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Aloha

Friday night was an exciting one for fans of AS Uijeongbu 07. Not only did stalwart midfielder Ki-Tak Kim receive his 18th cap for the Hanguk NT, he was joined for the first time by homegrown talent Chang-Ho ‘Aloha’ Kim. Having two midfielders play for the local national team at the same time is honor enough for any club, but Au7’s midfield duo added to that by both scoring in their match against Al Yaman.

Aloha

Chang-Ho wasn’t done there, as he also scored Sunday morning in his side’s 4-0 thrashing of second-placed Alphaville. Au7 are now five points clear at the top of the K-League following their highest HatStats record to date, 494. Tamal Tope scored twice in the match to lead the top scorer list with six goals this season. Not bad for a wingback!

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Lim, &tc.

The start of the new season had been a relatively quiet one for fans of AS Uijeongbu 07. No new signings, no outgoing players, a mild hint of ginkgo trees still lingering in the air. Nobody had been as surprised as coach Jong-Jin Lim, who had fully expected to be shown the door in the lead-up to the new season.

The club’s first competitive match of Season 57 had been a comfortable 0-10 romp against dashine in the Korea Cup, Gu Xianjing scoring another hattrick to send the fans into rapturous bliss. Four days later came the league opener against Jinzerg, which ended in a 0-3 away mauling of last season’s champions. Coach Lim had thought the cup match would be his last in charge of the club, so to have the chance to embarrass the Jinzerg players and send their manager into a fit of depression was a fitting way to go out.

However, Lim was also responsible for organizing the 0-5 defeat of Heart of the Giant in Round 2 of the Korea Cup. The thought after the match was that maybe he wasn’t going to be replaced after all. Relief turned to distress for Lim the following morning though when he found a crisp white sheet of paper on his desk with three simple words:

« See me — paquebot »

That wasn’t a good sign. With snowflakes twinkling in the sky around him Lim trudged across the club grounds to the manager’s office. The brief meeting that followed was beyond anything he could have imagined. Lim was indeed asked to step down as head coach of the club but was then immediately installed as Player Union Representative. His replacement was to be Bum Shin. In an odd twist, however, Bum Shin was requested to lead the Hanguk U20 side even before taking charge of his first match for Au7. As a result, Jong-Jin Lim would be retained as a ‘coaching aide’ in addition to his standard duties as Player Union Representative. It seems Lim’s fears of losing his head were justified — but instead of death he’s been granted two positions at the club, like the mythical hydra.

 photo Jong-Jin Lim Hail Hydra

We hope Lim isn't the other kind of Hydra.

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HTUA XI

The gala event that is the HTU Awards celebrated its eleventh edition during the off-season, with a number of exceptionally talented players from among the fed’s teams receiving nominations. Two nominees from Au7 were presented with awards for Season 56 — Tamal Tope for Best Wingback and Gu Xianjing for Best Forward and MVP.

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Congratulations to both players for this tremendous honor. In addition, we would like to offer Hojris a heartfelt ‘thank you’ for taking the time to organize and publicize the awards ceremony for yet another season. The federation is brighter because of your efforts!