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Sangju Sangmu
상주 상무
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Full name Sangju Sangmu Football Club
상주 상무 프로축구단
Nickname(s) Bulsajo (Phoenix)
Founded 2011 as Sangju Sangmu Phoenix[1]
1984 as Sangmu FC (Original)
Ground Sangju Civic Stadium
Ground Capacity 15,042
Owner Korea Armed Forces Athletic Corps
Chairman Seong Baek-Young (mayor)
Manager Park Hang-Seo
League K League Challenge
2014 K League Classic 12th (Relegated)
Website Club home page
Current season
Korea Armed Forces
Athletic Corps
  • First Athletics Unit
    • Basketball
    • Boxing
    • Football
    • Handball
    • Judo
    • Rugby
    • Wrestling

  • Second Athletics Unit

  • Third Athletics Unit
    • Aquatics
    • Archery
    • Athletics
    • Biathlon
    • Cycling
    • Fencing
    • Modern pentathlon
    • Shooting
    • Taekwondo
    • Women's football

Sangju Sangmu FC (Korean: 상주 상무 프로축구단), is a professional football club that plays in the K League Classic. The club is based in Sangju, South Korea. Sangmu (상무, 尙武) is the sports division of the Military of South Korea. The club officially removed the word "Phoenix" in its name since 2013. The club's mascot is the Bulsajo, which translates to "Phoenix" in English. The club's hometown was moved from Gwangju to Sangju, Gyeongsangbuk-do after Gwangju founded the new professional club Gwangju FC in 2011.

History[edit]

Origin - Army FC, Navy FC, Air Force FC era (?-1983)[edit]

There were ROK Army FC, ROK Navy FC, ROK Air Force FC until 1983 in Korea. ROK Marine Corps FC became ROK Navy FC in 1973. The 3 military football clubs were consolidated into one, football side of Korea Armed Forces Athletic Corps in January 1984.

Founding and Sangmu Semi-professional FC era (1984–2002)[edit]

Sangmu FC was founded on 11 January 1984, as the football side of Korea Armed Forces Athletic Corps.[2][3] Although Sangmu squad was composed of professional players from K-League club, Sangmu FC competed in the Semi-professional league (present Korea National League). In 1985 Sangmu joined the K-League for the 1985 season, but spent only one year in the league before dropping out.

Sangmu's playing staff is made up of young Korean professional footballers serving their compulsory two year military duty. Fifteen players join up at the start of every season and spend two years with the side before returning to their previous professional club. Sangmu are not allowed to sign any foreign players because of their military status. The military nature of the club means that the overwhelming majority of the players are in their early 20s, and thus lack the playing experience of the opponents. As a consequence, the club has historically been underachievers in the K-League.

The reserve side, Sangmu B, competed in the K2 League from 2003 to 2005 before joining the K-League reserve league. It finished runners-up in the 2003 K2 League season, and was based in Icheon for the three years it competed at K2 level.

Gwangju Sangmu FC era (2003–2010)[edit]

After establishing a home base in Gwangju, the club rejoined the K-League at the start of the 2003 season as Gwangju Sangmu Bulsajo. Since 2004, the club has been known as Gwangju Sangmu FC.

Sangju Sangmu FC era (2011–present)[edit]

Once Gwangju FC was established, Gwangju Sangmu FC moved to Sangju, Gyeongsangbuk-do, as Korea Armed Forces Athletic Corps moved to Mungyeong, near Sangju. The club name was officially changed to Sangju Sangmu Phoenix FC in January 2010.[4] Since the 2011 season, the club has participated as Sangju Sangmu Phoenix FC.[5]

After winning the inaugural season of the 2013 K-League Challenge and winning the first ever K-League promotion-relegation playoffs against Gangwon FC, who finished third from the bottom of the 2013 K-League Classic, Sangju Sangmu was promoted to the South Korea's top-tier league.[6][7]

Records[edit]

Season Division Tms. Pos. FA Cup
1985 1 8 6 -
1996 Semi-professional Era Round of 16
1997 1st Round
1998 Round of 16
1999 Quarter-final
2000 Round of 16
2001 Round of 16
2002 Round of 16
2003 1 12 10 Round of 16
2004 1 13 8 Quarter-final
2005 1 13 13 Round of 16
2006 1 14 14 Round of 16
2007 1 14 14 Round of 16
2008 1 14 14 Quarter-final
2009 1 15 11 Round of 16
2010 1 15 14 Quarter-final
2011 1 16 14 Round of 16
2012 1 16 16 Round of 16
2013 2 10 1 Round of 16
2014 1 12 12 Semi-final
2015 2
Key
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league

Honours[edit]

Professional[edit]

2013

Reserve team[edit]

2003

Amateur[edit]

1984
1996

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 2 March 2015

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 Kim Keun-bae
2 South Korea DF Lee Yong
4 South Korea DF Kang Min-soo
5 South Korea DF Kim Sung-hwan
6 South Korea DF Yeo Sung-hye
7 South Korea MF Lee Hyun-woong
8 South Korea MF Seo Sang-min
9 South Korea MF Lee Seung-gi
10 South Korea FW Cho Dong-geon
11 South Korea MF Lim Sang-hyub
12 South Korea FW Park Seung-il
13 South Korea FW Han Kyung-in
14 South Korea MF Kwon Soon-hyung
16 South Korea MF Choi Hyun-tae
17 South Korea FW Hwang Il-su
18 South Korea FW Lee Jung-hyup
19 South Korea FW Song Je-heon
20 South Korea FW Han Sang-woon
21 South Korea GK Park Ji-young
22 South Korea DF Kwak Kwang-seon
No. Position Player
23 South Korea MF Choi Jong-hwan
24 South Korea DF Jang Hyun-woo
25 South Korea FW Park Gi-dong
26 South Korea FW Kim Do-yeop
27 South Korea MF Park Gyung-ik
28 South Korea MF Lee Hoo-kwon
29 South Korea FW Bae Il-hwan
31 South Korea GK Yang Dong-won
32 South Korea MF Park Jun-tae
33 South Korea DF Kim Ji-Woong
34 South Korea MF Kim Dae-yeol
41 South Korea GK Yoon Pyeong-gook
42 South Korea MF Yoo Soo-Hyun
43 South Korea DF Kim Chang-hoon
44 South Korea DF Kim Kyung-Min
55 South Korea DF Ahn Jae-Hoon
89 South Korea DF Choi Ho-Jung
South Korea DF Park Jin-po
South Korea MF Lee Chang-hoon

