Ulsan Hyundai and Jeonbuk Hyundai, which competed fiercely for the championship in K-League 1 last season, are heating up the winter transfer market by focusing on power reinforcement ahead of the 2023 season.
Ulsan and Jeonbuk, two prestigious clubs representing the K-League, spare no investment in recruiting players and are showing their desire to win the next season.
Jeonbuk, who was blocked by rival Ulsan in the 2022 season and thwarted their 6th consecutive loss, first set out to take over the initiative by recruiting a storm.
On the 20th of last month, Jeonbuk recruited multi-player Kim Geon-woong, who can play both central defense and midfield, and midfielder Oh Jae-hyeok, an under-22 (U-22) resource, from Bucheon FC. On the 22nd of last month, he recruited former national team winger Lee Dong-jun from Hertha Berlin (Germany).
Jeonbuk’s power reinforcement did not stop here.
After recruiting goalkeeper Jeong Min-ki, who played a big role in Anyang FC in the K League 2, to fill the void left by Song Bum-keun, who left for Japan, they recruited midfielder Lee Soo-bin from Pohang Steelers in the new year. On the 5th, he embraced Japanese midfielder Jun Amano.
In particular, Jeonbuk made the rival team sick by embracing Lee Dong-jun, who won the league best 11 for Ulsan in the 2021 season, and Amano, who led Ulsan’s league championship in the 2022 season.
Amano, who joined Ulsan on loan for the 2022 season, showed threatening shooting and delicate passes with a sharp left foot kick, leading Ulsan to win the league with a record of 9 points and 1 assist in 30 league matches.
Ulsan also faced off last year by recruiting Swedish central midfielder Daryan Boyanich, Japanese midfielder Esika Ataru, and Seongnam FC’s main midfielder Kim Min-hyeok, but it was true that they seemed somewhat lacking compared to Jeonbuk. 토토
However, on the 4th, Ulsan fired back by announcing the news of the first reinforcement of the new year with the recruitment of Joo Min-gyu.
Joo Min-gyu is an offensive resource that shines in the K-League 1 Best 11 selection for two consecutive years. In the 2021 season, as a native striker, he won the league’s top scorer in 5 years.
Martin Adam, who scored 9 points in 14 league games last season, and Joo Min-gyu, who scored 17 goals last season, are in the forefront of the offense, and Jeonbuk never loses.
In addition to Joo Min-gyu, Ulsan recruited Swedish striker Gustav Rubiksson on the 5th to further strengthen their firepower and show their will not to be defeated by Jeonbuk.
The off-season competition between the two teams is already raising expectations for the new season.