2019 K League 1

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K League 1 2019
Season2019
Dates1 March –
Matches played60
Goals scored136 (2.27 per match)
Top goalscorerJúnior Negrão (5 goals)
Average attendance13,225
2018
2020
All statistics correct as of 30 March 2019.

The 2019 K League 1 is the 37th season of the top division of professional football in South Korea since its establishment in 1983 as K League and the 2nd season in its current name, the K League 1.[1][2]

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors are the defending champions.

Promotion and relegation[edit]

Teams relegated to the 2019 K League 2

Teams promoted from the 2018 K League 2

Participating clubs by province[edit]

The following twelve clubs will compete in the K League 1 during the 2019 season.[3]

Club City / Area Manager Joined Owner(s) / Sponsor(s)
0 Daegu FC 0 Daegu Brazil Andre 2002 Owner : Government of Daegu, Citizen Stockholder
0 Gangwon FC 0 Gangwon South Korea Kim Byung-soo 2009 Owner : Government of Gangwon, Citizen Stockholder
0 Gyeongnam FC 0 Gyeongsangnam-do South Korea Kim Jong-boo 2008 Owner : Government of Gyeongsangnam-do, Citizen Stockholder
0 Incheon United 0 Incheon South Korea Im Joong-Yong (caretaker) 2004 Owners : Government of Incheon, Citizen Stockholder
Sponsors: Shinhan Bank, Incheon International Airport
0 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 0 Jeonbuk Portugal José Morais 1995 Owner : Hyundai Motor Company in Hyundai Motor Group
0 Jeju United 0 Jeju South Korea Jo Sung-hwan 1983 Owner : SK Energy in SK Group
0 Pohang Steelers 0 Pohang South Korea Kim Gi-dong 1983 Owner : POSCO
0 Sangju Sangmu 0 Sangju South Korea Kim Tae-wan 2011 Owner : Korea Armed Forces Athletic Corps
0 Seongnam FC 0 Seongnam South Korea Nam Ki-il 1988 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 South Korea Lee Lim-saeng 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 1:
Daegu FC Gangwon FC Gyeongnam FC Incheon United Jeju United Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
DGB Daegu Bank Park Chuncheon Songam Leports Town Changwon Football Center Incheon Football Stadium Jeju World Cup Stadium Jeonju World Cup Stadium
Capacity: 12,415 Capacity: 20,000 Capacity: 20,245 Capacity: 20,891 Capacity: 35,657 Capacity: 42,477
Daegu DGB Bank Park 2019.jpg Changwon Soccer Center 2.JPG Incheon Soccer Stadium 2.JPG Jeju World Cup Stadium, Jeju Island.jpg Jeonju World Cup Stadium 2016.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: 17,443 Capacity: 15,042 Capacity: 16,146 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 at least one player from the AFC confederation.[2]

Players name in bold indicates the player is registered during the mid-season transfer window.

Club Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 AFC Player
Daegu FC Brazil Césinha Brazil Edgar Brazil Rildo Japan Tsubasa Nishi
Gangwon FC Bosnia and Herzegovina Nemanja Bilbija Cyprus Valentinos Sielis
Gyeongnam FC Serbia Uroš Đerić Netherlands Luc Castaignos Japan Takahiro Kunimoto
Incheon United Bosnia and Herzegovina Gordan Bunoza Montenegro Stefan Mugoša Iraq Jiloan Hamad Australia Rashid Mahazi
Jeju United Brazil Magno Cruz Costa Rica Elías Aguilar Australia Aleksandar Jovanović
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Brazil Ricardo Lopes Brazil Tiago Alves Australia Bernie Ibini-Isei
Pohang Steelers Brazil Wanderson Russia Stanislav Iljutcenko Serbia Aleksandar Paločević
Seongnam FC Brazil Éder Martinique Mathias Coureur
FC Seoul Spain Osmar Serbia Aleksandar Pešić Uzbekistan Ikromjon Alibaev
Suwon Samsung Bluewings Montenegro Dejan Damjanović Brazil Waguininho Australia Adam Taggart
Ulsan Hyundai Brazil Júnior Negrão Netherlands Dave Bulthuis United States Mix Diskerud Australia Jason Davidson

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 22 14 6 2 46 19 +27 48 Qualification for AFC Champions League group stage
2 Ulsan Hyundai 21 14 5 2 36 16 +20 47
3 FC Seoul 22 12 6 4 38 26 +12 42 Qualification for AFC Champions League play-off round
4 Gangwon FC 22 10 4 8 34 30 +4 34
5 Daegu FC 22 8 9 5 27 20 +7 33
6 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 22 7 8 7 30 28 +2 29
7 Sangju Sangmu[a] 21 8 4 9 22 28 −6 28
8 Pohang Steelers 22 7 5 10 22 31 −9 26
9 Seongnam FC 22 6 6 10 19 26 −7 24
10 Jeju United 22 3 7 12 26 40 −14 16
11 Gyeongnam FC 22 2 9 11 25 42 −17 15 Qualification for Relegation play-offs
12 Incheon United 22 3 5 14 14 33 −19 14 Relegation to K League 2
Updated to match(es) played on 21 July 2019. Source: K League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goals scored; 3) Goal difference; 4) Number of wins; 5) Head-to-head points.
Notes:
  1. ^ Sangju Sangmu are a military team and are not eligible to represent South Korea in the AFC club competitions.

