Seongnam FC

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Full name Seongnam Football Club
Nickname(s) The Magpies
Short name SFC
Founded 18 March 1989; 28 years ago (18 March 1989)
(as Ilhwa Chunma)[1]
Ground Tancheon Stadium
Ground Capacity 16,146
Owner Seongnam City Council
Chairman Lee Jae-myung
(Mayor of Seongnam)
Manager Nam Ki-il
League K League 2
2017 K League Challenge, 4th
Website Club website
Seongnam FC
Revised Romanization Seongnam FC
McCune–Reischauer Sŏngnam FC

Seongnam FC (Korean: 성남 FC) is a South Korean professional football club, based in Seongnam, South Korea. Seongnam currently plays in the K League 2. Founded as Ilhwa Chunma Football Club in 1989, the club is the most successful in Korean football, having won a record seven K league titles, three FA Cups, three League Cups, and two AFC Champions League titles.

Seongnam placed fifth in the IFFHS Asian Clubs of the 20th century.[2]

In 2014, the club was bought by the Seongnam City Government and was officially renamed Seongnam FC.[3]


Ilhwa Chunma era 1989–2013[edit]


In 1975, Sun Myung Moon, the owner of Tongil Group, wanted to found a professional football club in South Korea. Since the Korean Super League was founded in 1983, he tried to find a club to participate in the league but Choi Soon-young, the head of Korea Football Association, ignored Moon's interest due to a religious reasons.[4]

Nevertheless, Tongil Group prepared the foundation of a new football club since 1986 and finally obtained a license from Korea Football Association as a club based in Seoul. Tongil Group firstly considered to find the club in Honam provinces but there was objection from the local community.[5]

Ilhwa Chunma FC's crest, used between 1989–2000

Officially, the club was founded on 18 March 1989 as Ilhwa Chunma Football Club[1] (Chunma is known in Korean culture as the winged horse that the Jade Emperor riding in heaven) and the club based in Seoul became the sixth member of the Korean Super League.[6] The foundation ceremony was held in Sheraton Walkerhill Hotel in Seoul.[5] Korea Football Association helped the club to form a team quickly by giving the permisison to have six priority picks out of players from Honam regions in the 1989 K League draft. The club has chosen six players, including Ko Jeong-woon and signed Park Jong-hwan as the head coach. The contract with Park was a lucrative deal back then, deposit 100 millions KRW with 48 millions KRW as annual salary.[5]

Early successes[edit]

The club was successful from its beginning, winning its first League Cup three years after its foundation in 1992 and winning three consecutive league titles from 1993 to 1995. In 1995, K League clubs wanted to stop the club's third consecutive title and agreed to change the league format back to two stages and the championship playoffs system; however, Ilhwa Chunma still won the title.[7] Seongnam also won the 1995 Asian Club Championship, defeating Al-Nasr 1–0 after extra time in the final.[8]

Cheonan Bound[edit]

The club was forced to move out from Seoul in 1996, as a part of the decentralization policy of the league, Ilhwa Chunma moved to the city of Cheonan due to the city council proposion of refurbishing the Cheonan Oryong Stadium into the football-specific stadium and building another sports complex in Baekseok-dong. The club also changed its name to Cheonan Ilhwa Chunma as a part of the policy.[9]

By the end of 1997, Ilhwa was still a successful team. The club reached the final of the 1996–97 Asian Club Championship and the 1997 Korean FA Cup.[10] However, from 1998, Cheonan Ilhwa Chunma went into a slump due to the core players moved out for various reasons,[11] including Valeri Sarychev, Chunma's goalkeeper, due to K League's year-by-year gradual restriction on foreign goalkeepers' appearances.[12]

As a result, they had recorded the bottom of the league for two consecutive seasons, in 1998 and 1999.[10] In mid-1999, Cha Kyung-bok considered to resign voluntarily due to the poor results.[13]

Not only the results on the field, but also the facilities of Cheonan Oryong Stadium were below the standard. On 22 August 1998, Cheonan Ilhwa Chunma had to finish the game against Jeonnam Dragons during the penalty shoot-out, after 1–1 draw in extra time.[14] According to K League regulations back then, teams were required to decide the winner with the golden goal or the penalty shoot-out after the extra time, if the match score is level at the end of normal time.[15] Since the field was not equipped with a floodlight system, they had to finish their games before sunset. Cheonan Ilhwa Chunma won the game by a draw.[16]

On 21 November 1999, Cheonan Ilhwa Chunma was crowned as the winners of the 1999 Korean FA Cup by winning the final 3–0 against Jeonbuk Hyundai Dinos at Jeju Stadium.[17]

Resettled in Seongnam[edit]

In 2000, the club moved to the Seoul satellite city of Seongnam and renamed themselves to Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma. The move worked out very well, as the rejuvenated club went on to win three consecutive K League titles from 2001 to 2003, as well as a league cup title in 2002 and a A3 Champions Cup in 2004.

The inaugural crest of Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma in 2000. The name of Seongnam followed McCune–Reischauer romanization.

