2014 K League Classic

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K League Classic 2014
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Season 2014
Champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
(3rd title)
Relegated Gyeongnam FC
Sangju Sangmu
Champions League Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Seongnam FC
Suwon Samsung Bluewings
FC Seoul
Matches played 228
Goals scored 503 (2.21 per match)
Top goalscorer Santos
(14 goals)
Biggest home win Jeonbuk 6–0 Sangju
(July 20)
Biggest away win Gyeongnam 1–4 Jeonbuk
(July 13)
Highest scoring 8 goals
Jeju 6–2 Jeonnam
(September 6)
Longest winning run 9 games
Jeonbuk
Longest unbeaten run 15 games
Jeonbuk
Longest winless run 16 games
Gyeongnam
Longest losing run 4 games
Gyeongnam, Jeonnam
Highest attendance 46,549
Seoul v Suwon
(July 12)
Lowest attendance 858
Jeonnam v Seongnam
(November 1)
Average attendance 7,932
2013
2015

The 2014 K League Classic was the 32nd season of the top division of professional football in South Korea since its establishment in 1983 as K-League and the second season in its current name, the K League Classic.

Pohang Steelers were the defending champions, having won their fifth title after five years.

Promotion and relegation[edit]

Teams relegated to 2014 K League Challenge

Teams promoted from the 2013 K League Challenge

Participating clubs[edit]

The following 12 clubs will compete in the K League Classic during the 2014 season.

Club City / Area Manager Joined Owner(s) / Sponsor(s)
0 Busan IPark 0 Busan South Korea Yoon Sung-hyo
1983 –
Owner : Hyundai Development Company
0 Gyeongnam FC 0 Gyeongnam Serbia Branko Babić (caretaker)
2006 –
Owners : Government of Gyeongsangnam-do, Citizen Stockholder
Sponsors : DSME, Gyeongnam Bank
0 Incheon United 0 Incheon South Korea Kim Bong-gil
2004 –
Owners : Government of Incheon, Citizen Stockholder
Sponsors : Shinhan Bank, Incheon International Airport
0 Jeju United 0 Jeju South Korea Park Kyung-hoon
1983 –
Owner : SK Energy in SK Group
0 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 0 Jeonbuk South Korea Choi Kang-hee
1995 –
Owner : Hyundai Motor Company in Hyundai Motor Group
0 Jeonnam Dragons 0 Jeonnam South Korea Ha Seok-ju
1995 –
Owner : POSCO
0 Pohang Steelers 0 Pohang, Gyeongbuk South Korea Hwang Sun-hong
1983 –
Owner : POSCO
0 Sangju Sangmu 0 Sangju, Gyeongbuk South Korea Park Hang-seo
2011 –
Owner : Korea Armed Forces Athletic Corps
0 Seongnam FC 0 Seongnam, Gyeonggi South Korea Lee Sang-yoon (caretaker)
1989 –
Owner : Government of Seongnam, Citizen Stockholder
0 FC Seoul 0 Seoul South Korea Choi Yong-soo
1984 –
Owner : GS Group
0 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 0 Suwon, Gyeonggi South Korea Seo Jung-won
1996 –
Owner : Cheil Worldwide in Samsung Group
Sponsors : Samsung Electronics
0 Ulsan Hyundai 0 Ulsan South Korea Cho Min-kook
1984 –
Owner : Hyundai Heavy Industries in Hyundai Heavy Industries Group

Stadiums[edit]

  • Primary venues used in the K League Classic:
Busan IPark Gyeongnam FC Incheon United Jeju United Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Jeonnam Dragons
Busan Asiad Stadium Changwon Football Center Incheon Football Stadium Jeju World Cup Stadium Jeonju World Cup Stadium Gwangyang Football Stadium
Capacity: 53,864 Capacity: 15,116 Capacity: 20,891 Capacity: 35,657 Capacity: 42,477 Capacity: 20,009
BusanAsiadStadium.jpg Changwon Soccer Center 2.JPG Incheon Soccer Stadium 2.JPG Jeju World Cup Stadium 2.JPG Jeonju World Cup Stadium 2016.jpg Gwangyangstadium1.jpg
Pohang Steelers Sangju Sangmu Seongnam FC FC Seoul Suwon Samsung
Bluewings
Ulsan Hyundai
Pohang Steel Yard Sangju Civic Stadium Tancheon Stadium Seoul World Cup Stadium Suwon World Cup Stadium Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium
Capacity: 25,000 Capacity: 15,042 Capacity: 16,250 Capacity: 66,704 Capacity: 43,959 Capacity: 44,474
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Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing Manner Table Date Incoming Table Date
Seongnam FC South Korea An Ik-soo Resigned Pre-season South Korea Park Jong-hwan Pre-season
Ulsan Hyundai South Korea Kim Ho-gon Resigned Pre-season South Korea Cho Min-kook Pre-season
Gyeongnam FC Serbia Ilija Petković Resigned Pre-season South Korea Lee Cha-man Pre-season
Seongnam FC South Korea Park Jong-hwan Resigned 9th 2014-04-22 South Korea Lee Sang-yoon (caretaker) 8th 2014-07-01
Gyeongnam FC South Korea Lee Cha-man Resigned 12th 2014-08-14 Serbia Branko Babić (caretaker) 12th 2014-08-14
Seongnam FC South Korea Lee Sang-yoon (caretaker) Sacked 10th 2014-08-26 South Korea Kim Hak-bum 10th 2014-09-05


