The ‘Hyundai Family Rival’ match, which will be held before the opening of the 2023 season, begins with the ‘Guard of Honor’, in which Jeonbuk Hyundai players honor the winning team toward Ulsan Hyundai players.
On the 20th at the 2023 K-League 1 Opening Media Day held at The-K Hotel in Seocho-gu, Seoul, Jeonbuk captain Hong Jeong-ho was asked, “Will you applaud for last year’s winning team Ulsan when entering the opening game?” When we did it, we also received applause from our opponents, so I think it is right for us to do it as well.” 안전놀이터
This season’s K-League 1 kicks off with a showdown between Ulsan and Jeonbuk at Ulsan Munsu Soccer Stadium on the 25th at 2pm. Ulsan climbed to the top of the K-League 1 last year and succeeded in winning the league for the first time in 17 years. Jeonbuk, which was aiming for their 6th consecutive league championship, finished runner-up and had to watch their rivals Ulsan win. Accordingly, in the official opening match of the K League 1 2023 season, last year’s winning team Ulsan players will enter with applause from Jeonbuk players.
Hong Jeong-ho received applause from the fans who were watching the scene, saying, “I want to applaud because I think that if I win, I should be congratulated.”
Then Ulsan captain Jeong Seung-hyun replied, “I would be grateful if I received applause.” Jeong Seung-hyun said, “I think we should focus on the game rather than receiving applause,” and said, “I definitely want to win.”