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THE UNIVERSE,” an exhibition organized by the Korea Professional Football Federation as an event to wrap up 2023

40th anniversary of the launch of the K League, was held at Yeongdeungpo Art Square on the second basement floor of Yeongdeungpo Times Square in Seoul on the 21st, a day before the general opening.

The exhibition described the 40-year history of the K-League as “UNIVERSE” and expressed the theme of the exhibition area in astronomical terms. You can enjoy the exhibition in various ways, as if you are walking around the exhibition hall.

When entering the exhibition hall for the first time, murals and previous trophies featuring scenes of the 40-year history of the K-League will appear. A total of 10 trophies, ranging from the original trophy in 1983 to the K-League 1 and K-League 2 trophies used from 2013 to the present, were displayed.

Of all the trophies offered to winning teams in the past, 10 trophies were collected based on the same shape. Therefore, this space shows the shape of all trophies that have existed in the K-League. The trophies on display were given from the Korea Football Association (1983), Pohang (1988), Busan (1997), Seoul (2000), Suwon (2004), and Ulsan (2005).

In preparation for this exhibition, the federation planned to display a total of 10 trophies made over 41 years and asked various clubs and organizations for cooperation. The first competition was won by the now defunct Hallelujah Eagle, but it was kept by the Korea Football Association, which hosted the league before the league was launched, for unconfirmed reasons. It was provided by the association.

The rest of the trophies were provided by Pohang (1988), Busan (1997), Seoul (2000), Suwon (2004), and Ulsan (2005). Among them, the trophies, which were used for only one year in 1995 and 2002, attracted attention from the Chunjeonggung Palace Museum run by the Tongilgyo Foundation.

One of the greatest teams in the K-League is Ilhwa Mata. Founded in 1989, Ilhwa won three consecutive games twice, from 1993 to 1995 and from 2001 to 2003. The most consecutive losses in a single record are five consecutive losses by Jeonbuk Hyundai (2017-2021), but Ilhwa is the only team that has achieved multiple consecutive losses.

Ilhwa was run by the Tongilgyo Foundation at the time, and has won a total of seven K-League titles including two three consecutive losses and a 2006 championship. Ilhwa was also a prestigious club that won the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League twice in 1995 and 2010.

The third trophy, which was newly produced in 1995, was a season in which Ilhwa Heavenly Horse won three consecutive championships. At that time, Ilhwa, who had a showdown with Pohang in the championship game, is believed to have won three consecutive championships after a neck-and-neck race that continued through Game 3, and took the trophy. Since then, the federation has created the fourth trophy and used it for two years from 1996.

The fifth trophy was used for four years from 1998 to 2001, and the sixth trophy was produced again in 2002. This season was when Ilhwa, who moved her hometown to Seongnam, won the title for two consecutive years under manager Cha Kyung-bok. After Ilhwa won the title at the time, she took the trophy again, and the federation produced the seventh trophy in 2003. This trophy was also used only for one year and was produced twice more. It was not until 2008 that the trophy with the current design continued to exist.

Meanwhile, the exhibition runs from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. from December 22 to December 31, 2023.

It will run from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends from Jan. 2, 2024, when the sun changes. Jan. 1 is a closed day for exhibitions.

Various events will also be held at the event space inside the exhibition hall. On the first day of the event, the “K-League 40-Year-Old Talk Concert” will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday with Korea Football Association Vice Chairman Han Joon-hee and caster So Jun-il. The talk concert will be attended by 50 spectators selected through Instagram events. Following lectures on K-League history by Han Joon-hee, a K-League expert, a tour of the exhibition space with participants will be held.

Star players representing the K-League will also visit the exhibition to meet their fans. An autograph event will be held on Dec. 30, featuring Ko Jae-hyun of Daegu FC, Cho Young-wook of FC Seoul and Cho Yoo-min of Daejeon Hana Citizen. About 100 participants will be selected through a lottery. Entry for the event and details can be found on the K-League’s official Instagram.

Special gifts are also prepared for fans visiting the exhibition. A total of 800 visitors will be presented with “2023 K-League Photo Book – FANTASY K LEAGUE” on a first-come, first-served basis every day among visitors who visit the exhibition for four days from Dec. 26 to 29.

Meanwhile, a pop-up store selling limited-edition goods is also set up at the event hall in front of the exhibition hall. The pop-up store will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily from Dec. 21 to Dec. 31, a day before the exhibition. The pop-up store will offer clothing products from Adidas, the official sponsor of the K-League, Kraft Beer celebrating the 40th anniversary of the launch of the K-League, and K-League Panini Card, as well as a variety of products that will appeal to fans.

From December 21, the start date of the pop-up store, special promotional cards for the 40th anniversary of the K-League will be presented to customers who purchase more than 10,000 won worth of K-League products. The promotion card depicts artwork on 25 K-League teams by BBKEI artists who participated in the exhibition, and only 40 pieces were produced for each type to commemorate the 40th anniversary. 토토사이트 추천

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