Incheon United FC

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Incheon United
인천 유나이티드
Emblem of Incheon United.svg
Full name Incheon United Football Club
인천 유나이티드 프로축구단
Nickname(s) Durumi (Cranes), In Utd, United, Neroazzurre (Blue-Black)
Founded 2003; 11 years ago (2003)
Ground Incheon Football Stadium
(capacity: 20,891)
Chairman Song Young-Gil (Mayor)
Manager Kim Bong-Gil
League K League Classic
2013 7th
Website Club home page
Current season

Incheon United is a professional Korean football team currently playing in the K League Classic. The team's home town is Incheon, the third biggest city in the country, and the club's home stadium is the Incheon Football Stadium.

History[edit]

Origins[edit]

Officially founded at the end of the 2003 season, the move to create a professional club in Incheon had come about in part by the construction of the Incheon Munhak Stadium for the 2002 FIFA World Cup tournament. Incheon city mayor Ahn Sang-soo began the process of creating the club in earnest in June 2003 with the official founding of Incheon FC, and German Werner Lorant was appointed as manager of the team in September of that year, with Chang Woe-Ryong and Kim Si-Seok added to the coaching staff.

A public share issue was launched and ran from October to November 2003, and in December the name Incheon United was adopted. Sponsorship contracts worth a total of $4m were signed with Daewoo and Daeduk Construction, and a deal was struck with Puma to be the inaugural kit suppliers to the new club.

Debut season[edit]

Lorant and his coaching staff recruited several high-profile players in a bid to make an impact on the league in the club's debut season in 2004. Goalkeeper Shim Bum-chul was recruited along with talented youngsters Choi Tae-Uk, Kim Chi-Woo and popular Japanese playmaker Masakiyo Maezono. The most high profile of the imports was Turkish international defender Alpay Özalan, recruited from English Premier League side Aston Villa.

The club's first ever K-League match was a home encounter with Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors on 3 April 2004 which ended goalless. Their first league victory came in the third game of the season, also at home, as a Jasenko Sabitovic own goal gave them a 1–0 victory over defending champions Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma.

Despite that promising start to the year, Incheon recorded just one more victory in the first stage of the season and finished bottom of the table on just nine points. The club's fortunes improved slightly during the summer Hauzen Cup tournament, winning three times and finishing eighth out of the thirteen sides involved. Manager Lorant stepped down as manager at the end of August, and he was replaced in the hotseat by his assistant Chang Woe-Ryong as caretaker manager.

Talented former Busan I'cons player Radivoje Manic was added to the squad during the summer transfer window, and both he and caretaker manager Chang made instant impacts on the side as the club finished fourth overall in the second stage of the league season, remaining in the race to claim victory in the stage until the final day.

Title challenge[edit]

Chang was confirmed as permanent Incheon manager in January 2005 as the club prepared to embark on what was to become a memorable season. The team finished runners-up in the first stage of the league season and, after coming in eighth for the second consecutive season in the Hauzen Cup, finished joint third in the second stage of the K-League and qualified for the post-season championship playoffs by virtue of having the best overall record. Incheon were to face first stage winners Busan I'Park in the semi-final, and they easily defeated the southern side by a 2–0 scoreline to set up a championship final against Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i. In the first leg of the final at the Munhak stadium, goalkeeper Kim Lee-Sub endured a torrid ninety minutes as Ulsan hit the back of the net five times in a stunning display of football, with Dženan Radončić netting a late consolation goal for the home side. Sung Kyung-Mo replaced Kim in the Incheon goal for the second leg, and though United claimed a 2–1 victory they lost out on the title 6–3 on aggregate, but finished their second season in existence as K-League runners-up.

Incheon United also finished the 2005 season with the highest total and average home attendance, with 316,591 spectators in total coming through the gates, an average of 24,353.

Community growth[edit]

The 2006 season was something of a disappointment compared with the highs of 2005. Tenth overall in the first stage of the K-League and sixth in the second, the team finished bottom of the fourteen-team Hauzen Cup table, but reached the semi-finals of the Korean FA Cup before being eliminated on penalties by eventual winners Chunnam Dragons.

Despite a relative lack of success on the field for the top team, the club continued to strengthen its set-up at reserve and youth level. The reserve team claimed victory in the K-League reserve league championship, and the U12 side won the 2006 Youth Football Championship.

2007 season[edit]

Manager Chang departed for England at the start of the year to begin a year of study, so assistant manager Park Lee-Chun stepped up as caretaker manager for the 2007 season. The club struggled home in 9th place in the regular K-League season, but reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup for the second consecutive season before again losing out to eventual winners Chunnam. There was also an earlier semi-final defeat in the revamped Hauzen Cup competition, where Incheon lost 4–3 on penalties to FC Seoul after a goalless draw in normal time.

