There is a 'veteran effect' in the upward trend... Shining Jeju’s Dine Team Leadership System
May 12, 2023
[Sports Seoul | [Reporter Park Jun-beom] There is definitely a 'veteran effect' in Jeju United's rising trend. This is because the captain system, which started with a five-member system, showed the light.
Jeju's recent rise is frightening. 5 wins and 1 loss in the last 6 league games. Starting with his first win against Gangwon FC (1-0 win) in the 6th round, he swept 15 points. Jeju, who stepped on the 20-point high, was already in 5th place. The points are the same as Pohang Steelers in 4th place. The gap with second place FC Seoul (23 points) was also reduced to one game. The 10 home game winless (3 draws and 7 losses) link from last season was also broken. Jeju defeated Incheon United 2-0 in the 12th round and succeeded in winning their second home match in a row.
At the center of this upward trend in Jeju are veterans. In particular, the multi-member team system introduced by Jeju and coach Nam Ki-il for the first time this season is working. Ahead of the season, Jeju chose a six-man captain system, led by captain Choi Young-joon. The trio Koo Ja-cheol, Jeong-un, and Kim O-gyu, born in 1989, as well as the duo Ahn Hyun-beom and Kim Dong-jun, born in 1994, who can bridge the squad, were included. The vice-captain was removed for the best decision-making and optimal choice.
Director Nam Ki-il of Jeju also opened the 'door of the heart' wide. Director Nam and the captains promised to exchange opinions without hesitation. However, from the opening game, captain Choi Young-joon collapsed with a serious injury and suffered difficulties. In addition, except for Kim Oh-gyu and Kim Dong-joon, Jung-woon, Koo Ja-cheol, and Ahn Hyun-beom were injured one after another and vacated their seats. Because of this, it even fell to the bottom at one point.
However, as they brushed off their injuries one by one and came back, they succeeded in rebounding as if it had never happened. Not only the captain, but also defender Lim Chae-min, born in 1990, who joined rather late, is also contributing. Although he is the best, backup goalkeeper Kim Geun-bae is also the first to run to share the joy whenever a goal is scored. When taking a group photo after a victory, Choi Young-joon's uniform always accompanies them. It means that veterans are united as a 'one team'.
Players gather in groups of two or three and spend time together at a cafe. It is also a proof that the atmosphere within the team is good. Coach Nam was also satisfied, saying, “A good atmosphere is coming out because the captains, including Koo Ja-cheol, Kim O-gyu, Kim Dong-jun, Ahn Hyun-beom, and Jeong-woon share goals, and there are players who lead the atmosphere well.”