“East Coast Derby” + “Black-red Alliance” drawing more attention due to no super match… Three coaches from Pohang “Rival match.”

In 2024, the Korean professional soccer (K-League) lost one big hit. This is due to Suwon Samsung’s relegation to the K-League 2 (division 2). Suwon fell to the bottom (12th) of the K-League 1 (division) in the 2023 season, falling to the second division for the first time since its foundation in 1995. It was a huge shock to both the K-League and soccer fans. The team should meet the K-League 1 without Suwon Samsung for the first time in the 2024 season. The absence of Suwon made it impossible to watch the “Super Match” between Suwon Samsung and FC Seoul, the most popular match in the K-League. The Suwon FC and the Suwon Derby, both based in the same Suwon district, have also disappeared. This is a huge hole in the success of the K-League 1. Suwon is vacant a lot.

This is why the East Coast Derby, one of the representative rivalries of the K League 1 along with the Super Match, has become more important. It is a duel of rivals between Ulsan HD (Hyundai) and Pohang Steelers, which is located on the east coast of the Yeongnam region. The East Coast Derby is Korea’s representative rivalry introduced at the FIFA along with the Super Match. It is a much older regional rivalry than the Super Match.

Coach Park Tae-ha, a “one club man” who was appointed as Pohang’s new head coach. / Photo = Pohang Steelers

Coach Park Tae-ha, who was appointed as the 13th head coach of Pohang. / Photo = Pohang Steelers

“The East Coast Derby” is drawing more attention because there’s no super match

The “East Coast Derby” has added enough elements to fill the void left by Suwon Samsung’s relegation to the second division in the 2024 season and the collapse of the “Super Match.” Attention and attention have doubled from the previous one. With the arrival of Park Tae-ha, 56, former chairman of the Korea Professional Football Confederation (KFA), as the new head coach of Pohang, the rivalry between the two teams has become even more interesting. In addition to the traditional rivalry between Ulsan and Pohang, the two teams’ coaches face off each other over the past two years. Ulsan coach Hong Myung-bo, 55, and Park Tae-ha are best friends of the same class who were both “Pohang Legends” players and shared the same class while playing together in Pohang.

Park Tae-ha joined the club in 1991 after graduating from Daegu University and played only in Pohang until 2001. As a player, Park won the title once in the K-League (1992), once in the Korea FA Cup (1996), and twice in the Asian Club Championship (1997, 1998), the predecessor of the AFC Champions League. He earned the nickname “solver” by scoring 46 goals and 37 assists in a total of 261 matches in the K-League during nine seasons excluding his mandatory military service. He served as the captain from 1998 to 2000.

His leadership career started in Pohang in 2005 and helped Pohang win the K-League by assisting coach Farias in 2007. He served as a coach and head coach for the Korean national soccer team from 2008 to 2011, and helped the team win the K-League once again as the head coach for FC Seoul in 2012. He entered China from 2015 to 2018 and showed leadership in promoting Yanbian Fudder from the A-level league (division 2) to the Super League (division 1) and led the Chinese women’s national soccer team B in 2019.

Park Tae-ha, who experienced soccer administration as the technical chairman of the Korea Professional Football Federation from 2020 to 2023, returned to the field after taking the helm for the first time in four years. As the technical chairman of the K-League Technical Committee, he not only studied the latest flow of soccer tactics at the Technical Research Group of the K-League Technical Committee, but also conducted passionate activities by meeting with the coaches of each K-League team in person, interviewing them, and contributing columns during the winter off-season training.

Coach Hong Myung-bo speaks after winning the Coach Award for the second consecutive year at the 2023 K-League Grand Prize Awards. /Photo = Korea Professional Football Federation

Manager Hong Myung-bo of Ulsan. / Photo = Korea Professional Football Federation
Coach Hong Myung-bo graduated from Korea University in the same year as Coach Park, but he joined Pohang in 1992 and received the Most Valuable Player award immediately after completing his military service. The two coaches led Pohang to the 1992 league championship and were listed on the “Best 11” list together. After playing in the Japanese J-League (Belmare Hiratsuka-Kashiwa Reysol) from 1997 to 2000, he returned to Pohang in 2001. After playing a leading role in the “semi-final myth” at the 2002 World Cup Korea-Japan, he transferred to the LA Galaxy as an American professional soccer team. During his seven seasons in the K-League, he scored 14 goals and eight assists in 156 games, and scored 10 goals in 136 games for the Korean national team (1990-2002). He played in the World Cup only four times from the 1990 Italian championship to the 2002 Korea-Japan championship.

