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FA Cup has grown quantitatively and qualitatively

Date : 2016.12.06 View : 1825
2016 FA Cup ended with Suwon lifting trophy. 2016 FA Cup was performed magnificently celebrating its 20th anniversary. This article is going to review the memories of the FA Cup.

FA Cup has grown quantitatively and qualitatively

FA Cup succeeds to All Chosun Football Competition of 1921 and National Football Competition of 1946. In 1996, KFA resurrected the old competitions as a form of the modern FA Cup.

FA Cup has been trying to restore its original intention. All the adult football clubs registered to KFA are encouraged to join the competition to fight for the trophy. In the beginning of the competition, there were certain restrictions for amateur clubs but all amateur clubs have been entitled to join the FA Cup since 2000.

In 2016, 83 teams entered in the FA Cup. There were 12 teams from K League Classic, 11 teams from K League Challenge, 10 teams from National League, 20 teams from K 3 League, 20 teams from universities and 10 teams from local amateur leagues.

2016 final was conducted in a home and away format for the first time since 2007. The new format created a dramatic atmosphere to the Super Final.

Still, there are some deficiencies of the competition including $300,000 of prize money. KFA is working hard to raise the prestige of the FA Cup.

Rise of underdogs

Many teams worked hard to revive the miracle of Calais which happened in France. In 2016 FA Cup, K League Challenge’s Bucheon FC stood out the most.

Bucheon was the very first K League Challenge club to reach FA Cup semifinals. Bucheon defeated Pohang and Jeonbuk on their way to the semifinal. Bucheon lost 0-1 to FC Seoul but K League fans appreciated their effort and spirit.

Among university teams, Dankook University showed good performances. In the last 16, Dankook went ahead against Jeonbuk with Lee Giun’s goal and managed to draw 1-1 during the 90 minutes. At the end, Dankook lost to Jeonbuk 1-3 but the university players were able to gain tremendous confidence. Sungkyunkwan University led by former Korean international Seol Kihyeon also reached the quarterfinals. They lost to Seongnam FC 0-2.



Best drama ‘super final’

2016 FA Cup’s finale was the Super Match between FC Seoul and Suwon Samsung. Suwon defeated Seoul in the first leg. Suwon was in the relegation battle once but they restored the power of the old Suwon after Namhae training. Suwon coach Seo Jungwon’s 3-4-3 showed the best performance in the FA Cup final. Suwon won the first leg 2-1 with Jonathan and Yeom Kihoon’s goal.

Before the second leg, many football critics anticipated that Suwon would secure the trophy without facing much trouble. Seoul’s legend striker Dejan was not able to play after picking two yellow cards and Ju sejong was out of the squad due to injury.

Suwon once again scored the opener in the second half but Seoul did not give up. Adriano scored an equalizer and Yoon Seungwon made a dramatic goal in the added time. With 3-3 of aggregate score, the both teams entered to the extra time. But the super match rivals failed to score after 30 minutes. At the end, the two teams went into the penalty shootout to find the winner.

The both team could not find the winner after 18 players taking the spot kick. At the end, goalkeepers had to come out to take the kick. Seoul's Yu missed the kick while Suwon's Yang scored to determine Suwon's fourth FA Cup title. Seoul coach Hwang Sunhong said “I have never seen 10 players taking a kick in the penalty shootout.”

At the end, the Super Final became a memorable experience that Korean football fans will remember for a long time.

Words: Oh Myungchul
English translation: Cho Keonho
Photo: FA Photos