Pohang Steelers

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Pohang Steelers
포항 스틸러스
Pohang Steelers emblem (5 stars).svg
Full name Football Club Pohang Steelers
포항 스틸러스
Founded 1973; 41 years ago (1973), as POSCO FC
Ground Pohang Steel Yard
Ground Capacity 25,000
Owner POSCO
Chairman Kim Tae-Man
Manager Hwang Sun-Hong
League K League Classic
2013 Champions
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours
Current season

Pohang Steelers is a South Korean professional football club based in Pohang, Gyeongsangbuk-do. They were originally called POSCO, after the Pohang Iron and Steel Company that owned it. The club was founded in 1973 and is one of Korean football's most successful sides.

They are the most successful team in Asia with three AFC Champions League titles.[1]

History[edit]

Pohang Steelers players warming up during the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup.

Originally founded as an semi-professional football club, as the POSCO Football Club in 1973, the club turned professional from the 1984 season and changed its name to POSCO Dolphins. A further name changed occurred for the 1985 season, during which they were called the POSCO Atoms. 1986 saw them win their first Championship, and they enjoyed a great spell of domination in the league; between 1985 and 1998 they were continuously in the top four of the K-League.

The club achieved a Korean football 'first' at the end of 1990 with the opening of their purpose-built 20,000 seater Steelyard Stadium.

1995 saw yet another name change, when the club became the Pohang Atoms. This name change was an attempt to further strengthen local ties with the region, and in 1997 they adopted their current name, the Pohang Steelers. The side scaled Asian football heights, winning the Asian Champions Cup in 1997 and 1998 to establish themselves as one of Asia's top teams.

Unfortunately, the club suffered something of a fall from grace in the 2000s, struggling near the foot of the table, but bounced back to the forefront of Korean football by winning the first stage of the 2004 K-League Championship. The club qualified for the final Championship match of the 2004 season, but lost 4–3 on penalties to Suwon Samsung Bluewings.

In 2007, the club won the Championship Playoff by beating Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma, who finished in 1st place in the regular season of the K-League. Pohang won the first leg playoff game at home 3–1, and then traveled to Seongnam for the second leg game, recording a 1–0 victory to seal a 4–1 aggregate triumph. The Steelers had ended the K-League season in 5th place, but then defeated Daejeon Citizen, Gyeongnam FC, Suwon Samsung Bluewings and finally Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma in the playoffs to win the championship.

Pohang again made the playoffs in the 2008 season by finishing the season 5th in the league, but were knocked out in their playoff game by Ulsan Hyundai FC in a penalty shoot-out. However, the club fared much better in the Korean FA Cup. After defeating Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma in the quarter final with a penalty shoot-out following a one-all draw after regular and extra time, Pohang knocked out Daegu FC in the semi-final, and then Gyeongnam FC in the final to ensure qualification for the 2009 AFC Champions League by virtue of winning the 2008 Korean FA Cup.

The Steelers then enjoyed a dream run in the Champions League, which saw the club defeat Umm-Salal of Qatar 2–1 (4–1 agg.) to advance to their first ever AFC Champions League final.[2] The Steelers defeated Saudi club Al-Ittihad 2-1 at the National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan to claim the title.[3]

For the 2009 K-League season, Pohang once again qualified for the playoff phase of the league by finishing the regular season in 2nd place, equal with FC Seoul on points, but ahead on goal difference. The Steelers had a bye to the semi-finals, but lost to Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma.[4] Nonetheless, their regular season placing saw them qualify for the 2010 AFC Champions League Group Stage.

