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FC Seoul
FC 서울
Club crest
Full name Football Club Seoul
Short name Seoul
Founded 22 December 1983; 32 years ago (22 December 1983), as Lucky-Goldstar FC[1]
Ground Seoul World Cup Stadium
Ground Capacity 66,704[2]
Owner GS Group
Chairman Huh Chang-soo
Manager Hwang Sun-hong
League K League Classic
2015 4th
Website Club home page
Current season

FC Seoul (Korean: FC 서울) is a South Korean professional football club based in Seoul, the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea, that plays in the K League Classic. It is currently owned by GS Sports, a subsidiary of GS Group.

The club was officially founded as Lucky-Goldstar FC in 1983, by the Lucky-Goldstar Group. FC Seoul have won 5 League titles, 2 FA Cups and League Cups, and 1 Super Cup. FC Seoul is one of the most successful and popular clubs in the K League Classic, with financial backing from the GS Group.[3][4] In 2012, FC Seoul was evaluated as the most valuable football brand in the K League Classic.[5][6]

FC Seoul is currently managed by a former South Korean international player Hwang Sun-hong.

History[edit]

Main article: History of FC Seoul

Founding and early years (1983–1989)[edit]

FC Seoul was officially announced on 18 August as the new club and founded on 22 December 1983, and started out in 1984 as Lucky-Goldstar Football Club, owned and financially supported by the Lucky-Goldstar Group (currently LG Group), with the Chungcheong region as its franchise and Hwangso (meaning bull) as its mascot.

In order to launch the professional football club, Lucky-Goldstar Group had a preparation period from 1982[7] and demanded that the original franchise should be Seoul.[8] In the 1984 season, the club finished seventh out of the eight clubs. The club fared better in the 1985 season when they won the championship with the help of Thailand national football team player Piyapong Pue-on, who was the top scorer, as well as the top assistor.

Moving to Seoul and then to Anyang (1990–2003)[edit]

From the beginning of 1988, Lucky-Goldstar Hwangso pushed forward a relocation to Seoul[9] At the end of the 1989 season, the Korea Professional Football League (renamed as the K League in 1998), worried about the financial stability of the clubs, invited a number of clubs to play in Seoul. Thus, the Lucky-Goldstar Hwangso, which had always wanted to be based in the capital, moved to Seoul Stadium (Currently Dongdaemun Stadium) in Seoul at the end of 1989 The club finished first season in Seoul as champions. The club changed its name to LG Cheetahs in 1991 to mirror the LG Twins, a professional baseball team also owned by LG Group. After several seasons in Seoul, the club was forced to move in 1996, as part of the K League's decentralization policy. This policy was carried out to stimulate the growth of football in the provinces. In addition, in 1995, Korea was bidding to host the 2002 FIFA World Cup. This warranted the construction of a soccer-specific stadium in Seoul. The three clubs based in Seoul – LG Cheetahs, Ilhwa Chunma, and Yukong Elephants did not want to recognize the decentralization policy. Ultimately, it proved necessary for the Korean government to issue an eviction order to the disaffected clubs. However, the government did guarantee if the clubs built a soccer-specific stadium in Seoul, the clubs could have a Seoul franchise and return to Seoul.

As a result, 3 clubs were evicted from Seoul to other cities. This entailed the move of the LG Cheetahs to the Anyang Sports Complex in the city of Anyang, a satellite city of Seoul, 21 km away. The club was now known as the Anyang LG Cheetahs. In the upcoming years, a solid base of supporters was formed, and it established a strong league rivalry with the Suwon Samsung Bluewings. This rivalry was partly fueled by the fact that LG Group and Samsung Group, which owned the Suwon club, were also considered rivals in the business world, especially in electronics. The club continued to grow and in 2000, they won their third Championship, behind the firepower of striker Choi Yong-Soo.

Return to Seoul and renaming to FC Seoul (2004–2006)[edit]

For the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea and Japan, 10 brand new stadiums of World Cup standards were built in Korea. After the World Cup, the Korean World Cup Organizing Committee and the KFA actively supported the move of regional K League clubs into the new stadia. This was designed to avoid or at least minimize any financial losses through having to maintain a stadium in playing condition without regular income. However, due to the previous decision by the K League to exclude any member club from being based in Seoul, Seoul World Cup Stadium remained vacant, except as a host of some international friendlies. Thus, the city government of Seoul and the KFA both actively sought for a K League club to play at the stadium to take on the cost of maintaining the stadium. Initially, it was intended to create a new club, but when it later transpired that any club playing in Seoul World Cup Stadium would have to pay partially for the construction fees of the stadium, this would have placed an unreasonable burden on a fledgling club. Thus, the KFA tried to lure one of the current clubs to Seoul. The Anyang LG Cheetahs, with the financial backing of the LG Group, who not only viewed the move back to Seoul as a way to increase its advertising presence, but had the right to come back to Seoul because it had its franchise moved by force in 1996, as part of the K League's decentralization policy. Anyang LG announced in February 2004 that it would pay the share of the construction fees (which turned out to be 15 billion wons, or at that time 15 million USD).[10] This proposed move provoked a significant amount of controversy from the Korean football fans as KFA and K League failed to launch a new football club based in Seoul due to a high Seoul franchise fee. Regardless, KFA and K League ultimately permitted relocation of Anyang LG Cheetahs.

