Gimpo FC confirmed its advancement to the K League 2 (second division) playoffs (PO) two years after its founding.
In the 2023 Hana One Q K League 2 Round 36 home game against Jeonnam held at Gimpo Salter Soccer Stadium on the 22nd, Gimpo achieved a 2-1 come-from-behind victory thanks to Kim Lee-seok’s winning goal in the 42nd minute of the second half of the 1-1 tie.
As a result, Gimpo recorded 16 wins, 11 draws, and 6 losses (59 points), becoming the main character who won a ticket to K League 2 PO regardless of the results of the remaining 3 games.
The secret to Gimpo’s ability to advance to K League 2 PO in a short period of time can be summarized in two points. The first thing is the ‘hungry spirit’ of the players. Gimpo does not have any star players. Among the 18 players on the roster, the only one whose name value can be discussed is Jang Yun-ho (27), a midfielder from Jeonbuk. Most of them were players who were unable to reach their potential in their existing teams and were at a plateau in their soccer careers.
However, after moving to Gimpo last year, the team is blooming again as a brilliant flower under the guidance of coach Go Jeong-woon. The driving force is ‘hunger’. Coach Go said, “When we founded the team, considering the financial status of the team, we could not even dream of recruiting stars. We had no choice but to select players with hunger and earnestness. In fact, the days of training must have been difficult for them. However, they silently carried out the coach’s request.” He recalled.
Players who are close to gems are turning into gems after meeting Go Jeong-woon’s ‘Total Soccer’. Coach Go said, “It’s a daunting task at our level, but since we’ve continued to emphasize this since last year, the players have changed. Scoring is important, but my style emphasizes defense. There’s a lot of running in general, starting from the front line. I focus on teamwork, not individualism. “I do,” he explained.굿모닝토토 도메인
Coach Ko’s Total Soccer bore fruit in the confirmation of K League 2 PO after two years. Still, Director Ko was humble. “I achieved the goal of advancing to the PO in a short period of time, but I am still lacking. I feel especially blessed to have met these players. The players’ earnestness was consistent, and I also tried to control the psychological part well. That is why there is no synergy effect. “I think the players who couldn’t excel on other teams are getting better after joining our team, rather than my own ability,” he said.
He said, “At first, I didn’t think this far. My big dream is to be in K-League 1, but I need to have a foundation to maintain it even if I move up. Rather than being greedy, I need to play well in the remaining three games and show the performance to rise to second place. . Our next opponent is Gimcheon Sangmu. If we overcome this team, I think we will be able to challenge K-League 1 with confidence.”