Gyeongnam FC

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Gyeongnam FC
경남 FC
Club crest
Full name Gyeongnam Football Club
Nickname(s) Kindergarten, Roses
Short name GFC
Founded 2006; 10 years ago (2006)
Ground Changwon Football Center
Ground Capacity 15,116
Chairman Governor of South Gyeongsang Province
Manager Kim Jong-boo
League K League Challenge
2015 Season 9th
Website Club home page
Current season

Gyeongnam FC (Korean: 경남 FC) is a South Korean football club based in Gyeongsangnam-do. Its home stadium is in Changwon, the capital of South Gyeongsang Province. Gyeongnam FC was founded in 2006 and joined the K-League as its 14th club for the 2006 season.


2006 season[edit]

Gyeongnam FC reached 12th place in K-League 2006 in their first season, and achieved third place in the Hauzen Cup.

2007 season[edit]

Under their manager Park Hang-Seo, Gyeongnam FC finished fourth in K-League 2007, but were defeated by Pohang Steelers by a penalty shootout in the first round of the play-offs. Playing for Gyeongnam, Cabore became that season's K-League top scorer with 18 goals in 26 matches. Also, he recorded continuous attack points during 8 league matches. When he suddenly moved to FC Tokyo, Gyeongnam FC no longer did so well, and manager Park Hang-Seo chief executive Jeon Hyung-Doo left immediately.

2008 season[edit]

Before the start of the 2008 season, Cho Kwang-Rae, from Jinju city, Gyeongnam, was appointed manager. He had managed Anyang LG Cheetahs, which had won the K-League once and been runner-up twice in the K-League and the AFC Champions League. Gyeongnam FC improved under his management. The newly signed Seo Sang-Min was a valuable player, and Brazilian attacking midfielder Índio filled the gap left by Cabore. The team failed to reach the playoff by losing to Jeonbuk Motors in the last match of K-League 2008. They reached the Korean FA Cup 2008 final thanks to Kim Dong-Chan's continuous scoring, including a hat-trick in the semifinal, but they were defeated by the Pohang Steelers, thus failing to enter the AFC Champions League.

2009 season[edit]

In January 2009, Kim Jin-Yong transferred to Seongnam Ilhwa, and Kim Dong-Hyun, a member of the South Korean national football team, replaced him. In the 2009 season, former South Korean National Football Team goalkeeper Kim Byung-Ji joined the club, and manager Cho signed many young players. They were so successful that fans nicknamed Gyeongnam "Cho's Kindergarten".

2010 season[edit]

In 2010 Gyeongnam moved from the Changwon Civil Stadium to Changwon Football Center. With Kim Young-Woo as the new captain, they won the K-League – the first top position in their history. Cho left in the middle of the season, but the team continued to perform well under caretaker manager Kim Kwi-Hwa. Yoon Bit-Garam recorded 9 goals and 7 assists in 29 matches to take the K-League Best XI and K-League Rookie of the Year Award. He and centreback Kim Joo-Young played for the national team and took part in the 2010 Asian Cup. After the end of the season, Kim Joo-Young injured an anterior cruciate ligament during national team training. He missed matches until June 2011.

2013 season[edit]

On 12 May 2013, Gyeongnam FC achieved victory in a game with Daegu FC. This was Gyeongnam FC's 100th victory in the K-League.[1]


Season Division Tms. Pos. FA Cup AFC CL
2006 1 14 12 Quarter-final -
2007 1 14 4 Round of 16 -
2008 1 14 8 Runners-up -
2009 1 15 7 Round of 16 -
2010 1 15 6 Round of 16 -
2011 1 16 8 Round of 32 -
2012 1 16 8 Runners-up -
2013 1 14 11 Round of 8 -
2014 1 12 11 Round of 32 -
2015 2 11 9 3rd Round -
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league


Club records[edit]

  • Biggest Win: 23 June 2013. versus Daejeon Citizen. 6–0.
  • Biggest Defeat: 14 October 2007, versus Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i. 0–4.
  • Longest Unbeaten Run (K-League): 9 matches. (7 March 2010 – 2 May 2010)
  • Highest Attendance: 25,980. 21 August 2010, versus Chunnam Dragons.
  • Lowest Attendance: 1,031. 18 March 2006, versus Daejeon Citizen.
  • Highest League Position : 1st. 2010
  • Lowest League Position : 12th. 2006.

Personal records[edit]

  • Continual Attacking Points: Cabore, 9 pts, 15 August 2007 – 6 October 2007.
  • Recording Multi-goals in debut match: Seo Sang-Min, 9 March 2008, vs. Daegu FC (the first in K-League history).
  • Most league appearances: Kim Byung-Ji, 500 matches.

