2023 K League 1 best 11, no player?

South Korean professional soccer wrapped up its regular season on Dec. 4 with the 2023 K League Awards ceremony. The champions, the Ulsan Hyundai, had five players in the Best 11, while the runners-up, the Pohang Steelers, had four.

The team of the year concept makes it inevitable that club performance will be taken into account. However, there are a number of other players who deserve to be included in the K League 1 Best 11 based on their individual performances.레모나토토 도메인

Daejeon Hana Citizen’s Thiago (30-Brazil) is a prime example. He was the number one striker in the Korean Professional Soccer League this season, ranking first in goals and assists, first in points, and second in assists.

Thiago scored 17 goals on 28 shots in the 2023 K League 1. That’s 60.7% of his shots on goal. The unselfish goal scorer’s precision is something to admire.

FC Seoul’s Na Sang-ho (27) also showed the skills of a forward who finished tied for third in goals and fourth in attacking points in the 2023 K League 1 and qualified for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

He is tied for fifth in the number of first-team match MVP awards by the KFA this season. Na scored 12 goals from 29 shots on goal, the second-best success rate (41.4%).

Daegu FC captain Se Jing-ya, 34, played just 23 games, but was the best midfielder in the 2023 K League 1. He had a higher official rating with the KFA than anyone who played more than 24 games.

Despite missing 32.4% of the first division schedule this season, he ranked 1st in match MVP, 6th in round-robin best 11, 7th in effective shots, 8th in offensive points, and 10th in assists. His effective shooting percentage was also in the top 10.

Pohang Steelers’ Ko Young-jun (22) was another Korean midfielder who stood out in the official awards during the KFA 2023 K League 1 season, including tying for fifth in Match MVP and tying for sixth in the Round of 11. His offense also excelled, with 31 shots on goal, the ninth-most, and the eighth-best goal-scoring percentage.

Suwon FC’s Lee Seung-woo (25) was 2nd in fouls called, 3rd in effective shots, 6th in goals, and 8th in goals + assists. With his foul-free, defensively challenging individual skills and creative goalscoring ability, he was one of the top Korean midfielders this year.

Jeju United’s Hayes (30-Brazil) is arguably the most underrated foreign midfielder in the K League 1 this season, ranking first in free kicks taken, third in effective shots, eighth in attacking points, and 10th in assists.

If we’re talking about foreign defenders this season, we can’t forget about Gwangju FC’s Timo (30, Netherlands). He’s been a top-notch performer across all positions, as evidenced by his fourth-best rating over 27 games in the Korean Football League. He’s also tied for fifth in the number of K League 1 match MVP awards.

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