Following the conclusion of the 2009 K-League season, at the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup in December, the Steelers finished in third place after defeating Atlante F.C. 4–3 on penalties.[5]

Records[edit]

Season Division Tms. Pos. FA Cup AFC CL
1983 1 5 4 - -
1984 1 8 5 - -
1985 1 8 2 - -
1986 1 6 1 - -
1987 1 5 2 - -
1988 1 5 1 - -
1989 1 6 4 - -
1990 1 6 3 - -
1991 1 6 3 - -
1992 1 6 1 - -
1993 1 6 4 - -
1994 1 7 3 - -
1995 1 8 2 - -
1996 1 9 3 Winners -
1997 1 10 4 Semi-final Winners
1998 1 10 3 Semi-final Winners
1999 1 10 5 Round of 16 Quarter-final
2000 1 10 9 Quarter-final -
2001 1 10 5 Runners-up -
2002 1 10 6 Runners-up -
2003 1 12 7 Quarter-final -
2004 1 13 2 Round of 32 -
2005 1 13 5 Quarter-final -
2006 1 14 3 Round of 16 -
2007 1 14 1 Runners-up -
2008 1 14 5 Winners Group Stage
2009 1 15 3 Quarter-final Winners
2010 1 15 9 Round of 16 Quarter-final
2011 1 16 3 Semi-final -
2012 1 16 3 Winners Group Stage
2013 1 14 1 Winners Group Stage
Key
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league

Honours[edit]

2009 AFC Champions League winner Pohang Steelers.

Domestic[edit]

Professional[edit]

Amateur[edit]

International[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 28 March 2014

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

No. Position Player
1 South Korea GK Shin Hwa-Yong
2 South Korea MF Park Hee-Chul
3 South Korea DF Kim Gwang-Seok
5 South Korea MF Kim Tae-Su
6 South Korea DF Kim Jun-Su
7 South Korea MF Kim Jae-Sung
9 South Korea MF Hwang Ji-Soo
11 South Korea FW Kang Su-Il (on loan from Jeju)
12 South Korea FW Kim Seung-Dae
13 South Korea DF Kim Won-Il
14 South Korea FW Bae Chun-Suk
15 South Korea FW Shin Young-Jun
16 South Korea FW Lee Kwang-Hoon
17 South Korea DF Shin Kwang-Hoon
18 South Korea FW Ko Mu-Yeol
19 South Korea MF Moon Chang-Jin
20 South Korea DF Yoon Jun-Sung
21 South Korea FW Lee Jin-Seok
No. Position Player
22 South Korea DF Kim Dae-Ho
23 South Korea FW Yoo Chang-Hyun
24 South Korea DF Bae Seul-Ki
25 South Korea MF Park Joon-Hee
26 South Korea FW Cho Chan-Ho
27 South Korea DF Park Sun-Ju
28 South Korea MF Son Joon-Ho
29 South Korea MF Lee Myung-Joo
30 South Korea MF Kang Sang-Woo
31 South Korea GK Kim Da-Sol
32 South Korea DF Kim Hyung-Il
33 South Korea FW Yoo Je-Ho
34 South Korea MF Lee Kwang-Hyuk
38 South Korea DF Kil Young-Tae
41 South Korea GK Kim Jin-Young
50 South Korea GK Kang Hyun-Moo

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
South Korea DF An Il-Joo (at Sangju Sangmu)
South Korea DF Lee Won-Jae (at Police FC)
South Korea DF Lee Hee-Chan (at Goyang Hi FC)
No. Position Player
South Korea MF Shin Jin-Ho (at Qatar SC)
South Korea FW Kang Ki-Hoon (at Gimhae FC)

Club official[edit]

Coaching staff

  • Coach : South Korea Yoon Hee-Joon
  • Physical Coach : Brazil Luis Flavio Ribeiro Buongermino
  • Goalkeeper Coach : South Korea Kim Il-Jin
  • Trainer : South Korea Kim Tae-Soo, South Korea Ahn Seung-Hoon
  • Interpreter : South Korea Na Young-Jun

Youth Club Staff

  • U-18 Manager : South Korea Lee Chang-Won
  • U-18 Coach : South Korea Baek Ki-Tae
  • U-15 Manager : South Korea Kim Dong-Young
  • U-15 Coach : South Korea
  • U-12 Manager : South Korea Kim Sung-Jin
  • U-12 Coach : South Korea Oh Jin-Kwang
  • Goalkeeper Coach : Republic of Macedonia Gjorgji Jovanovski
  • Youth Academy Coach(North) : South Korea Lee Young-Hwan
  • Youth Academy Coach (South) : South Korea Na Yeong-Chae
  • Youth Club Officer : South Korea Shin Joo-Hyun

Managers[edit]

As of end of season. Only K-League matches are counted.

