The official schedule of the three K-League clubs that need to stretch first in the new year has been announced. The 2023-24 AFC (Asian Football Federation) Champions League round of 16 match-up between Pohang Steelers, Jeonbuk Hyundai and Ulsan HDFC, which have to step down at least 15 days before other clubs in the new season, has been decided. It can be said that it is a difficult meeting as one of the two teams, Pohang Steelers and Jeonbuk Hyundai, failed to advance to the quarterfinals.랭크카지노
The Asian Football Confederation held a draw ceremony for the 2023-24 AFC Champions League round of 16 at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on the afternoon of the 28th (Thursday) and announced the matchup for the round of 16 tournaments, which will continue in mid-February 2024. In the East Asian regional matchup table, two of the three K-League teams met strangely, and all three Japanese J-League teams accepted the schedule to meet with teams from other leagues.
What is the first step for the new coach, the Pohang Steelers?
After the 2023 K-League season is over, not only players but also coaches are moving one after another. The most notable position among them is the Pohang Steelers’ managerial seat. Coach Kim Ki-dong, who had tempered the Pohang Steelers for a relatively long time, left for FC Seoul and Park Tae-ha took over. Coach Park Tae-ha, who is also a legend of Pohang, was destined to play his debut game like a thorny cushion in less than two months after taking office.
The opponent team is Jeonbuk Hyundai, but when it comes to the 2023 K League 1 game record, the Pohang Steelers overwhelmed Jeonbuk Hyundai with three wins and one draw (6 points and three runs). Including the 4-2 come-from-behind victory in the FA Cup final, it can be said that Pohang Steelers have the ticket to the quarterfinals of the Champions League in their hands.
However, it is difficult to guarantee the game ability that overwhelmed Jeonbuk Hyundai last season, as the coach of Pohang Steelers has changed and some key players are moving their nests. This is because Zeka, a sincere and competent goal scorer, and reliable center backs Grant and Ha Chang-rae are likely to be transferred to Japanese or Chinese clubs. Jeonbuk Hyundai, the opponent team in the Champions League’s round of 16, is expected to be able to launch a sharper attack than last season, as it has already brought in Thiago, who boasts amazing header goal skills in Daejeon Hana Citizen.
Ulsan HD FC, which has won the K-League 1 championship in succession, is another round of 16 teams. Ulsan HD, which revealed a new C.I. from the club’s name to the emblem as soon as the season ended, advanced to the round of 16 as the second-ranked team in its group league, but met Banpo Le Gouhou, a Japanese J-League 2 club, who is not such a picky opponent. Banpo Le Gouhou, who finished the 2023 Japanese professional soccer second division J2 in eighth place, advanced to the round of 16 as the top-ranked team in Group H, but is considered relatively weak in defense with 11 points and eight points, which is why Ulsan HD, which has been shining in consecutive K-League 1 wins (2022, 2023), has an opportunity to make its first roar of the new season.
Yokohama F. Marinos (Japan) and Choi Kang-hee’s Shandong Taishan FC (China), who advanced to the AFC Champions League group stage for the first time in the 2023 season, and narrowly beat Incheon United FC, which had a relatively good performance of 4 wins and 2 losses, by a winner-win-goal margin to reach the round of 16, will meet Bangkok United and Kawasaki Frontale, respectively.
Their first round of 16 games will be held on Feb. 13 and 14 in the new year, and the second round of 16 will be followed immediately a week later by changing their home and away positions. The quarterfinals tournament will be held in early March, the semifinals in mid-April, and the home and away final schedule, which will face the best teams in Western Asian clubs, will be held on May 11 and 18. More interesting soccer news will pour out to open the 2024 season, including off-season training for each club that begins in earnest from the first week of the new year.