Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors

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Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
전북 현대 모터스
Full name Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Football Club
전북 현대 모터스 축구단
Nickname(s) Green Warriors
Founded 1994; 20 years ago (1994), as Chonbuk Dinos FC
Ground Jeonju World Cup Stadium (Fortress Jeonju)
Ground Capacity 42,477
Owner Hyundai Motor Company
Chairman Chung Mong-Koo
Manager Choi Kang-Hee
League K League Classic
2013 3rd
Website Club home page
Current season
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Hanja 모터스
Revised Romanization Jeonbuk Hyeondae Moteoseu
McCune–Reischauer Chǒnpuk Hyŏndae Motǒsǔ

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (Korean: 전북 현대 모터스) are a professional football club based in Jeollabuk-do, South Korea. Home stadium in Jeonju, capital city of Jeonbuk (North Jeolla), They won their first K-League title in 2009. Prior to this, the club won the AFC Champions League title in 2006, becoming the first club from East Asia to win the tournament since the AFC Champions League was launched in its current format in 2003, and for a time being the only team in the world to have become continental champions without ever having won a domestic title. This title guaranteed Jeonbuk's participation in the FIFA Club World Cup in December 2006.

Jeonbuk are one of only two clubs to have won Korean FA Cup on more than one occasion (in 2000, 2003, 2005). Jeonbuk became the champion of the K-League for the first time in their history in 2009. The club's color is green which is also the color of Jeonbuk Province. Jeonbuk have been playing at the 42,477 capacity Jeonju World Cup Stadium (nicknamed Jeonju Castle) since 2002.

On 22 October 2011, Jeonbuk claimed their first-place spot in the K-League for the second time in their history. Furthermore, they reached the final of the AFC Champions League, where they reached runners-up position to Al-Sadd after a dramatic penalty-shootout.[1]

On 5 December 2011, Jeonbuk confirmed the K-League title with a 4-2 aggregate victory in the play-off final against Ulsan Hyundai FC.


Jeonbuk Hyundai Motor's predecessor was founded in January 1993 under the original name of Wansan Puma FC. Oh Hyung-Kun was the founder of the team, which was the first team to be named after a home location in the history of the K-League.

However, they were not able to raise enough funds and Wansan Puma FC went into bankruptcy before they could take their place in the K-League. Many people were eager to keep their club and Bobae Ltd., a local alcohol manufacturer, fortunately offered financial support to the club. The club joined the K-League in 1994 after changing its name to 'Jeonbuk Buffalo'. The team began losing money and the team was dissolved after final match in 1994 season. In 1994, Korea was under 2002 World Cup bid campaign, So Hyundai Motors took over Jeonbuk Buffalo's players and launched new club as Jeonbuk Dinos on December 12, 1994.

K-League officially stated that Jeonbuk Buffalo and Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors are different club. Therefore Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors's history and statistics and records are from December 12, 1994.

Since 1994, Jeonbuk have not seriously challenged for the Korean League title, often languishing in mid-table. After Choi Gang-hee was appointed manager in July 2005, Jeonbuk won the Korean FA Cup in December of that year. In 2006, Jeonbuk finished a disappointing eleventh in the Korean League, however the season had a surprising ending, as Jeonbuk won their first AFC Champions Cup final in Homs, Syria. En route to the final they defeated the champions of Japan and China, Gamba Osaka and Dalian Shide, and they also beat Ulsan Horang-i, the champion of Korea, in the semi-final. They triumphed 3–2 on aggregate over Al-Karama, the champion of Syria, in the final.

They had an opportunity to join the FIFA Club World Cup in December 2006 as AFC Champions. They lost their first game 0–1 to Club América in the semi-final on December 10, however, they defeated Auckland City FC 3–0 on December 14 and finished fifth in the tournament.

In 2009, Jeonbuk became the champion of K-League by beating Seongnam Ilhwa 3–1 in aggregate in the K-League Championship on December 6.


Season Division Tms. Pos. FA Cup AFC CL
1995 1 8 7 - -
1996 1 9 5 Quarter-final -
1997 1 10 6 Round of 16 -
1998 1 10 6 Round of 16 -
1999 1 10 7 Final -
2000 1 10 4 Winner -
2001 1 10 9 Semi-final -
2002 1 10 7 Quarter-final -
2003 1 12 5 Winner -
2004 1 13 6 Quarter-final Semi-final
2005 1 13 12 Winner -
2006 1 14 11 Round of 16 Winner
2007 1 14 8 Round of 16 Quarter-final
2008 1 14 4 Quarter-final -
2009 1 15 1 Semi-final -
2010 1 15 3 Quarter-final Quarter-final
2011 1 16 1 Round of 16 Final
2012 1 16 2 Quarter-final Group Stage
2013 1 14 3 Final Round of 16
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league




Champions (2) : 2009, 2011
Champions (3) : 2000, 2003, 2005
Runner-up (2) : 1999, 2013
Champions (1) : 2004
Runner-up (2) : 2001, 2006


Champions (1) : 1999


Champions (1) : 2006
Runner-up (1) : 2011
Runner-up (1) : 2002


As of 28 June 2013, Only K-League matches are counted.

