Gangwon FC

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Gangwon FC
강원 FC
Full name Gangwon Football Club
Founded 2008; 9 years ago (2008)
Ground Alpensia Ski Jumping Stadium
Ground Capacity 11,000
Owner Gangwon Province Government
Chairman Governor of Gangwon Province
Manager Choi Yun-kyum
League K League Classic
2016 K League Challenge, 4th (promoted)
Website Club home page
Current season

Gangwon FC (Korean:강원 FC, Hanja: 江原 FC) is a South Korean football club. Based in Gangwon Province of South Korea, Gangwon FC joined the K League as its 15th club for the 2009 season. The club is sponsored by High1 Resort.



Gangwon-do's Governor Kim Jin-Sun announced a schedule for the foundation of the 15th professional football club to participate in the K-League on April 28, 2008.[1] A committee, the "Foundation of Football Club in Gangwon Preparation Committee", was organized on 18 June 18, 2008 to facilitate the foundation.[2] Preparations had advanced sufficiently that by 17 November 2008, 14 players had joined Gangwon FC in a first nomination. On November 20, 2008, Gangwon FC organized its first full squad, a total of 23 players, including nine players from the 2009 K-League draft.[3] Gangwon FC was formally founded on 18 December 2008 in time to enter the 2009 edition of the K-League.

Debut Season – 2009[edit]

Gangwon played its first ever K-League match against Jeju United on 8 March 2009, at Gangneung Stadium, winning 1–0 with a decisive goal from Yoon Jun-Ha. With this victory, they became the first ever team to win their debut game in K-League. Gangwon FC continued their winning start to the season with a further four victories on the trot and causing a sensation in the first half of 2009 K-League.[4] Unfortunately Gangwon was unable to maintain their initial success, and by round 19 had fallen into the lower half of the league table. By the conclusion of their first season in the K-League, they placed 13th of fifteen clubs.

Kim Young-Hoo finished as top scorer for the club with 13 goals (good enough to place joint 3rd in the overall "Top Scorers"). Kim was awarded K-League Rookie of the Year for his efforts during the season. Gangwon FC was award the Fair Play Award for the 2009 season.

In the 2009 Korean FA Cup, Gangwon entered the competition in the round of 32 stage, and defeated their first opponent Incheon Koreail FC in a penalty shootout after a 2-all draw. They then faced the Chunnam Dragons, losing 1:0. The club fared little better in the 2009 K-League Cup, finishing bottom of their group with only a single win (against Daejeon) to show for their efforts.

Difficult Period and First Ever Relegation[edit]

Gangwon FC had a difficult season in 2010, even though first striker Kim Young-Hoo scored 13 goals in the league. The club finished 12th out of 15 clubs. The 2011 season was the worst season since its establishment. Gangwon finished last in the league and the entire team only scored 14 goals in thirty matches.

In the 2012 season, K-League imposed a new promotion-relegation structure: bottom two teams in the top-tier league were to be relegated to second division. In the 43rd round, Gangwon managed to remain in the top-tier of K-League by Baek Jong-Hwan's decisive goal that won the away game against Seongnam Ilhwa by 1–0. By one point, it avoided relegation.[5]

In the 2013 season of K-League Classic, the first historical season in which K-League imposed compulsory relegation of bottom three teams and where the team that finished third from the bottom had to play the promotion-relegation playoffs against the champion of 2013 K-League Challenge, the second-tier league, Gangwon finished the season in the third place from the bottom inside the relegation zone, subsequently lost to Sangju Sangmu Phoenix over the two-leg relegation playoffs, and was relegated to the K-League Challenge.[6]


Current squad[edit]

As of 29 January 2017

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 Song Yoo-geol
4 South Korea MF Oh Seung-bum
6 South Korea DF Ahn Hyun-sik
7 South Korea MF Moon Chang-jin
8 South Korea MF Hwang Jin-sung
9 South Korea FW Jung Jo-gook
10 Brazil FW Diego Maurício
11 South Korea MF Lee Keun-ho
12 South Korea FW Lim Chan-wool
13 South Korea MF Kim Min-joon
14 South Korea DF Oh Beom-seok
15 South Korea DF Park Chun-ho
16 South Korea MF Ahn Soo-min
No. Position Player
17 South Korea MF Kim Kyung-jung
18 South Korea MF Kim Seung-yong
20 South Korea DF Kang Ji-yong
22 South Korea DF Jung Seung-yong
23 South Korea GK Lee Bum-young
26 South Korea MF Park Yo-han
28 Vietnam MF Lương Xuân Trường (on loan from HAGL)
40 South Korea FW An Joong-keun
55 South Korea MF Yoo Cheong-in
77 South Korea MF Baek Jong-hwan
81 South Korea DF Park Sun-ju
99 South Korea DF Kim Oh-gyu

