Gwangju World Cup Stadium

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Gwangju World Cup Stadium
Guus Hiddink Stadium
Location Seo-gu, Gwangju, South Korea
Capacity 44,118[1]
Opened September 2001
Architect Space Group of Korea
Gwangju Sangmu (2003–2010)
Gwangju FC (2011–present)

The Gwangju World Cup Stadium is a football stadium in the South Korean city of Gwangju. It is managed by the Sports Support Division of the Culture & Sports Policy Office of the Gwangju Metropolitan city.[2] Initially the stadium was named Gwangju World Cup Stadium to host some matches of the 2002 FIFA World Cup. To honor the South Korean national team coach Guus Hiddink, who helped the team advance to the semi-finals, for the first time in its history, by defeating Spain in this stadium, they have also named it the Guus Hiddink Stadium.[3]

It is the home stadium for Gwangju FC of the Korea Professional Football League (K-League) and has a capacity of 44,118.[4]

It was also the venue for the 3rd Asia Song Festival, organised by Korea Foundation for International Culture Exchange, in 2006.[5]

2002 FIFA World Cup Matches[edit]

Date Team 1 Result Team 2 Round
2 June 2002 Spain Spain 3–1 Slovenia Slovenia Group B
4 June 2002 China China 0–2 Costa Rica Costa Rica Group C
21 June 2002 Spain Spain 0–0 (3–5 pen.) South Korea South Korea Quarterfinals


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  2. ^ Gwangju Metropolitan city Parks and Athletic Facilities: Gwangju World Cup Stadium Retrieved 12 October 2011
  3. ^ World Stadiums Guus Hiddink Stadium Retrieved 12 October 2011
  4. ^ (Korean) K-League news 4강 역사를 쓴 그곳, 광주 월드컵 경기장 Dream stadium of K-League
  5. ^ KOFICE 3rd Asia Song Festival 22 September 2006. Retrieved 12 October 2011

External links[edit]

Preceded by
New Rubin Kazan Stadium
Summer Universiade
Opening and Closing Ceremonies

Succeeded by
Taipei Municipal Stadium

Coordinates: 35°08′01.2″N 126°52′29.5″E / 35.133667°N 126.874861°E / 35.133667; 126.874861