After serving as the coach of the Korean national team from 2005 to 2008, he led the U-23 national team from 2009 to 2012, earning the bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics. He led the Korean national team to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil from 2013 to 2014, but was pulled out after being eliminated from the group stage. After serving as the head coach of Hangzhou Lücheng in China from 2016 to 2017, he served as executive director of the Korea Football Association from 2017 to 2020, and also served as a working-level manager for the Korean soccer administration. He took the helm of Ulsan in 2021 and won the K-League 1 title for two consecutive years in 2022 and 2023.

The two coaches have made successful strides as players, leaders, and soccer administrators. Currently, they face off for the first time as the head of Ulsan (Hong Myung-bo), the defending champion, and as a coach (Park Tae-ha), who is taking his first steps as a head coach in the K-League. Park is in the position of a challenger. Pohang ranked second after Ulsan in the K-League 1 for the 2023 season under the leadership of its former coach Kim Ki-dong. Park will make his debut as the head coach of Pohang in the first leg of the ALC round of 16 teams against Jeonbuk Hyundai, which will take place in Jeonju on Feb. 13 or 14.

Coach Kim Ki-dong who took over as FC Seoul coach. / Photo = FC Seoul

FC Seoul’s new coach Kim Ki-dong is pictured with a FC Seoul muffler before his inauguration press conference at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on Jan. 3. /Photo=Newsis

The East Coast Derby and FC Seoul are added to the “triangular rivalry.”

In 2024, the Korean professional soccer (K-League) lost one big hit. This is due to Suwon Samsung’s relegation to the K-League 2 (division 2). Suwon fell to the bottom (12th) of the K-League 1 (division) in the 2023 season, falling to the second division for the first time since its foundation in 1995. It was a huge shock to both the K-League and soccer fans. The team should meet the K-League 1 without Suwon Samsung for the first time in the 2024 season. The absence of Suwon made it impossible to watch the “Super Match” between Suwon Samsung and FC Seoul, the most popular match in the K-League. The Suwon FC and the Suwon Derby, both based in the same Suwon district, have also disappeared. This is a huge hole in the success of the K-League 1. Suwon is vacant a lot.

This is why the East Coast Derby, one of the representative rivalries of the K League 1 along with the Super Match, has become more important. It is a duel of rivals between Ulsan HD (Hyundai) and Pohang Steelers, which is located on the east coast of the Yeongnam region. The East Coast Derby is Korea’s representative rivalry introduced at the FIFA along with the Super Match. It is a much older regional rivalry than the Super Match.

Coach Park Tae-ha, a “one club man” who was appointed as Pohang’s new head coach. / Photo = Pohang Steelers

Coach Park Tae-ha, who was appointed as the 13th head coach of Pohang. / Photo = Pohang Steelers

“The East Coast Derby” is drawing more attention because there’s no super match

The “East Coast Derby” has added enough elements to fill the void left by Suwon Samsung’s relegation to the second division in the 2024 season and the collapse of the “Super Match.” Attention and attention have doubled from the previous one. With the arrival of Park Tae-ha, 56, former chairman of the Korea Professional Football Confederation (KFA), as the new head coach of Pohang, the rivalry between the two teams has become even more interesting. In addition to the traditional rivalry between Ulsan and Pohang, the two teams’ coaches face off each other over the past two years. Ulsan coach Hong Myung-bo, 55, and Park Tae-ha are best friends of the same class who were both “Pohang Legends” players and shared the same class while playing together in Pohang.

Park Tae-ha joined the club in 1991 after graduating from Daegu University and played only in Pohang until 2001. As a player, Park won the title once in the K-League (1992), once in the Korea FA Cup (1996), and twice in the Asian Club Championship (1997, 1998), the predecessor of the AFC Champions League. He earned the nickname “solver” by scoring 46 goals and 37 assists in a total of 261 matches in the K-League during nine seasons excluding his mandatory military service. He served as the captain from 1998 to 2000.

