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FC Seoul
FC 서울
FC Seoul logo.svg
Full nameFootball Club Seoul
Short nameSeoul
Founded22 December 1983; 35 years ago (22 December 1983), as Lucky-Goldstar FC[1]
GroundSeoul World Cup Stadium
Capacity66,704[2]
OwnerGS Group
ChairmanHuh Chang-soo
ManagerChoi Yong-soo
LeagueK League 1
2018K League 1, 11th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

FC Seoul (Korean: FC 서울) is a South Korean professional football club based in Seoul, the capital of South Korea, that plays in the K League 1. The club is owned by GS Sports, a subsidiary of GS Group.

The club was officially founded as Lucky-Goldstar Football Club in 1983, by the Lucky-Goldstar Group. FC Seoul have won six League titles, two FA Cups, two League Cups and one Super Cup. FC Seoul is one of the most successful and popular clubs in the K League 1, 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.[5][6]

History[edit]

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 (later renamed the LG Group), with the Chungcheong Province 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, ten brand new stadiums of World Cup standards were built in South 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 won, 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]

Şenol Güneş managed FC Seoul for a three-year period starting on December 8, 2006.[11] The club started the 2007 season with three consecutive wins and a draw, including a 4–1 win over arch rivals Suwon Samsung Bluewings in the Super Match. However, FC Seoul failed to qualify for the play-off phase of the season, but the club succeeded in getting into the final of the 2007 Korean League Cup. Before the next season, Park Chu-Young, the ace of FC Seoul at that time, was transferred to Ligue 1 club Monaco. FC Seoul finished in a second-place in the K League regular season, and progressed to the play-offs. FC Seoul defeated Ulsan Hyundai in the play-off semi-final but was defeated by Suwon Samsung Bluewings in the final. Despite the loss, the club still qualified for the 2009 AFC Champions League.[12] During the season, Dejan Damjanović scored 15 goals.

FC Seoul's 2009 AFC Champions League campaign began with a 2–1 win over Indonesian side Sriwijaya FC. In the next three games, FC Seoul obtained only one point in the matches against Gamba Osaka and Shandong Luneng. However, Seoul then defeated the title holders Gamba Osaka and qualified to the round of 16 after Sriwijaya's unexpected victory over Shandong Luneng. On June 24, 2009, FC Seoul beat Kashima Antlers 5–4 after penalties after a 0–0 draw in the round of 16 clash and advanced to the quarter-finals,[13] but were beaten 4–3 on aggregate by Qatari club Umm Salal.[14] FC Seoul's appearance in the AFC Champions League was its first since the Asian Club Championship era.

The Şenol Güneş era ended on November 25, 2009, with the manager returning to Trabzonspor.[15]

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 winners.[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 (2016–2018)[edit]

On June 21, 2016, FC Seoul appointed Hwang Sun-hong as their eleventh manager in the club's history. On November 6, 2016, FC Seoul won their sixth K League title after defeating Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 1–0 in the final round of the season.[26][27]

Hwang Sun-hong resigned on April 30, 2018.[28] In the 2018 season, FC Seoul finished in eleventh place and had to play the K League promotion-relegation playoffs for the first time in their history.[29] In the playoffs, they defeated Busan IPark 4–2 on aggregate, thus staying in the top flight.[30]

Club culture[edit]

FC Seoul Supporters at North Stand of Seoul World Cup Stadium

Supporters[edit]

FC Seoul has a diverse fanbase, including former Lucky-Goldstar fans, LG Cheetahs fans, Anyang LG Cheetahs fans. FC Seoul's number-12 shirt is reserved for supporters of the club. The main supporter group of FC Seoul is Suhoshin (meaning "guardian deity"), formed in April 2004. There are also some minor supporter groups.

V-Girls and V-Man[edit]

V-Girls & V-Man are FC Seoul's cheerleaders.[31] The V stands for victory. They cheerlead at the East Stand.

Stadiums[edit]

Seoul World Cup Stadium in 2017

Since 2004, FC Seoul's home is the Seoul World Cup Stadium, which is the largest football-specific stadium in Asia. FC Seoul's players train at the GS Champions Park training centre, a purpose-built facility opened in 1989, located east of Seoul in the city of Guri.

In the past, FC Seoul played at Daejeon Stadium, Cheongju Civic Stadium, Cheonan Oryong Stadium (1987–1989), Dongdaemun Stadium (1990–1995), and Anyang Stadium (1996–2003).

