing to Ulsan Hyundai on July 2nd, they have not lost for over two months. As we entered the second half of the season, our performance improved and we entered a ranking that exceeded expectations. In the last round, they played an away game against Ulsan, which had an overwhelming lead, and caused a stir by winning 2-0. No matter what team he faced, he maintained his colors and entered a period of complete stability. If the current trend continues, entry into Final A is likely.
Gwangju aims to record the most points in a season for the club against Seoul. Gwangju secured 47 points in 2016. This is the season with the most points in team history. If we defeat Seoul and add 3 points, we will record 48 points and write a new history. Gwangju, who has already achieved 12 wins and broke the record for most wins in a season, approaches the Seoul game with another motivation.
Under this managerial system, Gwangju is achieving new, forgettable records. Last year, they won the K League 2 with 86 points and succeeded in direct promotion. They have settled into the first division and are creating a huge sensation.
The fact that the opponent is Seoul is also significant to Gwangju. Seoul ranks 4th with 43 points, following Gwangju. If Gwangju wins, the gap between the two teams widens to 5 points. With three regular round games remaining, we can enter the stage where we are confident of entering Final A.
This season, Gwangju played against Seoul twice and lost both times. In the first match in March, the two teams clashed emotionally due to Coach Lee’s provocative remarks. Coach Lee, who has strong pride, has no choice but to wait longer for this game in Seoul. It is an interesting match outside of the game as well.
Meanwhile, leader Ulsan (61 points) will face 8th place Daejeon Hana Citizen (37 points) at home on the 16th. The 2nd place Pohang Steelers (53 points) will meet Suwon FC (29 points), which is ranked 10th in the bottom tier. The current point difference between Ulsan and Pohang is 8. If Ulsan loses to Daejeon and Pohang catches Suwon FC, the difference between the teams will be two. is narrowed to 5 points, which could ignite a last-minute competition for the championship.