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Daegu FC
대구 FC
Full name Daegu Football Club
Founded 2002; 12 years ago (2002)
Ground Daegu Stadium (Blue Arc)
Ground Capacity 66,422[1]
Chairman Kim Bum-Il (Mayor)
Manager Choi Deok-Joo
League K League Challenge
2013 K League Classic, 13th (relegated)
Website Club home page
Current season

Daegu Football Club, commonly referred to as Daegu FC (Korean: 대구 FC), is a South Korean professional football club based in Daegu. The club was founded as a community club at the end of 2002, and the club made their K League Classic debut in 2003. Historically, Daegu have always placed in the lower reaches of the K League Classic. Their best season in the K League Classic to date was 2006, when they finished in 7th place (out of 14 teams), as well as reaching the quarter-finals of the Korean FA Cup. Two years later, in 2008, Daegu reached the semi-finals of the Korean FA Cup, but lost to the Pohang Steelers. At the end of the 2013 season Daegu was relegated to the K League Challenge.



Daegu FC was established in 2002 as a community club (generally in Korea, 'community-club' means that the club issues shares). Daegu Metropolitan City is a key shareholder, and the current mayor is chairman of the club. Following their foundation, the club entered the 2003 season of the K League under manager Park Jong-Hwan. Park had previously managed the national side for a number years in the 1980s and 1990s. The club's entry, together with that of Gwangju Sangmu, brought the number of teams participating in the league to 12.

2003 - Debut in the K League[edit]

For its first season, Kim Hak-Chol was the designated captain, and Daegu brought in two Czech players, Roman Gibala and Jan Kraus for the season. Another import was Turkish player Rahim Zafer, a former Turkish international defender who was in the twilight of his career. Indio transferred in midseason to Daegu from Brazilian club Esporte Clube Santo André.[2] Some of the key Korean foundation players included Lee Sang-il, who had played domestic football in Belgium, and Park Jong-jin who has played all his domestic football with Daegu, bar a two year spell with Gwangju Sangmu when undertaking his military service. Many of the Korean foundation players came to the club via University Football clubs, which meant that Daegu was their first experience of professional football. The K League structure for 2003 required each team to play a staggering 44 matches, making for a long drawn out season. Daegu ultimately finished their first season 11th (out of 12 teams) in the league, winning 7 games, and drawing 16.

In the 2003 Korean FA Cup, Daegu fared little better. As participants in the K League, they automatically qualified to the playoff phase (round of 32) of the FA Cup. However, their wins at this stage of the competition were against Korea National League sides and university club teams. In their quarterfinal match, against their first serious opponent, and fellow K League club Ulsan Hyundai Horangi, they were knocked out in a 1-nil result.

2004 season[edit]

Kim Hak-Chol had left the club to move to a new club, Incheon United, which was making its K League debut, and so Hong Soon-Hak, a midfielder who played several games the previous season was designated captain. While all of the imports from the previous season bar Indio were released following the conclusion of the club's first season, Nonato and Jefferson, both Brazilian strikers, transferred in. Another Brazilian, Santiago, a central defender, would arrive mid-season. Daegu improved in 2004 to 10th place in the league, which due to Incheon United's entry, now boasted 13 clubs.

The K League revised its playing structure following the long 2003 season, and now required each club to play home and away matches in two stages (each club playing 12 matches in each stage) against the other participating clubs; the winners of each stage qualifying for a playoff phase along with the top two teams from the overall table. This meant that only 24 regular season games were played. In contrast to the previous season, Daegu had a reasonable offensive record, scoring 30 goals during the season, second only to eventual champion Suwon Samsung Bluewings. Their Brazilian import, Nonato finished runner-up in the leading goal scorers table, with 13 goals from 23 appearances. However, to contrast this, the club's defensive record was the worst in the league. Furthermore, in the FA Cup, Daegu were embarrassingly knocked out in the round of 32 by National League side Ansan Hallelujah.

In the Samsung Hauzen Cup, a new cup competition run as a league competition specifically for K League clubs (thus excluding National League and lower tier clubs) during the K League's mid-season break, finished 8th out of 13 teams. Nonato again featured prominently on the scorekeeper's chart, runner-up in goals scored. Nonato would subsequently be loaned to FC Seoul for the 2005 season.