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
15 South Korea FW Shin Young-jun (to Sangju Sangmu for military service)
No. Position Player
South Korea FW Choi Jin-ho (to Sangju Sangmu for military service)
South Korea DF Lee Yong (to Asan Mugunghwa for military service)


Season Captain
2009 South Korea Lee Eul-yong
2010–11 South Korea Chung Kyung-ho
2011 South Korea Seo Dong-hyeon
2011 South Korea Lee Eul-yong
2012 South Korea Kim Eun-jung
2013 South Korea Jeon Jae-ho
2014 South Korea Kim Oh-gyu
2015 South Korea Hwang Kyo-chung
2016– South Korea Baek Jong-hwan

Youth Club[edit]

On 13 September 2010, Gangwon FC U-12 team was created in Gangneung.

On 2 November 2011, Gangwon FC made an agreement with Gangneung Jeil High School (under 18 team) and Jumunjin Middle School (under 15 team).

Coaching and Medical Staff[edit]

Coaching Staff

Executive Office

  • Chairman: Gangwon Province governor
  • President
    • South Korea Kim Won-dong[7][8] (11 November 2008 – 22 July 2011)
    • South Korea Nam Jong-hyun[9] (22 August 2011 – 19 September 2012)
    • South Korea Kim Deok-rae (caretaker)[10] (14 December 2012 – 28 May 2013)
    • South Korea Lim Eun-ju[11] (29 May 2013 – present)


# Name From To Season Notes
South Korea Choi Soon-ho 2008/11/16 2011/04/06 2009–2011 First manager
South Korea Kim Sang-ho 2011/04/07 2012/07/01 2011–2012
South Korea Kim Hak-bum 2012/07/09 2013/08/11 2012–2013
South Korea Kim Yong-kab 2013/08/14 2013/12/10 2013
Brazil Arthur Bernardes 2013/12/23 2014/09/18 2014 First foreign manager
South Korea Park Hyo-jin 2014/09/18 2014/12/24 2014 First caretaker manager
South Korea Choi Yun-kyum 2014/12/25 2015–present


Even with a short history, Gangwon FC has a strong fan base, with supporters nicknamed Narcia.


Season Division Teams League KFA Cup League Cup Champions
Top scorer Manager
P W D L GF GA GD Pts Position
2009 1 15 28 7 7 14 42 57 −15 28 13th Round of 16 Group Round  – South Korea Kim Young-Hoo (13) South Korea Choi Soon-Ho
2010 1 15 28 8 6 14 36 50 −14 30 12th Round of 32 Group Round  – South Korea Kim Young-Hoo (14) South Korea Choi Soon-Ho
2011 1 16 30 3 6 21 14 45 −31 15 16th Quarterfinal Group Round  – South Korea Kim Young-Hoo (6) South Korea Choi Soon-Ho (until April 6)
South Korea Kim Sang-ho (since April 7)
2012 1 16 44 14 7 23 57 68 −11 49 14th Round of 16 N / A  – South Korea Kim Eun-Jung (16) South Korea Kim Sang-ho (until July 1)
South Korea Kim Hak-Beom (since July 9)
2013 1 14 38 8 12 18 37 64 −27 36 12th Round of 16 N / A  – Romania Ianis Zicu (8) South Korea Kim Hak-Beom (until August 11)
South Korea Kim Yong-Kab (since August 14)
Playoff 2 2 1 0 1 2 4 −2 3 Relegated
2014 2 10 36 16 6 14 48 50 −2 54 3rd Quarterfinal N / A  – South Korea Choi Jin-ho (14) Brazil Arthur Bernardes (until September 18)
South Korea Park Hyo-jin (since September 19)
Playoff 4 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0 4th
2015 2 11 40 13 12 15 64 56 8 51 7th Round of 32 N / A  – Brazil Jonatas Belusso (15) South Korea Choi Yun-kyum
2016 2 N / A  –

Kit Supplier[edit]


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