Crests and mascots[edit]

FC Seoul has had different names, and consequently different crests for different periods of the club: Lucky-Goldstar FC (1983–1990), LG Cheetahs (1991–1995), Anyang LG Cheetahs (1996–2003).[32]

There has also been different club mascots representing different periods. Former mascots were a bull and a cheetah.[33] The club's current mascot, introduced in 2004, is named "SSID".[31] The "SSID" stands for Seoul & Sun In Dream. In the 2018 season, FC Seoul added another mascot, "Seoul-i".[34]

A special crest for the club's 20th anniversary was used in 2003.[35] The current crest has been used since 2004.[36]

Kits[edit]

FC Seoul's home kits have red-and-black stripes, as in their crest.

FC Seoul wore both red kits and yellow kits in home matches from 1984 to 1985.

From 1988 to 1994, the club's home shirt's main colour was yellow, same as the Lucky-Goldstar Group's company colour at the time.

In 1995, Lucky-Goldstar Group pushed ahead with corporate identity unification and the company colour was changed to red. As a result, 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.

In June 2016, FC Seoul released the 1984–1985 retro jersey to commemorate foundation of the club and the first K League title.[37]

First kit summary[edit]

Football kit
1984–1985
Worn red shirts
as first kit

0(1)
Football kit
1984–1985
Worn yellow shirts
as first kit

0(1)
1986
Worn red shirts
as first kit

0
1987
Worn white shirts
as first kit
(2)
0
Football kit
1988–1994
Worn yellow shirts
as first kit

0
1995–July 1999
2002–2004
Worn red shirts
as first kit
July 1999–2001
Worn red and blue stripe shirts
as first kit
2005–present
Wearing red and black stripe shirts
as first kit
Notes

(1) During 1984 season and 1985 season, FC Seoul worn red shirts and yellows shirts by turns as first kit,
At that time FC Seoul did't have the concept of first kit and second kit.
(2) In the 1987 season, all K League clubs wore white shirts in home matches and coloured jerseys in away matches, like in Major League Baseball.

Kit suppliers and shirt sponsors[edit]

Period Kit supplier Shirt sponsor Shirt printing Notes
1984–86 Bando Fashion Lucky-Goldstar
럭키금성 / Lucky-Goldstar
  • Occasionally, Lucky-Goldstar wore a jersey which was manufactured
    by Prospecs in the 1985 season.
1987–94 GoldStar
금성VTR / GoldStar VTR, etc.
  • Socks were sponsored by Prospecs during the 1993–96 seasons.
GoldStar
  • For international matches, Goldstar Printing was written in English.
1995–96 Bando Fashion / LG Fashion LG Electronics
LG하이비디오/ LG HIGH VIDEO, etc.
1997 Reebok LG Information & Communications
프리웨이 / FREEWAY, etc.
  • Mobile phone brand
1998 Adidas LG Electronics
LG 싸이언 / LG Cyon, etc.
  • Mobile phone brand
1999
디지털 LG / DIGITAL LG
2000 LG Telecom
카이 / X
  • Mobile network operator brand
2001–02 LG Electronics
싸이언 / Cyon
  • Mobile phone brand
2003
엑스캔버스 / XCANVAS
  • Television brand
2004
싸이언 / Cyon
  • Mobile phone brand
2005–11 GS E&C
자이 / Xi
  • Apartment brand
Seoul Metropolitan Government
Hi Seoul
Soul oF Asia
2012–13 Le Coq Sportif GS E&C
자이 / Xi
  • Apartment brand
2014–16 GS SHOP
GS SHOP
  • Online store brand
2017–19 GS SHOP
GS Caltex
GS SHOP (first kit)
KIXX (second kit)
  • Online store brand
  • Filling station brand

Kit deals[edit]

Kit supplier Period Contract
announcement
Contract
duration
Value Notes
Adidas
1998–2011
1998-02-09
1998–???? (? years) Total ?
($200,000 per year)[38]
2005–01-26
2005–2007 (3 years) Total $3 million[39][40]
($1 million per year)
2008–02-25
2008–2011 (4 years) Undisclosed[41]
Le Coq Sportif
2012–2019
2011–12-15
2012–2015 (4 years) Total $8 million[42]
($2 million per year)
Undisclosed
2016–2019 (4 years) Undisclosed

Honours[edit]

FC Seoul players celebrating after winning the 2016 K League Classic.