Şenol Güneş years (2007–2009)[edit]

Gamba Osaka vs FC Seoul in 2009

Şenol Güneş managed FC Seoul for a three-year period from December 8, 2006.[11] The club started the 2007 season with 3 consecutive wins and a draw, and a spectacular result in the Seoul–Suwon derby match with FC Seoul defeating Suwon Samsung 4–1. Following a draw with Gwangju Sangmu in round 16, FC Seoul was defeated 1–0 by Suwon Samsung. 80% of the regular squad was injured and FC Seoul failed to qualify for the play-off phase of the season. However, they succeeded in getting into the final of the K League Cup. The second season under Güneş was different. There were no major injuries and although Park Chu-Young, the ace of FC Seoul at that time, was transferred to Ligue 1 club Monaco, the "Double Dragons" of FC Seoul (Lee Chung-yong, Ki Sung-yueng) made a big progress and Dejan Damjanović scored 14 goals. This resulted in a second-place finish in the K League regular season, and progress to the play-offs. FC Seoul defeated Ulsan Hyundai in the play-off semi-final but was defeated by Suwon in the final. Despite the loss, the club still qualified for the 2009 AFC Champions League.[12] The Şenol Güneş era ended on November 25, 2009, with the manager returning to Trabzonspor.[13]

FC Seoul's 2009 AFC Champions League campaign began with a 2–1 win over Indonesian side Sriwijaya FC. However, 3 winless matches followed with losses to Gamba Osaka and Shangdong Luneng and a 1–1 draw again against Luneng. It looked impossible for Seoul to qualify for the Round of 16, but a dramatic come-from-behind victory over reigning champion Gamba Osaka and Sriwijaya FC's unexpected victory over Shandong Luneng meant FC Seoul finished in second place in Group F. On June 24, 2009, FC Seoul beat Kashima Antlers 5–4 on penalties after a 0–0 draw in the Round of 16 clash and advanced to the Quarter-finals,[14] but were beaten 4–3 on aggregate by Qatari club Umm Salal.[15] FC Seoul's appearance in the AFC Champions League was its first since the Asian Club Championship Era.

Nelo Vingada year (2010)[edit]

FC Seoul appointed Nelo Vingada as manager on December 14, 2009. Vingada won the K League and League Cup with FC Seoul. FC Seoul had 20 wins, 2 draws, and 6 losses in the 2010 season under Vingada's management.

FC Seoul recorded an attendance of 60,747 against Seongnam Ilhwa on May 5, 2010 at Seoul World Cup Stadium, this is the highest single-match attendance record in South Korean professional sports history.[16][17] FC Seoul also recorded the single-season (League, K League Championship, League Cup) highest total attendance record – 546,397 and the single-regular & post season (League, K League Championship) highest average attendance record of 32,576.[18][19][20]

On December 13, 2010, FC Seoul wanted to extend Vingada's 1-year contract but FC Seoul and Vingada could not come to an agreement over the salary conditions, resulting in Vingada returning home to Portugal.[21]

On August 25, 2010, FC Seoul beat Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 3–0 to become the 2010 League Cup winner.[22] FC Seoul were also crowned K League champions as a 2–1 win over Jeju United in the second leg of the play-off series final saw them triumph 4–3 on aggregate in K League Championship final, thus, achieving their first double in FC Seoul's history. The crowd of 56,769 at the 2nd leg also set the record of the highest attendance in K League Championship history.[23][24][25]

Choi Yong-soo years (2011–2016)[edit]

FC Seoul legend Choi Yong-soo was hired to manage the club in 2012, after previously serving as the assistant manager and caretaker for the club in 2011. In 2013, AFC Champions League campaign has earned Choi Yong-soo the 2013 AFC Coach of the Year award, becoming the second Korean in succession to win the prestigious individual accolade following last year’s winner Kim Ho-kon.

Hwang Sun-hong years (2016 to present)[edit]

On June 21, 2016, FC Seoul appointed Hwang Sun-hong as their 11th manager in the club's history.

Club culture[edit]

Supporters[edit]

FC Seoul had various fanbase including former Lucky-Goldstar fans, LG Cheetahs fans, Anyang LG Cheetahs fans. FC Seoul's No. 12 is retired for the supporters. The main supporter group of FC Seoul is Suhoshin (Guardian Deity) and was organized in April 2004. There are also some minor supporter groups such as West Story and Seoulobba.

V-Girls and V-Man[edit]

V-Girls & V-Man are FC Seoul's cheerleaders.[26] The V stands for victory.

Mascot[edit]

The FC Seoul's mascot, introduced in April 2004, is named SSID.[26] The SSID Stands for Seoul & Sun In Dream. Former mascots were a bull and a cheetah.

