The sinking of the Suwon colossus was by no means a sudden one day. In fact, there have been numerous trials and errors and crises over the course of nearly a decade, and there were plenty of opportunities for change and innovation. However, the club and its parent company ignored the warnings completely. The demotion of the second division was no coincidence or bad luck, but a self-inflicted karma and inevitability caused by the incompetent Suwon.
Furthermore, this is not only related to the soccer team’s problem, but also to the direction of the entire Samsung sports team. At one time, Samsung, which always advocated “first-classism” in the sports field, is currently having the worst dark days in all four sports as of 2023.
In the first half of the 2010s, the Samsung Lions of baseball won five consecutive regular league titles and four consecutive Korean Series titles, but since 2016, they have only posted impressive 9-9-6-8-3-7-8 ranking. In the last eight years, they have only advanced to the fall baseball league once. 토토사이트
In comparison to how serious this is, Samsung before 2016 was a representative strong team in the league, with only five eliminations in the fall baseball in 34 years and only one in the sixth place (1996).
In addition, the men’s basketball team, the Seoul Samsung Thunder, ranked 7-10-7-7-10-10-10 in the last six seasons after finishing as runner-up in the 2016-17 season. They were eliminated from the six-way playoff for the sixth consecutive year, and only the last place was three times. In the 2021-22 season, they also broke the worst winning percentage in the team’s history with 9 wins and 45 losses (winning rate of .167). The 2023-24 season, which is currently underway, has continued its dismal course of showing no hope, ranking ninth in the league with 3 wins and 13 losses (.188).
Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance in men’s volleyball was also a strong team that won the most eight championships in the V League, but for the past five years from the 2018-19 season, it ranked 4-5-7-6-7th out of seven teams. However, the situation is slightly better than other sports as it shows signs of rebounding to third place (8 wins and 4 losses) in the 2023-24 season, which is underway in the region.
It can hardly be a coincidence that all this happened simultaneously with Samsung’s sports team after the relocation of Cheil Industries. And it is also an ongoing and ongoing issue.
The bigger problem is that this may not be the end. Baseball and basketball do not have a promotion system, but soccer cannot be guaranteed how long it will take to return to the first division, and if it comes up, it can be demoted again. Busan I’Park, which has already been demoted to a corporate team twice since the introduction of the promotion system and is now in the second division, is a case in point. Without fundamental innovation and constitutional improvement from the parent company, the dark history of Suwon soccer and Samsung sports teams may be a real start from now on.