Award winners[edit]


Current squad[edit]

As of 1 August 2016

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 Lee Joon-hee (on loan from Pohang)
2 South Korea DF Kim Sung-hyun
4 Croatia DF Ivan Herceg
5 South Korea DF Lee Won-jae
6 South Korea MF Park Tae-woong
7 South Korea MF Bae Ki-jong
8 South Korea MF Ahn Sung-nam
9 Romania FW Cristian Dănălache
10 South Korea FW Lee Sang-hyup
11 South Korea FW Kim Seul-ki
12 South Korea DF Jeon Sang-hoon
13 South Korea MF Shin Hak-young
14 South Korea MF Nam Kwang-hyun
15 South Korea DF Woo Joo-sung
16 South Korea FW Song Soo-young
17 South Korea MF Lee Ho-seok
18 South Korea FW Kim Young-uk
No. Position Player
20 South Korea DF Jung Heon-sik
21 South Korea GK Lee Ki-hyun
22 South Korea MF Kim Jung-bin
23 South Korea DF Park Ji-soo
24 South Korea DF Jeong Hyeon-cheol
27 South Korea DF Lee Sang-hyun
28 South Korea DF Park Hyun-woo
29 South Korea GK Ha Kang-jin
30 South Korea DF Song Ju-han
33 South Korea DF Cha Tae-young
36 South Korea MF Lee Kwan-pyo
37 South Korea MF Jang Eun-kyu (on loan from Jeju)
41 South Korea FW Oh Sang-heon
55 South Korea DF Lee Joon-hee
77 Serbia MF Ivan Marković
80 South Korea MF Jin Kyung-sun
99 South Korea GK Kwon Jung-hyuk

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
South Korea GK Son Jeong-hyeon (to Ansan Police for military service)
South Korea DF Yeo Sung-hye (to Sangju Sangmu for military service)
South Korea MF Choi Young-jun (to Ansan Police for military service)
No. Position Player
South Korea FW Kim Do-yeop (to Sangju Sangmu for military service)
South Korea FW Kim Jun-yeop (to Ansan Police for military service)
South Korea FW Jung Sung-min (to Ansan Police for military service)


Name Start End
South Korea Kim Do-Keun 2006 2006
South Korea Kim Hyo-Il 2007 2008
South Korea Lee Sang-Hong 2008 2009
South Korea Kim Young-Woo 2010 2011
South Korea Jung Da-Hwon 2011 2011
South Korea Kang Seung-Jo 2012 2013
South Korea Kim Hyeung-Bum 2013 2013
South Korea Lee Han-Saem 2014 2014
South Korea Park Ju-Sung 2014 2014
South Korea Jin Kyung-sun 2015

Notable players[edit]

For details on notable players, see Category:Gyeongnam FC players.

Club officials[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

  • Manager : South Korea Kim Jong-boo
  • Assistant Manager : South Korea Lee Young-ik
  • 1st team Coach : South Korea Kim Do-keun
  • Fitness Coach : Vacant
  • GK Coach : South Korea Park Chul-woo
  • Psysio : South Korea Hong Jin-hyeon
  • Psysio : South Korea Park Gyu-po
  • Youth Manager : South Korea Cho Jung-hyun
  • Youth Coach : South Korea Kim Moon-kyu

Managerial history[edit]

# Name From To Season Notes
South Korea Park Hang-Seo 2005/08/22 2007/11/16 2006–2007
South Korea Cho Kwang-Rae 2007/12/04 2010/07/31 2008–2010
C South Korea Kim Gwi-Hwa 2010/08/09 2010/11/29 2010 Caretaker
South Korea Choi Jin-Han 2010/12/01 2013/05/22 2011–2013
C South Korea Song Kwang-Hwan 2013/05/22 2013/06/01 2013 Caretaker
Serbia Ilija Petković 2013/05/29 2013/12/11 2013
South Korea Lee Cha-Man 2013/12/17 2014/08/14 2014
C Serbia Branko Babić 2014/08/14 2014/12/09 2014 Caretaker
6 South Korea Park Sung-hwa 2014/12/26 2015/11/23 2015
7 South Korea Kim Jong-boo 2015/12/02 2016–



Kit Supplier[edit]

Name Start End
Hummel 2006 2009
Kelme 2010 2011
Hummel 2012

Main sponsors[edit]

Name Start End
STX 2006 2013
DSME 2013


External links[edit]