There is no “irrelevant” in the Jeonbuk Modern Dictionary. After last year, this year is no different.
Jeonbuk defeated Incheon United 3-1 in the semifinals of the 2023 Hana OneQ Korea Football Association (FA) Cup on Jan. 1 at Jeonju World Cup Stadium with consecutive goals from Moon Sun-min, Baek Seung-ho and Park Jae-yong to reach the final. It was their second consecutive title after last year’s triumph and a step closer to the record for most FA Cup wins.
Coach Dan Petrescu filled the starting lineup with domestic players. Park Jae-yong started up front, flanked by Moon Sun-min and Lee Dong-joon. Baek Seung-ho and Lee Soo-bin were in the midfield, and Park Jin-seop was in the third line. The back line consisted of Kim Jin-soo, Hong Jeong-ho, Jeong Tae-wook, and Ahn Hyun-beom, and the goalkeeping gloves were worn by Kim Jung-hoon.
After a fierce battle for control in the early stages, Moon Sun-min scored the first goal. After conceding a 1-1 tie, Baek Seung-ho regained the lead with a goal, and Park Jae-yong scored a penalty kick that was converted by Lee Dong-joon just before the end of the game.
In fact, Jeonbuk’s season hasn’t been good. From the beginning of the league season, the team was relegated to the relegation zone, and the team was shaken up internally and externally, including the voluntary resignation of head coach Kim Sang-sik due to “poor performance. After Kim Doo-hyun took over as acting head coach, Dan Petrescu was hired to turn things around, but not much changed.
Finally, with one game left in the final round of the year, the team moved into Final A (1-6) with FC Seoul, but the league title is already out of reach. Jeonbuk is fourth in the league. With city rivals Ulsan Hyundai clinching the title early, winning the FA Cup is the surest way to secure a ticket to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League (ACL) next season. 토토사이트
Jeonbuk struggled last season as well, but avoided “irrelevance” by winning the FA Cup for the second time since 2020. The club’s pride was secured by winning the FA Cup. For Jeonbuk, which holds ‘records’ such as the most K League championships (9) and the longest losing streak (5), ‘irrelevance’ is unacceptable. This is another reason why winning the FA Cup is so important to Jeonbuk.
Jeonbuk’s FA Cup final opponent is the Pohang Steelers. Pohang defeated Jeju United on penalties the same day to reach the final for the first time in 10 years. The final will take place on April 4 at the Pohang Steel Yard.