Wednesday April 12th features one of Korea’s top clubs, Ulsan Hyundai, competing with Muangthong United in Group-E of the 2017 Asian Champions League (ACL).
Muangthong United are heading into the second round of games in second place. The top two teams in the group will advance to the Round of 16. Later this month the Kirin are hosting Brisbane Roar. The other clubs in Group-E are Kashima Antlers, (JPN), and Brisbane Roar (AUS). In the first round of games, Muangthong United drew 0-0 at the Ulsan Munsu Stadium. Ulsan Hyundai: TEAM PROFILE The history of Ulsan Hyundai parallels that of Korean soccer. Established in 1983 and owned by Hyundai Heavy Industries, the club has been a cornerstone of the K-League, leading the growth of the sport as well as producing numerous brilliant soccer stars. Ulsan have two League titles, seven winning Cups and were winners of the Asian Champions League in 2012. Team Name Ulsan Hyundai Founded: 1983 President Chung Mong-joon Home Stadium Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium Capacity: 44,102 Head Coach: Kim Do-hoon 2016 Season: 4th English Web: http://eng.uhfc.tv/ Last season Ulsan Hyundai were fourth place finishers in the K-League Classic (the top division of football in South Korea) and were able to qualify for the playoff round after runners-up Jeonbuk were disqualified. The playoff match was played at home and Ulsan were able to defeat Hong Kong's Kitchee F.C. in a penalty shoot-out, allowing promotion into the Group Stage. In their first match of the Group Stage Ulsan Hyundai went up against Japanese champions Kashima Antlers, losing 2-0 at the Kashima Soccer Stadium. Ulsan defeated Brisbane Roar 6-0 at the Ulsan Munsu Stadium. PLAYERS TO WATCH - ULSAN HYUNDAI #10 - Lee Jong-Ho Forward The 25 year old striker, who also plays on Korea’s national team, is a dependable goal scorer. Nicknamed "Gwangyang Rooney", Jong=Ho had a slow start to the 2017 season, but recently his form has improved and he’s led the attack for Ulsan. He’s featured in all ACL matches to date, and netted once against Brisbane. Ulsan coach Do Hoon Kim will have to decide whether or not to start Jong-Ho, or allow him some rest for the K-League games. Potentially he may enter as a sub late in the match. #9 - Mislav Orsic Midfield Orsic is a steady fixture for Uslan Hyundai, appearing in all K-League and ACL matches so far this season. The 24 year old, from Croatia, has netted two goals in ACL action. He has remarkable speed and will win many tackles. Look for Orsic in battles with Chanathip, or trying to outrun Tristan Do or Theerathon around the outside. PLAYERS TO WATCH - SCG MUANGTHONG UNITED #10 - Teerasil Dangda Forward Teerasil is in good form, having racked up 3 goals in Thai league action and several assists. Teerasil, the team captain, is the Kirin’s anchor. He possess the ability to play the striker role, attacking midfielder, or defensive midfield. If he’s not scoring goals, he’s setting them up. If he’s not setting up a goal, he’s tracking back to take the ball off an attacker. #18 - Chanathip Songkrasin Midfield Chanathip, or “Messi-J”, was MVP in the 0-0 draw when Muangthong United opened the AFC Champions League campaign against Australia’s Brisbane Roar. Chanathip, who will be joining Japan’s Consadole Sapporo later this year, is a key member of Thailand’s national team. Watch for Chanathip’s ability to keep the ball away from opponents and his role as a key playmaker, assisting on goals.