Domestic competitions[edit]

League[edit]

Winners (6): 1985, 1990, 2000, 2010, 2012, 2016
Runners-up (5): 1986, 1989, 1993, 2001, 2008

Cups[edit]

Winners (2): 1998, 2015
Runners-up (2): 2014, 2016
Winners (2): 2006, 2010
Runners-up (4): 1992, 1994, 1999, 2007
Winners (1): 2001
Runners-up (1): 1999
Winners (1): 1988

International competitions[edit]

Asian[edit]

Runners-up (2): 2001–02, 2013

Friendly competitions[edit]

Winners (1): 2017

Doubles[edit]

  • Domestic double
K League and League Cup Champions (1): 2010

Statistics and records[edit]

As of 2018 season[43][44]

Season-by-season records[edit]

※ K League: Only regular season results are counted. Postseason (League Championship and Promotion-relegation PO) results are not included.
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 K League League Cup FA Cup Super Cup ACL Manager
Division Teams Position Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1984 Div 1 8 7th 28 8 6 14 38 45 –7 33 South Korea Park Se-hak
1985 Div 1 8 Champions 21 10 7 4 35 19 +16 27 South Korea Park Se-hak
1986 Div 1 6 Runners-up 20 10 7 3 28 17 +11 27 5th (Pro) Did not qualify South Korea Park Se-hak
1987 Div 1 5 5th 32 7 7 18 26 55 –29 21 No competition Withdrew South Korea Park Se-hak
1988 Div 1 5 4th 24 6 11 7 22 29 –7 23 Winners (Nat'l) Did not qualify South Korea Ko Jae-wook (C)
1989 Div 1 6 Runners-up 40 15 17 8 53 40 +13 47 Semi-finals (Nat'l)[2] South Korea Ko Jae-wook
1990 Div 1 6 Champions 30 14 11 5 40 25 +15 39 South Korea Ko Jae-wook
1991 Div 1 6 6th 40 9 15 16 44 53 –9 33 South Korea Ko Jae-wook
1992 Div 1 6 4th 30 8 13 9 30 35 –5 29 Runners-up (A) Did not enter South Korea Ko Jae-wook
1993 Div 1 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 Div 1 7 5th 30 12 7 11 53 50 +3 43 Runners-up (A) South Korea Cho Young-jeung
1995 Div 1 8 8th 28 5 10 13 29 43 –14 25 6th (A) South Korea Cho Young-jeung
1996 Div 1 9 9th 32 8 8 16 44 56 –12 32 8th (A) Round of 16 South Korea Cho Young-jeung
1997 Div 1 10 9th 18 1 8 9 15 27 –12 11 10th (A)
3rd in Group A (P)
Semi-finals South Korea Park Byung-joo
1998 Div 1 10 8th 18 9
8
0
2
9
8
28 28 0 23 Semi-finals (A)
3rd (PM)
Winners South Korea Park Byung-joo
1999 Div 1 10 9th 27 10
8
0
4
17
15
38 52 –14 24 Runners-up (A)
4th in Group B (D)
Semi-finals Runners-up South Korea Cho Kwang-rae
2000 Div 1 10 Champions 27 19
17
0
5
8
5
46 25 +21 53 Semi-finals (A)
5th in Group A (D)
Quarter-finals Did not qualify Quarter-finals[3] South Korea Cho Kwang-rae
2001 Div 1 10 Runners-up 27 11 10 6 30 23 +7 43 4th in Group A (A) Quarter-finals Winners Did not qualify South Korea Cho Kwang-rae
2002 Div 1 10 4th 27 11 7 9 37 30 +7 40 Semi-finals (A) Round of 32 Did not qualify Runners-up[4] South Korea Cho Kwang-rae
2003 Div 1 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 Div 1 13 5th 24 7 12 5 20 17 +3 33 12th (S) Round of 16 Did not qualify South Korea Cho Kwang-rae
2005 Div 1 13 7th 24 8 8 8 37 32 +5 32 5th (S) Round of 16 South Korea Lee Jang-soo
2006 Div 1 14 4th 26 9 12 5 31 22 +9 39 Winners (S) Quarter-finals South Korea Lee Jang-soo
2007 Div 1 14 7th 26 8 13 5 23 16 +7 37 Runners-up (S) Quarter-finals Competition
ceased
Turkey Şenol Güneş
2008 Div 1 14 Runners-up 26 15 9 2 44 25 +19 54 3rd in Group A (S) Round of 32 Turkey Şenol Güneş
2009 Div 1 15 5th 28 16 5 7 47 27 +20 53 Semi-finals (PK) Round of 16 Quarter-finals Turkey Şenol Güneş
2010 Div 1 15 Champions 28 20 2 6 58 26 +32 62 Winners (PC) Round of 16 Did not qualify Portugal Nelo Vingada
2011 Div 1 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 Div 1 16 Champions 44 29 9 6 76 42 +34 96 Competition
ceased
Round of 16 Did not qualify South Korea Choi Yong-soo
2013 Div 1 14 4th 38 17 11 10 59 46 +13 62 Quarter-finals Runners-up South Korea Choi Yong-soo
2014 Div 1 12 3rd 38 15 13 10 42 28 +14 58 Runners-up Semi-finals South Korea Choi Yong-soo
2015 Div 1 12 4th 38 17 11 10 52 44 +8 62 Winners Round of 16 South Korea Choi Yong-soo
2016 Div 1 12 Champions 38 21 7 10 67 46 +21 70 Runners-up Semi-finals South Korea Choi Yong-soo
South Korea Hwang Sun-hong
2017 Div 1 12 5th 38 16 13 9 56 42 +14 61 Round of 16 Group stage South Korea Hwang Sun-hong
2018 Div 1 12 11th 38 9 13 16 40 48 –8 40 Round of 16 Did not qualify South Korea Hwang Sun-hong
South Korea Lee Eul-yong (C)
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)

