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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.

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



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!


Checking in with Kiên Thắng Trường

Kiên Thắng Trường had once been the best forward at AS Uijeongbu 07 and an automatic starter for each league fixture. The passage of time had meant a change in fortune for the Vietnamese striker as new purchases had pushed him to a secondary role that mostly involved friendly matches and the occasional cup fixture.

Professional setbacks were compounded by mounting injury worries. A friendly match scheduled against Vietnamese side Saigon Geeks in week 14 was expected to be a festive occasion; an opportunity for the 29 year old to play in his native Việt Nam once more, to visit relatives in Saigon, and to enjoy the milder weather of Southeast Asia. The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry though, and there was little for Kiên Thắng Trường to celebrate during the fixture. Not only did he fail to score but he also received a +2 injury in the final four minutes of the match. Quite the underwhelming performance for his highly-expected return home.


Kiên Thắng Trường returned to match fitness just in time for the final week of fixtures in the season. He netted once in a home match against Cameroonian side ‘Lions’ but found himself back on the injury list in his very next game, away against Canadian side North Kilttown, after picking up a +4 injury in the first half. Not much luck then for Kiên Thắng Trường. One wonders if he’ll get the chance to participate in his side’s cup run this season given his recent injury troubles.


Le Cauchemar

Jong-Jin Lim knew that he had a problem. After losing in the semi-finals of the Korea Cup the club had paid 19 billion Won for three new players in the expectation that it would see Au7 return to first in the K-League standings and back in the HT Masters. While Au7 had been top for a week, a 3-0 loss to Jinzerg in the following round put the side back where they were before the massive outlay of funds. Lim understood that both the fans and management had expected more than second at the end of the season. It had been his job to deliver and he had failed. Moreover, it was clear that he was not an irreplaceable part of the club.

His confidence rattled, Lim had spent more and more time over the past weeks devoted to examining the club’s finances, roster strength, and future training. Shahzad Baig and Aybars Uysal had been sold, maybe a voluntary retirement or two over the season break would also help reduce expenditures? Hyungwu Park hadn’t been seeing much playing time … but then the club would be stretched thin in the cup, putting more players at risk of an injury from playing twice in the same week.

Being head coach wasn’t the exciting, glamorous job he thought it would be. Lim had no idea how Aleksidze, Han, and Liu made it seem so easy. It wasn’t. He’d recently begun having ghastly dreams about how his career might end at the club; funny how they never mentioned anything about that when handing out coaching badges. One day soon he expected to receive ‘the letter’ from manager paquebot. Lim dreaded that day. He loved the club, wanted it to succeed. But if the best way for AS Uijeongbu 07 to succeed was without him …

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«Don't forget to show my head to the people. It's worth the trouble.»


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