Foreign players[edit]

Restricting the number of foreign players strictly to four per team, including a slot for a player from AFC countries. A team could use four foreign players on the field each game including a least one player from the AFC country.

As of 23 July 2014
Club Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Asian Player
Busan IPark Brazil Fagner Brazil Nilson Brazil Jacio
Gyeongnam FC Croatia Edin Junuzović Serbia Sreten Sretenović Serbia Miloš Stojanović Australia Luke DeVere
Incheon United Brazil Ivo Brazil Diogo
Jeju United Chile Hugo Droguett Australia Aleksandar Jovanović
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Brazil Leonardo Brazil Kaio Brazil Vinícius Reche Australia Alex Wilkinson
Jeonnam Dragons Brazil Leandrinho Croatia Sandi Križman Republic of Macedonia Stevica Ristić Australia Robert Cornthwaite
Pohang Steelers
Seongnam FC Brazil Valdivia Uzbekistan Server Djeparov
FC Seoul Brazil Everton Santos Colombia Mauricio Molina Spain Osmar Barba Japan Sergio Escudero
Suwon Samsung Bluewings Brazil Santos Brazil Roger Brazil Reiner
Ulsan Hyundai Brazil Wander Luiz Brazil Tartá Montenegro Filip Kasalica
  • North Korea Player (Deemed as native players)
Club Player
Suwon Samsung Bluewings North Korea Jong Tae-se

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (C) (Q) 38 24 9 5 60 22 +38 81 Qualification to 2015 AFC Champions League Group stage
2 Suwon Samsung Bluewings (Q) 38 19 10 9 52 37 +15 67
3 FC Seoul (Q) 38 15 13 10 42 28 +14 58 Qualification to 2015 AFC Champions League Third qualifying round
4 Pohang Steelers 38 16 10 12 50 39 +11 58
5 Jeju United 38 14 12 12 39 36 +3 54
6 Ulsan Hyundai 38 13 11 14 44 43 +1 50
7 Jeonnam Dragons 38 14 9 15 48 53 −5 51
8 Busan IPark 38 10 13 15 37 49 −12 43
9 Seongnam FC (Q) 38 9 13 16 32 39 −7 40 Qualification to 2015 AFC Champions League Group stage 1
10 Incheon United 38 8 16 14 33 46 −13 40
11 Gyeongnam FC (R) 38 7 15 16 30 52 −22 36 Qualification for relegation play-offs
12 Sangju Sangmu (R) 38 7 13 18 39 62 −23 34 Relegation to 2015 K League Challenge

Updated to games played on 5 December 2015.
Source: []
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Positions by matchday[edit]

  Leader & 2015 AFC Champions League Group stage
  Qualification to 2015 AFC Champions League Group stage
  Relegation playoffs
  Relegation to the 2015 K League Challenge

Round 1–22[edit]

Team ╲ Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 1 1 2 3 2 2 5 4 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1
Pohang Steelers 8 12 8 5 4 4 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2
Suwon Samsung Bluewings 2 3 6 11 5 6 6 2 4 6 5 6 6 4 5 5 5 3 3 3 3 3
Jeonnam Dragons 2 4 3 2 3 3 4 3 6 4 3 4 4 3 3 3 4 5 5 6 5 4
Jeju United 8 4 4 6 7 5 3 6 3 3 4 3 3 5 4 4 3 4 4 4 4 5
Ulsan Hyundai 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 5 5 5 6 5 5 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 6 6
FC Seoul 8 10 10 9 9 9 11 11 11 10 11 9 9 9 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
Incheon United 6 9 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 11 10 9 9 8
Sangju Sangmu 6 8 7 8 11 11 10 10 10 8 9 11 7 7 8 8 9 9 8 8 8 9
Seongnam FC 8 10 10 9 10 10 8 9 9 11 8 8 8 8 9 9 8 8 9 10 11 10
Busan IPark 12 6 5 4 5 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 10 10 10 10 10 10 11 11 10 11
Gyeongnam FC 2 7 9 7 8 8 9 8 8 9 10 10 11 11 11 11 11 12 12 12 12 12

