Ulsan HD, which has won the K-League title for two consecutive years for the first time in the team’s history, is having a busy winter to build a dynasty. By strengthening its position, which showed problems last year as a former member of the national team, it is laying the groundwork for its third consecutive win.
An official from Ulsan said in a phone call with News 1 on the 2nd, “We are busy to strengthen our strength in the 2024 season and are recruiting players.”
According to a soccer official, Ulsan has already recruited Kim Min-woo and Hwang Seok-ho, who played in the Chinese and Japanese leagues. In addition, Ko Seung-bum (Suwon), one of the top K-League’s midfield resources, is also in the final stages.
Kim Min-woo transferred to China’s Chengdu Rongcheng in 2022 at the call of coach Seo Jung-won. Since then, Kim Min-woo has been an ace of Chengdu for two years. Japanese J-League clubs have shown interest in Kim Min-woo, whose contract with Chengdu ended in 2023, and Kim Min-woo answered the call of Hong Myung-bo, who has previously been a priest with the national team by age.
Kim Min-woo played as an ace for the U20 team led by Coach Hong Myung-bo in 2009, when he was a student at Yonsei University. At that time, Kim scored three goals at the U20 World Cup, contributing greatly to Korea’s advance to the quarterfinals. Coach Hong is expected to use Kim Min-woo as a second-tier resource in Ulsan to fill the vacancy of Baco (Shandong), who left for China.
Hwang Seok-ho will also make his K-League debut in Ulsan after a long overseas career. Hwang Seok-ho, who had played in Japan and China, had his contract with Sagan Tosu expired at the end of last year. Ulsan, which had some regrets in this season’s central defender squad, moved quickly and also embraced Hwang.
Hwang Seok-ho is also related to coach Hong Myung-bo. Hwang Seok-ho contributed greatly to Korea’s first bronze medal by joining Kim Young-kwon as a central defender at the 2012 London Olympics, when Hong Myung-bo was at the helm.
Along with the two veterans, Ulsan is also in the final stages of recruiting Go Seung-bum, who was proven in the K-League. Even when Suwon Samsung was demoted last season, Go Seung-bum displayed stellar performance in the midfield and was evaluated as a top midfielder in the league. From the standpoint of Ulsan, where Park Yong-woo (Al-Ain) moved to the club last summer, joining Ko Seung-bum, who has excellent mobility and activeness, will likely be a big boost.
In addition, Ulsan also strengthened its player base by recruiting left-side defender Shim Sang-min, who played for FC Seoul and Pohang Steelers.
We are also searching for foreign players. Apart from recruiting Ko, we are seeking to recruit foreign players who can empower the central government.
While head coach Hong Myung-bo and the team’s front desk are busy running around, the team is resting and recharging. 헤라카지노
Coach Hong gave a four-week rest period to the team that completed its 2023 schedule after the sixth round of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League group stage against Kawasaki Frontale (Japan) on the 12th of last month.
Ulsan will be the last team among the 23 teams in the K-League to convene a team to prepare for the new season. It will gather at the airport on March 12 and leave for Japan for off-season training in Ishigaki and Okinawa.