2005 season[edit]

As with the 2004 season, the 2005 K League season was split up into a first stage and a second stage. Following the conclusion of the first stage, it did not bode well for a successful season for Daegu. They had won a mere 2 games of the first stage, placing the club 12th, ahead of only Gwangju in the first stage table. However, they fared much better for the second stage, winning 6 games, drawing 3, and losing 3. These results placed them third in the second stage table, and this translated into 8th place in the overall table. Their offensive spearhead was another Brazilian import, Sandro Hiroshi, brought in for the 2005 season, Nonato and Jefferson having been loaned out for 2005, to FC Seoul and Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma respectively. Hiroshi scored 10 goals from 24 games, which was the equal third highest of the season. Jin Soon-Jin finished the season as captain, after Hong Soon-Hak moved to one of Austria's most successful clubs, Grazer AK. Hong would ultimately only play 3 games in two years for his new club, before returning to Korea.

Hiroshi was the leading goal scorer (7 goals) in the Samsung Hauzen Cup, although this didn't translate into sustained success in the competition itself, as Daegu placed only 7th. In the FA Cup, after defeating University and National League sides, Daegu were knocked out in the quarterfinals in a 1-2 loss to another K League side, the Chunnam Dragons.

2006 season[edit]

Lee Sang-Il would be made captain for 2006, which would be his final year with the club before moving to the Chunnam Dragons.[3] As a foundation player, Lee had been with the club since 2003, and would go on to make 98 appearances in total (all competitions) for Daegu FC by the conclusion of the 2006 season. Key new players for the club would include Brazilians Dinei and Eduardo Marques, as well as Korean draftee Jang Nam-Seok who would play as a forward for the club. Another important recruit for the club was goalkeeper Baek Min-Cheol, who was getting little game time with FC Seoul.

Prior to the start of the K League season, Daegu participated in the 2006 edition of the Tongyeong Cup. The Tongyeong Cup is a four team invitational tournament held in Tongyeong, South Korea. As well as Daegu and fellow K League club Incheon United, A-League side Queensland Roar and Beijing Guo'an were also part of the tournament. After beating both Incheon and Beijing, Daegu drew 0:0 with Queensland, winning the Tongyeong Cup and thus the first piece of silverware for Daegu's trophy cabinet.[4]

Unfortunately, Daegu's late 2005 season and 2006 Tongyeong Cup form did not carry over into the 2006 K League season proper, and the club again had a disappointing first stage. Winning only 2 games, they placed joint llth, alongside Gwangju and debutant club Gyeongnam FC. However, as in 2005, the club's performance improved for the second stage, winning 6 games, and losing 4, with 3 draws. This saw the club place 4th in the second stage and 7th overall. In contrast to the previous two seasons, offensively, the club struggled with goals being spread across a number of players, with no single standout player.

In between the first and second stages of the K League season, the club participated in the Samsung Hauzen Cup. The club's performances in this competition matched that of their performance in the first stage of the K League, and Daegu only placed 13th out of 14 teams. A lack of penetration did not help, and only Jang Nam-Seok, in his first season for the club, featured in the leading goal scorers table. Jang was the top scorer in the FA Cup, with 3 goals (including 2 in a 6-0 demolition of Chungang University, helping the club to the quarterfinals. However, they lost (again) to the Chunnam Dragons.

Following completion of the 2006 season, Park Jong-Hwan stepped down as manager after four years with the club. On 1 December 2006, Byun Byung-Joo was appointed manager.[5] A former representative player for the Republic of Korea, Byun had no previous K League management experience prior to his appointment as Daegu FC's manager.

2007 season[edit]

For 2007, Kim Hyun-Soo, an experienced defender who had joined the club the previous season, was appointed captain. As well as the regular bunch of draftees from universities around South Korea, Daegu brought in three Brazilians who would play significant roles in the season; Selmir, Luizinho and Eninho. An Argentinean, Maxi, who had played for Spanish La Liga club Racing de Santander, also joined the club but was released mid-season without playing a game.