Stadiums[edit]

FC Seoul used Daejeon Stadium, Dongdaemun Stadium, Anyang Stadium by 2003. Since 2004, FC Seoul's home is Seoul World Cup Stadium which is largest football-only stadium in Asia and FC Seoul's players train at the GS Champions Park training Centre in Guri, east of nearby Seoul, a purpose-built facility which opened in 1989.

Colours and crest[edit]

FC Seoul's original main colour was yellow. Because Lucky-Goldstar Group's company colour was (at the time) yellow. But red was also FC Seoul's original colour.

FC Seoul wore both yellow jersey and red colour jerseys in home matches from 1984 to 1986.

In 1995, Lucky-Goldstar Group pushed ahead with Corporate identity unification and the company colour was changed to red. So FC Seoul's jersey colour was changed from yellow to red as part of the unification project.

From 1999 to 2001, FC Seoul wore red and blue stripes but returned to all red in the 2002 season and In 2005, FC Seoul changed to red and black stripes and this colour has been in use since.

First kit[edit]

Football kit
1984
Football kit
1985
Football kit
1986
Football kit
1987(1)
Football kit
1988
Football kit
1989–1990
1991–1993
Football kit
1994
Football kit
1995–96
Football kit
1997–July 99
Football kit
July 1999–01
Football kit
2002(2)
Football kit
2003(2)
Football kit
2004
Football kit
2005–06
Football kit
2007–08
Football kit
2009
Football kit
2010–11
Football kit
2012–13
Football kit
2014–15(3)

Second kit[edit]

Football kit
1984
Football kit
1985
Football kit
1986
Football kit
1987(1)
Football kit
1988
Football kit
1989
Football kit
1990
Football kit
1991
1992
Football kit
1993
Football kit
1994
Football kit
1995–96
Football kit
1997–July 99
Football kit
July 1999–01
Football kit
2002–03
Football kit
2004
Football kit
2005–06
Football kit
2007–08
Football kit
2009
Football kit
2010–11
Football kit
2012–13
Football kit
2014
Football kit
2015–16

Third and special kits[edit]

Football kit
1984
Football kit
1985
Football kit
2016(4)

※ Notes
(1) In only 1987 season, All K League clubs wore white jerseys in home match, coloured jersey in away match like Major League Baseball.
(2) 2002 1st kit and 2003 1st kit are same but colour of adidas logo and 3 stripes on shoulder are different
(3) Original 2014–15 1st Kit had white socks, but white socks are worn at only just 5 matches in March 2014, then changed to red socks. In 2015, Name and number printing pont on Jersey is changed.
(4) First Special Kit for AFC Champions League in FC Seoul kit history.

Crest[edit]

  • Special crest for foundation's 20th anniversary is unveiled on 26 February 2003.[27] The current crest was unveiled on 19 March 2004.[28]

Sponsorship[edit]

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Sponsors Shirt printing Notes
1984–86 South Korea Bando Fashion South Korea Lucky-Goldstar
럭키금성 / Lucky-Goldstar
Sometimes, Lucky-Goldstar wore jersey which is manufactured
by Prospecs in 1985 season.
1987–94 South Korea GoldStar
금성VTR / GoldStar VTR, etc.
* Football socks was only sponsored by Prospecs during 1993–96 seasons.
* Bando Fashion was renamed LG Fashion in September 1995.
* For international matches, Goldstar Printing used in English


GoldStar
1995–96 South Korea LG Fashion South Korea LG Electronics
LG하이비디오/ LG HIGH VIDEO, etc.
1997 United Kingdom Reebok South Korea LG Information & Communications
프리웨이 / FREEWAY, etc.
1998 Germany Adidas South Korea LG Electronics
LG 싸이언 / LG Cyon, etc.
Mobile Phone Brand
1999
디지털 LG / DIGITAL LG
2000 South Korea LG Telecom
카이 / X
2001–02 South Korea LG Electronics
싸이언 / Cyon
Mobile Phone Brand
2003
엑스캔버스 / XCANVAS
TV Brand
2004
싸이언 / Cyon
Mobile Phone Brand
2005–11 South Korea GS E&C
자이 / Xi
Apartment Brand
South Korea Seoul Metropolitan Government
Hi Seoul
Soul OF Asia
For 2009 AFC Champions League
2012–13 France Le Coq Sportif South Korea GS E&C
자이 / Xi
Apartment Brand
2014–19 South Korea GS SHOP
GS SHOP
Online Store Brand

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

League[edit]

Cups[edit]

Asian[edit]

Double[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Season by season records[edit]

K League Championship results are not counted.
1993, 1998, 1999, 2000 seasons had penalty shoot-outs instead of draws.
※ A : Adidas Cup, P : Prospecs Cup, PM : Philip Morris Cup, D : Daehan Fire Insurance Cup

