“It would be an honor to be a legend of the team. It’s still a long way off, but if I do the best I can, I think that day will come for me too.” (Ko Young-jun, Pohang Steelers)
The K League 1 Round 15 match between Pohang and Jeonbuk Hyundai at Pohang Steel Yard on Sept. 29 marked the 50th anniversary of Pohang’s founding.
Pohang, which has a long tradition of professional soccer, started as an unemployed soccer team of Pohang Steel in 1973 and celebrated its 50th anniversary this year.
The team turned professional in 1984 and has contributed to the development of Korean soccer, opening the country’s first soccer stadium in 1990 and building a clubhouse in 2000.
The club has won the K League title five times (1986, 1988, 1992, 2007, 2013), the Korean Football Association (FA) Cup four times (1996, 2008, 2012, 2013), and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League three times (1997, 1998, 2009).
A crowd of 14,377 fans braved the torrential downpour at the Steel Yard to cheer and wave to the players.
Coach Kim Ki-dong, one of the team’s Hall of Fame inductees, said, “I was inducted into the Hall of Fame 10 years ago, and time flies. “When I see new juniors coming in, I feel like they’ve been through a lot with this team and I want them to think about the team and have affection for it even if they go somewhere else,” said Kim.
“I think that just being a part of a team with history and tradition makes them feel proud,” said Kim. I told the players to take pride today and do a great job.”
In the match, youth player Ko Young-jun scored the winning goal in the 21st minute of the second half to give Pohang a 1-0 victory, capping off the 50th anniversary celebrations.
Coach Kim Ki-dong said, “I’m glad we won in front of many fans on an important day and at an important time. It was the same in the last match, and the game against Jeonbuk is always key, but I think the players gained confidence with today’s victory,” he said, adding, “If we don’t get complacent, we can keep the momentum going.”
Prior to the game, the Steel Yard hosted the club’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
On the 50th anniversary, Hwang Ji-soo, Shin Shinh-yong, Kim Kwang-seok, and Hwang Jin-sung, all of whom played more than 10 years and 200 games for Pohang, were inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Previously, in 2013, on the 40th anniversary, Park Tae-joon (Contributor), Han Hong-ki and Lee Hoe-taek (Leader), Park Kyung-hoon, Lee Heung-sil, Choi Sun-ho, Gong Moon-bae, Lee Young-young, Park Tae-ha, Hwang Sun-hong, Hong Myung-bo, Radeh, and Kim Ki-dong (Player) were inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame, and four new members were added to the Player category in 10 years. 안전놀이터
In addition to the four new inductees, “legends” including former coach Lee Hoe-taek and Olympic team coach Hwang Sun-hong were on hand to celebrate the 50th anniversary.
Pohang organized a variety of events, including the publication of a 50th anniversary magazine that captured its history and the release of a 50th anniversary club song, “Let’s Run for Victory – We are Steelers,” featuring players and supporters.
The Pohang players wore special jerseys inspired by their original uniforms. The colors representing the orange glow of the muddy water were restored.
A performance by Pohang high school singer Jeon Yoo-jin, who appeared on the TV program “Tomorrow is Mistrot 2,” also livened up the atmosphere.