K League promotion-relegation playoffs[edit]

Season Teams Outcome Pld W D L GF GA GD PSO Manager
2018 2 Stayed 2 1 1 0 4 2 +2 N/A South Korea Choi Yong-soo

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 13 October 2019[45]
No. Pos. Nationality Player
1
GK
South Korea South Korea Yu Sang-hun
2
DF
South Korea South Korea Hwang Hyun-soo
3
DF
South Korea South Korea Lee Woong-hee
4
DF
South Korea South Korea Kim Nam-chun
5
MF
Spain Spain Osmar
6
DF
South Korea South Korea Kim Ju-sung
7
MF
South Korea South Korea Shin Jae-won
8
MF
South Korea South Korea Jung Won-jin
9
MF
Uzbekistan Uzbekistan Ikromjon Alibaev
10
FW
South Korea South Korea Park Chu-young
13
MF
South Korea South Korea Go Yo-han (captain)
14
FW
South Korea South Korea Kim Han-gil
15
DF
South Korea South Korea Kim Won-sik
16
MF
South Korea South Korea Ha Dae-sung
17
FW
South Korea South Korea Park Hee-seong
18
FW
South Korea South Korea Cho Young-wook
19
FW
South Korea South Korea Yun Ju-tae
20
DF
South Korea South Korea Park Jun-yeong
21
GK
South Korea South Korea Yang Han-been
22
MF
South Korea South Korea Yoon Seung-won
23
DF
South Korea South Korea Yoon Jong-gyu
24
MF
South Korea South Korea Jung Hyun-cheol
26
MF
South Korea South Korea Lee Seung-jae
27
MF
South Korea South Korea Ko Kwang-min
28
MF
South Korea South Korea Hwang Ki-wook
30
GK
South Korea South Korea Jeong Jin-wook
31
GK
South Korea South Korea Baek Jong-beom
32
MF
South Korea South Korea Shin Seong-jae
33
FW
South Korea South Korea Lee In-gyu
34
MF
South Korea South Korea Lee Hak-seon
35
DF
South Korea South Korea Jun Woo-ram
36
FW
South Korea South Korea Park Sung-min
37
MF
South Korea South Korea Song Jin-hyung
38
DF
South Korea South Korea Jang Hee-woong
39
FW
South Korea South Korea Lee Gun-chul
40
DF
South Korea South Korea Kim Won-gun
42
MF
South Korea South Korea Koo Chang-mo
47
FW
South Korea South Korea Kim Woo-hong
50
FW
South Korea South Korea Park Dong-jin
66
MF
South Korea South Korea Ju Se-jong
72
FW
Serbia Serbia Aleksandar Pešić
79
MF
South Korea South Korea Lee Myung-joo

Note: Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth.

Out on loan and military service[edit]

No. Pos. Nationality Player Moving To Loan Period
 —
MF
South Korea South Korea Lee Kyu-ro South Korea FC Pocheon January 2018–December 2019
 —
DF
South Korea South Korea Pak Min-gyu South Korea Daejeon Citizen July 2019–December 2019

Former players[edit]

Player records[edit]

Retired number(s)[edit]

12 – Supporters (the 12th Man)

Captains[edit]