Season Teams K League
Classic
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts League Cup FA Cup Super Cup ACL Manager
1984 8 7th 28 8 6 14 38 45 –7 33 South Korea Park Se-hak
1985 8 Champions 21 10 7 4 35 19 +16 27 South Korea Park Se-hak
1986 6 Runners-up 20 10 7 3 28 17 +11 27 5th (Pro)[1] Did not qualify South Korea Park Se-hak
1987 5 5th 32 7 7 18 26 55 –29 21 No competition Qualified
but withdrew
South Korea Park Se-hak
1988 5 4th 24 6 11 7 22 29 –7 23 Winners (Nat'l)[2] Did not qualify South Korea Ko Jae-wook (C)
1989 6 Runners-up 40 15 17 8 53 40 +13 47 Semi-finals (Nat'l)[2] South Korea Ko Jae-wook
1990 6 Champions 30 14 11 5 40 25 +15 39 South Korea Ko Jae-wook
1991 6 6th 40 9 15 16 44 53 –9 33 South Korea Ko Jae-wook
1992 6 4th 30 8 13 9 30 35 –5 29 Runners-up (A) Did not enter South Korea Ko Jae-wook
1993 6 Runners-up 30 18
10
0
11
12
9
28 29 –1 59 4th (A) Did not qualify South Korea Ko Jae-wook
1994 7 5th 30 12 7 11 53 50 +3 43 Runners-up (A) South Korea Cho Young-jeung
1995 8 8th 28 5 10 13 29 43 –14 25 6th (A) South Korea Cho Young-jeung
1996 9 9th 32 8 8 16 44 56 –12 32 8th (A) Round of 16 South Korea Cho Young-jeung
1997 10 9th 18 1 8 9 15 27 –12 11 10th (A)
Group A 3rd (P)
Semi-finals South Korea Park Byung-joo
1998 10 8th 18 9
8
0
2
9
8
28 28 0 23 4th (A)
3rd (PM)
Winners South Korea Park Byung-joo
1999 10 9th 27 10
8
0
4
17
15
38 52 –14 24 Runners-up (A)
Group B 4th (D)
Semi-finals Runners-up South Korea Cho Kwang-rae
2000 10 Champions 27 19
17
0
5
8
5
46 25 +21 53 4th (A)
Group A 5th (D)
Quarter-finals Did not qualify Quarter-finals[3] South Korea Cho Kwang-rae
2001 10 Runners-up 27 11 10 6 30 23 +7 43 Group A 4th (A) Quarter-finals Winners Did not qualify South Korea Cho Kwang-rae
2002 10 4th 27 11 7 9 37 30 +7 40 4th (A) Round of 32 Did not qualify Runners-up[4] South Korea Cho Kwang-rae
2003 12 8th 44 14 14 16 69 68 +1 56 No competition Round of 32 No competition Did not qualify South Korea Cho Kwang-rae
2004 13 5th 24 7 12 5 20 17 +3 33 12th (S) Round of 16 Did not qualify South Korea Cho Kwang-rae
2005 13 7th 24 8 8 8 37 32 +5 32 5th (S) Round of 16 South Korea Lee Jang-soo
2006 14 4th 26 9 12 5 31 22 +9 39 Winners (S) Quarter-finals South Korea Lee Jang-soo
2007 14 7th 26 8 13 5 23 16 +7 37 Runners-up (S) Quarter-finals Competition
ceased
Turkey Şenol Güneş
2008 14 Runners-up 26 15 9 2 44 25 +19 54 Group A 3rd (S) Round of 32 Turkey Şenol Güneş
2009 15 5th 28 16 5 7 47 27 +20 53 3rd (PK) Round of 16 Quarter-finals Turkey Şenol Güneş
2010 15 Champions 28 20 2 6 58 26 +32 62 Winners (PC) Round of 16 Did not qualify Portugal Nelo Vingada
2011 16 5th 30 16 7 7 56 38 +18 55 Quarter-finals (RC) Quarter-finals Quarter-finals South Korea Hwangbo Kwan
South Korea Choi Yong-soo (C)
2012 16 Champions 44 29 9 6 76 42 +34 96 Competition
ceased
Round of 16 Did not qualify South Korea Choi Yong-soo
2013 14 4th 38 17 11 10 59 46 +13 62 Quarter-finals Runners-up South Korea Choi Yong-soo
2014 12 3rd 38 15 13 10 42 28 +14 58 Runners-up Semi-finals South Korea Choi Yong-soo
2015 12 4th 38 17 11 10 52 44 +8 62 Winners Round of 16 South Korea Choi Yong-soo

[1] In 1986, competition was known as Professional Football Championship
[2] In 1988 and 1989, competition was known as National Football Championship
[3] In 2000, competition was known as 1999–2000 Asian Cup Winners' Cup
[4] In 2002, competition was known as 2001–02 Asian Club Championship

K League Championship records[edit]

