Stefan “The Finisher” Mugosa (31, Montenegro – pictured) is a “legend” in professional soccer’s K League 1 Incheon United. In 129 appearances over five seasons since 2018, he has scored 68 goals and provided 10 assists, making him a key part of Incheon’s attack. Fans nicknamed him “Songdo Moo-si” for his loyalty to the team.
However, Mugosa left for Japanese professional soccer’s Vissel Kobe last year. Kobe offered him a $1 million (approximately 1.22 billion won) buyout and two to three times his salary. Still, Mugosha left with a promise: “I promised to score 100 goals in Incheon, and I think that day will come one day.”
Mugosa’s life in Japan was not easy 토토꽁포인트. The reality in Kobe was different from Incheon’s offense, which focused entirely on him. Classified as an out-of-form player, he played just six games in the J-League over the course of a year.
Eventually, Mugosa wanted to leave Kobe this summer, but Kobe wasn’t willing to let him go as easily as they had signed him for a small fee. That’s when Incheon stepped in. They submitted a letter of intent to enter into private negotiations with Mugosa, who had six months left on his contract. During this process, Kobe suggested that Mugosa terminate his contract, because if he waited until winter, they would still have to pay him his salary for the rest of the year.
Mugosa made a decision. He wanted to return to Incheon, even if it meant giving up his remaining large salary. He took a pay cut. He rejected all offers from teams other than Incheon. In the end, he returned to Incheon after a year. His contract runs until 2025. Incheon treated the legend to a live broadcast of his signing announcement at the arrivals hall of Incheon International Airport on Oct. 10.
“I want to lead the team’s second half rebound with familiar places and people, as well as my coaches and teammates. I am grateful to the fans and citizens of Incheon for waiting for my return,” Mugosa said.