Positions by matchday[edit]

  Leader & AFC Champions League group stage
  Qualification to AFC Champions League group stage
  Qualification to AFC Champions League qualification play-offs
  Relegation playoffs
  Relegation to the K League 2

Round 1–22[edit]

Team ╲ Round12345678910111213141516171819202122
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors535443311122211111111
Ulsan Hyundai364311122211122233222
FC Seoul2221222334333333223333
Gangwon FC129777910778657766555444
Daegu FC8435555443444444444555
Suwon Samsung Bluewings101212101088910988888889766
Sangju Sangmu111234465557555566678
Pohang Steelers1111888791086766677778878
Seongnam FC91010119107567999999989999
Jeju United781112121111121211111110111111121211101010
Gyeongnam FC47996668910101011101010101010111111
Incheon United6566111212111112121212121212111112121212
Updated to match(es) played on 21 July 2019. Source: kleague.com

Round 23–38[edit]

Split rounds are from round 34 to round 38

First match(es) will be played on 21 July 2019. Source: kleague.com [1]

Results[edit]

Matches 1–22[edit]

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

Home \ Away DGU GWN GNM ICU JHM JJU PHS SJS SFC SEO SSB USH
Daegu FC 2–2 1–1 2–1 1–4 2–0 3–0 1–0 1–1 1–2 0–0 1–1
Gangwon FC 0–2 2–1 1–0 2–3 0–1 5–4 4–0 2–1 1–2 0–2 0–0
Gyeongnam FC 2–1 0–2 1–1 3–3 2–2 1–2 1–1 2–1 1–2 3–3 1–3
Incheon United 0–3 1–2 2–1 0–1 1–1 0–1 1–2 0–0 0–2 2–3 0–3
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 1–1 0–1 4–1 2–0 3–1 2–0 2–0 3–1 2–1 1–1 1–1
Jeju United 1–1 2–4 2–0 1–2 0–1 1–1 2–3 1–2 4–2 1–3 1–3
Pohang Steelers 0–2 1–0 4–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–0 0–0 1–0 2–1
Sangju Sangmu 2–0 1–1 2–0 0–3 4–2 1–1 1–0 1–3 0–2 0–1
Seongnam FC 0–1 1–2 1–1 0–0 0–0 1–1 2–0 1–0 0–1 2–1 1–4
FC Seoul 2–1 2–2 2–1 0–0 2–4 0–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 4–2 2–2
Suwon Samsung Bluewings 0–0 1–1 0–0 2–1 0–4 2–0 3–0 0–0 1–1 1–3
Ulsan Hyundai 0–0 2–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 1–0 0–1 2–1 2–1
Updated to match(es) played on 20 July 2019. Source: K League
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Matches 23–33[edit]

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

Home \ Away DGU GWN GNM ICU JHM JJU PHS SJS SFC SEO SSB USH
Daegu FC
Gangwon FC
Gyeongnam FC
Incheon United
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Jeju United
Pohang Steelers
Sangju Sangmu
Seongnam FC
FC Seoul
Suwon Samsung Bluewings
Ulsan Hyundai
First match(es) will be played on 1 March 2019. Source: K League
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

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.

Season statistics[edit]

Attendance[edit]

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 FC Seoul 200,452 32,057 11,291 18,223 +57.6%
2 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 158,896 20,637 10,442 14,445 +21.1%
3 Daegu FC 115,010 12,172 8,247 10,455 +197.2%
4 Ulsan Hyundai 101,775 18,434 3,843 10,176 +35.3%
5 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 111,061 24,019 3,489 10,096 +50.5%
6 Incheon United 94,539 18,541 5,012 8,594 +94.0%
7 Pohang Steelers 90,990 14,376 2,724 8,272 +10.5%
8 Seongnam FC 66,752 11,238 2,526 6,068 +152.8%
9 Gyeongnam FC 40,915 7,182 1,034 3,719 +18.0%
10 Jeju United 36,578 6,034 1,858 3,325 +2.9%
11 Sangju Sangmu 28,369 6,278 1,207 2,579 +95.7%
12 Gangwon FC 26,584 3,154 1,732 2,417 +78.2%
League total 1,071,911 32,057 1,207 8,182 +50.3%

Updated to games played on 21 July 2019
Source: [2]
Notes:
Attendants who entered with free ticket are not counted.
Teams that played previous season in K League 2.

Awards[edit]

Most Valuable Player of The Round[edit]

Monthly Awards[edit]

Month Player of the Month Manager of the Month Goal of the Month
Player Club Manager Club Division Player Club
March Brazil Cesinha Daegu FC South Korea Choi Yong-soo FC Seoul K League 1 South Korea Kim Dae-won Daegu FC
April South Korea Kim Jin-hyuk Daegu FC Portugal José Morais Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors K League 1 South Korea Yeom Ki-hun Suwon Samsung Bluewings
May South Korea Kim Shin-wook Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors South Korea Cho Duck-je Busan IPark K League 2 Serbia Aleksandar Pešić FC Seoul
June South Korea Cho Jae-wan Gangwon FC South Korea Park Jin-sub Gwangju FC K League 2 South Korea Cho Jae-wan Gangwon FC

Season Awards[edit]

The 2019 K League Awards will be held November 2019.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2019 K League NEWS LETTER".
  2. ^ a b "K League United | South Korean football news, opinions, match previews and score predictions".
  3. ^ "K League Official Club Profiles Page".
  4. ^ a b "K LEAGUE / Record".