Source: kleague.com

Round 23–38[edit]

Split rounds are from round 34 to round 38

Team ╲ Round 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Suwon Samsung Bluewings 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
FC Seoul 7 7 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 5 4 4 4 3
Pohang Steelers 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4
Jeju United 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 4 5 5 5 5
Ulsan Hyundai 6 6 7 6 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Jeonnam Dragons 4 5 5 7 6 6 6 6 6 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
Busan IPark 12 11 11 11 12 12 12 12 11 9 9 9 8 8 8 8
Seongnam FC 10 9 9 10 10 10 9 10 9 10 10 10 11 11 10 9
Incheon United 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 9 9 9 10
Gyeongnam FC 11 12 12 12 11 11 10 10 12 12 12 11 10 10 11 11
Sangju Sangmu 9 10 10 9 9 9 11 11 10 11 11 12 12 12 12 12

Last updated: 30 November 2014
Source: kleague.com

Results[edit]

Matches 1–22[edit]

Teams play each other twice, once at home, once away.

Home ╲ Away BIP GNM ICU JJU JHM JND PHS SJS SEN SEO SSB USH
Busan IPark 2–2 2–2 1–1 0–2 0–1 3–1 1–1 1–0 0–2 0–2 0–0
Gyeongnam FC 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–4 2–3 0–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 2–2 0–1
Incheon United 0–0 2–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 1–2 1–1 1–0 0–3 2–0
Jeju United 2–1 1–1 1–0 2–0 2–0 0–0 2–3 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–0
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 3–0 4–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–3 6–0 1–0 1–2 3–2 1–0
Jeonnam Dragons 2–1 3–1 1–2 1–2 0–2 2–2 4–3 2–0 2–2 3–1 1–0
Pohang Steelers 2–0 3–0 3–0 3–0 0–2 3–1 4–2 1–0 0–0 2–1 0–1
Sangju Sangmu 2–0 1–3 2–2 0–1 0–0 1–2 0–2 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–1
Seongnam FC 2–4 1–0 0–0 1–2 0–3 0–1 3–1 0–0 0–0 2–0 1–1
FC Seoul 0–1 0–0 5–1 2–0 1–1 0–1 0–1 2–1 1–0 2–0 0–1
Suwon Samsung Bluewings 1–0 0–0 3–2 1–0 1–0 1–0 4–1 2–2 1–1 0–1 3–2
Ulsan Hyundai 3–0 3–0 3–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 0–2 3–0 0–1 2–1 2–2

Updated to games played on 24 August 2014.
Source: K League
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Matches 23–33[edit]

Teams play every other team once (either at home or away).

Home ╲ Away BIP GNM ICU JJU JHM JND PHS SJS SEN SEO SSB USH
Busan IPark 4–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–3
Gyeongnam FC 2–1 1–0 0–2 0–1
Incheon United 3–0 0–2 3–3 2–1 1–0
Jeju United 0–2 6–2 3–0 0–0 1–0
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 1–0 2–0 2–0 0–0 1–0 1–0
Jeonnam Dragons 2–1 0–0 2–1 0–1 1–2 1–1
Pohang Steelers 0–0 2–2 3–0 1–0 0–1
Sangju Sangmu 1–2 1–0 1–1 1–0 0–1
Seongnam FC 2–0 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–2 3–4
FC Seoul 1–1 1–1 3–1 0–0 0–1
Suwon Samsung Bluewings 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–1 2–2 2–0
Ulsan Hyundai 2–1 1–1 1–2 2–1 0–3

Updated to games played on 26 October 2014.
Source: K League
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Matches 34–38[edit]

After 33 matches, the league splits into two sections of six teams each, with teams playing every other team in their section once (either at home or away). The exact matches are determined upon the league table at the time of the split.

Promotion-Relegation Playoffs[edit]

Promotion and relegation playoffs will be held between the winner of 2014 K League Challenge Playoff and 11th club of 2014 K League Classic. The winner on aggregate score after both matches will earn entry into 2015 K League Classic.

