2017 K League Classic

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K League Classic 2017
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Season 2017
Champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
(5th title)
Relegated Gwangju FC
Champions League Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Ulsan Hyundai
Jeju United
Suwon Samsung Bluewings
Matches played 228
Goals scored 626 (2.75 per match)
Top goalscorer Johnathan
(22 goals)
Biggest home win Jeonnam 5–0 Ulsan
(22 April 2017)
Jeonnam 5–0 Gwangju
(7 May 2017)
Pohang 5–0 Incheon
(14 October 2017)
Biggest away win Jeonbuk 0–4 Jeju
(3 May 2017)
Incheon 1–5 Seoul
(19 July 2017)
Pohang 0–4 Jeonbuk
(17 September 2017)
Gwangju 0–4 Pohang
(18 November 2017)
Highest scoring 7 goals
(4 matches)
Highest attendance 34,376 Seoul vs Suwon (R1)
Lowest attendance 736 Sangju vs Jeonnam (R36)
Average attendance 6,505
2016
2018

The 2017 K League Classic was the 35th season of the top division of professional football in South Korea since its establishment in 1983 as K League and the fifth season in its current name, the K League Classic.

FC Seoul are the defending champions.

Promotion and relegation[edit]

Teams relegated to 2017 K League Challenge

Teams promoted from the 2016 K League Challenge

Participating clubs by province[edit]

Locations of the 2017 K League Classic teams

The following 12 clubs will compete in the K League Classic during the 2017 season.

Club City / Area Manager Joined Owner(s) / Sponsor(s)
0 Daegu FC 0 Daegu South Korea Son Hyun-jun 2002 Owner : Government of Daegu, Citizen Stockholder
0 Gangwon FC 0 Gangwon South Korea Choi Yun-kyum 2009 Owner : Government of Gangwon, Citizen Stockholder
0 Gwangju FC 0 Gwangju South Korea Nam Ki-il 2010 Owner : Government of Gwangju, Citizen Stockholder
0 Incheon United 0 Incheon South Korea Lee Ki-hyung 2004 Owners : Government of Incheon, Citizen Stockholder
Sponsors: Shinhan Bank, Incheon International Airport
0 Jeju United 0 Jeju South Korea Jo Sung-hwan 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 Roh Sang-rae 1995 Owner : POSCO
0 Pohang Steelers 0 Pohang, Gyeongbuk South Korea Choi Soon-ho 1983 Owner : POSCO
0 Sangju Sangmu 0 Sangju, Gyeongbuk South Korea Kim Tae-wan
2011
Owner : Korea Armed Forces Athletic Corps
0 FC Seoul 0 Seoul South Korea Hwang Sun-hong 1984 Owner : GS Group
0 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 0 Suwon, Gyeonggi South Korea Seo Jung-won 1996 Owner : Cheil Worldwide in Samsung
Sponsors: Samsung Electronics, Maeil Dairies Industry
0 Ulsan Hyundai 0 Ulsan South Korea Kim Do-hoon 1984 Owner : Hyundai Heavy Industries in Hyundai Heavy Industries Group

Stadiums[edit]

  • Primary venues used in the K League Classic:
Daegu FC Gangwon FC Gwangju FC Incheon United Jeju United Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Daegu Stadium Alpensia Ski Jumping Stadium Gwangju World Cup Stadium Incheon Football Stadium Jeju World Cup Stadium Jeonju World Cup Stadium
Capacity: 66,422 Capacity: 13,500 Capacity: 40,245 Capacity: 20,891 Capacity: 35,657 Capacity: 42,477
Daegu Stadium.JPG Korea Special Olympics 24 (8381902341).jpg Gwangju World Cup Stadium.jpg Incheon Soccer Stadium 2.JPG Jeju World Cup Stadium, Jeju Island.jpg Jeonju World Cup Stadium 2016.jpg
Jeonnam Dragons Pohang Steelers Sangju Sangmu FC Seoul Suwon Samsung
Bluewings
Ulsan Hyundai
Gwangyang Football Stadium Pohang Steel Yard Sangju Civic Stadium Seoul World Cup Stadium Suwon World Cup Stadium Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium
Capacity: 13,496 Capacity: 17,443 Capacity: 15,042 Capacity: 66,704 Capacity: 43,959 Capacity: 44,102
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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 confederation.