Season Teams Position Pld W D L GF GA GD PSO Manager
1986 2 Runners-up 2 0 1 1 1 2 –1 N/A South Korea Park Se-hak
2000 4 Winners 2 1 1 0 5 2 +1 4–2 W South Korea Cho Kwang-rae
2006 4 4th (Semi-finals) 1 0 0 1 0 1 –1 N/A South Korea Lee Jang-soo
2008 6 Runners-up 3 1 1 1 6 5 +1 N/A Turkey Şenol Güneş
2009 6 5th (Round of 6) 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 2–3 L Turkey Şenol Güneş
2010 6 Champions 2 1 1 0 4 3 +1 N/A Portugal Nelo Vingada
2011 6 5th (Round of 6) 1 0 0 1 1 3 –2 N/A South Korea Choi Yong-soo (C)

All-time competitions records[edit]

※ As of 31 December 2014
K League reseults include the League Cup.
Bye results and W/O results are counted.
Penalty shoot-outs results are counted as a drawn match.
AFC Champions League results include the 1999–2000 Asian Cup Winners' Cup and the 2001–02 Asian Club Championship.

Competition Season Pld W D L GF GA GD Win% Notes
K League Classic 1984–2014 1112 428 342 342 1495 1321 +174 38.49%
FA Cup 1996–2014 46 23 8 15 91 60 +31 50.00%
Super Cup 1999, 2001 2 1 0 1 3 6 −3 50.00%
National Football Championship 1988, 1989 7 6 0 1 13 5 +8 85.71%
AFC Champions League 1986–2014 55 22 21 12 86 56 +30 40.00%
Total 1222 480 371 371 1688 1448 +240 39.28%

Attendance records[edit]

Attendance new records by FC Seoul[edit]

Records Date / Season Matches Attendance Notes
Korean Pro Sports Single-Match Highest Attendance New Record 2010-05-05 1 60,747
K League Championship Single-Match Highest Attendance New Record 2010-12-05 1 56,759
K League Single-Regular Season Highest Average Attendance New Record 2010 Season 14 30,849 League : 14 matches
K League Single-Regular & Post Season Highest Average Attendance New Record 2010 Season 15 32,576 League : 14 matches
Championship : 1 match
K League Single-Regular & Post Season Highest Total Attendance New Record 2010 Season 15 488,641 League : 14 matches
Championship : 1 match
K League Single-Season Highest Total Attendance New Record 2010 Season 19 546,397 League : 14 matches
Championship : 1 match
League Cup : 4 matches

Total attendance and average attendance[edit]

※ Season total attendance is K League Classic Regular Season, League Cup, FA Cup, AFC Champions League in the aggregate and friendly match attendance is not included.
※ K League season total attendance is K League Classic Regular Season and League Cup in the aggregate.

Season Season
Total Att.
K League Classic
Total Att.
Regular Season
Average Att.
League Cup
Average Att.
FA Cup
Total / Average Att.
ACL
Total / Average Att.
Friendly Match
Att.
Att. Ranking Notes
1984–2003
Official Attendance Records Don't Have Credibility
2004 223,529 223,529 15,363 6,529 No home match N/A N/A
2005 458,605 458,605 22,010 32,415 No home match N/A 17,211 (vs Boca Juniors) K League Season
Total Att. 1st
2006 357,231 315,698 18,782 11,921 41,533 / 13,844 N/A 61,235 (vs F.C. Tokyo) K League Season
Total Att. 2nd
FA Cup highest attendance
new record
in 2006 FA Cup Quarter-finals
Friendly match with
FC Tokyo was for free
2007 411,362 379,903 21,515 14,315 31,459 / 31,459 N/A 65,000 (vs Manchester United) K League Season
Total Att. 2nd
2008 398,757 398,757 22,417 12,499 No home match N/A 34,000 (vs Los Angeles Galaxy)
41,500 (vs FC Tokyo)
K League Season
Total Att. 2nd
K League Championship included
2009 319,250 270,624 16,535 11,300 1,315 / 1,315 47,311 / 11,828 65,000 (vs Manchester United) K League Season
Total Att. 2nd
K League Championship included
2010 547,592 546,397 32,576 14,439 1,195 / 1,195 N/A N/A K League Season
Total Att. 1st
K League Championship included
2011 520,138 448,027 28,002 N/A 3,733 / 3,733 68,378 / 13,676 N/A K League Season
Total Att. 1st
K League Championship included
2012 467,649 451,045 20,502 N/A 16,604 / 8,302 N/A N/A K League Season
Total Att. 1st
2013 451,845 315,540 16,607 N/A 11,945 / 3,982 124,360 / 17,766 N/A K League Season
Total Att. 2nd
2014 424,405 323,244 17,013 N/A 36,901 / 12,300 64,260 / 10,710 46,722 (vs Bayer Leverkusen) K League Season
Total Att. 2nd
2015 406,820 326,269 17,172 N/A 34,634 / 11,545 45,917 / 9,183 N/A K League Season
Total Att. 2nd

Korean professional sports single-match highest attendance records Top 10[edit]