# Name From To Season Record Notes
1 South Korea Cha Kyung-Bok 1994/11/26 1996/12/05 1995–1996 75 23 16 36
2 South Korea Choi Man-Hee 1996/12/06 2001/07/18 1997–2001 160 53 32 75
C South Korea Nam Dae-Sik 2001/07/18 2001/10/03 2001 14 2 6 6
3 South Korea Cho Yoon-Hwan 2001/10/04 2005/06/12 2001–2005 137 47 48 42
C South Korea Kim Hyung-Yul 2005/06/13 2005/07/10 2005 7 2 1 4
4 South Korea Choi Kang-Hee 2005/07/04
231 103 60 68
C South Korea Lee Heung-Sil 2012/01/05 2012/12/12 2012 44 23 13 9
C Brazil Fabio Lefundes 2012/12/20 2013/06/30 2013 13 6 4 3
C South Korea Shin Hong-Gi 2013/06/25 2013/06/27 2013 1 0 0 1


Current squad[edit]

As of 22 July 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 Sun-tae
2 South Korea MF Lee Kyu-ro
3 South Korea DF Lee Jae-myung
4 South Korea MF Kim Kee-hee
5 South Korea DF Jung In-whan
6 South Korea DF Choi Bo-kyung
7 South Korea MF Han Kyo-won
8 Brazil MF Vinícius Reche
9 Brazil FW Kaio
10 Brazil MF Leonardo
11 South Korea MF Lee Seung-gi
13 South Korea MF Kim In-sung
14 South Korea FW Lee Seung-yeoul
15 South Korea MF Jeong Hyuk
16 South Korea FW Lee Sang-hyup
17 South Korea MF Lee Jae-sung
18 Australia DF Alex Wilkinson
19 South Korea DF Park Won-jae
No. Position Player
20 South Korea FW Lee Dong-gook (captain)
21 South Korea GK Lee Bum-soo
22 South Korea MF Shin Hyung-min
23 South Korea GK Choi Eun-sung
24 South Korea MF Park Se-jik
25 South Korea DF Choi Chul-soon
27 South Korea DF Kwon Kyung-won
28 South Korea DF Lee Gang-jin
29 South Korea DF Kwon Young-jin
30 South Korea MF Cho Young-jun
32 South Korea MF Lee Ju-yong
33 South Korea MF Jeong Jong-hee
34 South Korea DF Moon Jin-yong
36 South Korea DF Joo Hyun-tak
37 South Korea MF Choi Geun-jong
38 South Korea MF Choi Jung-kyu
55 South Korea MF Kim Nam-il

Squad number 12 is reserved for the Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors supporters, 'Mad Green Boys'.

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 Hong Jeong-nam (to Sangju Sangmu for military service)
South Korea GK Kim Min-sik (to Sangju Sangmu for military service)
South Korea DF Kim Young-chan (to Suwon FC)
South Korea MF Lee Seung-hyun (to Sangju Sangmu for military service)
South Korea MF Jung Hoon (to Sangju Sangmu for military service)
South Korea MF Kim Jung-woo (to Al Sharjah)
No. Position Player
South Korea MF Seo Sang-min (to Sangju Sangmu for military service)
South Korea MF Park Hee-do (to Ansan Police for military service)
South Korea FW Kim Dong-chan (to Sangju Sangmu for military service)
South Korea FW Song Je-heon (to Sangju Sangmu for military service)
Brazil FW Marcos Aurélio (to Bahia)
South Korea FW Kim Shin (to Olympique Lyonnais)

Backroom staff[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Support staff[edit]

  • Club doctor: South Korea Song Ha-Heon
  • Assistant club doctor: South Korea Kim Byung-Woo
  • Assistant club doctor: South Korea Lee Hyun-Ju
  • Assistant club doctor: South Korea Lee Hyuk-Jun
  • Interpreter: South Korea Kim Min Soo

Kit Suppliers[edit]

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External links[edit]

Preceded by
Saudi Arabia
Champions of Asia
Succeeded by
Urawa Red Diamonds
Preceded by
Suwon Samsung Bluewings
K-League Champions
Succeeded by
FC Seoul
Preceded by
FC Seoul
K-League Champions
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FC Seoul