As of 13 July 2017
Club Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Asian Player
Daegu FC Brazil Cesinha Brazil Evandro Brazil Júnior Negrão
Gangwon FC Brazil Diego Maurício Brazil Gerson Burundi Jonathan Nanizayamo Vietnam Lương Xuân Trường
Gwangju FC Brazil Wanderson Costa Niger Olivier Bonnes Northern Ireland Niall McGinn
Incheon United Argentina Enzo Maidana Brazil Weslley Croatia Gordan Bunoza Australia Connor Chapman
Jeju United Brazil Magno Cruz Brazil Mailson Guinea-Bissau Frédéric Mendy Australia Aleksandar Jovanović
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Brazil Edu Brazil Ricardo Lopes State of PalestineBrazil Éder1
Jeonnam Dragons Brazil Jair Croatia Vedran Jugović Hungary Róbert Feczesin Australia Tomislav Mrčela
Pohang Steelers Brazil Lulinha Brazil Muralha Brazil Wanderson
FC Seoul Montenegro Dejan Damjanović Spain Osmar Barba Croatia Ivan Kovačec Iran Khaled Shafiei
Suwon Samsung Bluewings Brazil Johnathan Brazil Santos Croatia Damir Šovšić Australia Matt Jurman
Ulsan Hyundai Austria Richard Windbichler Croatia Mislav Oršić Switzerland Danijel Subotić Japan Takuma Abe
  • ^1 Éder owns Palestine citizenship and was counted as an Asian player in the K League.

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (C) 38 22 9 7 73 35 +38 75 Champions League group stage
2 Jeju United 38 19 9 10 60 37 +23 66
3 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 38 17 13 8 63 41 +22 64 Champions League play-off round
4 Ulsan Hyundai[a] 38 17 11 10 42 45 −3 62 Champions League group stage
5 FC Seoul 38 16 13 9 56 42 +14 61
6 Gangwon FC 38 13 10 15 59 65 −6 49
7 Pohang Steelers 38 15 7 16 63 60 +3 52
8 Daegu FC 38 11 14 13 50 52 −2 47
9 Incheon United 38 7 18 13 32 53 −21 39
10 Jeonnam Dragons 38 8 11 19 53 69 −16 35
11 Sangju Sangmu (O) 38 8 11 19 41 66 −25 35 Qualification to relegation play-offs
12 Gwangju FC (R) 38 6 12 20 33 60 −27 30 Relegation to 2018 K League 2
Source: K League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goals scored; 3) Goal difference; 4) Number of wins; 5) Head-to-head points
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.
Notes:


Positions by matchday[edit]

  Leader & 2018 AFC Champions League
  Qualification to 2018 AFC Champions League
  Relegation playoffs
  Relegation to the 2018 K League 2

Round 1-22[edit]

Team ╲ Round12345678910111213141516171819202122
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors1222211122131111111111
Ulsan Hyundai1786678763444222223222
Suwon Samsung Bluewings611111010107646556766464433
Jeju United4111132211212453346554
Gangwon FC166785611109765344532345
FC Seoul6335544535677677777766
Pohang Steelers8553323474323535655677
Jeonnam Dragons812121212119898998999988988
Sangju Sangmu8444465357889888899899
Daegu FC119911781091111111110101010101111111110
Incheon United119109111212121212121212121211111010101011
Gwangju FC4878991110810101011111112121212121212
Source: kleague.com

Round 23-38[edit]

