Bubble Before the Game Starts

Hyundai Engineering & Construction won the set score 3-1 25-9, 29-31, 26-25, 25-19 against Pepper Savings Bank in the 2023-2024 Dodram V League at Pepper Stadium in Gwangju on the 19th, recording a four-round victory and six consecutive wins.

The victory further widened the gap between Hyundai Engineering & Construction 18 wins, 5 losses and 55 points and Heungkuk Life Insurance 18 wins, 6 losses and 50 points.

Before the game, the away team, Hyundai Engineering & Construction, appeared in line with the announcer's introduction, and the head coach, Kang Sung-hyung, greeted the fans after being introduced. Then, players from Pepper Savings Bank entered, and coach Joe Trinzie also greeted the fans.

After introducing Joe Trinzee, manager of Pepper Savings Bank, Kang Sung-hyung, manager of Hyundai Engineering & Construction, was looking at the bench of Pepper Savings Bank. Coach Joe Trinzee gave a high-five to the coaching staff, handed over a jumper to the staff, and drank water.

Kang gave a signal to shake hands with his hands after waiting for a long time. However, Cho never showed any reaction. The assistant referee, who was preparing the bowl for the match, also smiled at Kang's embarrassing situation.

The coaches of both teams come up to the middle of the court to win a fair play and a great match before the game, shake hands, and shake hands after the game to mean "well done."

Of course, managers sometimes forget when they focus on preparing for the game.

In such a case, the coaching staff informs the coach of the situation. Hyundai E&C coach Kang Sung-hyun slightly extended his right hand for about five seconds, but Pepper Savings Bank coach Kang's handshake gesture was not seen in the coaching staff of Pepper Savings Bank. 스포츠토토

Hyundai Engineering & Construction director Kang Sung-hyun's expression, who thought basic etiquette was ignored, hardened and drank water to calm his emotions.

It is hard to find a case where coaches refused to shake hands in the volleyball world since the "handshake bullying" of coaches started by acting coach Kim Sani of IBK Industrial Bank under the leadership of GS Caltex coach Cha Sang-hyun in 21.

After the game, Pepper Savings Bank coach Joe Trinji and Hyundai Engineering & Construction coach Kang Sung-hyun shook hands and greeted each other lightly as if nothing had happened and headed to their respective courts.

Meanwhile, Pepper Savings Bank, which has lost 16 consecutive games, will try to escape its losing streak against Hyundai Engineering & Construction in Suwon on Jan. 31 after the All-Star Game.

Spain was also touched by Lee Kang-in's

Lee Kang-in 22, Paris Saint-Germain is also making headlines in Spain when he visited the stadium of his former team Mallorca for the first time since his transfer. Reports have been reported there even before Lee Kang-in visited the stadium, and even Lee Kang-in's reaction in the stands has become a hot topic. Spain is also impressed by the loyalty of Lee Kang-in, who has been rooting for his old team without forgetting his old team.

Lee Kang-in visited Estadi Mallorca Son Mossi in Mallorca, Spain, on the 30th Korea time to watch the 14th round match between Mallorca and Cardis in the 2023-24 Spanish Primera Liga. This is the first time Lee Kang-in has visited Mallorca's home stadium since his transfer to Paris Saint-Germain PSG. Lee Kang-in played for Mallorca for two seasons before moving to PSG.

The news that Lee Kang-in will visit Mallorca has already been reported through local media reports. Spain's Marca said on the previous day, "There will be a spectacular crowd at the Estadi Mallorca Son Mossi Stadium. It is Lee Kang-in. According to a club official, Lee Kang-in, who played in PSG on the UEFA Champions League stage, will come to Mallorca to watch his former team's game. He will return to his hometown for the first time for two seasons."

In fact, Lee Kang-in visited the stadium on this day. I watched the game in the stands with Vedat Muriki, a partner who collaborated with many goals during Mallorca. Lee Kang-in's pass and Muriki's finish were also the main offensive routes for Mallorca last season. In fact, last season, Muriki scored 15 goals in the league, of which three were helped by Lee Kang-in. Along with Dani Rodriguez, Lee Kang-in helped Muriki with the most goals. On the contrary, one of Lee Kang-in's six goals was also Muriki's assist, which was also Lee Kang-in's last goal in Spain's Primera Liga. Vedat scored four goals this season when Lee Kang-in left, and one of them was a penalty kick.

It wasn't just Lee Kang-in's watching of the Mallorca game that made headlines. While watching the game, Lee Kang-in made headlines by showing various reactions depending on the situation of Mallorca's game. In particular, when Mallorca missed a decisive opportunity, he jumped out of his seat and covered his head. DAZN España, who delivered Lee's reaction video, said, "Lee Kang-in, like other fans, was a fan with a scarlet heart the symbol of Majorca. Lee Kang-in did not hesitate to move to Mallorca to support his former team, which is about to play an important game."