A disappointing 2004 campaign saw them meekly relinquish their title. However, they reached the final of the 2004 AFC Champions League, where despite winning the away leg 3–1, they lost the home leg 5–0 to Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad and lost the tie 6–3 on aggregate. The defeat led to the resignation of their manager, Cha Kyung-bok.

With Kim Hak-bum's management, the club bounced back to the forefront of South Korean football in style as they claimed their seventh league title in 2006, defeating Suwon Samsung Bluewings 3–1 on aggregate in the championship playoff final. This was their seventh K League title which is a record out of all the K League clubs.

Before they were defeated by Suwon Bluewings 2–1 on 15 July 2007 in the 2007 season, they went undefeated for 22 consecutive league matches – the third longest streak in the history of the K League.

Seongnam reached the final of the 2007 K League Championship but were beaten 4–1 on aggregate by the Pohang Steelers, despite finishing in first place during the regular season.

Seongnam's former player Shin Tae-yong returned as caretaker manager in the 2009 season, then as manager from the following season and continued the club's success. On 13 November 2010, Seongnam beat Iranian club Zob Ahan FC 3–1 in the final of the 2010 AFC Champions League. This was their second AFC Champions League title and qualified them directly into the quarter-finals stage of the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup. Seongnam finished the tournament in fourth place. Seongnam added another FA Cup trophy in 2011, beating Suwon Bluewings 1–0 in the final on 15 October 2011.

During the 2013 season, there were rumors that the club was going to be sold to Ansan city government after the death of Sun Myung Moon, the founder of the Unification Church. Moon was extremely devoted to football so the Unification Church had been running the club, but after his death, the Unification Church's board of directors saw no reason to continue running the club and stated their thoughts on selling the club to another organization. After the rumor was reported by the press, Ansan's mayor officially mentioned that the city is in a process of purchasing the club from Ilhwa. Estimated number of 800 supporters protested in front of the Seongnam city hall stating the city could not lose one of the most successful clubs in the Asian football's history. Seongnam city started negotiation to purchase the club from Ilhwa. On October 2013, Lee Jae-myung, the mayor of Seongnam, had a conference and announced that Seongnam City Council agreed to take over the club from Ilhwa Sports and will be participating under the name Seongnam FC.[18]

Seongnam FC era (2014–present)[edit]

In December 2013, Seongnam City officially took over the club from Ilhwa Co., Ltd. They changed their symbol to magpie, the symbol of the Seongnam city, from chunma, which was the symbol of the Unification Church. The yellow color of their uniform was also replaced with black. Their first manager Park Jong-hwan, who had managed the club from 1988 to 1996 returned to the club as manager once again.

The club played the first home game as Seongnam FC on March 15, 2014 against FC Seoul resulting in a draw of 0:0. Seongnam FC's first victory was on March 26, 2014, beating their bitter rivals Suwon Samsung Bluewings 2–0. On April 22, 2014, manager Park Jong-hwan resigned after it was revealed that he had been assaulting players.[19]

After months of confusion, the club appointed Kim Hak-bum, who previously led their golden age, as their manager. The return turned out to be extremely successful, as Seongnam not only escaped relegation but also won their third FA Cup trophy, beating FC Seoul in a penalty shoot-out on 23 November 2014.

In the 2016 season, after Incheon's win over Suwon FC on the final day of the season, Seongnam were placed at 11th and were relegated to the second division for the first time in their history after being defeated by northernmost side Gangwon FC on away goals in the promotion-relegation playoffs.[20]

Nam Ki-il was announced as the club's new manager on 06/12/2017, replacing Park Kyung-hoon.[21]


Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma won the AFC Champions League in 2010

Domestic competitions[edit]


Winners (7): 1993, 1994, 1995, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006
Runners-up (3): 1992, 2007, 2009


Winners (3): 1999, 2011, 2014
Runners-up (3): 1997, 2000, 2009
Winners (3): 1992, 2002, 2004
Runners-up (3): 1995, 2000, 2006
Winners (1): 2002
Runners-up (2): 2000, 2004
Winners (1): 1999

International competitions[edit]


Winners (2): 1995, 2010
Runners-up (2): 1996–97, 2004
Winners (1): 1996
Winners (1): 2004


Fourth place (1): 2010
Winners (1): 1996


Winners (1): 2012
Runners-Up (1): 2012


  • Domestic double
K League and League Cup Champions (1): 2002
  • Continental double
Champions League and K League Champions (1): 1995

Season-by-season records[edit]

Season Division Tms. Pos. FA Cup AFC CL
1989 1 6 5
1990 1 6 6
1991 1 6 5
1992 1 6 2
1993 1 6 1
1994 1 7 1
1995 1 8 1 Semi-final
1996 1 9 8 Quarter-final Winners
1997 1 10 8 Runners-up Runners-up
1998 1 10 10 Quarter-final
1999 1 10 10 Winners
2000 1 10 3 Runners-up
2001 1 10 1 Quarter-final
2002 1 10 1 Semi-final
2003 1 12 1 Round of 16 Group Stage
2004 1 13 9 Round of 32 Runners-up
2005 1 13 3 Round of 16
2006 1 14 1 Round of 32
2007 1 14 2 Round of 16 Semi-final
2008 1 14 5 Quarter-final
2009 1 15 2 Quarter-final
2010 1 15 4 Quarter-final Winners
2011 1 16 10 Winners
2012 1 16 12 Round of 16 Round of 16
2013 1 14 8 Round of 16
2014 1 12 9 Winners
2015 1 12 5 Quarter-final Round of 16
2016 1 12 11 Quarter-final
2017 2 10 4 Quarter-final
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league

