The pouring rain could not suppress the heat of the Pohang Steel Yard.
Home fans celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Pohang Steelers filled the surrounding roads about an hour before the start of the game. The pure white breath flowing from the stands filled with fans in raincoats looked like a small chimney from a ‘furnace’.
The cheers from the fans energized the Pohang players and made the opponents feel intimidated. The moment Go Young-jun, the rookie goal scorer who helped Pohang win, scored a goal, cheers pierced the sky.
Pohang won the home game against Jeonbuk Hyundai in the 15th round of the K-League 1 held at Pohang Steel Yard on the 29th, 1-0 thanks to Go Young-jun’s winning goal. Pohang, which secured 27 points, had the same number of points as 2nd place FC Seoul, but was pushed back by multiple points and kept 4th place.
Pohang, which started as the Pohang Steelworks unemployed soccer team in 1973, is the best name in Korean professional soccer that is already 50 years old. Pohang won the K-League 5 times (1986, 1988, 1992, 2007, 2013) and the Korea Football Association (FA) Cup 4 times (1996, 2008, 2012, 2013). They also reached the top of the Asian Champions League three times (1997, 1998, 2009).
Despite criticism that investment has decreased, Pohang has stood up proudly with the power of tradition. In the match held in commemoration of the 50th anniversary, Pohang players wearing orange uniforms at the time of its founding faced Jeonbuk, the strongest team in the 21st century armed with capital, the power of modern football, drawing more attention.
Pohang beat Jeonbuk with a steady offensive from the beginning of the game. It was regrettable that Go Yeong-jun narrowly missed a chance to take the lead in the 7th minute of the first half, and Baek Seong-dong’s shot hit the crossbar in the 37th minute of the first half.
Pohang, who had been knocking nonstop, eventually broke the balance in the 21st minute of the second half. Ko Young-Jun ran close to 50m from the half-line and split the net with a right-footed strong shot. It was all the more meaningful because it was the result of the toes of Go Young-jun, a youth who grew up wearing only Pohang uniforms from Pohang Jecheol Elementary School. Koh Young-jun jumped into a tie for third place with his 6th goal of the season.먹튀검증
On the day of the 50th anniversary, the club’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony was also held at the site. Hwang Ji-soo, Shin Hwa-yong, Kim Kwang-seok, and Hwang Jin-seong, who played in Pohang uniforms for more than 10 years and 200 games, have newly joined the Hall of Fame.
The old legends who were first inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013, 10 years ago, shone even more as they congratulated them directly. Senior legends who led Pohang football in the past, such as Lee Hoi-taek, Hwang Seon-hong, Gong Mun-bae, Park Tae-ha, and Lee Heung-sil, applauded the juniors who were inducted into the Hall of Fame and the team that achieved a fighting spirit victory that day.