His leadership career started in Pohang in 2005 and helped Pohang win the K-League by assisting coach Farias in 2007. He served as a coach and head coach for the Korean national soccer team from 2008 to 2011, and helped the team win the K-League once again as the head coach for FC Seoul in 2012. He entered China from 2015 to 2018 and showed leadership in promoting Yanbian Fudder from the A-level league (division 2) to the Super League (division 1) and led the Chinese women’s national soccer team B in 2019.

Park Tae-ha, who experienced soccer administration as the technical chairman of the Korea Professional Football Federation from 2020 to 2023, returned to the field after taking the helm for the first time in four years. As the technical chairman of the K-League Technical Committee, he not only studied the latest flow of soccer tactics at the Technical Research Group of the K-League Technical Committee, but also conducted passionate activities by meeting with the coaches of each K-League team in person, interviewing them, and contributing columns during the winter off-season training.

Coach Hong Myung-bo speaks after winning the Coach Award for the second consecutive year at the 2023 K-League Grand Prize Awards. /Photo = Korea Professional Football Federation

Manager Hong Myung-bo of Ulsan. / Photo = Korea Professional Football Federation
Coach Hong Myung-bo graduated from Korea University in the same year as Coach Park, but he joined Pohang in 1992 and received the Most Valuable Player award immediately after completing his military service. The two coaches led Pohang to the 1992 league championship and were listed on the “Best 11” list together. After playing in the Japanese J-League (Belmare Hiratsuka-Kashiwa Reysol) from 1997 to 2000, he returned to Pohang in 2001. After playing a leading role in the “semi-final myth” at the 2002 World Cup Korea-Japan, he transferred to the LA Galaxy as an American professional soccer team. During his seven seasons in the K-League, he scored 14 goals and eight assists in 156 games, and scored 10 goals in 136 games for the Korean national team (1990-2002). He played in the World Cup only four times from the 1990 Italian championship to the 2002 Korea-Japan championship.

After serving as the coach of the Korean national team from 2005 to 2008, he led the U-23 national team from 2009 to 2012, earning the bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics. He led the Korean national team to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil from 2013 to 2014, but was pulled out after being eliminated from the group stage. After serving as the head coach of Hangzhou Lücheng in China from 2016 to 2017, he served as executive director of the Korea Football Association from 2017 to 2020, and also served as a working-level manager for the Korean soccer administration. He took the helm of Ulsan in 2021 and won the K-League 1 title for two consecutive years in 2022 and 2023.

The two coaches have made successful strides as players, leaders, and soccer administrators. Currently, they face off for the first time as the head of Ulsan (Hong Myung-bo), the defending champion, and as a coach (Park Tae-ha), who is taking his first steps as a head coach in the K-League. Park is in the position of a challenger. Pohang ranked second after Ulsan in the K-League 1 for the 2023 season under the leadership of its former coach Kim Ki-dong. Park will make his debut as the head coach of Pohang in the first leg of the ALC round of 16 teams against Jeonbuk Hyundai, which will take place in Jeonju on Feb. 13 or 14.

Coach Kim Ki-dong who took over as FC Seoul coach. / Photo = FC Seoul

FC Seoul’s new coach Kim Ki-dong is pictured with a FC Seoul muffler before his inauguration press conference at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on Jan. 3. /Photo=Newsis

The East Coast Derby and FC Seoul are added to the “triangular rivalry.”

In 2024, the Korean professional soccer (K-League) lost one big hit. This is due to Suwon Samsung’s relegation to the K-League 2 (division 2). Suwon fell to the bottom (12th) of the K-League 1 (division) in the 2023 season, falling to the second division for the first time since its foundation in 1995. It was a huge shock to both the K-League and soccer fans. The team should meet the K-League 1 without Suwon Samsung for the first time in the 2024 season. The absence of Suwon made it impossible to watch the “Super Match” between Suwon Samsung and FC Seoul, the most popular match in the K-League. The Suwon FC and the Suwon Derby, both based in the same Suwon district, have also disappeared. This is a huge hole in the success of the K-League 1. Suwon is vacant a lot.