In fact, the match on this day was important for Mallorca, which is on the verge of falling into the relegation zone. This is because if we win this game, we can lay the groundwork for the mid-range leap forward, and if we lose, we have to compete for the relegation zone. So Lee Kang-in also took time to head to Mallorca. Lee Kang-in played 82 minutes in the UEFA Champions League match against Newcastle United on the 29th, and then had to prepare for the 14th round of the French League 1 against Le Havre at 9 p.m. on the 3rd of next month, but immediately flew to Mallorca to support his former team after the match against Newcastle.

Not only the video but also the local media reported the news of Lee Kang-in's visit to Mallorca. Diario de Mallorca said, "Son Mo이스se had a special guest in the stands. Lee Kang-in did not want to miss the important game of his old teammates. He sat next to Muriki and regretted the opportunity that Mallorca had missed or celebrated Abdon Fraz' goal," adding, "Lee Kang-in, who was the best player under Javier Aguirre last season and the leading player in staying in the team, has been building up his playing time by being trusted by Luis Enrique even after moving to PSG. He is making his name more widely known in European soccer with his outstanding performances."

Mallorca is a significant club for Lee Kang-in to the extent that he visited the home stadium himself. This is because it is a team that has begun to blossom his talents in earnest. He left Valencia in 2021 and moved to Mallorca, taking a new challenge. When he did not receive regular playing time in Valencia, where he grew up from a youth team to a professional, he terminated his contract and moved to Mallorca.

Moving to Mallorca has become a stroke of genius. In the first season of his transfer, he played in 30 league games 15 starts, the most games since his professional debut, and in the second season, he played in 36 games 33 starts, accumulating six goals and six assists. It was Lee Kang-in's career high season with the most appearances and most offensive points since his debut in the professional league, and he served as the team's ace throughout the season. His performances and talents in Mallorca led to Lee's transfer to PSG, a global big club. 스포츠토토

From Mallorca's point of view, Lee Kang-in also had a strong presence. Mallorca, which was considered a candidate for the relegation zone last season, elevated its ranking to ninth place last season thanks to Lee Kang-in's strong performance. Lee also earned 22 million euros 31.2 billion won in transfer fee income during his transfer to PSG. The amount is equivalent to the second highest in the club's history.

K-League entry revenue is the highest ever in the 2023 Season

Last year's K-League, which recorded the highest entry income ever.

The Korea Professional Football Federation announced the K-League entry income and average customer unit price for the 2023 season.

The total admission income of the K League 1 and 2 was 34.42 billion won, the highest since the official tally in 2013. This is an increase of about 74.72% from the previous record of the highest admission income of the 2019 season 19.7 billion won, and an increase of about 115.12% from the 2022 season 16 billion won.

The total revenue from admission to the K League 1 in the 2023 season is 30.769647 billion won. Seoul recorded the largest amount of admission income for each team at 6.31 billion won, followed by Ulsan with 4.247 million won, Suwon with 3.56 billion won, and Jeonbuk with 3.34975 billion won, respectively.

The total admission income of K League 2 is 3,651,048,300 won, followed by Anyang at 72.13,200 won, Jeonnam at 441,385,280 won, and Busan at 385,913,500 won.

The average unit price of 12 K League 1 clubs in the 2023 season is 11,980 won, the highest since 2013. Suwon is the highest at 15,418 won, followed by Seoul at 14,676 won and Daegu at 12,995 won. 스포츠토토

The average customer unit price of K League 2 was 4,972 won, and Anyang recorded the highest customer unit price at 8,090 won.

The unit price refers to admission income per audience, which is calculated by subtracting the ticket purchase amount of season ticket holders who did not actually watch the game from the total season admission income and dividing it by the total season paid audience.

Meanwhile, the main reasons for the increase in admission income for the 2023 season are the all-time box office hits that exceeded 3 million spectators in total in the K League 1 and 2, and the increase in customer unit prices. The reason for the increase in customer unit prices seems to have been due to the efforts of clubs to avoid free tickets and excessive discount tickets, increase the number of paid spectators, and the sales of specialized seats for each amount group thanks to the high popularity of the K League.

Daejeon, strong team FC Seoul and leap to 6th Place

Daejeon 4-3 Seoul

Daejeon striker Thiago is delighted after scoring the first goal in the 26th round of the K League 1 against FC Seoul.

It was the best match with seven goals in total. After a fierce battle, Daejeon, which used offensive soccer, won against strong Seoul and jumped to sixth place.

Daejeon Hana Citizen defeated FC Seoul 4-3 in the 26th round of the "Hana One Q K League 1 2023" home game held at Daejeon World Cup Stadium at 7 p.m. on the 13th.

As a result, Daejeon scored 36 points, rising from 8th to 6th, and settled for the Final A entry. On the other hand, Seoul, which had no wins in four consecutive games, barely maintained its fourth-place position with 38 points.

It's a game with spears... Daejeon scores four goals against strong Seoul

Daejeon operated a 4-3-3 formation. With Kim In-kyun, Tiago, and Jeon Byeong-gwan in front, Ju Se-jong, Martha, and Kim Young-wook played midfield. Oh Jae-seok, Kim Hyun-woo, Anton, and Kang Yoon-sung defended the four-back, and Lee Chang-geun defended the goal. 스포츠토토

Seoul faced off with a 4-2-3-1 formation. Kim Shin-jin was on the one-top and Willian-Palosevic-Na Sang-ho was on the second line. Ki Sung-yueng and Osmar in the midfield, Lee Tae-seok, Kim Joo-sung, Lee Han-beom and Park Soo-il in the defense, and Baek Jong-beom in the goalkeeper's gloves.

