Suwon Matango wins the ‘2023 GROUND N K League U-18 Championship’
Suwon Samsung Under-18 (U-18) Team Matango has won the 2023 GROUND N K League U-18 Championship, defeating FC Seoul U-18 Team Osango.
Matango defeated Osango 1-0 in the U-18 Championship final at Cheonan Stadium on March 28, thanks to a penalty kick from Kim Sung-joo.
The ‘mini-supermatch’ at 카지노사이트 Cheonan Sports Complex saw supporters from both teams cheering fervently, creating a heated atmosphere. Kim Sung-joo, who converted the penalty kick in the 31st minute of the second half, performed a ceremony in front of the fans pointing to the Suwon emblem after scoring.
Matango lifted the trophy with a clean sweep of the tournament. This is the first time Matango has won the U-18 Championship.
Matango midfielder Yoo Jong-seok was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, while Matango head coach Baek Seung-ju won the Best Coach award.
Meanwhile, the Under-17 (U-17) Championship was won by Jeonbuk U-17 team Youngsanggo. Youngsungo met Suwon U-17 (Matango) on the 28th and won 2-1 thanks to back-to-back goals from Jin Tae-ho and Choi Kang-min. It was Youngsungo’s first win in the U-17 championship.
The GROUND.N K League U18 Championship, now in its ninth year, is a summer tournament for high school (U18) clubs affiliated with the K League. The tournament was held from July 15 to 28 in Cheonan, Chungcheongnam-do, with a total of 24 teams participating.
The K-League Youth Championship has established itself as one of the best youth tournaments in Korea by making various attempts to develop the skills of youth players. This year, the tournament continued to operate at a high level with consideration for the players, including providing video analysis data for all games, providing physical data using EPTS, holding night games, and implementing cooling breaks. From the tournament, all matches were broadcast live on YouTube, and the final was broadcast live on TV on Sky Sports, a specialized sports channel focused on soccer.
In addition, Nexon, which services ‘EA SPORTS™ FIFA Online 4′ (hereinafter referred to as ‘FIFA Online 4’) in Korea, served as the title sponsor of the tournament for the second consecutive year. In January of last year, the League and Nexon jointly launched the GROUND.N, a project to support youth soccer in the K League.
Meanwhile, the K League Under-12 (U-12) and Under-11 (U-11) Championships, which are the primary tournaments for youth clubs under the K League, were held in Yeongdeok-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do, from the 14th to the 20th of this month for a total of seven days. Finally, the secondary-level tournaments, the K League U-15 and U-14 championships, will be held in Cheonan, Chungcheongnam-do, for 13 days from August 9 to 21.