As the 2018 K-League season is almost upon us we at 48 Shades Tower decided to have a look back at the ‘Class of 2017’ and the final season of the dreadfully named Classic and Challenge. So just who were the classroom brats and who were the teacher’s pets? Did Daegu do their homework? Did Gangwon grow as a student? Who was the standout pupil and as always did Incheon manage to do just enough to be able to keep playing with the big boys in 2018!
Seoul started the season as the reigning champions albeit with a mighty asterisk against their name in the record books. They had also made it to their third consecutive FA Cup final narrowly losing out to bitter rivals Suwon Bluewings on penalties. 2017 would see midfield dynamo Yojiro Takahagi leave for FC Toyko and more importantly the prolific Adriano would depart for pastures new in China with that penalty defeat at Sangam being their last outing in a Seoul shirt. It would also see the return of ‘prodigal son’ Ha Dae Sung to the Seoul midfield though which was a move welcomed by most. It wasn’t a great pre-season but it was probably safe to say that the majority of the Suhoshin were not exactly dreading the 2017 season starting…..they would all undoubtedly be happy to see the door slam shut on it come November though.
Below 48 Shades podcast host Paul gives us his assessment of the FC Seoul ‘Class of 2017’, apologies in advance for the teary smudge marks on the card.