To the top of Asia… Korean Air, increase altitude
Professional volleyball Even in the early days of the V-League, which was launched in 2005, Korean Air in the men’s division was ‘third place’ behind Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance and Hyundai Capital ‘Yanggang’. Korean Air went directly to the championship match with first place in the regular league in the 2010-2011 season, but was defeated by Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance, which was in third place, with all four losses. Since then, in the 2012-2013 season, in the championship game for three consecutive seasons, he could not surpass Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance and had to stay in the runner-up. It was only in the 2017-2018 season, 14 seasons after the launch of the V-League, that they won the championship for the first time.
Now is the era of the ‘Korean Air Dynasty’. Until this 2022-2023 season, Korean Air achieved three consecutive victories, winning first place in the regular league and winning the championship at the same time. Korean Air, which opened the second dynasty in the V-League following the ‘Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance Dynasty’, which achieved the feat of winning 7 consecutive championships in the past, will challenge the best club in Asia.
Korean Air will participate in the 2023 Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship held in Manama, Bahrain, from the 14th to the 21st.
This is the first time for Korean Air to have a V-League men’s team participate in this tournament, which is in its 23rd year this year. In the past, during unemployment volleyball, Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance participated three times. Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance, which came second in 1999, won the championship in 2000, and in 2001, Shin Jin-sik was selected as the MVP.
A total of 16 teams, including Korean Air, will participate in this tournament and will be divided into 4 groups of 4 teams for the group stage. 1st and 2nd place in each group will advance to the quarterfinals to determine the winner. Korean Air, in Group A, will face Al Ahli (Bahrain), Canberra Heat (Australia), and Jakarta Bayangkara (Indonesia) for the quarterfinals.
Korean Air left for Bahrain on the 11th with 16 elite members, including coach Tommy Tilikhainen and captain Han. Coach Tillikainen said, “The goal is to create a lot of experience and tactics for the team by participating in international competitions. We will give many opportunities to young players to make them a stronger team,” he said. “The goal is of course to win.”
They aim for the championship, but their strength is not perfect. Setter Han, the ‘commander on the court’, will accompany the team, but will not play in the game. Foreign apologetic spiker Lincoln Williams will not participate due to the expiration of the ITC (International Transfer Agreement).
It’s like taking off the car, but the Korean Air team who achieved three consecutive victories in the V-League is full of confidence. ‘Seok-seok duo’ that always protects Korean Air Korean Air’s power is stable as long as they are responsible for stabilizing the receive and attacking the left side with the addition of the national team outside heater duo Jeong Ji-seok and Kwak Seung-seok, as well as rookie Jeong Han-yong.
Yoo Kwang-woo and Jung Jin-hyeok split the setter position. Gwang-Woo Yoo is a leading player who led the Samsung Fire Dynasty in the past, and his skillful tosswork that comes from a lot of experience is not far behind that of Han. In important matches beyond the quarterfinals, it is expected that Yoo’s role will increase. Yoo Kwang-woo said, “I will do my best to achieve good results as long as I participate in the competition to determine the best club in Asia.”카지노사이트
Lincoln’s vacancy will be filled by national representative Lim Dong-hyuk. Lim Dong-hyuk, who obtained the qualification as a free agent (FA) for the first time after the season, is loyal to the team enough to choose to stay with Korean Air for up to 1.5 billion won (annual salary of 350 million won, option of 150 million won) for 3 years, refusing better conditions. this is different Lim Dong-hyeok, who is 2m tall, has an RBI and an attack with power, which is the best among domestic players, has played his part by replacing foreign players when they are injured or sluggish. In this tournament, he is expected to serve as the main gun instead of Lincoln. Lim Dong-hyuk expressed his aspirations, saying, “I will work with pride as I represent the Korean club.”