Transfers 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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French Class

Between experienced managers, highly-skilled players, and demanding fans there’s not much room for mistakes at the top of the footballing pyramid. AS Uijeongbu 07 may have been knocked out of the Korea Cup on Wednesday but there was no time to wallow in disappointment — the club is still fighting for the K-League title and also received notice this afternoon that Scottish side Kinclaven have decided to take advantage of the club’s weakened state to challenge Au7 for first place in the HTUM federation ladder.

With the ladder match on Friday and a K-League fixture against the league leaders on Sunday, staff at AS Uijeongbu recognized the need to act quickly to secure the services of a replacement keeper able to cover for the injured Eran Maman. Club manager paquebot spent most of the evening following his side’s cup defeat going through the transfer list and eventually picked out seven names as potential targets.

AS Uijeongbu 07 met some resistance from an unlikely source, however, when a quick bid on French stopper Nicholas Bigot put Au7 in an unexpected battle with Danish side Vi flæsker jer for the 27 year old’s signature. A third manager later joined the fray and Vi flæsker jer dropped out before the bidding ended, leaving Au7 as the side that finally got the young talent to put pen to paper.

The club has high hopes for Bigot and his first appearance for Uijeongbu is expected to be in the ladder match against Kinclaven. Can the Frenchman lead his new team to victory, perhaps with a bit of added panache as well? Find out Friday at 12:46.

Nicolas Bigot and his Citroën DS

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Geun-Sik Kim

HTUA X Youth Player Award Winner. It’s not a bad title. It’s also a lucrative one, with Geun-Sik Kim a day away from his transfer deadline but already commanding a transfer fee close to 3.5 million Euros. The 17 year old seems rather nonchalant about the figures being offered for his services and had this to say about his impending transfer:

Doesn’t really matter where I end up in two days. Israel, England, Siberia, Patagonia. I’m worth every cent and will no doubt be the best player on any team I join. I’m going to be bigger than Bob Marley — mark my words. People will forget names like Gu Xianjing, Paulo Baggio, and Fernão Torres but they won’t forget mine. Ever. And just like The Jackson 5, when you turn on your television … I’ll Be There.

A strong statement, but only time will tell if there’s any truth to his words. Plenty of youth talents have found senior football a much different beast than their experiences at the junior level and it breaks a good number of them. Will Geun-Sik prevail, or be another forgotten memory on the list of “what could have been”?

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林: Week 1

AS Uijeongbu 07 kicked off their league campaign with a 5-2 victory over rivals Ansan FC on Sunday afternoon, giving the club a win in their first match under the direction of Coach Lim. Emotions ran high on the pitch throughout the match and three players had to be substituted due to aggressiveness-related injuries — including Kiên Thắng Trường of Au7. Despite losing Kien in the first half the fans left Waegari Park in a jubilant mood following a comprehensive victory against one of the stronger teams in the series.

Additionally, remaining true to his word, reports indicate that Coach Lim put long-serving players Fazil Feridov and Anton ‘Kosmonaut’ Grigorenko on the transfer list earlier this week, with the Azerbaijani keeper already attracting interest from a Romanian club.

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Fazil & Vachir

Fazil Fəridov has been the first-choice keeper at AS Uijeongbu 07 for more than 7 seasons, but a combination stamina and skill drop several weeks ago has generated concern among the coaching staff. The club decided to take its time to find a replacement and duly started searching the transfer list for suitable players in Week 7. Several candidates were found that fit within manager paquebot’s ‘Vision Asia’ project; unfortunately, the asking price for each player was always more than the club was willing to pay. However, after some negations with Romanian side Steaua FK, Temuder Vachir of Mongolia joined Au7 for 46억 Won. (Vachir was transfer listed three times – getting cheaper with each listing – before Au7 acquired the player.)

Vachir

Vachir saw action immediately, starting in the Hattrick Asia Champions Cup quarter-final match against milano_bokas on the same day that he arrived at the club. The 27 year old was beaten twice in a match that finished 7-2 but did receive 9 stars despite his non-existent loyalty. Vachir is expected to feature in Au7’s Golden League clash against Pig Hunters, sharing the position with youth academy graduate Hak-Jong Jang.

The team boarded a flight to Victoria earlier this evening, with the players warned about the dangers of snakes, spiders, stonefish, stingrays, sharks, centipedes, saltwater crocodiles, jellyfish, octopuses, platypuses, drop bears, dingos, dildos, and excessive Nutella consumption. After hearing all that the players might decide to hole up in their hotel when not at the Satellite 15 stadium!

Baby Cthulhu?

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