Daegu finished the 2016 season as runners-up in the K-League Challenge and, due to some KFA office politics, were promoted as Champions in place of Ansan Mugunghwa who were the police team at the time.
They crashed out in the 4th round of the FA Cup against FC Seoul in extra time. They blew a 2-0 lead in that match as the ‘Adriano-show’ would be in full effect for Seoul as he scored four goals to send the Challenge team home heartbroken.
They had Brazilians Paulo Sergio and Cesinha to thank for their league successes and it was surprising when the former made the move to recently relegated Seongnam FC in the close season. They brought in Leo and Evandro to take up Paulo’s mantle and both played a big part in their 2017 campaign. Manager Son Hyun Jun, who had led them to the Classic, left during the season and many an eyebrow was raised when coach Andre Gaspar was given the job. What an appointment that would turn out to be though!
It’s safe to say that most neutrals, and probably most fans, had them pinned as another yo-yo club and they were predicted to be ‘dead certs’ for relegation. They would prove to be a thorn in the side for quite a few clubs over the season as their rather cavalier approach to the game would bring a much needed breath of fresh air to the K-League’s top table.
Below Daegu fan(@Daegu_freak) takes a break from his studies to give us his assessment of the Daegu FC ‘Class of 2017’.