# Competition Date Home Team Result Away Team Venue Attendance Notes
1 2010 K League 2010-05-05 FC Seoul 4–0 South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma Seoul World Cup Stadium 60,747 Children's Day
2 2010 K League 2010-12-05 FC Seoul 2–1 South Korea Jeju United Seoul World Cup Stadium 56,759 Weekend
K League Championship
Final 2nd Leg
3 2013 AFC Champions League 2013-10-26 FC Seoul 2–2 China Guangzhou Evergrande Seoul World Cup Stadium 55,501 Weekend
AFC Champions League Final
1st Leg
4 2007 K League 2007-04-08 FC Seoul 0–1 South Korea Suwon Samsung Bluewings Seoul World Cup Stadium 55,397 Weekend
5 2011 K League 2011-03-06 FC Seoul 0–2 South Korea Suwon Samsung Bluewings Seoul World Cup Stadium 51,606 Weekend
2011 Season Home Opener
6 2012 K League 2012-08-19 FC Seoul 0–2 South Korea Suwon Samsung Bluewings Seoul World Cup Stadium 50,787 Weekend
7 2010 K League 2010-04-04 FC Seoul 3–1 South Korea Suwon Samsung Bluewings Seoul World Cup Stadium 48,558 Weekend
8 2005 K League 2005-07-10 FC Seoul 4–1 South Korea Pohang Steelers Seoul World Cup Stadium 48,375 Weekend
9 2004 K League 2004-04-03 FC Seoul 1–1 South Korea Suwon Samsung Bluewings Seoul World Cup Stadium 47,928 Weekend
10 2016 K League Classic 2016-06-18 FC Seoul 1–1 South Korea Suwon Samsung Bluewings Seoul World Cup Stadium 47,899 Weekend

Players[edit]

For details on FC Seoul players, see Category:FC Seoul players.

Current squad[edit]

As of 29 July 2016[30]

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 Yoo Hyun (vice captain)
2 Japan MF Yojiro Takahagi
3 South Korea DF Jung In-whan
4 South Korea DF Kim Dong-woo
5 Spain MF Osmar Barba (Captain)
6 South Korea MF Ju Se-jong
7 South Korea DF Kim Chi-woo
9 Montenegro FW Dejan Damjanović
10 South Korea FW Park Chu-young
11 Brazil FW Adriano
13 South Korea MF Go Yo-han
14 South Korea MF Cho Chan-ho
15 South Korea MF Kim Won-sik
16 South Korea FW Shim Je-hyeok
17 South Korea FW Yun Il-lok
18 South Korea DF Geum Kyo-jin
19 South Korea FW Yun Ju-tae
20 South Korea DF Kim Won-gun
22 South Korea MF Park Yong-woo
23 South Korea DF Sim Woo-yeon
No. Position Player
24 South Korea DF Hwang Hyun-soo
25 South Korea MF Lee Seok-hyun
26 South Korea DF Kim Nam-chun
27 South Korea MF Ko Kwang-min
29 South Korea MF Lee Sang-hyeob
30 South Korea MF Lee Min-kyu
31 South Korea GK Yu Sang-hun
32 South Korea DF Joo Hyung-jun
33 South Korea MF Kim Hak-seung
34 South Korea FW Kim Jeong-hwan
35 South Korea MF Lim Min-hyeok
37 South Korea MF Yoon Seung-won
38 South Korea GK Yang Han-been
39 South Korea MF Shin Seong-jae
41 South Korea GK Kim Chol-ho
42 South Korea FW Kim Ju-yeong
43 South Korea FW Lee Hyun-gu
55 South Korea DF Kwak Tae-hwi
88 South Korea DF Lee Kyu-ro

Out on loan and military service[edit]

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

No. Position Player
South Korea MF Kang Seung-jo (to South Korea Ansan Mugunghwa until 2016 season)
South Korea MF Choi Hyun-tae (to South Korea Sangju Sangmu until 2016 season)
South Korea MF Lee Woong-hee (to South Korea Sangju Sangmu until 2017 season)
No. Position Player
South Korea FW Park Hee-seong (to South Korea Sangju Sangmu until 2017 season)
South Korea FW Sin Jin-ho (to South Korea Sangju Sangmu until 2017 season)
South Korea DF Sim Sang-min (to South Korea Seoul E-Land until 2016 season)

Former players[edit]

Player records[edit]

Retired number(s)[edit]

12 – Supporters (the 12th Man)

2016 season transfers[edit]

Main article: 2016 FC Seoul season

U-18 Team (Osan High School FC) squad[edit]