Records[edit]

Season Division Tms. Pos. FA Cup
2004 1 13 12 Round of 32
2005 1 13 2 Round of 16
2006 1 14 9 Semi-final
2007 1 14 9 Semi-final
2008 1 14 7 Round of 32
2009 1 15 6 Round of 32
2010 1 15 11 Quarter-final
2011 1 16 13 Round of 16
2012 1 16 9 Round of 16
2013 1 14 7 Quarter-final
Key
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league

Honours[edit]

2005

Current squad[edit]

As of 21 January 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 Kwon Jung-Hyuk
2 South Korea DF Yong Hyun-Jin
3 South Korea DF Lee Sang-Hee
4 South Korea MF Bae Seung-Jin
5 South Korea DF Kim Jin-Hwan
6 South Korea MF Moon Sang-Yoon
7 Brazil MF Ivo
8 South Korea MF Koo Bon-Sang (vice-captain)
9 South Korea FW Seol Ki-Hyeon
10 South Korea FW Lee Chun-Soo
11 Montenegro FW Stefan Nikolić
13 South Korea DF Park Tae-Min (captain)
14 South Korea MF Lee Seok-Hyun
15 South Korea DF Kim Dae-Joong
16 South Korea DF Lee Yun-Pyo
17 South Korea DF Kim Yong-Chan
18 South Korea GK Jo Su-Hyuk
20 South Korea DF An Jae-Jun
No. Position Player
21 South Korea MF Kim Do-Hyuk
22 South Korea FW Kwon Hyuk-Jin
23 South Korea FW Nam Joon-Jae
24 South Korea DF Lim Ha-Ram
25 South Korea DF Choi Jong-Hwan
26 South Korea DF Kim Yong-Hwan
27 South Korea MF Kim Bong-Jin
28 South Korea FW Lee Hyo-Kyun
29 South Korea FW Jin Sung-Uk
30 South Korea MF Yun Sang-Ho
31 South Korea GK Yoon Pyung-Guk
32 South Korea DF Jung Hae-Gwon
33 South Korea MF Cho Su-Chul
34 South Korea DF Kim Sung-Eun
35 South Korea GK Lee Tae-Hee
36 South Korea FW Kim Tae-Jun
Brazil FW Diogo Acosta

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 GK Yoo Hyun (to Police FC for military service)
South Korea DF Kim Kyung-Min (to Sangju Sangmu Phoenix for military service)
No. Position Player
South Korea MF Kim Jae-Woong (to FC Anyang)
South Korea FW Kim Chang-Hoon (to Sangju Sangmu Phoenix for military service)

Retired number(s)[edit]

12Club Supporters (the 12th Man)

Coaching staff[edit]

Senior coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Manager South Korea Kim Bong-Gil
Assistant Manager South Korea Yoo Dongwoo
Team Manager South Korea Choi Youngsang
Coach South Korea Kim Hyunsoo
South Korea Myung Jinyoung
Goalkeeper Coach South Korea Lee Yong-Bal
Physical Coach Brazil Wanderley
Scout South Korea Shin Jin-Won
Trainer South Korea Lee Seungjae
South Korea Lee Dongwon
South Korea Yang Seungmin
Translator South Korea Chun Jihun

Youth coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
U-18 Head Coach South Korea Shin Sung-Hwan
U-18 Goalkeeper Coach South Korea Kim Lee-Sub
U-15 Head Coach South Korea Woo Sung-Yong
U-15 Goalkeeper Coach South Korea Yoon Jin-Ho
U-15 Coach South Korea Lee Sung-Gyu
U-12 Head Coach South Korea Kim Tae-Jong
U-12 Coach South Korea Choi Jae-Young

Managers[edit]

# Name From To Season Notes
1 Germany Werner Lorant 2003/09/25 2004/08/30 2004
C South Korea Chang Woe-Ryong 2004/08/31 2005/01/02 2004
2 South Korea Chang Woe-Ryong 2005/01/03 2006/12/28 2005–2006
C South Korea Park Lee-Chun 2007/01/04 2007/12/20 2007
2 South Korea Chang Woe-Ryong 2007/12/21 2008/12/09 2008 After overseas coaching training, returned.
3 Serbia Ilija Petković 2009/01/29 2010/06/08 2009–2010 After appointed technical advisor)(2009/01/29),
promoted manager.
C South Korea Kim Bong-Gil 2010/06/27 2010/08/21 2010
4 South Korea Huh Jung-Moo 2010/08/23 2012/04/11 2010–2012
C South Korea Kim Bong-Gil 2012/04/12 2012/07/15 2012
5 South Korea Kim Bong-Gil 2012/07/16 present 2012–present

Shirt sponsors and manufacturers[edit]

Year Kit Supplier Main Shirt Sponsor Secondary Sponsor
2004 Puma GM Daewoo None
2005
2006
2007 Shinhan Bank
2008
2009
2010 Shinhan Bank None
2011
2012 Le Coq Sportif
2013 Incheon Shinhan Bank

See also[edit]

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