The K League revamped its format, with the season now simply consisting of a conventional league, with the top six teams qualifying to the championship phase. This didn't help Daegu much, and after their mid-table finishes of the previous two seasons, their performance slipped, and the club placed 12th, winning six games. However, one notable win at home for the club was the 3-1 victory over Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i. Ulsan represented a major scalp that year, as they would win the League Cup in 2007, as well as eventually finishing third in the K League. Daegu also secured a 1-nil victory over FC Seoul in their last match of the regular season. Luizinho played in 23 of the 26 regular season games, scoring 11 goals. Lee Keun-Ho finished as the top scoring Korean, in joint 7th with 8 goals, Eninho was just behind with 7 goals.

Daegu failed to get out of the group stage in the 2007 Samsung Hauzen Cup. However, Luizinho did finish as top scorer in the competition, with 7 goals from just 9 games. The club achieved a similar level of performance in the FA Cup, where Daegu lost to Incheon United in the round of 16.

2008 season[edit]

Kim Hyun-Soo, centre back and captain from the previous season, retired from competitive football in the off-season, and was appointed manager of Daegu FC's under-18 team which is a youth club for the senior side. The U-18 side competes in the U-18 Challenge League. As a replacement for Kim, Hwang Sun-Pil, an experienced defender brought into the club in 2004 as a draftee, was made captain.

In 2008, Daegu became famous with their extremely aggressive football, becoming the joint equal top-scoring team of the K League, alongside Suwon. However, they also conceded the most goals in the league, with Baek Min-Cheol letting 58 goals into his goal. This was 12 goals more than the next worst team, Gwangju, which conceded "only" 46 goals. Nonetheless, because of their offensive approach, their style of play was nicknamed "Bullet Football", for its speedy and attacking focus. A 11th place in the K League standings was the eventual outcome, winning a reasonably impressive 8 games, but drawing only 2, both against Daejeon Citizen. Lee Keun-Ho played in all 26 regular season games, finding the net 11 times. Jang Nam-Seok scored 10 goals, with Eninho the best of the imports, with 8.

For the first time in its history, Daegu reached the semi-finals of the Korean FA Cup, by defeating Ulsan in the quarterfinals, following a win in the round of 16 over Ansan Hallelujah. However, they then lost to their opponents Pohang Steelers in a 2-nil loss. The club placed 5th (out of 6) in their group in the Samsung Hauzen Cup. Eninho averaged better than a goal a game in this particular competition, scoring 9 from 8 appearances.

2009 season[edit]

This season would transpire to be one of the worst, if not the worst, in the club's history. In a now expanded league of 15 clubs, thanks to new entrant Gangwon FC, Daegu would place 15th, dead last. Jang Nam-Seok, who has played for the club since 2006 and has been a prolific scorer for the club, was appointed captain for the 2009 season. While defensively, there had been improvements, the club lost its attacking focus of the previous season. The leading scorer of the previous season, Lee Keun-Ho had completed his contract and moved to Japanese club Júbilo Iwata and Eninho, who had been one of the club's best performing imports, transferred to Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors. Their replacements, Émile Mbamba and Lazar Popović, were not of the same calibre, and would be released mid-season.

Only five games were won all season in the K League. That even five games were won was fortunate, and this number is somewhat deceptive as it was as late as the 21st round that the club had but a single win. It was only a late season string of four consecutive wins that saved the club's blushes. This late season revival was far too late to lift the club from the foot of the table, from where it had been anchored since round 11 of the competition. An midseason incoming transfer, Leo would score 4 goals while midfielder draftee Lee Seul-Ki scored 3 goals from 25 games. That a midfielder playing as an occasional part-time forward would be the club's second highest scorer only highlighted the club's lack of offensive penetration.

In the FA Cup, Daegu made it to the quarterfinals, beating Gyeongnam FC in a penalty shootout in the round of 16. In the quarterfinal itself, against Daejeon Citizen, the game finished as a one all draw, Daegu's goal coming from Lee Seul-Ki. For the second consecutive match, the result would come down to a penalty shootout. This time, Daegu lost out. In the league cup, now known as the Peace Cup Korea 2009 finished third in their group, one point away from qualifying for the knockout phase of the cup. Cho Hyung-Ik, another midfielder, would be the club's highest scorer in the competition with three goals.

Off the field, Park Jong-Sun was elected as the 3rd representative director of Daegu FC on 11 May 2009. Lee Dae-Sub and Choi Jong-Joon were the preceding representative directors.[6] Daegu FC also signed a memorandum of understanding with the regionalised 4th level of Argentinian football Torneo Argentino B side Deportivo Coreano on 31 August 2009.[7] It is hoped that this will lead to promising Argentinean players playing for the club.