This is why the East Coast Derby, one of the representative rivalries of the K League 1 along with the Super Match, has become more important. It is a duel of rivals between Ulsan HD (Hyundai) and Pohang Steelers, which is located on the east coast of the Yeongnam region. The East Coast Derby is Korea’s representative rivalry introduced at the FIFA along with the Super Match. It is a much older regional rivalry than the Super Match.

Coach Park Tae-ha, a “one club man” who was appointed as Pohang’s new head coach. / Photo = Pohang Steelers

Coach Park Tae-ha, who was appointed as the 13th head coach of Pohang. / Photo = Pohang Steelers

“The East Coast Derby” is drawing more attention because there’s no super match

The “East Coast Derby” has added enough elements to fill the void left by Suwon Samsung’s relegation to the second division in the 2024 season and the collapse of the “Super Match.” Attention and attention have doubled from the previous one. With the arrival of Park Tae-ha, 56, former chairman of the Korea Professional Football Confederation (KFA), as the new head coach of Pohang, the rivalry between the two teams has become even more interesting. In addition to the traditional rivalry between Ulsan and Pohang, the two teams’ coaches face off each other over the past two years. Ulsan coach Hong Myung-bo, 55, and Park Tae-ha are best friends of the same class who were both “Pohang Legends” players and shared the same class while playing together in Pohang.

Park Tae-ha joined the club in 1991 after graduating from Daegu University and played only in Pohang until 2001. As a player, Park won the title once in the K-League (1992), once in the Korea FA Cup (1996), and twice in the Asian Club Championship (1997, 1998), the predecessor of the AFC Champions League. He earned the nickname “solver” by scoring 46 goals and 37 assists in a total of 261 matches in the K-League during nine seasons excluding his mandatory military service. He served as the captain from 1998 to 2000.

His leadership career started in Pohang in 2005 and helped Pohang win the K-League by assisting coach Farias in 2007. He served as a coach and head coach for the Korean national soccer team from 2008 to 2011, and helped the team win the K-League once again as the head coach for FC Seoul in 2012. He entered China from 2015 to 2018 and showed leadership in promoting Yanbian Fudder from the A-level league (division 2) to the Super League (division 1) and led the Chinese women’s national soccer team B in 2019.

Park Tae-ha, who experienced soccer administration as the technical chairman of the Korea Professional Football Federation from 2020 to 2023, returned to the field after taking the helm for the first time in four years. As the technical chairman of the K-League Technical Committee, he not only studied the latest flow of soccer tactics at the Technical Research Group of the K-League Technical Committee, but also conducted passionate activities by meeting with the coaches of each K-League team in person, interviewing them, and contributing columns during the winter off-season training.

Coach Hong Myung-bo speaks after winning the Coach Award for the second consecutive year at the 2023 K-League Grand Prize Awards. /Photo = Korea Professional Football Federation

Manager Hong Myung-bo of Ulsan. / Photo = Korea Professional Football Federation
Coach Hong Myung-bo graduated from Korea University in the same year as Coach Park, but he joined Pohang in 1992 and received the Most Valuable Player award immediately after completing his military service. The two coaches led Pohang to the 1992 league championship and were listed on the “Best 11” list together. After playing in the Japanese J-League (Belmare Hiratsuka-Kashiwa Reysol) from 1997 to 2000, he returned to Pohang in 2001. After playing a leading role in the “semi-final myth” at the 2002 World Cup Korea-Japan, he transferred to the LA Galaxy as an American professional soccer team. During his seven seasons in the K-League, he scored 14 goals and eight assists in 156 games, and scored 10 goals in 136 games for the Korean national team (1990-2002). He played in the World Cup only four times from the 1990 Italian championship to the 2002 Korea-Japan championship.

