Why Ulsan is dominating the league, with Bako up front and Kim Young-kwon at the back


Kim Young-kwon (33) and Bako (30-Georgia) were the key to Ulsan Hyundai’s ‘first-place’ finish in professional soccer’s K League 1.

The Korea Professional Football Association held its weekly briefing at the Jongno Football Hall in Seoul on Jan. 1, and covered the anomalies in various supplementary data categories as of the end of the 25th round of the K League 1.

The league covered ▲offense data, ▲defense data, ▲pass data, ▲ball competition data, ▲goalkeeper data, ▲adidas points, ▲expected goals, ▲packing index, ▲activity data, and highlighted players and teams in the top positions.

Players from the overwhelmingly first-place Ulsan (18 W, 3 D, 4 L, 57 points) made the list in all categories. In particular, Kim Young-kwon, the centerpiece of Ulsan’s build-up play, stands out.

The backline defender ranked fourth in overall pass success (1,465 – 90.2% success rate). He was fourth in central zone passes (955 – 90% success rate), first in forward passes (792 – 84.7% success rate), and third in mid-range passes (687 – 94.4% success rate). He also ranked second overall in long-distance passes over 30 meters (145).

Kim’s packing (passing) index is even more impressive. The packing index is an indicator of passing efficiency, which is the number of opposing players who are left behind by a pass. For example, a successful pass that leaves two opposing players behind has a packing index of 2. Kim Young-kwon held the top spot for three consecutive months from February through May. An injury in June cut short his rise, but he remained a key part of Ulsan’s buildup soccer with 531 passes per month. Lee Myung-jae, Lee Kyu-sung, and Seol Young-woo also ranked high in various passing categories. As a team, Ulsan has completed 13,274 passes, which is above the league average of 10,999. In particular, it is more than twice as many as the last-place Daegu FC (5937).

Up front, Ulsan is led by Bako. He has scored 11 goals this season, tied for first in the league with Lee In-gyu (Ulsan) and Na Sang-ho (FC Seoul). His goal expectancy for the season is 6.45 goals, but he has actually scored 10 goals (excluding penalty kicks), showing off his goal-scoring prowess.온라인카지노

In the Adidas Points, the K League’s power ranking system, Bako has a total of 38,972 points, which puts him at the top of the list, especially in the midfield, where he is more than 8,000 points ahead of second-place Yoon Beom-garam (Suwon FC). In addition to Bako, Ulsan also has In-Joo Gyu, Seol Young-woo, and Cho Hyun-woo at the top of the Adidas Points list for their respective positions. Ulsan hasn’t stopped its dominance, which began in March, thanks to the performances of key players in each position.

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