The dream of rebuilding a prestigious family that Suwon Samsung promised is facing a crisis as soon as this season begins.
Suwon has yet to win after the 5th round of the K League 1. With 2 draws and 3 losses, only 2 points were accumulated, leaving them in 11th place out of 12 teams.
Fans were outraged. Last month, they already tried to block buses twice to express their dissatisfaction with coach Lee Byung-geun. Prior to the match against Gangwon FC, which was the previous match, a cheering boycott was declared. I heard voices cheering for the players individually, but the group cheering did not proceed as predicted. In addition, criticism such as ‘front desk, coaches, and players without ambition, get out immediately, Suwon has always refused to be third-rate’ appeared on the field.
Suwon is off to its worst start since 2013, when the lift system was introduced. Previously, the minimum was 4 points earned over 5 rounds. This year is more disastrous than 2017 (4 draws and 1 loss), 2019 and 2020 (more than 1 win, 1 draw and 3 losses).
Last year, Suwon managed to remain in the first division after the first promotion playoff (PO) in the history of the club. With only 5 points (1 win, 2 draws, 2 losses) until the 5th round, the anxiety from the start continued throughout the season. This season is more anxious than last year, when we were in a ‘relegation crisis’.
The waiting schedule is not easy, but it is urgent to pierce the blood through the first win. Suwon’s next opponent is Ulsan Hyundai,안전놀이터 the ‘defending champion’ who is running at the top with 5 consecutive wins. Afterwards, they face Jeju United, who are at the bottom of the table, and then face off against FC Seoul and Pohang Steelers in turn. Except for Jeju, all of them were ranked at the top.
The rebound does not come by itself. As director Lee Byung-geun said at the press conference, only by “putting heads together” and finding a way to overcome the current bleak situation can the reconstruction of the famous family be realized.
In the case of the last 2017 season, it was only 10th after completing the 5th round, but it finished in 3rd place by accumulating points one by one. The only way to get back the angry fan spirit is grades.