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Cheongju FC K-League club

Postby Holyjoe » Wed Nov 25, 2015 5:50 pm

Some stories doing the rounds just now that Cheongju may be the latest city to get itself a K2 club, possibly in the for the 2016 season though they may be cutting that rather fine.

Rumour has it that this will involve the relocation of the Mipo Dockyard National League side and that would obviously help get things together in time to compete in the K2 next season. They'd be looking at an operating budget of approximately 55억원 (interestingly 5억 less than what Gyeongnam are cutting their budget to for 2016) with corporate backers contributing 20억, Cheongju city hall another 20억 and the rest made up from sponsorship and the like. Those are the figures doing the rounds anyway, if this has not been completely made up then someone's gone into detail to make it believable.

Not quite Mipo moving to Gwangju it we could be about to have another National League side relocating.

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Re: Cheongju FC K-League club

Postby Holyjoe » Wed Nov 25, 2015 5:58 pm

Also read that SMC Engineering (they of putting K3 Cheonan out this year's FA Cup fame) are providing financial backing to the club which may make the Mipo Dockyard relocation stories less likely, but they have left it rather late to get an entire club up and running from now until the start of next season and swallowing up an existing National League side does sound like a pretty easy way of achieving that.

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Re: Cheongju FC K-League club

Postby paquebot » Wed Nov 25, 2015 10:23 pm

Cheongju Jikji weren't considered worthy enough to take from the K3 to K2? Ouch.
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Re: Cheongju FC K-League club

Postby SteveW » Thu Nov 26, 2015 12:20 am

Great another big concrete bowl with a massive running track in K2! :)
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Re: Cheongju FC K-League club

Postby changwonmatty » Thu Nov 26, 2015 12:57 am

At least it gives Gyeongnam some competition for the wooden spoon...lets hope they dont hire foreigners as well, on that operating budget there is a chance that could happen.

More seriously, the more clubs that join the K2 the better. Makes the league stronger...if the rumours are true thats now 12 clubs in both divisions. A decent effort.
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Re: Cheongju FC K-League club

Postby MipoFanatic » Thu Nov 26, 2015 4:10 pm

We've heard so many "Mipo to relocate" rumours over the years I've stopped paying much attention to them, to be honest.

Would be a bugger if they did move, though. :smt100
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Re: Cheongju FC K-League club

Postby Holyjoe » Thu Nov 26, 2015 6:13 pm

It pretty much would spell the end for the National League if they were reduced to just nine sides for 2016.. regional K3 leagues the way forward!

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Re: Cheongju FC K-League club

Postby changwonmatty » Thu Nov 26, 2015 7:35 pm

Get Changwon City into the K2 would be good.
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Re: Cheongju FC K-League club

Postby MipoFanatic » Fri Nov 27, 2015 2:40 pm

Holyjoe wrote:It pretty much would spell the end for the National League if they were reduced to just nine sides for 2016.. regional K3 leagues the way forward!


The National League is a bit of an odd entity, much like the (now fourth-tier) Japan Football League. Not nearly as bizarre as the K3-League returning to that name after becoming the fourth division, though!

As tempting as it would be to do away with the National League, it would make for a large jump from K3 to K-League Challenge.
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Re: Cheongju FC K-League club

Postby Holyjoe » Fri Nov 27, 2015 4:49 pm

There's a similarly mahoosive gap between K1 and K2 if Daejeon and Sangju's performances in recent years are anything to go by..

If we end up with twelve teams in K2 next season I wonder if they'll have a rethink on format? A 44 game season with playoffs as well might be just a tad too much. Can't see the K1 split system working as absolutely nothing for the bottom half to play for. Would they go back to what they've done with the top league in the past and just play three rounds of matches (33?).

That's the problem with having twelve teams in the league, as we've found in Scotland through the years. If they could bump the K2 up to about 16-18 sides then it makes things a lot more manageable.

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Re: Cheongju FC K-League club

Postby SteveW » Fri Nov 27, 2015 11:14 pm

Based on what I saw last season there isn't a huge gap between the top K3 teams and the K2 and not much to differentiate the K3 from N-League generally if you exclude the K3 basement boys.

Hwaseong, Pocheon, Gyeongju, Paju, off the top of my head could probably go into the K2 and not be embarassed and have grounds suitable. There's probably more than that too maybe Icheon and Chuncheon? Uijeongbu have the facilities and population base if not the team

As for the system - there's nothing stopping them putting a split in if they want as the bottom teams have been playing for nothing all season anyway.
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Re: Cheongju FC K-League club

Postby Holyjoe » Fri Dec 11, 2015 8:48 am

I think the plug has been pulled on this one because SMC Engineering, who were going to be the main financial backers for the club, couldn't persuade Cheongju city officials to provide funding for the club so they've decided not to go ahead with a pro team.

They are now supposedly looking at getting an SMC Engineering FC aide into the K3 for next season, so might be time to move this thread if anything comes of that...


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