The 2023 season K League 1 inherited the favorable news of advancing to the round of 16 at the Qatar World Cup last year, and proved its popularity by attracting more than 100,000 spectators in the opening six games. Since then, a considerable number of spectators have flocked to the soccer field, and in the FC Seoul-Daegu FC match held in the 6th round, 40,000 spectators filled the stadium for the first time since 2018, when only paid spectators were counted due to the “Lim Young-woong effect” overlapping.
While issues that can draw the attention of football fans, such as the blast of a promoted team and hot attacking football, are pouring in from the beginning, K League 1 also has two derbies to warm up fans this weekend, ‘Super Match’ and ‘East Coast Derby’.
Seoul will have a K-League 1 Round 8 match against Suwon Samsung at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on the 22nd. On the same day, Ulsan Hyundai will bring Pohang Steelers to their home Ulsan Munsu Soccer Stadium for a home game.
It is the first derby match of the season where rivals representing the K-League compete for pride with their own stories.
Seoul and Suwon have always been fiercely competitive regardless of their strength, but their moves at the beginning of this season are extreme. After the opening, Suwon finished without a win in 7 consecutive matches (2 draws and 5 losses) and fell to the bottom. Last season, after going through the promotion playoffs, he barely stayed and his pride was hurt, but this season was in danger of relegation from the beginning. In the end, on the 17th, coach Lee Byeong-geun was sacked, and head coach Choi Seong-yong was given the temporary baton, making a decision to change the atmosphere. 안전놀이터
On the contrary, Seoul is in 4th place with 13 points. Ulsan (1-2 loss), Daejeon Hana Citizen (2-3 loss), Pohang (1-1 draw), and other top-tier teams played fiercely, and after the opening, he scored 13 goals in 7 games, showing off an average score of close to 2 goals. Numerous super matches have been held so far, but few have been held in a situation where the balance weight is unilaterally tilted to one side like now. In particular, Seoul enjoyed the effect of singer Lim Young-woong, who visited the stadium in the 6th round match against Daegu, and 45,007 spectators were filled, and we hope that this atmosphere will continue in this super match.