Current squad[edit]

As of 3 March 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 Kim Dong-jun
2 South Korea DF Kwak Hae-sung
3 South Korea MF Yeon Je-woon
4 South Korea DF Kim Tae-yoon
5 Croatia DF Marin Oršulić
6 South Korea MF Lee Tae-hee
7 South Korea MF Kim Young-sin
8 South Korea MF Kim Do-heon (Captain)
9 Brazil FW Paulo Sérgio
13 South Korea MF Kim Dong-hee
14 South Korea DF Bae Seung-jin (C)
15 South Korea DF Lee Ji-min
17 South Korea MF Jo Jae-cheol
18 South Korea FW Lee Hyun-il
19 South Korea MF Lee Chang-hoon
20 South Korea MF An Sang-hyun
21 South Korea GK Kim Keun-bae
22 South Korea DF An Jae-jun
No. Position Player
23 South Korea DF Lee Hoo-kwon
24 South Korea DF Lee Seung-hyeon
25 South Korea GK Yang Dong-won
26 South Korea DF Moon Ji-hwan
27 South Korea MF Kim Yun-soo
28 South Korea MF Ko Byung-il
30 South Korea MF Lee Geon-yeop
32 South Korea FW Hwang Won
33 South Korea DF Jang Hak-young
34 South Korea MF Lee Seong-jae
35 South Korea FW Kim Min-kyoo
37 South Korea MF Jang Eun-kyu (on loan from Jeju)
39 South Korea FW Park Sung-ho
40 South Korea FW Shim Je-hyeok (on loan from Seoul)
41 South Korea GK Lee Shi-hwan
44 South Korea DF Oh Do-hyun
49 South Korea MF Oh Jang-eun
10 Slovakia MF Filip Hlohovsky

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 DF Park Tae-min (to Gimpo Citizen)
South Korea DF Yun Young-sun (to Sangju Sangmu for military duty)
South Korea MF Kim Seong-jun (to Sangju Sangmu for military duty)
South Korea FW Nam Joon-jae (to Ansan Police for military duty)
South Korea MF Jung Seon-ho (to Sangju Sangmu for military duty)
No. Position Player
South Korea DF Lim Chae-min (to Sangju Sangmu for military duty)
South Korea FW Sung Bong-jae (to Gyeongnam FC)
South Korea MF Lee Jong-won (to Sangju Sangmu for military duty)
South Korea GK Park Jun-hyuk (to FC Pocheon for military duty)

Current staff[edit]

As of 1 December 2016

Coaching staff[edit]

U-18 Team (Pungsaeng High School) coaching staff[edit]

  • Mangager: South Korea Kim Woo-jae
  • Coach: South Korea Kim Jong-chun
  • Goalkeeper Coach: South Korea Kim Hee-ho

U-15 Team (Pungsaeng Middle School) coaching staff[edit]

  • Manager: South Korea Yoo Sung-woo
  • Coach: South Korea Seo Kwang-woon


List of Seongnam FC managers
# Name From To Season Notes
South Korea Park Jong-hwan 1988/09/16 1996/04/02 1989–1995
South Korea Won Heung-jae 1990/04/27 1990/06/27 1990 Unofficial
South Korea Lee Jang-soo 1996/04/03 1996/08/17 1996
1996/08/18 1996/12/05 1996
Belgium René Desaeyere 1996/12/18 1998/09/08 1997–1998
South Korea Cha Kyung-bok 1998/09/09 2004/12/01 1998–2004
South Korea Kim Hak-bum 2004/12/07 2004/12/29 2004 In charge since FA Cup.
2004/12/30 2008/11/27 2005–2008
South Korea Shin Tae-yong 2008/12/06 2010/02/17 2009
2010/02/18 2012/12/08 2010–2012
South Korea An Ik-soo 2012/12/14 2013/12/22 2013
South Korea Park Jong-hwan 2013/12/23 2014/04/22 2014
South Korea Lee Sang-yoon 2014/04/22 2014/08/26 2014
South Korea Lee Young-jin 2014/08/26 2014/09/05 2014
South Korea Kim Hak-bum 2014/09/05 2016/09/12 2014–2016
South Korea Gu Sang-bum 2016/09/12 2016/11/20 2016
South Korea Byun Sung-hwan 2016/11/06 2016/11/20 2016 Unofficial Caretaker
South Korea Park Kyung-hoon 2016/12/01 2017–present

Kit supplier[edit]


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Thai Farmers Bank
Champions of Asia
Succeeded by
Pohang Steelers
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Pohang Steelers
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Al-Sadd SC
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1993 · 1994 · 1995
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Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i
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