In this season’s professional football K-League 1, the first game of Derby, where the transfer students, who drew attention ahead of the opening, played against their home team, has all been completed.
The first match held was the Amano Derby. The main character is Jun Amano, a Japanese midfielder who was one of the main players in Ulsan Hyundai’s victory last year. Amano transferred to Jeonbuk Hyundai, Ulsan’s rival team, last winter, and after that, Ulsan manager Hong Myung-bo slammed him as “the worst Japanese player I’ve ever seen.”
After this incident that shook the football world, the two sides faced off very early. As the champion and runner-up team of the previous season, Ulsan and Jeonbuk met from the opening game on February 25th. In this match, Amano helped Song Min-gyu’s opening goal and seemed to sink his former team, Ulsan. However, Um Won-sang and Rubikson scored consecutive goals, leading to a come-from-behind victory and building coach Hong’s pride.
Next was the Yun Bitgaram Derby. Yoon Bit-garam, who returned to Jeju after three years last year, was not selected by manager Nam Ki-il, and a discord arose as his playing time decreased. In the end, Bitgaram Yun moved to Suwon FC.
Director Nam said at a press conference before the opening of this season, “I’m sorry and sorry for not being able to communicate much,” but Bitgaram Yun did not hide his dissatisfaction, saying, “It was the first time I’ve experienced this in my professional life.”
After this clash, the match between Jeju and Suwon FC took place on February 26th. Yoon Bitgaram, who sharpened his sword, showed off his sharp kicking power and led the set-piece attack. In the second half, he led Lee Seung-woo’s header with an accurate corner kick, but his shot narrowly missed the goal. Jeju also failed to score due to bad luck such as missing a penalty kick. Both teams drew without scoring after a defensive battle.
The Shin Jin-ho derby was held only at the end of last month. Shin Jin-ho, who was in charge of the Pohang captain, suddenly moved to Incheon United, angering Pohang coach Kim Ki-dong. At a press conference before the opening, Director Kim openly expressed his dissatisfaction, saying, “If we just leave without sympathy, it’s unfortunate because we’re human, and I wonder if our relationship is the only one.”
Shin Jin-ho returned to Pohang Steel Yard on the 30th of last month wearing an Incheon uniform. Pohang, which had been undefeated in 9 games before this 스포츠토토 game, had the intention of hurting its nose against Shin Jin-ho, but things got twisted. Kim In-seong was sent off after receiving two warnings in the first half.
Then Shin Jin-ho gained strength. Shin Jin-ho served as a link between offense and defense. In the 27th minute of the second half, he fired a threatening shot. Pohang, who was outnumbered, eventually allowed 2 goals to Incheon and suffered their first loss of the season.
Shin Jin-ho and Pohang players even had a physical fight at the end of the game. In the 2nd minute of extra time in the second half, Shin Jin-ho was kicked and fell by Pohang Grant. Then Shin Jin-ho showed his dissatisfaction by grabbing Lee Ho-jae’s foot with his hand. Shin Gwang-hoon rushed at this and pushed Shin Jin-ho from behind. After that, several players flocked to the scene, creating an inhospitable atmosphere. Shin Jin-ho and Shin Kwang-hun received a warning.