After serving as the coach of the Korean national team from 2005 to 2008, he led the U-23 national team from 2009 to 2012, earning the bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics. He led the Korean national team to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil from 2013 to 2014, but was pulled out after being eliminated from the group stage. After serving as the head coach of Hangzhou Lücheng in China from 2016 to 2017, he served as executive director of the Korea Football Association from 2017 to 2020, and also served as a working-level manager for the Korean soccer administration. He took the helm of Ulsan in 2021 and won the K-League 1 title for two consecutive years in 2022 and 2023.

The two coaches have made successful strides as players, leaders, and soccer administrators. Currently, they face off for the first time as the head of Ulsan (Hong Myung-bo), the defending champion, and as a coach (Park Tae-ha), who is taking his first steps as a head coach in the K-League. Park is in the position of a challenger. Pohang ranked second after Ulsan in the K-League 1 for the 2023 season under the leadership of its former coach Kim Ki-dong. Park will make his debut as the head coach of Pohang in the first leg of the ALC round of 16 teams against Jeonbuk Hyundai, which will take place in Jeonju on Feb. 13 or 14.

Coach Kim Ki-dong who took over as FC Seoul coach. / Photo = FC Seoul

FC Seoul’s new coach Kim Ki-dong is pictured with a FC Seoul muffler before his inauguration press conference at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on Jan. 3. /Photo=Newsis

The East Coast Derby and FC Seoul are added to the “triangular rivalry.”

In 2024, the Korean professional soccer (K-League) lost one big hit. This is due to Suwon Samsung’s relegation to the K-League 2 (division 2). Suwon fell to the bottom (12th) of the K-League 1 (division) in the 2023 season, falling to the second division for the first time since its foundation in 1995. It was a huge shock to both the K-League and soccer fans. The team should meet the K-League 1 without Suwon Samsung for the first time in the 2024 season. The absence of Suwon made it impossible to watch the “Super Match” between Suwon Samsung and FC Seoul, the most popular match in the K-League. The Suwon FC and the Suwon Derby, both based in the same Suwon district, have also disappeared. This is a huge hole in the success of the K-League 1. Suwon is vacant a lot.

This is why the East Coast Derby, one of the representative rivalries of the K League 1 along with the Super Match, has become more important. It is a duel of rivals between Ulsan HD (Hyundai) and Pohang Steelers, which is located on the east coast of the Yeongnam region. The East Coast Derby is Korea’s representative rivalry introduced at the FIFA along with the Super Match. It is a much older regional rivalry than the Super Match.

Coach Park Tae-ha, a “one club man” who was appointed as Pohang’s new head coach. / Photo = Pohang Steelers

Coach Park Tae-ha, who was appointed as the 13th head coach of Pohang. / Photo = Pohang Steelers

“The East Coast Derby” is drawing more attention because there’s no super match

The “East Coast Derby” has added enough elements to fill the void left by Suwon Samsung’s relegation to the second division in the 2024 season and the collapse of the “Super Match.” Attention and attention have doubled from the previous one. With the arrival of Park Tae-ha, 56, former chairman of the Korea Professional Football Confederation (KFA), as the new head coach of Pohang, the rivalry between the two teams has become even more interesting. In addition to the traditional rivalry between Ulsan and Pohang, the two teams’ coaches face off each other over the past two years. Ulsan coach Hong Myung-bo, 55, and Park Tae-ha are best friends of the same class who were both “Pohang Legends” players and shared the same class while playing together in Pohang.

Park Tae-ha joined the club in 1991 after graduating from Daegu University and played only in Pohang until 2001. As a player, Park won the title once in the K-League (1992), once in the Korea FA Cup (1996), and twice in the Asian Club Championship (1997, 1998), the predecessor of the AFC Champions League. He earned the nickname “solver” by scoring 46 goals and 37 assists in a total of 261 matches in the K-League during nine seasons excluding his mandatory military service. He served as the captain from 1998 to 2000.

His leadership career started in Pohang in 2005 and helped Pohang win the K-League by assisting coach Farias in 2007. He served as a coach and head coach for the Korean national soccer team from 2008 to 2011, and helped the team win the K-League once again as the head coach for FC Seoul in 2012. He entered China from 2015 to 2018 and showed leadership in promoting Yanbian Fudder from the A-level league (division 2) to the Super League (division 1) and led the Chinese women’s national soccer team B in 2019.

