2018 K League 1

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Re: 2018 K League 1

Postby MipoFanatic » Sun Jul 22, 2018 7:26 am

Gangwon FC have snuck into the top half of the K1 table.

I noticed that their manager, Song Kyung-seop / Song Gyeong-seob / 송경섭 only ever played two professional matches during his playing career! I wonder if there's ever been a K-League manager to play fewer top-flight matches than that.

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Re: 2018 K League 1

Postby Rothesay Saint » Sun Jul 22, 2018 10:14 am

There are bound to be loads of managers who managed in the early days of the K-league, and had their playing days before there was a top flight to play in.

Choi Man-hee, the first manager at Gwangju FC didn't have a professional playing career, going on to coach a high school football team after he graduated university.

More recently, Fabio was caretaker manager at Jeonbuk for a bit, while Choi Kang-hee was off saving the national team, and his background is as a fitness coach rather than a player.
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Re: 2018 K League 1

Postby MipoFanatic » Sun Jul 22, 2018 2:06 pm

Rothesay Saint wrote:There are bound to be loads of managers who managed in the early days of the K-league, and had their playing days before there was a top flight to play in.

Choi Man-hee, the first manager at Gwangju FC didn't have a professional playing career, going on to coach a high school football team after he graduated university.

More recently, Fabio was caretaker manager at Jeonbuk for a bit, while Choi Kang-hee was off saving the national team, and his background is as a fitness coach rather than a player.

I was thinking along the lines of accepting whatever was the top-flight at the time, which was the National Semi-Professional Football League prior to 1983.

I wasn't aware of Choi Man-hee not playing a single match after university! Thanks for that.

Interesting about Fabio. Any idea why Al-Raed decided to convert him in 2008 (or Fluminense in 1996)?

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Re: 2018 K League 1

Postby Rothesay Saint » Sun Jul 22, 2018 4:09 pm

I don't accept there was football in Korea before 1983. Next you will be trying to tell us that there was football in England before the EPL came along in 1992.

It is surprising how few managers there are with no professional football experience. I wonder if it is because the skills needed are best learned through playing, if they don't get the same respect from footballers or they simply don't get the chance to have a coaching career and work up to managing the team.
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Re: 2018 K League 1

Postby eujin » Tue Jul 24, 2018 2:47 pm

Rothesay Saint wrote:It is surprising how few managers there are with no professional football experience. I wonder if it is because the skills needed are best learned through playing, if they don't get the same respect from footballers or they simply don't get the chance to have a coaching career and work up to managing the team.

I reckon it's the respect thing. "Do the things I say because I've already played at the level you want to play at" probably sounds much more convincing to a young footballer's ears than "Do the things I say because I've read a lot of books about it and have all the qualifications."

The same can be said for teaching in general actually.

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Re: 2018 K League 1

Postby MipoFanatic » Thu Jul 26, 2018 12:41 am

So after Daegu's four-match turn around (including two straight wins), they've gone and lost two (against Pohang and Ulsan). They host Jeonbuk this weekend, so that'll likely mean three losses in a row.

Meanwhile, Incheon managed to beat Seoul, cutting Daegu's relegation-battle lead to just a single point.

Daegu vs. Incheon on August 11 should be tasty.

And I heard something about HolyJoe streaking at a Suwon match?
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Re: 2018 K League 1

Postby MipoFanatic » Sun Jul 29, 2018 10:38 am

Meanwhile, in the capital...

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Re: 2018 K League 1

Postby MipoFanatic » Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:52 am

Three wins on the trot for Incheon, now out of the relegation zone and ahead of Jeonnam. Will the Norks regret letting blondy go?
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Re: 2018 K League 1

Postby eujin » Mon Aug 06, 2018 5:46 am

Japanese striker Takahiro Kunimoto got the goal to beat Jeonbuk in Jeonju as Gyeongnam cut the gap at the top to only 11 points. It's almost exciting.

And Pohang put an end to Incheon's unbeaten run. The Norks can sleep easy.

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Re: 2018 K League 1

Postby MipoFanatic » Tue Aug 07, 2018 7:05 am

Jeonnam at the foot of the table. Will we see a second chaebol club demoted to the K2?
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Re: 2018 K League 1

Postby eujin » Sat Aug 18, 2018 2:35 am

Pohang put the hurt on league leaders winning 5-2 at the Steelyard. Jeonbuk have now lost three of their last four (including a cup match at Asan). Time for a mid-season wobble, although they're probably far enough ahead it won't matter.

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Re: 2018 K League 1

Postby MipoFanatic » Sat Aug 18, 2018 3:51 am

Daegu look to be hot again. After beating Incheon 2-1 in a relegation six-pointer, they won away to Jeju (!) midweek.

Jeonnam have lost their last 6, and have only won once in 14 matches. 2002 World Cup star Yoo Sang-chul has resigned as manager. They've lapsed from draw specialists to loss specialists. Incheon vs. Jeonnam on August 22nd will be interesting.

GS found have some good form, winning their last 3 games and now in the top-half of the league table. They host out-of-form Jeonbuk on Sunday.
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Re: 2018 K League 1

Postby MipoFanatic » Mon Aug 20, 2018 1:13 am

The weather finally cools down and players can't stop scoring.

Jeonnam 6-4 Suwon
Gangwon 7-0 Incheon

So that's Jeonnam off the bottom. Bit of egg on the face of Incheon's Norwegian manager!
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Re: 2018 K League 1

Postby OttoSilver » Wed Aug 22, 2018 9:56 pm

I'm at the Seoul-Pohang game.

If this is what mid table is like then it would seem everyone outside of maybe the first two or three are just fighting to see who can get to the top of a pile of shit.
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Re: 2018 K League 1

Postby MipoFanatic » Thu Aug 23, 2018 2:02 am

Incheon 3-1 Jeonnam

That's the purple POSCO party with a return to the bottom. Given that these clubs are as consistent as Andy Murray at Wimbledon, the relegation race should be interesting.
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