Taiwan Steel win Taiwan Premier League


Taiwan Steel were clear favourites to win the Taiwan Premier League, because of the transfers they made before the season started, bringing in the league’s best players and seasoned Taiwan internationals.


Taiwan Steel started as clear favourites

Taiwan Steel were the firm favourites going into the Premier League season, after making moves to sign up a lot of the league’s best players before the league started. The calibre of players brought in consisted of Taiwan national players like the countries internationals, Pan Wen-Chieh, Chen Wei-Chuan, and the best two attacking foreign imports in, Turks and Caicos international Marc Fenelus and Haitian attacker Benchy (who under new FIFA rules, could be eligible to represent Taiwan, if he plays in the league long enough). 

This made the side stand out from other sides, especially as Tatung lost a lot of key players who had helped them continuously win the league, Marc Fenelus being instrumental in Tatung having a firm grip on the title ever since he signed for them. So is it any wonder that after Taiwan Steel brought Fenelus in from Tatung that they then too won the league? 

Not at all, Fenelus is the best player to ever play in Taiwan (something Benchy is challenging him for). As an extremely rounded player, Fenelus is a level above the Taiwan Premier League’s level and will raise the standard of any side he joins to the point where they could realistically win the league because Fenelus is able to create goals, and score goals. He is definitely the most complete player who has played in the Taiwan Premier League in its new guise, and structure. 


A stuttering start to the campaign that ended in glory

During the first few months of the season, Taiwan Steel struggled. In the first rounds of games, Taiwan Steel lost 1-0 against Taipower, 1-0 against Taichung Futuro, 1-0 against Hang Yuen, and 3-2 against Taipower. After the first three defeats, Steel found themselves in 5th place, on 12 points. A position many didn’t expect them to be in, as they struggled to get over their teething problems. 

By the time the 4th defeat of the season was experienced against Taipower for the second time, they had managed to claw themselves up to 3rd place, and there were signs that players were beginning to get used to each other, and a system was starting to work. That 4th defeat came on the 21st of June, and then they didn’t lose another game until the last league game of the season against Tatung on the 29th November, which they lost 3-1 when the title was already won. 

This is why Taiwan Steel won the Taiwan Premier League. They signed the best keeper, and the best-attacking players the league currently has to offer and then blitzed everyone in it until the final day of the season when they were clearly in the party mood. As long as Taiwan Steel keep backing the previously named Tainan City, it will be difficult to see anyone taking their grip of the title for the foreseeable. 

The final standings in the league can be seen on our page. 

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