Split rounds are from round 34 to round 38

Team ╲ Round23242526272829303132333435363738
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors1111111111111111
Jeju United4444222222222222
Suwon Samsung Bluewings2222444444444333
Ulsan Hyundai3333333333333444
FC Seoul6555555555555555
Gangwon FC5666666666666666
Pohang Steelers7777777777777777
Daegu FC1010109999999888888
Incheon United111211111010101111111111101099
Jeonnam Dragons88888888889911111010
Sangju Sangmu999101111111010101010991111
Gwangju FC12111212121212121212121212121212
Source: kleague.com

Results[edit]

Matches 1–22[edit]

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

Home \ Away[1] DGU GWN GWJ ICU JJU JHM JND PHS SJS SEO SSB USH
Daegu FC 1–2 2–2 2–2 1–2 0–2 2–1 3–0 2–0 2–1 0–3 1–3
Gangwon FC 2–1 2–2 2–1 2–1 1–1 2–2 2–2 2–0 0–1 1–2 0–1
Gwangju FC 1–0 1–1 0–0 0–1 1–0 1–2 1–2 1–2 3–2 0–3 1–1
Incheon United 0–0 1–1 1–0 0–1 0–0 1–3 0–3 1–1 1–5 3–3 1–2
Jeju United 4–2 1–2 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–0 3–0 4–1 1–2 1–2 3–0
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 2–2 4–1 3–1 1–1 0–4 2–1 2–0 4–1 1–0 2–0 4–0
Jeonnam Dragons 4–3 2–1 5–0 3–2 2–2 0–3 1–3 1–3 2–2 1–3 5–0
Pohang Steelers 2–1 1–2 2–0 2–0 2–1 1–3 1–1 1–2 3–2 2–3 1–2
Sangju Sangmu 1–1 1–2 1–0 0–1 0–3 1–3 1–1 0–1 2–2 1–3 0–0
FC Seoul 0–0 2–3 2–1 3–0 0–0 2–1 1–0 1–0 1–2 1–1 0–0
Suwon Samsung Bluewings 1–1 3–3 0–0 3–0 1–0 0–2 4–1 1–0 0–0 1–2 1–2
Ulsan Hyundai 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–2 1–0 0–0 1–0 2–1 0–1 1–1 2–1

Updated to games played on 2 September 2017.
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[1] DGU GWN GWJ ICU JJU JHM JND PHS SJS SEO SSB USH
Daegu FC 1–1 2–1 2–2 2–2 0–0
Gangwon FC 0–1 2–0 0–2 3–3 1–1
Gwangju FC 0–1 1–1 2–1 1–4 0–1 1–1
Incheon United 0–0 0–0 1–3 2–0 1–0 1–1
Jeju United 2–0 1–1 0–1 3–1 3–2 2–1
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 1–1 4–3 3–1 1–2 0–1
Jeonnam Dragons 1–4 0–0 1–1 2–0 0–1
Pohang Steelers 5–2 3–2 0–4 1–1 2–2 1–1
Sangju Sangmu 1–2 3–2 1–2 2–2 0–1
FC Seoul 3–1 0–0 1–2 1–1 1–1
Suwon Samsung Bluewings 2–3 2–3 1–1 3–0 3–0 0–1
Ulsan Hyundai 3–2 1–1 1–0 1–1 4–2 1–1

Updated to games played on 8 October 2017.
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 was held between the winners of the 2017 K League Challenge playoff and 11th club of the 2017 K League Classic. The winner on aggregate score after both matches earned entry into the 2018 K League Classic.

First leg[edit]

Busan IPark 0–1 Sangju Sangmu
Report Yeo Reum Goal 7'
Attendance: 1,322
Referee: Lee Dong-jun

Second leg[edit]

Sangju Sangmu 0–1 (a.e.t.) Busan IPark
Report Rômulo Goal 16' (pen.)
Penalties
Yeo Reum Penalty scored
Sin Jin-ho Penalty scored
Lim Chae-min Penalty scored
Kim Ho-nam Penalty scored
Joo Min-kyu Penalty scored
5–4 Penalty scored Rômulo
Penalty scored Léo Mineiro
Penalty scored Lee Dong-jun
Penalty missed Ko Kyung-min
Penalty scored Lim You-hwan
Attendance: 2,714
Referee: Kim Seong-ho

Sangju Sangmu retained its 2018 K League Classic spot, 5:4 on penalties.