Managers[edit]

# Name From To Season Notes
South Korea Kim Young-Bae 1984/01/11 1984/??/?? 1984 (Semi-professional)
South Korea Jang Jong-Dae 1985/??/?? 1985/07/09 1985
South Korea Kim Young-Bae 1985/07/10 1989/12/?? 1985
1986-1989 (Semi-professional)
South Korea Lee Kang-Jo 1990/??/?? 2010/10/27 1990-2002 (Semi-professional)
2003-2010
1 South Korea Lee Soo-Chul 2010/10/28 2011/07/13 2010–2011
C South Korea Kim Tae-Wan 2011/07/14 2011/12/29 2011
2 South Korea Park Hang-Seo 2011/12/30 present 2012–present

Season record[edit]

K-League[edit]

Gwangju Sangmu
Season Teams P W D L GF GA GD Pts Position Korean FA Cup League Cup Top scorer
(League goals)
1985 8 21 6 7 8 23 30 −7 19 6th None None South Korea Hong Seok-Min (6)
2003 12 44 13 7 24 41 60 −19 46 10th Round of 16 None South Korea Lee Dong-Gook (11)
2004 13 24 6 11 7 18 20 −2 29 8th Quarter-finals 10th South Korea Park Jung-Hwan (4)
2005 13 24 4 5 15 23 38 −15 17 13th Round of 16 11th South Korea Kim Sang-Rok (5)
2006 14 26 5 8 13 17 29 −12 23 14th Round of 16 11th South Korea Kang Yong (4)
South Korea Chung Kyung-Ho (4)
2007 14 26 2 6 18 14 44 −30 12 14th Round of 16 Group stage South Korea Namgung Do (7)
2008 14 26 3 7 16 22 46 −24 16 14th Quarter-finals Group stage South Korea Kim Myung-Joong (7)
2009 15 28 9 3 16 33 40 −7 30 11th Round of 16 Group stage South Korea Choi Sung-Kuk (9)
2010 15 28 3 10 15 17 43 −26 19 14th Quarter-finals Group stage South Korea Choi Sung-Kuk (4)
Sangju Sangmu Phoenix
2011 16 30 7 8 15 36 53 −17 29 14th Round of 16 Group stage South Korea Kim Jung-Woo (15)

R-League[edit]

Gwangju Sangmu Reserves
Season Stage Teams P W D L GF GA GD Pts Position Top scorer
(League goals)
2002 South Group 5 16 7 7 2 33 18 +15 28 1st
Playoff 4 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0 Semi-finals
2006 Group A 4 18 6 4 8 23 26 −3 22 4th
2007 Group B 4 18 7 4 7 28 25 +3 25 3rd
2008 Group B 8 21 9 4 8 29 29 0 31 6th
2009 Group B 4 12 5 3 4 20 15 +5 18 2nd
2010 Group B 8 14 6 2 6 23 24 −1 20 4th
Sangju Sangmu Phoenix Reserves
2011 Group B 8 21 11 4 6 33 32 +1 37 1st

Korea National League[edit]

Icheon Sangmu
Season Stage Teams P W D L GF GA GD Pts Position League Cup Top scorer
(League goals)
2003 First Stage 10 9 4 2 3 15 13 +2 14 4th None South Korea Lee Gwang-Jae (7)
Second Stage 10 9 5 4 0 18 9 +9 19 1st
Playoff 2 2 0 1 1 4 5 −1 1 Runner-up
2004 First Stage 10 9 6 1 2 12 9 +3 19 3rd Group stage South Korea Kim Man-Joong (3)
South Korea Park Jung-Hwan (3)
Second Stage 10 9 2 4 3 11 12 −1 10 6th
2005 First Stage 11 10 4 3 3 11 8 +3 15 6th Semi-finals South Korea Oh Jung-Seok (7)
Second Stage 11 10 5 3 2 11 6 +5 18 2nd

Crests[edit]

Kit Supplier[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Official Club Profile at K League Website (Korean)
  2. ^ 군경기단체 국군체육부대로 통합 팀 명칭 상무, 마스코트는 불사조로 (in Korean). Dong-a Ilbo. 1984-01-11. 
  3. ^ 육,해,공 3군통합 스포츠팀 상무 창단 (in Korean). Maeil Business Newspaper. 1984-01-12. 
  4. ^ 상주상무피닉스축구단 운영방침 및 사업계획 (in Korean). Sangju City Hall. 2011-01-10. 
  5. ^ ""경북 상주로" 상무, 연고지 변경해 내년 K리그 참가" (in Korean). The Daily Sports Seoul. 2010-12-10. 
  6. ^ ""K리그 챌린지 초대 우승팀 상주 우승 트로피 수상" (in Korean). Sportal Korea. 2013-11-17. 
  7. ^ 강제강등에서 첫 승격까지, 역사가 된 상주상무 (in Korean). MK Sports. 2013-12-07. 

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