Hong Myung-bo, who was worried about the FA Cup, says, ‘Why is the K League Cup difficult? We are…’
Ulsan Hyundai head coach Hong Myung-bo has cautiously shared his personal views on the K League’s transition to the Chuseok festival. Hong, who once considered the FA Cup as a Chuseok festival when he was the executive director of the Korea Football Association, said that realistically, it will not be easy for the K League to switch from the Chuseok festival to the Chuseok festival.
Ulsan, led by Hong Myung-bo, drew 1-1 against Daejeon Hana in the 30th round of the Hana OneQ K League 1 2023 at Munsu Football Stadium in Ulsan at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Ulsan got off to a shaky start, conceding an early goal to Daejeon Hana striker Kim In-gyun in the first minute of the first half, but managed to get a point at home thanks to a goal from Lee In-gyu in the 30th minute.
Speaking to the media before the game, Hong revealed that he had appointed Kim Ki-hee and Lee In-gyu as captain and vice-captain, respectively, to change the atmosphere of the team as the 2023-2024 AFC Champions League kicks off on Chuseok.바카라
Inevitably, the topic turned to the Chuseok festival. “It’s all about Middle Eastern soccer,” Hong said of the current state of Asian soccer, adding, “The players don’t have much of a rest period anymore. At best, they can only rest and prepare for three to four weeks. So I think it’s a difficult situation, but I think we have to be smart about it. I also think that the number of players should be higher than it is. In any case, the change of the AFC Champions League’s Chuseon Festival is not something we can do anything about,” he said in principle, adding that they have to prepare under the given conditions.
We asked Hong what he thought about the K League’s transition to a chuseok festival, as the Japanese J League is currently considering a chuseok festival, and the K League cannot be excluded from being affected. In response, Hong explained the story behind his time as executive director of the Korea Football Association.
“When I was working at the association, we were thinking about changing the FA Cup to Chuseok,” he said, “and I thought that if we had an FA Cup with amateur, semi-professional, and K-League 2 teams competing from August 11 to 11, and K-League 1 teams competing in the new season, we could finish the tournament in May or June.” He also pointed out the practical difficulties.
However, he also pointed out the practical difficulties. “We have too much cold weather,” Hong said, “In Japan alone, we have Kyushu, so it’s fine there, but Hokkaido in the north is difficult. We’re so cold that it’s very uncomfortable for spectators to watch the game. We need to have a break, maybe not as much as Russia, where they have a three-month break, but it’s really cold.” “Russian clubs also train for three months, which is not very desirable,” he added.
Some argue that winter is better for players in terms of performance. In fact, when the J-League surveyed managers and players in Japan, a small number of them said that the season’s extreme heat was difficult for players to endure.
Hong said he understands the sentiment among coaching staff and players that winter is better. “I’d rather wear thicker clothes and play with gloves,” he said, adding, “Playing in the summer is really hard for players. In fact, the poor summer performance of Korean K League teams is largely due to the weather.” However, Hong’s view is that the transition to the Chuseok Festival is not easy considering the viewing conditions of spectators.