Seasons Captain Vice-captain Notes
1984
South Korea Han Moon-bae
1985
South Korea Kim Kwang-hoon
1986
South Korea Park Hang-seo  –September 1986
1986–1988 South Korea Jung Hae-seong September 1986–
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  −4 August 1995
1995–1996 South Korea Lee Young-ik 5 August 1995–
1997
South Korea Cho Byung-young
1998
South Korea Kim Bong-soo
1999
South Korea Kang Chun-ho  −July 1999
1999–2000 South Korea Choi Yong-soo July 1999–9 May 2000
2000
South Korea Kim Gwi-hwa South Korea Lee Young-pyo 10 May 2000–
2001
South Korea Lee Sang-hun  −May 2001
2001
South Korea Son Hyun-jun May 2001–
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  −30 April 2015
South Korea Cha Du-ri 1 May 2015–
2016
Spain Osmar South Korea Yoo Hyun First foreign captain of FC Seoul
2017
South Korea Kwak Tae-hwi South Korea Park Chu-young
2018
South Korea Shin Kwang-hoon South Korea Go Yo-han  −3 July 2018
South Korea Go Yo-han South Korea Lee Woong-hee 4 July 2018–
2019
South Korea Go Yo-han South Korea Park Chu-young

Club officials[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Manager South Korea Choi Yong-soo
Assistant manager South Korea Kim Seong-jae
First Team Coach South Korea Yoon Hee-jun
South Korea Park Hyuk-soon
First Team Goalkeeping Coach South Korea Back Min-chul
Reserve Team Coach Vacant
Fitness Coach South Korea Lee Jae-hong
U-18 Team Manager South Korea Myong Jin-young
U-18 Team Coach South Korea Kim Jin-kyu
U-18 Team Goalkeeping Coach South Korea Weon Jong-teok
U-18 Team Fitness Coach South Korea Hwang Ji-hwan
Scout South Korea Lee Won-jun
South Korea Jung Jae-yoon

Supporting staff[edit]

Position Name
Club Doctor South Korea Kim Sang-beom
Athletic Trainer South Korea Park Sung-ryul, Choi Chang-hun
Physical Therapist South Korea Seo Seong-tae
Performance Analyst South Korea Shin Jun-yong, Kim Jung-hun
Equipment manager South Korea Lee Cheon-gil
Translator South Korea Lee Chan-ho

Managerial history[edit]

FC Seoul Fan Park's Gallery for All-time Managers
No. Name Appointed From To Season Notes
1
South Korea Park Se-hak 1983-08-12 1983-12-22 1987-11-19 1984–1987
  • 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 1989–1993
3 South Korea Cho Young-jeung 1993-11-23 1994-01-01 1996-11-05 1994–1996
  • First manager who was a former FC Seoul player.
4 South Korea Park Byung-joo 1996-12-10 1996-12-20 1998-11-25 1997–1998
  • Won the first FA Cup for FC Seoul.
5 South Korea Cho Kwang-rae 1998-10-22 1998-12-01 2004-12-15 1999–2004
  • The club's longest serving manager (6 seasons)
6 South Korea Lee Jang-soo 2004-12-30 2005-01-10 2006-12-02 2005–2006
7 Turkey Şenol Güneş 2006-12-08 2007-01-08 2009-11-25 2007–2009
  • First foreign manager of FC Seoul.
8 Portugal Nelo Vingada 2009-12-14 2010-01-03 2010-12-13 2010
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.
10 2011-12-09 2011-12-09 2016-06-22 2012–2016
  • First manager who won K League
    as a FC Seoul player and a manager.
C South Korea Kim Seong-jae 2016-06-23 2016-06-23 2016-06-26 2016
  • Caretaker manager in 2016,
    Left after one match in charge.
11 South Korea Hwang Sun-hong 2016-06-21 2016-06-27 2018-04-30 2016–2018
C South Korea Lee Eul-yong 2018-04-30 2018-04-30 2018-10-11 2018
12 South Korea Choi Yong-soo 2018-10-11 2018-10-11 2018–
  • First manager who was appointed twice.

Management[edit]

Board of Directors[edit]

Position Name Notes
Chairman South Korea Huh Chang-soo
President South Korea Eom Tae-jin
Director South Korea Kang Myong-won

Chairman history[edit]

No. Name From To Season Notes
1
South Korea Koo Cha-kyung
1983-08-12
1990-12-27
1984–1990 The First Chairman
2
South Korea Koo Bon-moo
1990-12-28
1998-02-28
1991–1997
3
South Korea Huh Chang-soo
1998-03-01
present
1998–present

Ownership[edit]

Years Owner Notes
November 1983–February 1991 South Korea Lucky-Goldstar Sports of Lucky-Goldstar Group
February 1991–May 2004 South Korea LG Sports of LG Group
June 2004–December 2004 South Korea GS Sports of LG Group
January 2005–present South Korea GS Sports of GS Group

Popular culture[edit]

FC Seoul and FC Seoul supporters have been portrayed in a number of Korean dramas and movies:[46]

  1. ^ As a fictional team called "FC Soul"

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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