For details on U-18 Team, see FC Seoul Reserves and Academy.
As of 2016 Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
* South Korea GK Jeong Jin-wook
* South Korea GK Lee Jun-seo
* South Korea DF Kim Jin-gyu
* South Korea DF Son Jung-ho
* South Korea DF Chung Hyung-kyu
* South Korea DF Lee Jung-ki
* South Korea DF Kang Ui-bin
* South Korea DF Sim Seong-ho
* South Korea DF Kim Dae-yeon
* South Korea DF Ahn Gwang-hwan
* South Korea MF Lee Hyeon-gu
* South Korea MF Lee Young-chan
* South Korea MF Kim Geon-u
No. Position Player
* South Korea MF Kim Ji-ho
* South Korea MF Cha O-yeon
* South Korea MF Hwang Gi-uk
* South Korea MF Kang Seung-hun
* South Korea FW Kim Min-jun
* South Korea FW Shin Sung-jae
* South Korea FW Jung Jun-hyeok
* South Korea FW Lee Tae-jun
* South Korea FW Cho Sang-hyeon
* South Korea FW Jung Sung-wook
* South Korea FW Kang Sang-hui
* South Korea FW Jung Hang-ryeok

Captains[edit]

Seasons Captains Vice-Captains Notes
1984
South Korea Han Moon-bae
1985
South Korea Kim Kwang-hoon
1986
South Korea Park Hang-seo –1986/09/??
1986–1988 South Korea Jung Hae-seong 1986/09/??–
1989–1990 South Korea Choi Jin-han
1991–1992 South Korea Lee Young-jin
1993
South Korea Gu Sang-bum
1994
South Korea Choi Young-jun
1995
South Korea Yoon Sang-chul −1995/08/04
1995–1996 South Korea Lee Young-ik 1995/08/05–
1997
South Korea Cho Byung-young
1998
South Korea Kim Bong-soo
1999
South Korea Kang Chun-ho −1999/07/??
1999–2000 South Korea Choi Yong-soo 1999/07/??–2000/05/09
2000
South Korea Kim Gwi-hwa South Korea Lee Young-pyo 2000/05/10–
2001
South Korea Lee Sang-hun −2001/05/??
2001
South Korea Son Hyun-jun 2001/05/??–
2002
South Korea Choi Yoon-yeol
2003–2004 South Korea Kim Seong-jae
2005–2006 South Korea Lee Min-sung
2007–2008 South Korea Lee Eul-yong South Korea Kim Chi-gon
2009
South Korea Kim Chi-gon South Korea Kim Jin-kyu
2010
South Korea Park Yong-ho South Korea Kim Jin-kyu
2011
South Korea Park Yong-ho South Korea Hyun Young-min
2012–2013 South Korea Ha Dae-sung South Korea Kim Jin-kyu
2014
South Korea Kim Jin-kyu South Korea Koh Myong-jin
2015
South Korea Koh Myong-jin Spain Osmar Barba −2015/04/30
South Korea Cha Du-ri 2015/05/01–
2016
South Korea Spain Osmar Barba South Korea South Korea Yoo Hyun First foreign captain of FC Seoul.

Club officials[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name Notes
Manager South Korea Hwang Sun-hong
Assistant Manager South Korea Kang Chul
First Team Coach South Korea Kim Dong-young
Brazil Adilson dos Santos
First Team Goalkeeping Coach Brazil Leandro Maciel de Melo
Reserve Team Coach South Korea Chung Sang-nam
Reserve Team Goalkeeping Coach South Korea Back Min-chul
Fitness Coach Croatia Jasmin Mujdža
U-18 Team Manager South Korea Kim Sang-moon
U-18 Team Coach South Korea Lee Jung-youl
U-18 Team Goalkeeping Coach South Korea Weon Jong-teok
U-15 Team Manager South Korea Kim Young-jin
U-15 Team Coach South Korea Park Hyuk-soon
U-15 Team Goalkeeping Coach South Korea Cho Jun-ho
U-15 Team Fitness Coach South Korea Park Sung-jun
U-12 Team Manager South Korea Kim Byung-chae
U-12 Team Coach South Korea Seo Ki-man
U-12 Team Goalkeeping Coach South Korea Lee Ji-hun
Chief Scout South Korea Kim Hyun-tae
Scout South Korea Lee Won-jun
South Korea Jung Jae-yoon
South Korea Seo Min-woo

Supporting staff[edit]

Position Name Notes
Club Doctor South Korea Cho Yun-sang
Athletic Trainer South Korea Park Sung-ryul, Hwangbo-hyun, Choi Kyu-jung
Performance Analyst South Korea Kim Jeong-hoon, Shin Jung-hyun
Equipment manager South Korea Lee Cheun-gil
Translator South Korea Kim Hyun-soo

Managerial history[edit]

