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The stars of professional soccer’s K League will face off against the prestigious Spanish club Atletico Madrid later this month. Ulsan’s Hong Myung-bo is in charge of the team. The 22 players on the field will be selected by a fan vote and Hong’s choice. Reporter Jeong Ju-hee. Team K-League will take on Spanish giants Atletico Madrid at the Sangam World Cup Stadium on April 27. Leader Ulsan, which dominated the K League 1 this season, will be led by head coach Hong Myung-bo, with Daegu’s Choi Won-kwon as his assistant. All eyes will be on the tactical battle between Hong, who led Ulsan to their first K League title in 17 years last season in his second year in charge, and Diego Simeone, the world-renowned coach who guided AT Madrid to two league titles. Team K-League will be composed of 22 players, 11 chosen by fans from 44 nominees and 11 selected by Hong. The nominees include national players such as Jeonbuk’s Cho Kyu-sung and Seoul’s Na Sang-ho, Ulsan’s Cho Hyun-woo and Suwon’s Lee Ki-jae, as well as U-20 World Cup quarterfinalists Daejeon’s Bae Jun-ho and rising star Pohang’s Go Young-joon. Ulsan players, who were recently disciplined for a racist controversy, did not make the list. Manchester City, who won the Champions League, Premier League, and FA Cup, will also be visiting Korea. The team is scheduled to face AT Madrid at the Sangam World Cup Stadium on May 30 to provide a spectacular show for domestic soccer fans.


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