Veteran defender Hong Chul joins Daegu FC

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Veteran defender Hong Chul joins Daegu FC

Hong Chul [YONHAP]

Hong Chul [YONHAP]

 
Veteran defender Hong Chul will join Daegu FC next season after two years with Ulsan Hyundai.  
 
The 33-year-old defender debuted in 2010 with Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma and, after playing three years for the Seongnam side, joined the Suwon Samsung Bluewings in 2013. He played for the military side Sangju Sangmu from 2017 to 2018, then rejoined the Bluewings, where he made a total of 40 appearances and scored one goal. 
 
After joining Ulsan in 2020, he made 31 appearances. In total, Hong has made 306 K League appearances, scoring 14 goals and picking up 42 assists. Hong is also a regular fixture for the Korean national team. Having played for the U-20 team in 2009, and the U-23 team from 2010 to 2012, he debuted with the Taeguk Warriors in 2011 and has played a total of 38 national team matches.  
 
This season, Daegu finished the K League regular season in third place behind leader Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors and runner-up Ulsan Hyundai. That third-place finish was the best in the club's history. Daegu also made it all the way to the FA Cup final, although they fell apart at the final stage, losing the cup to K League 2 side Jeonnam Dragons.
 

Despite missing out on the trophy, Daegu will be able to play the Champions League playoff next year with their third finish in the regular season. Daegu also made it to the Round of 16 at the Champions League this year, another club record.

BY YUN SO-HYANG [yun.sohyang@joongang.co.kr]
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