title No.1 FC Seoul stands at the top of the league
name 운영자 date 2010/11/09 hit 17678
FC Seoul has officially claimed the honor as the best football club in Korea.
In the last regular match held in Seoul on 7th, Seoul defeated Daejeon by 2-1. Having recorded 20 wins, 2 draws, 6 losses and 62 win points, the team has nailed the top post on the league competition, directly advancing to the championship final. On a special note, Seoul has set all-time high records both in the number of wins and win points, pulling off 20 wins and 62 points this season.
Moreover, Seoul is also looking to make a tie record on consecutive home match winning record, having won 17 games running recently.
It was in 2000 when the team last ranked at first on the table. With extensive support from GS Group, Seoul appears determined to clutch the league championship as well to make it its fourth championship title.
Standing tall at the top post, now Seoul is scheduled to have one away match and one home match for the final on Dec. 1st and 5th, respectively.
▲ Best in a true sense

Performance was not the only forte Seoul showed this season. It has also proved to be the most popular team among the other competitors. In other words, Seoul outstood in the truest sense as it attracted more spectators than any other team boasting the strongest performance.
On May 5th, Seoul succeeded in attracting 60, 747 which is the sport industry record. For today as well, as many as 40,982 fans visited the Seoul stadium paving the way for the local soccer league to have an average 30,000-plus spectators per match. It doesn't stop there. As for the total admission record this season, Seoul has gathered 489,628 in toto only within 18 matches which is also an all-time high. If the team succeeds in inviting more than 10,362 spectators in the remaining matches, it will set another record, gathering more than 500,000 in a single season.
With team having accomplished such feats, it would be fair to argue that FC Seoul now represents not only the K-league but the Korean sports industry as a whole.
▲ Balance between old and new/offense and defense

Seoul took a turning point this season when it recruited a number of players with ample experience. Until last year, Seoul had appeared not so adept at managing the crisis since it had too many young players, and by recruiting seasoned players such as Kim Yong-dae, Choi Hyo-jin, Hyun Yeong-min, and Ha Dae-seong, it has completely made up for such weakness. Those mentioned above were the model team players who valued their team more than each individual, creating a new atmosphere in the team. And they were never reluctant to throw themselves for saving their team from crises which rendered Seoul far more pertinacious. All in all, the arrival of the veterans resulted in a harmonious team play between the old and new and struck a fine balance between the offense and defense.
▲ Djeparov and Choi Tae-wuk, the finishing touch on the roster

During the first half of this season, it always seemed that there was something missing in FC Seoul. And when the team brought in Djeparov and Choi Tae-wuk in the middle of the season, Seoul's roster finally became completed. Djeparov, the awardee of the AFC Player of the Year, sharpened the edgy of Seoul's offensive with his pinpoint pass, wide sight on the field, and clever tactics. As a shrew connector between offense and defense, the Uzbekistani mid-fielder made a great deal of contribution to his team.
Choi, who recently came back to his original team in 7 years, has also added significant momentum for Seoul with his remarkable speed and a number of timely scores made just in the nick of time. Choi was one of the team players who helped Seoul unite into a group of more seamless cooperation.
▲ Kudos for old players

Of course, the existing members deserve much of the credit as well. Striker Jeong Jo-guk is having the best time of his career, having scored 9 goals since he became father on Aug. 20th. In particular, Jeong saved his team when he miraculously pulled off the equalizer and decider in a row on Oct. 9th in a match against Gyeongnam. Furthermore, Jeong pulled off a double-digit score in 7 years by scoring a goal that decided the match against Seongnam on Nov. 3th.
Lee Seung-ryul did incredibly well too. As the only Seoul player who made it to the World Cup team this summer, Lee demonstrated steady and hardy performance throughout the season, recording 10 goals and 6 assists.

Considered one of the best strikers in the K-league, Dejan also contributed to his team with his consistent performance. Despite being roundly targeted by the defenders, the Serbian striker pulled off a total of 18 goals and 10 assists. Now all eyes are on him to see if he will exceed 20 goals this season for the first time.
In the defense, Seoul had Adi. Even though he has been sidelined due to the injury that he sustained on Oct. 9th, Adi truly is the best defender Seoul has. With earnest play and great affinity, Adi stood at the core of the steadfast defense line. As he has been on a steady recovery since the injury, it might be possible to see him play in the final.
▲ Fiery offensive mesmerizes soccer fans

Seoul has scored 58 goals in the regular season, which is undoubtedly second to none. The exuberance of score attracted as many spectators, and in turn it helped the team continue to enjoy consecutive wins. It was another driving force that made possible the 17 running win streaks at home and attracted the biggest crowd into the Seoul World Cup stadium. Furthermore, Seoul's scoring ability allowed the team to have the biggest goal difference among the K-league contenders.
▲ Unity between coach and players

The players' strong determination also was a great contributor. They were anxious for winning the championship more than ever and successfully united putting their team on a higher priority. New coaching staff deserve the credit for having managed the team impeccably; they also put a strong emphasis on collaboration.

▲ Fans, the biggest contributor

Of course, the biggest applause should be reserved for the fans. They rooted for FC Seoul rain and shine, and the passionate support energized the Seoulites. At the Seoul stadium, an average of 30,000 fans could be seen every match, and it served as a terrific moral booster for Seoul and a terrible moral buster for the other. Even in away games, Seoul outstripped the opponent in the number of visiting fans.
After all, if it had not been for the fans, none of the notable accomplishments Seoul has made would have been realized today. With no doubt, Seoul will stand a fine chance of winning the championship, not least because the team is backed by the very best supporters.
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