Golden League Archive

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A Cylon in the Ranks

AS Uijeongbu 07 recorded a 3-1 win over Steeple Sinderby Wanderers in a GL fixture Wednesday morning (621329331) that created a buzz amongst many of the club’s fans. It wasn’t the opponent or the scoreline that was generating interest though, but rather the unexpected appearance of a new player wearing the local Uijeongbu green.

Young-Chae Kim (399723793) arrived in north Gyeonggi province following early morning (5:00am!) transfer negotiations and a 56억 Won fee paid to fellow K-League side and championship rival FCFC Ulsan. This same club has been a thorn in the side of Au7 recently in both the Korea Cup and K-League with a series of ‘fortunate’ wins when the odds were not in their favor. It’s the stuff that dreams are made of for an underdog — or nightmares if you’re a fan of the losing side, but that’s a discussion for another time.

Questions were immediately raised over the manager’s decision to pay so much for an out-of-form player that was being discarded by a team lower in the standings; with several aging players in the squad surely another area was more deserving of attention than bringing in yet another midfielder. After all, wasn’t the club already training homegrown talents Dae-Seon Choi and Hae-Jong Kim to become the core of a rejuvenated midfield for future seasons?

While it’s unfortunate that Au7 is helping to fund FCFC Ulsan’s next transfer, Kim is expected to serve as a utility player until his form recovers enough for him to feature in league fixtures. The Golden League is expected to serve as an ideal environment to see how the 28 year old performs as AS Uijeongbu 07 has rejoined the ‘race for gold’ and a fourth consecutive GL title.

All well and good, but there’s an additional reason behind the interest in the player. There were other midfielders on the transfer market with skills similar to Kim’s but the detail that caught paquebot’s interest, and ultimately resulted in the transfer, is that Kim is a former youth academy player from Songbuk Cylons (788305).

Led by the Australian ProfKaos, Songbuk Cylons was an early inspiration for Au7 in Hattrick and was one of the very first teams to adopt a kit design by paquebot. Fans across the country were saddened when news came that ProfKaos’ side had gone ownerless and then bot weeks later; the chance to preserve some small memory of the former Hanguk giant was an appealing draw and sparked the interest that eventually resulted in Kim joining AS Uijeongbu 07. Whether or not this will turn out to be a wise decision remains to be seen, but staff at the club are excited to have the opportunity to work with a player from such a storied background. Let’s hope he lives up to expectations!

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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!

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Día de Muertos y Zombis

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HTUA X

The tenth edition of the HTUM Awards was a magnificent affair full of style and panache. In addition to the award nominees and HTUM fed managers there was also an assortment of famous faces including the likes of EC10, Hasan Muhammed, Sami Arsal, Kai Rheinheimer, Ali ‘Pharaoh’ Haj-Najjar, and Dölf Bilon among others.

Au7 players Hyun-Seok Baek (Best Winger), Geun-Sik Kim (Best Youth), and Ki-Hwan Ahn (MVP) along with manager paquebot (Best Blog, Best Blog Post) all received recognition during the awards ceremony for their accomplishments during Season 55. The biggest surprise for many in attendance was paquebot winning two of the blogging awards, as there are a lot of very well-written blogs by members of the federation.

It’s always a delight to see our blog receive positive feedback in the comments, but to win an award – and not just one, but two! – in the blogging category at the awards is simply unbelievable. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to being surprised by the voting, but I’m over the moon now that the results have been announced. It also helps make up for losing the Best Manager award! *laughter from the audience*

In all seriousness, ballinho is an excellent manager who fully deserved to win the award. He’s been developing a very strong side that will no doubt start terrorizing the Golden League once he’s done chasing flags. I guess Au7 had better work on winning the Golden League before then.

AS Uijeongbu 07 Player Award Winners

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Player Recognition

AS Uijeongbu 07 nominated several players in the HTUM Awards, with Kahudi Widodo Semedi, Ki-Hwan Ahn, and Gu Xianjing all winning in their respective categories. Manager paquebot and the staff at Au7 would like to congratulate all of the winners while also extending a hearty ‘thanks’ to Hojris for organizing yet another exciting edition of the awards.

AS Uijeongbu 07 Award Winners

While midfielder Ki-Tak Kim wasn’t nominated for any of the awards, he did receive a surprise on Tuesday morning — an invitation to join the Hanguk NT training camp. At just 25 years old Kim seems a little young to start in this Friday’s match against Prathet Thai, so this may be nothing more than the NT manager taking a closer look at the 25 year old’s skills. Still, the club is happy to see that Kim has attracted the attention of the NT staff and take this as a positive sign regarding his development.

Ki-Tak Kim at the Hanguk NT Training Camp