There is a reason why K-League 1 in the 2023 season is more anticipated.
This is because it has been revealed that the promoted team has formidable power.
This season’s promoted teams Daejeon Hana Citizen and Gwangju FC won all the opening rounds of the ‘Hana 1 Q K League 1 2023’.
Daejeon predicted a change in the perception of the first division this year by defeating Gangwon FC, who entered the K-League 1 Final A last season and placed 6th, 2-0.
Gwangju, the winner of last year’s second division, finished in 10th place last season, but defeated Suwon Samsung 1-0 in enemy territory.
According to the Korea Professional Football Federation, this season is the first time since the introduction of the promotion and relegation system that all promoted teams won in the opening round.
The opening round record of all promoted teams, including this season, is 5 wins, 6 draws and 5 losses in 16 matches. In the 2014 season, which was the first season for a promoted team to participate in the first division, Sangju Sangmu drew 2-2 with Incheon United.
In the 2015 season, Daejeon and Gwangju lost 0-1 to Busan and drew 2-2 with Incheon, respectively, and failed to win.
It wasn’t until the 2016 season that the winning team came out. Sangju defeated Ulsan Hyundai 2-0. However, Suwon FC drew 0-0 with Jeonnam Dragons, failing to record a simultaneous victory. 먹튀검증
In the 2019 and 2020 seasons, one team was promoted and all lost, and in the 2021 and 2022 seasons, Jeju, Suwon FC, and Gimcheon all drew against Seongnam, Daegu, and Ulsan.
After such twists and turns, Daejeon and Gwangju won this season, and a record of simultaneous wins for promoted teams was achieved in 8 seasons.
In both games, the possession was close, and the number of shots was rather higher for the promoted team. Daejeon even showed off formidable power by leading Gangwon in both overall shooting and effective shooting.
If you look at their power, you can see that they have a strong team of players.
Daejeon strengthened its attacking team by recruiting K-League 2 top scorer Yoo Kang-hyun and Gyeongnam ace Tiago last season, and brought in Azerbaijan national team defender Anton to reinforce the defense.
In Gwangju, freshmen such as Ace Um Ji-seong, Sandro, Asani, and Timo are showing good performances and are raising expectations. In particular, Timo started and led a goalless victory, and Asani came on as a substitute in the second half and scored the winning goal.