# Name From To Season Won Drawn Lost Notes
1 South Korea Han Hong-Ki 1973/05/02 1984/11/29 1983–1984 16 11 17
2 South Korea Choi Eun-Taek 1984/11/29 1986/12/16 1985–1986 20 16 21
3 South Korea Lee Hoe-Taik 1986/12/16 1992/12/31 1987–1992 75 70 61 Included Kim Soon-Ki, Kim Chul-Soo
and Cho Yoon-Ok's records.
C South Korea Kim Soon-Ki
South Korea Kim Chul-Soo
1989/04/29 1989/??/?? 1989 Lee Hoe-Taik was called up
as a natioal team manager for
1990 FIFA World Cup
C South Korea Cho Yoon-Ok 1989/09/?? 1989/??/?? 1989 Lee Hoe-Taik was called up
as a natioal team manager for
1990 FIFA World Cup
4 South Korea Huh Jung-Moo 1993/01/?? 1995/11/25 1993–1995 42 40 24 Included Kim Soon-Ki's records.
C South Korea Kim Soon-Ki 1994/??/?? 1994/07/?? 1994 Huh Jung-Moo was called up
as a natioal team assistant manager for
1994 FIFA World Cup
5 South Korea Park Sung-Hwa 1995/12/12 2000/07/31 1996–2000 76 47 59
C South Korea Choi Soon-Ho 2000/08/01 2003/12/31 2000 57 47 59
6 2001/01/01 2004/12/05 2001–2004
7 Brazil Sérgio Farias 2005/01/06 2009/12/20 2005–2009 83 55 43
8 Brazil Waldemar Lemos 2010/01/08 2010/05/10 2010 2 3 6
C South Korea Park Chang-Hyun 2010/05/11 2010/11/08 2010 7 8 6
9 South Korea Hwang Sun-Hong 2010/12/13 present 2011–present 21 8 8

Kit Supplier[edit]

Colors[edit]

In 1994, Posco Atoms wore a green kit and a white kit with a multicolored sun in the center, in 1997 Pohang Steelers wore a white shirt with black shoulders stripes and black shorts, while in 2000 the first kit consisted of a sky blue shirt and white shorts, while the away kit was a black and red hooped shirt and black shorts (similar to the current kit). In 2002 the kit was red with a black V in the chest.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "포항스틸러스, AFC 예선 히로시마전 아쉬운 무승부". 
  2. ^ "East to meet West in AFC final". FIFA.com. 2009-10-28. Retrieved 2009-12-21. 
  3. ^ "Pohang book UAE berth". FIFA.com. 2009-11-07. Retrieved 2009-12-21. 
  4. ^ "Asian champions Pohang go down to Seongnam". the-afc.com (AFC). 2009-11-30. Retrieved 2011-07-02. 
  5. ^ "Pohang penalty joy". ESPN Soccernet. 2009-12-19. Retrieved 2009-12-21. 

External links[edit]

Achievements
Preceded by
Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma
South Korea
Champions of Asia
1996–97
Succeeded by
Holders
Preceded by
Holders
Champions of Asia
1997–98
Succeeded by
Júbilo Iwata
Japan
Preceded by
Gamba Osaka
Japan
Champions of Asia
2009
Succeeded by
Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma
South Korea
Preceded by
Lucky-Goldstar Hwangso
K-League Champions
1986
Succeeded by
Daewoo Royals
Preceded by
Daewoo Royals
K-League Champions
1988
Succeeded by
Yukong Elephants
Preceded by
Daewoo Royals
K-League Champions
1992
Succeeded by
Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma
Preceded by
Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma
K-League Champions
2007
Succeeded by
Suwon Samsung Bluewings
Preceded by
FC Seoul
K League Classic Champions
2013
Succeeded by
Incumbent