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K League champions Jeonbuk acquire striker from rival club

Sports 14:45 January 18, 2021

By Yoo Jee-ho

SEOUL, Jan. 18 (Yonhap) -- South Korea club football champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors said Monday they've plucked a striker from a rival team.

Jeonbuk, the four-time defending K League 1 champions, have acquired the Russian-born German striker Stanislav Iljutcenko. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

This image, provided by Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors on Jan. 18, 2021, shows the K League 1 club's new striker, Stanislav Iljutcenko. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

Iljutcenko finished second in the K League 1 last season with 19 goals for Pohang Steelers. The 30-year-old was one of three players to score in double figures for Pohang, who led all K League 1 clubs with 56 goals in 27 matches.

Iljutcenko joins Brazilian forward Gustavo and former Premier League winger Mo Barrow on Jeonbuk's attack.

New head coach Kim Sang-sik said Iljutcenko should fit right in with the rest of the attackers and help build Jeonbuk into a lethal offensive club.

After eight years in lower levels of German club football, Iljutcenko joined Pohang in 2019 and scored nine goals in 18 matches. He then blossomed into one of the K League's premier scorers last year. In addition to 19 goals in the league, Iljutcenko also netted three goals in four matches during the Korean FA Cup.

In this file photo from Oct. 18, 2020, Stanislav Iljutcenko of Pohang Steelers celebrates his goal against Ulsan Hyundai FC during a K League 1 match at Pohang Steel Yard in Pohang, 370 kilometers southeast of Seoul. (Yonhap)


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