On December 22, 2009, Daegu FC appointed Lee Young-jin as manager to lead the club for the 2010 season.[8] Lee, who has previously coached FC Seoul, replaced Byun Byung-Joo who had been manager since 2006. Byun resigned after being embroiled in a scandal involving a player's agent and payoffs for selecting specific players.[9]

2010 season[edit]

Defender Bang Dae-jong who has played for the club since being drafted in 2008, was appointed captain for the 2010 season. Brazilian import Leo stayed for another season, supported by another Brazilian striker, Anderson. A young Argentine defender, Lucas Basualdo also joined the club but never took to the football field and disappeared during the midseason break. Anderson left at the same time, and he was replaced by another young Argentine Issac, who saw little game play.

On field, Daegu repeated their dismal performances of the previous season, finishing 15th in the K League standings, equal with Gwangju Sangmu on points. The defensive effort was dire, and Daegu conceded the most goals of any club in the league, losing 19 games out of 28 games, win five wins and four draws. Goal scoring was also limited, and Cho Hyung-Ik was top scorer for the club with eight goals, a creditable performance for a midfielder.

Daegu fared little better in the FA Cup, losing 0:1 to National League side Suwon City in extra time. Better results were achieved in the League Cup, with Daegu progressing out of their group to the knockout stage, thanks to wins over Daejeon and Busan. Unfortunately, they drew FC Seoul in their first knockout match. Although holding their more fancied opponents to a 2:2 draw after extra time was completed, Daegu lost out in the penalty shootout.


Daegu Stadium (Bule Arc, formerly Daegu World Cup Stadium) is a sports stadium in Daegu, South Korea. It was opened on 28 June 2001, and it is owned by The Daegu Metropolitan City. The stadium was one of the venues for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, hosting three group games, as well the 2002 FIFA World Cup play-off game for 3rd place between South Korea and Turkey. It was the biggest stadium in South Korea at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Daegu FC was founded at the end of 2002, and since then, the stadium has been the venue for the club's home games. The stadium has 66,422 seats, and it is covered by natural grass.[1] The name was changed to Daegu Stadium on 5 March 2008. Occasionally, home games are played at Daegu Civil Stadium.

Daegu FC have been one of the better supported clubs of the K League, with average attendance numbers at home (prior to their poor 2009 season) around 15,000 to 17,000. However, the club's poor performance in 2009 resulted in a decline in attendance to 8,500.


Current squad[edit]

As of 28 March 2014

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 South Korea GK Lee Yang-Jong
2 South Korea DF Keum Kyo-Jin
3 South Korea DF Park Sung-Yong
4 South Korea DF Ji Byung-Joo
5 South Korea DF Kim Tae-Jin
6 South Korea DF Noh Haeng-Seok
7 South Korea MF Cho Hyung-Ik
8 South Korea DF Heo Jae-Won
9 South Korea MF Kim Dae-Yeol
10 South Korea MF Hwang Soon-Min
11 South Korea MF Shin Chang-Mu
12 South Korea MF Yoon Ju-Il
13 South Korea DF Cho Young-Hoon
14 South Korea MF Kim Gwi-Hyeon
16 South Korea DF Kim Dong-Jin
17 South Korea FW No Byung-Jun
18 South Korea FW Lee Dong-Myung
No. Position Player
19 South Korea FW Jang Baek-Gyu
20 South Korea MF An Sang-Hyun
21 South Korea GK Cho Hyun-Woo
22 South Korea DF Lee Joon-Hee
23 South Korea MF Nam Se-In
24 South Korea DF Park Jong-Jin
25 Brazil FW Matheus
26 South Korea MF Yoon Young-Seung
27 South Korea FW Kim Heung-Il
28 South Korea DF Lim Geun-Young
30 South Korea FW Han Seung-Yeop
31 South Korea GK Park Min-Seon
33 South Korea FW Jung Dae-Kyo
77 South Korea MF In Joon-Yeon
80 Brazil FW Néverton
99 Brazil FW Johnathan

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
South Korea MF Choi Ho-Jung (to Sangju Sangmu for military service)
South Korea DF Ahn Jae-Hoon (to Sangju Sangmu for military service)

Retired number(s)[edit]