Park Tae-ha, who experienced soccer administration as the technical chairman of the Korea Professional Football Federation from 2020 to 2023, returned to the field after taking the helm for the first time in four years. As the technical chairman of the K-League Technical Committee, he not only studied the latest flow of soccer tactics at the Technical Research Group of the K-League Technical Committee, but also conducted passionate activities by meeting with the coaches of each K-League team in person, interviewing them, and contributing columns during the winter off-season training.

Coach Hong Myung-bo speaks after winning the Coach Award for the second consecutive year at the 2023 K-League Grand Prize Awards. /Photo = Korea Professional Football Federation

Manager Hong Myung-bo of Ulsan. / Photo = Korea Professional Football Federation
Coach Hong Myung-bo graduated from Korea University in the same year as Coach Park, but he joined Pohang in 1992 and received the Most Valuable Player award immediately after completing his military service. The two coaches led Pohang to the 1992 league championship and were listed on the “Best 11” list together. After playing in the Japanese J-League (Belmare Hiratsuka-Kashiwa Reysol) from 1997 to 2000, he returned to Pohang in 2001. After playing a leading role in the “semi-final myth” at the 2002 World Cup Korea-Japan, he transferred to the LA Galaxy as an American professional soccer team. During his seven seasons in the K-League, he scored 14 goals and eight assists in 156 games, and scored 10 goals in 136 games for the Korean national team (1990-2002). He played in the World Cup only four times from the 1990 Italian championship to the 2002 Korea-Japan championship.

After serving as the coach of the Korean national team from 2005 to 2008, he led the U-23 national team from 2009 to 2012, earning the bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics. He led the Korean national team to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil from 2013 to 2014, but was pulled out after being eliminated from the group stage. After serving as the head coach of Hangzhou Lücheng in China from 2016 to 2017, he served as executive director of the Korea Football Association from 2017 to 2020, and also served as a working-level manager for the Korean soccer administration. He took the helm of Ulsan in 2021 and won the K-League 1 title for two consecutive years in 2022 and 2023.

The two coaches have made successful strides as players, leaders, and soccer administrators. Currently, they face off for the first time as the head of Ulsan (Hong Myung-bo), the defending champion, and as a coach (Park Tae-ha), who is taking his first steps as a head coach in the K-League. Park is in the position of a challenger. Pohang ranked second after Ulsan in the K-League 1 for the 2023 season under the leadership of its former coach Kim Ki-dong. Park will make his debut as the head coach of Pohang in the first leg of the ALC round of 16 teams against Jeonbuk Hyundai, which will take place in Jeonju on Feb. 13 or 14.

Coach Kim Ki-dong who took over as FC Seoul coach. / Photo = FC Seoul

FC Seoul’s new coach Kim Ki-dong is pictured with a FC Seoul muffler before his inauguration press conference at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on Jan. 3. /Photo=Newsis

The East Coast Derby and FC Seoul are added to the “triangular rivalry.”

In 2024, the Korean professional soccer (K-League) lost one big hit. This is due to Suwon Samsung’s relegation to the K-League 2 (division 2). Suwon fell to the bottom (12th) of the K-League 1 (division) in the 2023 season, falling to the second division for the first time since its foundation in 1995. It was a huge shock to both the K-League and soccer fans. The team should meet the K-League 1 without Suwon Samsung for the first time in the 2024 season. The absence of Suwon made it impossible to watch the “Super Match” between Suwon Samsung and FC Seoul, the most popular match in the K-League. The Suwon FC and the Suwon Derby, both based in the same Suwon district, have also disappeared. This is a huge hole in the success of the K-League 1. Suwon is vacant a lot.랭크카지노도메인

This is why the East Coast Derby, one of the representative rivalries of the K League 1 along with the Super Match, has become more important. It is a duel of rivals between Ulsan HD (Hyundai) and Pohang Steelers, which is located on the east coast of the Yeongnam region. The East Coast Derby is Korea’s representative rivalry introduced at the FIFA along with the Super Match. It is a much older regional rivalry than the Super Match.

