The winning streak of professional soccer K League 2 Gimpo FC is close to a mystery.
Gimpo, which showed potential last year when it raised the flag of its founding, is running undefeated in its opening seven games (3rd place, 4 wins, 3 draws) this year, entering its second year. Gimpo’s amazing achievements can’t be left out in the background of Kim Cheon’s ‘1st River’ system changed to the Spring and Autumn Warring States Period.
In a phone call with a reporter on the 20th, Gimpo coach Go Jeong-woon laughed, saying, “I originally took 4 years to challenge the first division, but the current atmosphere seems to be possible this year too.”
Director Goh says that the rebellion in Gimpo came out of desperation. Gimpo, a civic team, has a team budget of around 1.8 billion won this year. If you add points and victory bonuses, it may increase slightly, but if you are a strong K League 1 team, it is the money you will spend on a player and it is the lowest level in K League 2.
However, with this money, Gimpo built a team of 36 players, including three foreign players (Lewis, Juninyo, and Pablo). As a result, if you look at the faces of the players, most of them have not had many opportunities on the professional stage, except for some players such as Seo Jae-min and Jang Yun-ho.
Coach Goh said, “Our players are those who have experienced the bottom,” and “we do our best to be more earnest than others.”
However, it is a misunderstanding to think that Gimpo wins only through desperation. At the time of the World Cup in Qatar, the pressure soccer refined by coach Goh, who confirmed the trend of modern soccer, is raging. As he actively presses forward, there is a risk of giving up space behind him, but he makes up for it with football that runs more than the opponent. For this reason, even the central defender, the position with the least amount of activity, 스포츠토토 must be able to run 11km per game to get a chance to play.
Coach Goh said, “Football is no longer 90 minutes in the first and second halves, but 100 minutes (until extra time).” He said, “Even Lewis, who scored 5 goals (first in scoring) this year, is playing hard. In this year’s K-League 1 (Part 1), Daejeon Hana Citizen and Gwangju FC play football. The two teams were like that even during the second division. We also play football that does not back down,” he emphasized.
The secret to Gimpo’s ability to go one step further is the exceptional heat of the home stadium. Although it is part 2, the 5,000-seat spectator seats are packed into the weekend games. In particular, 3,345 spectators were packed in the third round of the Korea Football Association and FC Seoul, which won 4-2 in a penalty shootout.
Director Koh said, “Gimpo is a new city, so young couples hold hands with their children. The pure support of the children’s fans is our strength,” he said.