Chungbuk Cheongju FC Coach Choi Yun-gyeom
Chungbuk Cheongju FC Coach Choi Yun-gyeom ... A ‘New Team Sensation’ Led by the Most Senior Head Coach
With an undefeated record in the last 13 games, 5th place in the Maginot line of the playoffs is also a 'hospitable achievement'.
If the 'promoted team' Gwangju FC is making a big splash in professional soccer K-League 1, the 'new team' Chungbuk Cheongju FC is creating a fresh breeze in K-League 2 with better-than-expected results.
As of the 8th, Chungbuk Cheongju is ranked 7th out of 13 clubs with 10 wins, 10 draws, 7 losses, and 40 points.
They may be considered to be in the mid-tier, but they have not lost once in the last 13 games with 7 wins and 6 draws. 바카라사이트
Even before the opening, they were evaluated as 'second weak' along with 'new teammate' Cheonan City FC, but now they are starting to see a 5th place spot that can advance to the promotion playoffs in sight.
There is a 5 point gap with Gyeongnam FC in 5th place.
The last loss in the league was against Gyeongnam FC on May 27, and since June, the loss has been forgotten.
The team that had 3 wins, 4 draws, and 7 losses in the first 14 league games has become a completely different team since June.
The 13 games undefeated is the record for the most consecutive games undefeated in K-League 2 this season.
The longest undefeated streak in K League 2 history is Gwangju FC's 19 games in 2019.
Chungcheongbuk-do Cheongju coach Choi Yun-gyeom, who recorded 3 wins and 1 draw in the month of August, achieving the highest monthly winning rate (87.5%) across K-League 1 and 2, also received the Coach of the Month Award from the Korea Professional Football League.
When you think of a 'new team', it is easy to think of fearless spirit and spirit, but coach Choi Yun-gyeom, born in 1962, is the most senior coach in the K League 1 and 2 combined.
Born in 1985, he is 23 years older than acting manager Kim Jin-gyu of FC Seoul.
Although most domestic professional sports tend to prefer 'young coaches', Coach Choi is demonstrating leadership in stably leading new teams based on his wealth of experience, including raising Gangwon FC from the 2nd division to the 1st division in 2016.
Coach Choi Yoon-gyeom was asked on the 8th about the team's undefeated streak of 13 games in a row and laughed, saying, "I also think, 'Is it okay for a new team to be like this?'"
Coach Choi said, “Actually, before the opening, our goal was to be in the single digits, or 9th place,” and “Since April, we gave up too many goals and continued losing streak, so we stayed below 10th place for a long time, but as our defense stabilized, our results have improved these days.” He said.
Chungbuk Cheongju gave up 25 goals in 14 games at the beginning of the season, but allowed 8 goals while going undefeated in the last 13 games.
Coach Choi cited competition within his team, bench marking from other teams, and a change in his own style as the secret to his defensive stability.
He said, "In the beginning, the starting lineup was decided based on the results during winter training, but after giving opportunities to players who had not been able to play until now, competition within the team led to an increase in power," and "I also studied a lot of the games of Gimpo FC, who took the lead at the beginning of the season. “He explained.
A good example of intra-team competition is goalkeeper.
Ryu Won-woo was the starting player, and Park Dae-han was next, but due to Ryu Won-woo's injury, giving Park Dae-han a chance also brought about a synergy effect.
Coach Choi added, “Foreign players Giorgi and Peter also do their part, and the growth of Lee Min-hyung and Lee Jeong-taek, who came from K3, is also a great help.”
He also said, "I originally prefer attack-oriented soccer through passing, but K League 2 has more frequent fouls and a rougher style compared to K League 1, so in some ways it did not fit," and "So, I simplified the attack development and defended it." “I paid more attention to it,” he said.
Coach Choi, who received the 'Coach of the Month Award' once in 2016 and 2017 during his time in Gangwon, humbled himself by saying, "I think I was able to receive this award again because the team, coaching staff, and players did a good job, and I am just grateful." .
When asked if he had any desire to advance straight to the playoffs with his new team, he replied, "The three games after the break are important."
Cheongju, North Chungcheong Province, will face Ansan Greeners on the 16th, Seoul E-Land on the 19th, and Seongnam FC on the 23rd.
In terms of rankings, Ansan is 11th, E-Land 10th, and Seongnam 9th, which is lower than Cheongju in North Chungcheong Province.
Coach Choi predicted, "It's just the rankings, but in terms of player composition, the teams are not weaker than us.
However, the possibility of the playoffs will depend on the results of these three games."
He pledged, “Records are important, but I want to become a team that is loved by home fans.
Strangely, it was unfortunate that it rained a lot during home games this year, but I will continue to try to bring more fans to the stadium with fun games.”
A person who is always included in stories related to Director Choi is Minho of the group SHINee.
Coach Choi's son, Minho, is famous for his love of soccer, and is often seen at the stadium of his father's team.
Coach Choi Yoon-gyeom said, “I am grateful to Minho, and he said that it would be good if he created at least one more soccer fan.”
He pledged, “We will become a team that blends into the local culture by creating frequent opportunities to meet fans outside of games.”