The rivalry between Ulsan Hyundai and Jeonbuk Hyundai in the professional football K-League 1 has become more sparkly in the new season.
It started when Jeonbuk hired Japanese player Jun Amano, who had been active in Ulsan until last season, on loan.
Amano played in 30 league games last season and scored 9 points and 1 assist, leading Ulsan to the league championship. Equipped with sophisticated kicking power with his left foot, he energized the midfield line with menacing shooting and delicate passing, establishing himself as Ulsan’s core force.
Jeonbuk, where Japanese player Kunimoto left the team due to an unfortunate incident last season, filled his vacancy with Amano of the same nationality. In the new season, Amano is expected to take over Kunimoto’s role.
In the professional world, it is not uncommon for rival teams to lose power through player recruitment. However, the process of Amano’s transfer to Jeonbuk made Ulsan manager Hong Myung-bo uncomfortable.
At the end of last year, he made a verbal promise with manager Hong Myung-bo to extend his lease, but suddenly wore a Jeonbuk uniform.
In particular, it was reported that Amano chose to go to Jeonbuk after receiving 100,000 dollars (approximately 120 million won) more than the annual salary he received in Ulsan, and this part brought out manager Hong Myung-bo’s anger.
Director Hong said in an interview with reporters at Hyundai Clubhouse in Ulsan on the 11th, “We hate lying. He helped me a lot to do well, but as a result, he lied and left.” However, the transfer after seeing the money that was said to be unimportant was an act that did not respect the team and players at all.”
Ulsan and Jeonbuk, where rivalry is still fierce, are heating up even before the season opens with the transfer of Amano.
The confrontation between Ulsan and Jeonbuk, which has been fiercely competing for the championship in recent seasons, has long been established as the best box office card in the K-League.
In the new season, ‘Amano Derby’ attracted more attention. First of all, the two teams are scheduled to collide from the opening game of the 2023 season with qualifications to win the league and FA Cup last season. 바카라