Professional soccer’s strongest team, Jeonbuk, hasn’t missed a year since 2014. The team has won the K League title seven times: 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. The Asian Football Confederation Champions League (ACL) reached the pinnacle in 2016. The ACL made up for its second-place finish in 2016.레모나토토 도메인
The team also won the Korea Football Association (FA) Cup, which pits the best professional and amateur teams, in 2020 and last year, 2022. The FA Cup has helped the team avenge its loss to rival Ulsan Hyundai in 2022.
Of course, the FA Cup’s status has been downgraded by the Korean Football Association itself, which has diminished the meaning of winning. However, if there is something to be gained from winning, there is no point in wasting it.
Jeonbuk also had its ups and downs earlier this season, with coach Kim Sang-sik resigning midway through the season and Dan Petrescu taking over. There was also noise at the front of the club, and they couldn’t find their ‘Jeonbuk-ness’. So, if they miss the chance to win the FA Cup, they could end up in 2023 with no income.
In the absence of a top-level communication channel between the Football Association and the KFA, it has not been decided whether the FA Cup winner will be placed in the newly reorganized ACL’s ACLE (elite) or the lower league’s ACL2, and as long as the K League 1 ranking is low, it is in a position to win and hope for a ticket to the ACLE.
In the end, it is important for the players who understand and know Jeonbuk the best to come together and show the essence of overcoming the crisis. Especially since it is a single-leg match at the Pohang Steelers’ home stadium, the Pohang Steelyard, and it is an away match that Jeonbuk has always struggled with.
It’s natural to hope for a solution, and Jeonbuk’s eyes will be on Moon Sun-min, who was on the wrong end of a goal in the quarterfinal against Incheon United.
Moon is a well-known player who started his professional career through a player selection contest organized by a sporting goods company. After a stint in the Swedish League, he joined Incheon in 2017, and after a stint in the military, he donned the Jeonbuk jersey in 2019 and was honored to be selected for the national team.
He is a master of folding, and at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, he was worried that he was folding too much, so he scored the miracle goal against Germany. He has always been the talk of the town with his personality. His star quality and love of the game have led to many twists and turns, but he is showing his skills in Jeonbuk.
When we met after the quarterfinal match against Incheon on the 1st, Moon said, “I haven’t been able to show my good side in the K League this season. Now we have a chance to find our form in the ACL, but we also have the FA Cup. The league is not over, and we have a chance to finish second. We will never give up and continue to work hard,” he said, showing his desire to win.
Midfielder Baek Seung-ho, who scored a goal alongside Moon Sun-min in the Incheon game, said that the team has won the title before. He said, “The final is a single game. We will prepare well to win the title and produce a good result,” he said, emphasizing the importance of relaxation.
The expectations are high for Baek Seung-ho, Song Min-kyu, Park Jin-seob, Park Jae-yong, and Kim Jung-hoon, who all won gold at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games. Petrescu praised the gold medal-winning quintet, saying that they were able to show their soccer with more psychological space.
Moon echoed the sentiment, saying, “They seem to be really relaxed. They have the skills, but they seem to be showing more. It feels good for the seniors to show their skills. They contribute a lot to the team, so I think it’s leading to a synergistic effect,” he said, adding that he hoped that someone else, including them, would deliver a winning performance.
Moon is determined to enjoy the joy of winning. That way, he can relax and enjoy the remaining three K League games and three ACL games. It would be even better if he is named in the roster for the 2023 Asian Cup in Qatar. With Jürgen Klinsmann’s continued selection, Moon needs to make a stronger impression by showing his killer instinct in one-on-one matches.