# Name Appointed From To Season Notes
1
South Korea Park Se-hak 1983-08-12 1983-12-22 1987-11-19 1984–87 First manager of FC Seoul.
C South Korea Ko Jae-wook 1987-12-01 1987-12-01 1988-12-26 1988 Caretaker manager in 1988,
before being promoted to regular manager in 1989.
2 1988-12-27 1988-12-27 1993-12-31 1989–93
3 South Korea Cho Young-jeung 1993-11-23 1994-01-01 1996-11-05 1994–96 First manager, who was a former FC Seoul player.
4 South Korea Park Byung-joo 1996-12-10 1996-12-20 1998-11-25 1997–98 Won the first FA Cup for FC Seoul.
5 South Korea Cho Kwang-rae 1998-10-22 1998-12-01 2004-12-15 1999–04 The club's longest serving manager (6 seasons)
6 South Korea Lee Jang-soo 2004-12-30 2005-01-10 2006-12-02 2005–06 Won the first League Cup for FC Seoul.
7 Turkey Şenol Güneş 2006-12-08 2007-01-08 2009-11-25 2007–09 First foreign manager of FC Seoul.
8 Portugal Nelo Vingada 2009-12-14 2010-01-03 2010-12-13 2010 First (and only) manager to win the double.
9 South Korea Hwangbo Kwan 2010-12-28 2011-01-05 2011-04-26 2011 First (and only) manager
who resigned in the middle of season.
C South Korea Choi Yong-soo 2011-04-26 2011-04-27 2011-12-08 2011 Caretaker manager in 2011,
before being promoted to regular manager in 2012.
First manager who won K League
as a FC Seoul player and a manager.
10 2011-12-09 2011-12-09 2016-06-22 2012–2016
C South Korea Kim Seong-jae 2016-06-23 2016-06-23 2016-06-26 2016
11 South Korea Hwang Sun-hong 2016-06-21 2016-06-27 2016–present

Management[edit]

Board of Directors[edit]

Position Name Notes
Chairman South Korea Huh Chang-soo
President South Korea Chang Ki-joo
Director South Korea Lee Jae-ha

Chairman history[edit]

# Name From To Period Notes
1
South Korea Koo Cha-kyung
1983-08-12
1990-12-31
1983–90 The First Chairman
2
South Korea Koo Bon-moo
1991-01-01
1997-12-31
1991–97
3
South Korea Huh Chang-soo
1998-03-01
present
1998–present

Ownership[edit]

Years Owner Notes
1983/11–1991/02 South Korea Lucky-Goldstar Sports in Lucky-Goldstar Group
1991/02–2004/05 South Korea LG Sports in LG Group
2004/06–present South Korea GS Sports in GS Group

Popular culture[edit]

FC Seoul have appeared in a number of Korean dramas and movies:[31]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Stadium Profile at Seoul Metropolitan Facilities Management Corporation" SMFMC. Retrieved March 14, 2016
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  9. ^ 88대표 프로무대서 비실비실 (in Korean). Kyunghyang Shinmun. April 14, 1988. 
  10. ^ "안양LG, ‘서울LG’ 선언" (in Korean). Kyunghyang Newspaper. February 2, 2004. 
  11. ^ "FC서울 새사령탑 명장 귀네슈 영입" (in Korean). Kyunghyang Newspaper. December 8, 2006. 
  12. ^ "Korea: Suwon Bluewings Crowned Champions". Goal.com. December 7, 2008. 
  13. ^ "Gunes returns to Trabzonspor". FIFA.com. November 25, 2009. 
  14. ^ "Kashima Antlers 2–2 FC Seoul. AET (4–5 pens)". AFC.com. June 24, 2009. 
  15. ^ "FC Seoul (KOR) 1–1 Umm Salal (QAT). Agg 3–4". AFC.com. September 30, 2009. 
  16. ^ "Record crowd sees FC Seoul go top". AFC.com. May 6, 2010. 
  17. ^ "6만 747명 상암벌, 서울 K리그 역사를 쓰다" (in Korean). Sportsdonga. May 5, 2010. 
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  19. ^ "FC서울, 성적+팬심 둘 다 잡고 진정한 NO.1 됐다" (in Korean). Sports World. November 7, 2010. 
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  21. ^ "빙가다 감독 '굿바이 코리아', 14일 한국 떠나" (in Korean). Sport Chosun. December 14, 2010. 
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  25. ^ "'아디 역전골' 서울, 제주 누르고 10년 만에 K리그 제패" (in Korean). Sportal Korea. December 5, 2010. 
  26. ^ a b "V–Girls" (in Korean). FC Seoul official website. Retrieved 23 June 2016. 
  27. ^ 프로축구 소식 – 안양, 20주년 엠블럼 제작 (in Korean). Yonhap News Agency. 2003-02-26. 
  28. ^ "LG축구단‘FC서울‘로 새출발" (in Korean). Kyunghyang Shinmun. 2004-03-19. 
  29. ^ 축구 안양 새 엠블럼 공개 (in Korean). Kyunghyang Shinmun. 1999-07-15. 
  30. ^ FC Seoul Official Website Players
  31. ^ "FC서울의 스크린 이력서" (in Korean). FC Seoul Honorary News Reporter. August 3, 2001. 

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Achievements
Preceded by
Daewoo Royals
K League Champions
1985
Succeeded by
POSCO Atoms
Preceded by
Yukong Elephants
K League Champions
1990
Succeeded by
Daewoo Royals
Preceded by
Suwon Samsung Bluewings
K League Champions
2000
Succeeded by
Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma
Preceded by
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
K League Champions
2010
Succeeded by
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Preceded by
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
K League Champions
2012
Succeeded by
Pohang Steelers