Seoul, which gradually increases its market share from the back and attacks, and the tactical concept of delivering the ball to the opponent's camp at a fast tempo clashed, developing into a thrilling flow.

In the 7th minute of the first half, Na Sang-ho's sensational backheel went off the net on Park Soo-il's right cross. Daejeon also beat Seoul's goal with shots from Kim Young-wook in the 10th minute and Jeon Byung-kwan in the 14th minute.

Daejeon opened the first door and beat it. Martha, who received a long pass from the back in the 31st minute of the first half, stabbed Thiago after touching. Thiago netted with a powerful left-footed shot from inside the box. With the momentum, Daejeon added one more goal. In the 39th minute of the first half, Tiago scored a penalty kick earned by tripping over Kim Joo-sung with a kicker in the 41st minute.

Seoul, trailing 0-2, recovered a goal in the 44th minute of the first half. Willian's shot, which narrowed from the left side of the box to the center, hit the defense and went into the net with a refraction. The first half ended with a 2-1 lead by Daejeon.

Seoul made a drastic change at the beginning of the second half. Na Sang-ho and Ki Sung-yueng, who are the main pillars of Seoul, were boldly called in, and Lee Si-young and Han Seung-kyu were put in. In the 16th minute of the second half, Daejeon also put Yoo Kang-hyun, Bae Joon-ho, and Shin Sang-eun at once instead of Martha, Kim In-kyun, and Tiago.

In the end, the aspect of the second half was divided between the two teams' replacement cards. Daejeon, which maintained a counterattack after a player's defense with one goal ahead, did not miss the opportunity to score in the 41st minute of the second half. Bae Joon-ho, who was substituted, scored an additional goal with a left-footed shot following a one-two pass with Yoo Kang-hyun inside the penalty box.

Seoul also rarely gave up. In the 43rd minute of the second half, Seoul also narrowed the score gap to one goal with Joker Han Seung-kyu's powerful right-footed shot.

However, Daejeon excited home fans by breaking goalkeeper Baek Jong-beom with a right-footed shot by Kang Yoon-sung, who came in as a substitute two minutes later. Seoul pressed Daejeon to the end. Han Seung-kyu got a penalty kick in the extra time of the second half. Ilyuchenko's Schmil, who played as a kicker, was blocked by goalkeeper Lee Chang-geun, but he pushed it in again to make the score 4-3. There was no time to add a goal. In the end, Daejeon was the one who laughed in the slugfest.

Daejeon manager Lee Min-sung is making a splash of the promoted team in the K League 1 this season.

'Promoted team sensation' Daejeon dreams of more than remaining

It has been a sensation since the beginning of this season after successfully promoting the team last season. The victory over Ulsan (2-1 win) on April 16 and Jeonbuk (2-1 win) on April 26 was by no means a coincidence. Daejeon manager Lee Min-sung created a sensation with his attack-oriented soccer, which raises the line and uses strong pressure. It broke the stereotype of the promotion team that it would only be consistent with defensive football.

However, as summer entered, Daejeon's upward trend was dampened. Daejeon, which had won six consecutive games (5 draws and 1 loss), won the match against Daegu on the 22nd of last month and won three points for the first time in a long time, but lost 0-3 to the promotion team Gwangju in the first game of the second half, which resumed after the break.

For Daejeon, the 26th round match against Seoul was a turning point. Coincidentally, he had an advantage with one win and one draw in two matches against Seoul, which has maintained the top spot this season.

In the match, Daejeon also put the strong city of Seoul to rest. In the front, Tiago and Bae Joon-ho, the leading figure in the semifinals of the U-20 World Cup, led the attack. In particular, coach Lee Min-sung's mercenary tactics stood out in the second half. Bae Joon-ho (1 goal), Yoo Kang-hyun (1 assist), and Kang Yoon-sung (1 goal), who were substituted, scored attack points at an important moment.

With seven games left until the final round, Daejeon has risen to sixth place, allowing it to develop its dream of Final A beyond remaining in the league.

'NBA legend' Abdul-Jabbar suffers pelvic fracture in fall

"Legendary" Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (76) of the National Basketball Association (NBA) was seriously injured in a fall accident.

According to ESPN and other foreign media on the 17th, Abdul-Jabbar had a fall the day before (16th) while visiting a concert hall in Los Angeles, California.

Abdul Jabbar was immediately transferred to nearby Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center after the accident. Abdul Jabbar was reportedly hospitalized after surgery for a fractured pelvis.

Abdul-Jabbar will continue to monitor the progress and update the situation.

Abdul-Jabbar, who joined the Milwaukee Bucks in 1969, moved to the Los Angeles Lakers in 1975 and led the Lakers' heyday.

He was named the rookie of the year for the 1969-70 season and was named to the Naismith National Basketball Hall of Fame for his stellar career, including six MVPs, six NBA wins and two Finals MVPs.