Sangju finished the 2016 season on a high, they had claimed their highest ever place in the K-League Classic as they made it into the Championship Group and finished in 6th spot in the table. They would also finish the year as the 3rd top goalscorers in the league and had definitely brought an entertaining brand of football to the top table.
They had, however, had a woeful cup run having crashed out in the 4th round to Dankook University but it was their league form that would get most tongues wagging.
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The positivity that the 2016 season’s top half finish had provided would quickly be swept aside as manager Cho Jin Ho left to join Busan I-Park to lead their promotion challenge. He would be replaced by Kim Tae Wan who had been Cho’s assistant in 2016. In terms of player movements Park Ki Dong and Park Jin Po would return to their parent clubs towards the end of the season but they would be replaced by Lim Chai Min and a certain Joo Min Kyu. Also entering military service over the close season would be ‘the penalty killer’ Yoo Sang Hun, Hong Chul, Kim Tae Hwan and Lee Jong Won to name but a few. On paper the team would look stronger than that which had competed so well in 2016, but then again games aren’t won on paper and it would prove to be a long and arduous season for both players and fans alike. There would be more downs than ups as the team would struggle without Cho at the helm and it would all end in one of the most emotionally charged football matches in many a year when they faced Busan in the playoffs.
Below 48 Shades host Paul give us his assessment of the Sangju Sangmu ‘Class of 2017’.