“I’ve been through worse times than this.”
It’s been more than two months. The most recent win for K League 1 Jeju United was not in July or June, but in late May. Since their 2-1 win over Suwon Samseong at Jeju World Cup Stadium on May 27, they hadn’t won in over two months. That’s a staggering 10 games without a win (4 draws and 6 losses) in over two months.
While Jeju has only managed to pick up four points in those 10 games, their rivals have been on a scorching run. The team’s ranking, which was as high as second in early June, has slipped to ninth in the wake of this long slump, and the coaching staff and office staff, as well as the players themselves, have become despondent. They were exhausted and exhausted.
But despite this, Jeju is still holding on to hope. A Jeju official said, 먹튀검증“This is not the first time we’ve had such a long slump. We’ve been through it before, and we’ll be able to overcome it again and produce good results.” Led by head coach Nam Ki-il, everyone on the team is working hard to get out of the slump.
It’s not a false hope. In fact, Jeju has been winless for longer periods of time than this. Twice. The longest winless streak was 15 games in a row in the 2018 season. Starting on July 11 against Gyeongnam FC (0-0) and ending on September 26 against Ulsan Hyundai (2-3 loss), the team went 15 games without a win. Their final record during that time was 8 draws and 7 losses. Jeju, which was third at the start of the winless streak, was eighth in the league after 15 games.
The second longest winless streak was in the 2021 season. They went 12 games without a win, from April 24 against Pohang (0-0 draw) to August 14 against Ulsan Hyundai (2-2 draw). The final result was 7 draws and 5 losses, and the ranking change was from 3rd to 9th. The two periods had different managers. In 2018, it was under Choi Yun-gyeom, and in the 2021 season, it was under Nam Ki-il, who is still leading the team today.
However, there are similarities. In both the 2018 and 2021 seasons, the team went through a long slump, but managed to overcome it and climb back up the rankings, eventually reaching the Final A. The team is currently on a 10-match winless streak. Jeju officials, who are currently in a 10-game winless streak, are keeping their hopes alive by recalling those memories. The hope is that they can break out of their slump and reach Final A again, just like they did twice in the past.
They have reason to hope. The team is led by Nam, who overcame a crisis in the 2021 season, and the team is still not far behind. They are only three points behind sixth-placed Daegu FC, the final Final A spot. If they can pick up points in the next couple of games, they can easily get back into the Final A category. It will be interesting to see if Jeju can make a comeback like they did in 2018 and 2021.