First leg[edit]

3 December 2014
19:00
Gwangju FC 3–1 Gyeongnam FC
Cho Yong-tae Goal 20'
Diego Goal 48'
Sreten Goal 85' (o.g.)
Report Stojanović Goal 32'

Second leg[edit]

6 December 2014
14:00
Gyeongnam FC 1–1 Gwangju FC
Song Soo-young Goal 70' Report Kim Ho-nam Goal 75'

Gwangju FC secure promotion to the 2015 K League Classic season, 4:2 on aggregate.

Season statistics[edit]

Attendance[edit]

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 372,551 34,029 6,527 19,608 0.10848549946294+10.8%
2 FC Seoul 323,244 46,549 4,336 17,013 0.024447522129223+2.4%
3 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 250,134 30,597 6,142 13,165 0.2956401928944+29.5%
4 Pohang Steelers 186,216 17,424 4,487 9,801 0.010412371134021+1.0%
5 Ulsan Hyundai 126,572 16,216 2,016 7,032 -0.79601539506452−20.3%
6 Jeju United 127,520 17,484 1,125 6,712 0.038366336633663+3.8%
7 Incheon United 86,815 11,238 2,086 4,569 -0.6456125476897−35.4%
8 Gyeongnam FC 86,285 10,943 1,554 4,541 -0.76178493541352−23.8%
9 Seongnam FC 71,344 8,624 1,282 3,755 0.32920353982301+32.9%
10 Jeonnam Dragons 67,294 10,022 858 3,365 0.47717295873573+47.7%
11 Busan IPark 61,819 7,008 1,134 3,254 -0.80644361833953−19.3%
12 Sangju Sangmu 48,606 6,469 867 2,558 -0.92279942279942−7.7%
League total 1,808,400 46,549 858 7,932 0.036050156739812+3.6%

Updated to games played on 30 November 2014
Source: K League Classic

Notes:
Attendants who entered with free ticket are not counted.
Team played previous season in K League Challenge.

Top 10 Season Attendances[edit]

Attendance Round Date Home Score Away Venue Weekday Time of Day
46,549 15 12 July 2014 FC Seoul 2–0 Suwon Samsung Bluewings Seoul World Cup Stadium Saturday Evening
41,297 30 5 October 2014 FC Seoul 0–1 Suwon Samsung Bluewings Seoul World Cup Stadium Sunday Afternoon
34,029 35 9 November 2014 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 0–1 FC Seoul Suwon World Cup Stadium Sunday Afternoon
30,597 22 23 August 2014 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 1–2 FC Seoul Jeonju World Cup Stadium Saturday Evening
29,318 10 27 April 2014 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 0–1 FC Seoul Suwon World Cup Stadium Sunday Afternoon
27,558 22 24 August 2014 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 1–1 Seongnam FC Suwon World Cup Stadium Sunday Evening
24,027 21 16 August 2014 FC Seoul 5–1 Incheon United Seoul World Cup Stadium Saturday Evening
23,835 16 19 July 2014 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 3–2 Incheon United Suwon World Cup Stadium Saturday Evening
23,767 5 30 March 2014 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 1–0 Busan IPark Suwon World Cup Stadium Sunday Afternoon
23,466 11 3 May 2014 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 1–0 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Suwon World Cup Stadium Saturday Afternoon

Awards[edit]

The 2014 K League Awards was held on 1 December 2014.

K League Most Valuable Player[edit]

K League Young Player[edit]

K League Top Scorer[edit]

K League Top Assistor[edit]

K League Best XI[edit]

Position Player Club
Goalkeeper South Korea Kwon Sun-tae Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Defender South Korea Hong Chul Suwon Samsung Bluewings
Defender Australia Alex Wilkinson Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Defender South Korea Kim Ju-young FC Seoul
Defender South Korea Cha Du-ri FC Seoul
Midfielder South Korea Lim Sang-hyub Busan IPark
Midfielder South Korea Koh Myong-jin FC Seoul
Midfielder South Korea Lee Seung-gi Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Midfielder South Korea Han Kyo-won Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Forward South Korea Lee Dong-gook Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Forward Brazil Santos Suwon Samsung Bluewings

K League Manager of the Year[edit]

K League Youth Team of the Year[edit]

K League Fair Play Award[edit]

  • The K League Fair Play award was won by FC Seoul

K League Special Award[edit]

'FAN'tastic Player[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]