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‘There is no losing streak in my dictionary’… Ulsan director Hong Myung-bo’s secret is ‘communication’

“I have never been angry with the players out of personal feelings.”

On December 24, 2020, the biggest achievement of director Hong Myung-bo, who took the lead of Ulsan Hyundai in the professional football K-League 1 Ulsan Hyundai, was to lift the regular league championship trophy after 17 years last year.

After winning 메이저놀이터the K-League in 2005, Ulsan, which had to be satisfied with the position of ‘second player’ for a long time after being pushed by Jeonbuk Hyundai, regained its pride as a ‘traditional house’ by winning the championship after Hong’s second season in office.

Ulsan continued its lead this year with 6 consecutive wins, and after that, it slowed down for a while with 2 consecutive draws (1 draw, 1 loss), but in the 13th round of Hana 1 Q K League 1 2023 on the 14th, it defeated 2nd place FC Seoul 3-2. Defeating them and continuing their 5-game winning streak, they solidified their position as the ‘single leader’.

Up until the 13th round, Ulsan recorded 11 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss (34 points), widening the gap with second place Seoul (23 points) to 11 points.

The biggest change in Ulsan after coach Hong took over as the command tower is that they forgot about the ‘straight loss’.

Since 2021, Ulsan has had consecutive draws, but has never lost in a row.

Ulsan wins against Seoul
(Ulsan = Yonhap News) Reporter Kim Yong-tae = Ulsan players who won the professional football Hana One Q K League 1 match between Ulsan Hyundai and FC Seoul held at Munsu Soccer Stadium in Ulsan on the 14th are encouraging each other. 2023.5.14

Coach Hong also cited ‘no losing streak’ as his proudest achievement.

He emphasized that the secret to not losing in a row was ‘close communication’ with the players.

Coach Hong said, “When we lose, we work together with the players to find out how to prepare for the next game.” is important,” he said.

Coach Hong, who motivates players through open conversations, is properly putting on the ‘Hong Myung-bo-style build-up football’ in Ulsan in the third season of his inauguration.

Manager Hong said, “It’s still early in the season, but the opponent’s counterattack rate has decreased by more than 30% compared to last year.” It has improved considerably,” he said.

As he said, Ulsan is only allowing an average of 0.85 goals per game while conceding only 11 runs until the 13th round this season. This is the lowest point among 12 K-League 1 teams.

In addition, he scored 26 goals in 13 games, scoring 2 goals per game, ranking second in the highest score behind FC Seoul (27 goals, 2.07 goals per game), boasting perfect air-defense harmony.

Coach Hong said, “There were several scenes this year where the flow changed due to complacent play in the second half after leading the score.

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