Incheon United, with foreign striker Stefan Mugosa (31) at the forefront, continues to challenge for the top 4 for two consecutive seasons. Mugosa, who made a surprise return to his hometown team Incheon last month, is regaining his sense of goal by running the scorer after two games.
Incheon is showing a sharp rise this summer. They have won 5 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss in 7 matches since July, and are aiming to leap to the top ranks. As of the 15th, the K-League 1 ranking is 7th (36 points), but the gap with 3rd place Jeonbuk Hyundai (41 points) or 4th place FC Seoul (38 points) is not large.
In the mid-level super close match, Incheon got a thousand troops and ten thousand horses by returning to Mugosa, the ‘finisher of the broken sword (blue + black)’. Mugosa, who left for Japan’s J1 League Vissel Kobe in July last year, returned to his former team after a year. Mugosa said, “It is an honor to wear my favorite uniform again. I want to play only in Incheon until I retire,” he said, “I will prove that Incheon is still strong.”
As promised, Mugosa showed off his strength by scoring a comeback goal after two K-League 1 matches. In the 26th round of the league match against Daegu FC at home on the 13th, he played an active role with 1 goal and 1 help, leading the team to a 3-1 victory. He also showed fantastic breathing by collaborating with another foreign player, Jerso, to score two goals.
Mugosa, who debuted in Incheon in 2018, has been reborn as the league’s representative striker by living for five seasons until last year. He has 69 goals and 11 assists in 131 games. He has also played the role of a fixer to score goals in important situations. Last year, he scored 14 goals in just 18 matches before leaving for Japan.
Mugosa did not have many actual combat inputs in Japan. He is still not in perfect physical condition, but he is aiming for a brilliant comeback in his home team where everything is familiar. He is confident that he will be able to score more goals if his condition improves little by little.
At one time, Incheon’s nickname was ‘King of Remnants’. It is a nickname that came about because they have not been relegated from the K-League 1 even once since the promotion and relegation system was introduced in 2013. In other words, it also means that they have stayed in the relegation zone for years. However, Incheon finished the season in 4th place last year. Now it’s time to completely erase the sick nickname from your memory.안전놀이터
Incheon coach Cho Seong-hwan set the team’s goal for this season to be the ‘Big 4’. He expressed his aspirations to become a team representing K-League 1 by finishing in the top 4 for two consecutive years. After the victory over Daegu, coach Cho said, “Mugosa made a goal even though he didn’t work with Zerso for a long time. Both players played well,” he said.