12Club Supporters (the 12th Man)


Season Captain
2003 South Korea Oh Ju-Po
2003 South Korea Kim Hak-Chul
2004 South Korea Roh Sang-Rae
2005 South Korea Jin Soon-Jin
2005 South Korea Song Jung-Hyun
2006 South Korea Lee Sang-Il
2006–07 South Korea Kim Hyun-Soo
2008 South Korea Hwang Sun-Pil
2009 South Korea Jang Nam-Seok
2010 South Korea Bang Dae-Jong
2011 South Korea Back Min-Chul
2012– South Korea Yoo Kyoung-Youl


Since 2008, Daegu FC have fielded a team in the R-League, a league established in its current format in 2000, and intended for the reserve squads of the professional K-League clubs. The National Policy Agency also field a team. The league consists of 16 teams in 2011, which are split into groups, each group member playing the others in the group, three or four times, depending on the number of teams in the groups.[10] The top two teams in each group move onto a playoff round.

In 2008, Daegu placed 7th out of the 8 teams in their group, winning three of 18 games. They fared little better in 2009, finishing last in their group of five teams. In 2010, Daegu's Reserve squad contrived to only win one of their group games, while they drew two, and lost 11 times. Their meager return of 5 points ensured they finished 8th and last in their group.

U-18 (Hyunpung High School) squad[edit]

In 2008, Daegu FC established an under-18 side, to act as a development squad for the men's team. This is essentially Hyunpung High School's senior football team,[11][12] and as of 2009, plays in the U-18 Challenge League. The side is managed by former Daegu FC player Kim Hyun-soo.

Notable players[edit]

Year* = Retired Player

Club officials[edit]

  • Chairman: South Korea Kim Bum-Il (Daegu mayor)
  • Representative director: South Korea Kim Jae-Ha
  • Executive director: South Korea Suk Kwang-Jae
Coaching Staff
  • Manager: South Korea Choi Deok-Joo
  • Assistant manager: South Korea Jeong Jeong-Hwa
  • Coach: South Korea Kim Hyun-Soo
  • Fitness Coach: Brazil Walter Grassman
  • Goalkeeping coach: South Korea Kim Tae-Jin
  • Medical trainer: South Korea Kim Gi-Hyeon, South Korea No Hyeon-Uk
  • Scout: South Korea Kim Jae-So
U-18 Staff
  • Manager: South Korea Kim Jeong-Jae
  • Coach: South Korea An Sang-Uk
  • Trainer: South Korea Park Hae-Seung
U-15 Staff
U-12 Staff
  • Manager: South Korea Han Dong-Yun
  • Coach: South Korea Im Baek-Kyu
  • Goalkeeping coach: South Korea Lee Kyu-Dong


Information correct as up to 2011 Season. Only competitive K-League matches are counted.

# Name From To Season M W D L GF GA Win% Notes
1 South Korea Park Jong-Hwan 2002/10/24 2006/11/06 2003-2006 155 38 57 60 194 216 24.52 First manager
2 South Korea Byun Byung-Joo[5] 2006/12/01 2009/12/07 2007-2009 105 28 20 57 136 190 26.67
3 South Korea Lee Young-jin[8] 2009/12/23 2011/10/31 2010-2011 68 16 16 36 76 119 23.53
4 Brazil Moacir Pereira 2011/11/10 2012/11/29 2012 44 16 13 15 55 56 36.36 First foreign manager
5 South Korea Dang Sung-Jeung 2012/12/03 2013/04/23 2013 8 0 3 5 4 15 0
6 South Korea Baek Jong-Chul 2013/04/23 2013/11/30 2013 30 6 11 13 34 42 20
7 South Korea Choi Deok-Ju 2013/12/20 present 2014- 0 0 0 0 0 0 -



  • Tongyeong Cup
    • Winners (1) : 2006[4]


Season Division Tms. Pos. FA Cup AFC CL
2003 1 12 11 Quarter final -
2004 1 13 10 Round of 32 -
2005 1 13 8 Quarter final -
2006 1 14 7 Quarter final -
2007 1 14 12 Round of 16 -
2008 1 14 11 Semi final -
2009 1 15 15 Quarter-final -
2010 1 15 15 Round of 32 -
2011 1 16 12 Round of 32 -
2012 1 16 10 Round of 16 -
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance



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