Season statistics[edit]

Attendance[edit]

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 FC Seoul 310,011 34,376 6,384 16,316 −9.4%
2 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 222,029 20,935 6,190 11,686 −30.4%
3 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 166,934 26,581 4,147 8,786 −17.4%
4 Ulsan Hyundai 160,825 13,225 4,531 8,464 −3.2%
5 Pohang Steelers 159,060 18,587 2,437 8,372 +9.0%
6 Incheon United 112,708 13,301 2,930 5,932 −2.0%
7 Jeonnam Dragons 78,093 10,579 1,565 4,110 −0.1%
8 Jeju United 77,096 8,526 2,184 4,058 −28.7%
9 Daegu FC 63,460 13,478 1,047 3,340 +23.2%
10 Gwangju FC 57,858 11,830 1,020 3,045 −12.4%
11 Gangwon FC 43,822 7,438 1,216 2,306 +116.3%
12 Sangju Sangmu 31,254 5,523 736 1,645 −15.3%
League total 1,483,150 34,376 736 6,505 −17.4%

Updated to games played on 19 November 2017
Source: K League Classic
Notes:
Attendants who entered with free ticket are not counted.
Teams that played previous season in K League Challenge.

Top 10 Season Attendances[edit]

Attendance Round Date Home Score Away Venue
34,376 1 5 March 2017 FC Seoul 1–1 Suwon Samsung Bluewings Seoul World Cup Stadium
27,257 35 21 October 2017 FC Seoul 2–2 Suwon Samsung Bluewings Seoul World Cup Stadium
26,581 26 12 August 2017 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 0–1 FC Seoul Suwon World Cup Stadium
26,261 9 3 May 2017 FC Seoul 1–0 Jeonnam Dragons Seoul World Cup Stadium
23,913 23 23 July 2017 FC Seoul 1–2 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Seoul World Cup Stadium
20,935 1 5 March 2017 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 2–1 Jeonnam Dragons Jeonju Stadium
20,140 14 18 June 2017 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 1–2 FC Seoul Suwon World Cup Stadium
19,141 4 2 April 2017 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 1–0 FC Seoul Jeonju Stadium
18,587 2 12 March 2017 Pohang Steelers 2–0 Gwangju FC Pohang Steel Yard
18,087 27 19 August 2017 FC Seoul 1–1 Ulsan Hyundai Seoul World Cup Stadium

Awards[edit]

Most Valuable Player of The Round[edit]

Manager of the Month[edit]

Month Manager Club Division
March South Korea Jo Sung-hwan Jeju United K League Classic
April South Korea Kim Jong-boo Gyeongnam FC K League Challenge
May South Korea Choi Yun-kyum Gangwon FC K League Classic
June South Korea Choi Kang-hee Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors K League Classic
July South Korea Seo Jung-won Suwon Samsung Bluewings K League Classic
August South Korea Hwang Sun-hong FC Seoul K League Classic
September South Korea Kim Do-hoon Ulsan Hyundai K League Classic
October Brazil André(caretaker) Daegu FC K League Classic

Season Awards[edit]

The 2017 K League Awards was held on 20 November 2017.

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 Cho Hyun-woo Daegu FC
Defender South Korea Kim Jin-su Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Defender South Korea Kim Min-jae Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Defender South Korea Oh Ban-suk Jeju United
Defender South Korea Choi Chul-soon Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Midfielder South Korea Yeom Ki-hun Suwon Samsung Bluewings
Midfielder South Korea Lee Jae-sung Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Midfielder South Korea Lee Chang-min Jeju United
Midfielder South Korea Lee Seung-gi Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Forward Brazil Johnathan Suwon Samsung Bluewings
Forward South Korea Lee Keun-ho Gangwon FC

K League Manager of the Year[edit]

'FAN'tastic Player[edit]

External links[edit]