The “East Coast Derby” has added enough elements to fill the void left by Suwon Samsung’s relegation to the second division in the 2024 season and the collapse of the “Super Match.” Attention and attention have doubled from the previous one. With the arrival of Park Tae-ha, 56, former chairman of the Korea Professional Football Confederation (KFA), as the new head coach of Pohang, the rivalry between the two teams has become even more interesting. In addition to the traditional rivalry between Ulsan and Pohang, the two teams’ coaches face off each other over the past two years. Ulsan coach Hong Myung-bo, 55, and Park Tae-ha are best friends of the same class who were both “Pohang Legends” players and shared the same class while playing together in Pohang.

Park Tae-ha joined the club in 1991 after graduating from Daegu University and played only in Pohang until 2001. As a player, Park won the title once in the K-League (1992), once in the Korea FA Cup (1996), and twice in the Asian Club Championship (1997, 1998), the predecessor of the AFC Champions League. He earned the nickname “solver” by scoring 46 goals and 37 assists in a total of 261 matches in the K-League during nine seasons excluding his mandatory military service. He served as the captain from 1998 to 2000.

His leadership career started in Pohang in 2005 and helped Pohang win the K-League by assisting coach Farias in 2007. He served as a coach and head coach for the Korean national soccer team from 2008 to 2011, and helped the team win the K-League once again as the head coach for FC Seoul in 2012. He entered China from 2015 to 2018 and showed leadership in promoting Yanbian Fudder from the A-level league (division 2) to the Super League (division 1) and led the Chinese women’s national soccer team B in 2019.

Park Tae-ha, who experienced soccer administration as the technical chairman of the Korea Professional Football Federation from 2020 to 2023, returned to the field after taking the helm for the first time in four years. As the technical chairman of the K-League Technical Committee, he not only studied the latest flow of soccer tactics at the Technical Research Group of the K-League Technical Committee, but also conducted passionate activities by meeting with the coaches of each K-League team in person, interviewing them, and contributing columns during the winter off-season training.

Coach Hong Myung-bo graduated from Korea University in the same year as Coach Park, but he joined Pohang in 1992 and received the Most Valuable Player award immediately after completing his military service. The two coaches led Pohang to the 1992 league championship and were listed on the “Best 11” list together. After playing in the Japanese J-League (Belmare Hiratsuka-Kashiwa Reysol) from 1997 to 2000, he returned to Pohang in 2001. After playing a leading role in the “semi-final myth” at the 2002 World Cup Korea-Japan, he transferred to the LA Galaxy as an American professional soccer team. During his seven seasons in the K-League, he scored 14 goals and eight assists in 156 games, and scored 10 goals in 136 games for the Korean national team (1990-2002). He played in the World Cup only four times from the 1990 Italian championship to the 2002 Korea-Japan championship.

After serving as the coach of the Korean national team from 2005 to 2008, he led the U-23 national team from 2009 to 2012, earning the bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics. He led the Korean national team to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil from 2013 to 2014, but was pulled out after being eliminated from the group stage. After serving as the head coach of Hangzhou Lücheng in China from 2016 to 2017, he served as executive director of the Korea Football Association from 2017 to 2020, and also served as a working-level manager for the Korean soccer administration. He took the helm of Ulsan in 2021 and won the K-League 1 title for two consecutive years in 2022 and 2023.

The two coaches have made successful strides as players, leaders, and soccer administrators. Currently, they face off for the first time as the head of Ulsan (Hong Myung-bo), the defending champion, and as a coach (Park Tae-ha), who is taking his first steps as a head coach in the K-League. Park is in the position of a challenger. Pohang ranked second after Ulsan in the K-League 1 for the 2023 season under the leadership of its former coach Kim Ki-dong. Park will make his debut as the head coach of Pohang in the first leg of the ALC round of 16 teams against Jeonbuk Hyundai, which will take place in Jeonju on Feb. 13 or 14.

# The East Coast Derby and FC Seoul are added to the “triangular rivalry.”

Another box office card that will add to the East Coast Derby between Ulsan and Pohang is FC Seoul, which is newly established by former Pohang coach Kim Ki-dong. The three teams are traditionally powerhouses that are enjoying immense popularity in the K-League.

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