The battle to catch the defending champion… ‘Soccer Special City’ is back￼
The Daejeon World Cup Stadium, the home stadium of Daejeon Hana Citizen in the professional soccer K League 1, is hot. Fans’ expectations are growing as they have been promoted to the first division this season, and interest has increased, and even a strong team has been caught in the home room.
Daejeon won 2-1 in the Hana One Q K League 1 2023 7th round home game against the’defending champion’ Ulsan Hyundai held at Daejeon World Cup Stadium on the 16th.
Daejeon, which was K-League 2 until last season, recorded 4 wins, 안전놀이터1 draw and 2 losses (13 points) with the victory that day, and rose to 3rd place in K-League 1 at once. In addition, in the recent 34 home games, they had a good energy of 23 wins, 10 draws, and 1 loss, and they were also lucky to win 12 years after a 1-0 victory against Ulsan on August 20, 2011.
On this day, 16,359 fans entered the Daejeon World Cup Stadium, the largest number of spectators this round. Daejeon fans, who filled the first floor and sat down to the W seats on the second floor without any empty seats, sang songs with one voice and clapped ‘Daejeon clap (Viking clap),’ creating a spectacle.
This is not the first time that many spectators have entered the Daejeon Stadium. Daejeon reported a spectacular return to the first division by attracting 18,590 players to Gangwon FC (2-0) on February 26, which was the opening match.
In the match against Pohang Steelers (0-0) on March 11th, only 8,661 people, but in the match against FC Seoul (3-2) on April 1st, 15,793 spectators gathered again. The average attendance at home this season is 14,850.
An official from Daejeon explained, “After being promoted to the first division, interest in it increased. The teams facing here are also popular teams such as Seoul and Ulsan, so it seems that more spectators are looking for them.”
There is another trick. It is not just about playing against these teams, but also taking the result of winning along with fun performance.
Daejeon defeated Ulsan 2-1, which led the league and had won 6 matches in a row. It was also with the hot attack power that drove up the line throughout the 90 minutes.
Daejeon countered Ulsan, who were rushing in pursuit, with attacks until the final whistle blew, and thanks to this, fans enjoyed a compact game in which the two teams exchanged attacks without rest.
Daejeon coach Lee Min-seong said, “I tried defensively, but our team was better off attacking.” Ulsan coach Hong Myung-bo said, “Today’s match was the ultimate direction for the K-League. Thanks to Daejeon, it was a very interesting match.”
Fans can’t help but be excited as the promoted team goes up to the first division, shows off their hot performance, and even wins every time in the home room. Since they lost only once in 34 matches, it is not strange that the formula of seeing victory when visiting the Daejeon World Cup Stadium has been established.
An official in the soccer world gave an encouraging evaluation, saying, “Honestly, if all the teams play like Daejeon, most of the worries of the K-League will disappear. I wonder if people who watched a game like this at the stadium today won’t come again.”
In the early 2000s, Daejeon was nicknamed the ‘soccer city’ because many spectators flocked to its home stadium. Recently, he stayed in the 2nd division, got out of interest, and showed an appearance that did not suit this nickname, but now it is different.
Daejeon is a team with an average crowd of more than 10,000, a record that ranks third in the league, and an impressive offensive football that has a good influence on the entire K-League. It is enough to become a soccer special city.
Coach Lee Min-seong said, “I knew from the first time I was appointed that this team had this much potential. There were difficult times in the beginning, but I am grateful for the good results and the fact that many fans are coming.” So, if we continue like this, it will be possible to create fans and an atmosphere comparable to teams like Jeonbuk Hyundai, Ulsan, and Seoul.”
The Daejeon World Cup Stadium, the home stadium of Daejeon Hana Citizen in the professional soccer K League 1, is hot. Fans’ expectations are growing as they have been promoted to the first division this season, and interest has increased, and even a strong team has been caught in the home room. Daejeon won 2-1 in…