Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC

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Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
전북 현대 모터스
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Full name Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Football Club
전북 현대 모터스 축구단
Nickname(s) Dak Gong
Noksekjunsa (green warriors)
Short name JHM
Founded 1994; 22 years ago (1994), as Chonbuk Dinos
Ground Jeonju World Cup Stadium
Ground Capacity 42,477
Owner Hyundai Motor Company
Chairman Chung Eui-sun
Manager Choi Kang-hee
League K League Classic
2015 Season 1st
Website Club home page
Current season
Hyundai Motor Group sports
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Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC
Hanja 모터스
Revised Romanization Jeonbuk Hyeondae Moteoseu
McCune–Reischauer Chǒnbuk Hyŏndae Mot'ǒsǔ

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (Korean: 전북 현대 모터스) is a professional football club based in Jeollabuk-do, South Korea. Jeonbuk play at the Jeonju World Cup Stadium in Jeonju, the capital city of Jeonbuk (North Jeolla). They won their first K-League title in 2009. Prior to this, the club won the AFC Champions League title in 2006, becoming the first club from East Asia to win the tournament since the AFC Champions League was launched in its current format in 2003, and for a time being the only team in the world to have become continental champions without ever having won a domestic title. This title guaranteed Jeonbuk's participation in the FIFA Club World Cup in December 2006. Jeonbuk has won the Korean FA Cup three times, in 2000, 2003 and 2005.

The club's color is green which is also the color of Jeonbuk Province.


Jeonbuk Hyundai Motor's predecessor was founded in January 1993 under the original name of Wansan Puma FC. Oh Hyung-Kun was the founder of the team, which was the first team to be named after a home location in the history of the K-League.

However, they were not able to raise enough funds and Wansan Puma FC went into bankruptcy before they could take their place in the K-League. Many people were eager to keep their club and Bobae Ltd., a local alcohol manufacturer, fortunately offered financial support to the club. The club joined the K-League in 1994 after changing its name to Jeonbuk Buffalo. The team began losing money and the team was dissolved after final match in 1994 season. In 1994, Korea was under 2002 World Cup bid campaign, So Hyundai Motors took over Jeonbuk Buffalo's players and launched new club as Jeonbuk Dinos on December 12, 1994.

K-League officially stated that Jeonbuk Buffalo and Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors are different club. Therefore, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors's history and statistics and records are from December 12, 1994.

Since 1994, Jeonbuk have not seriously challenged for the Korean League title, often languishing in mid-table. After Choi Gang-hee was appointed manager in July 2005, Jeonbuk won the Korean FA Cup in December of that year. In 2006, Jeonbuk finished a disappointing eleventh in the Korean League, however the season had a surprising ending, as Jeonbuk won their first AFC Champions Cup final in Homs, Syria. En route to the final they defeated the champions of Japan and China, Gamba Osaka and Dalian Shide, and they also beat Ulsan Horang-i, the champion of Korea, in the semi-final. They triumphed 3–2 on aggregate over Al-Karamah, the champion of Syria, in the final.

They had an opportunity to join the FIFA Club World Cup in December 2006 as AFC Champions. They lost their first game 0–1 to América in the semi-final on December 10, however, they defeated Auckland City 3–0 on December 14 and finished fifth in the tournament.

In 2009, Jeonbuk became the champion of K-League by beating Seongnam Ilhwa 3–1 in aggregate in the K-League Championship on December 6.

On 22 October 2011, Jeonbuk claimed their first-place spot in the K-League for the second time in their history. Furthermore, they reached the final of the AFC Champions League, where they lost to Al-Sadd after a penalty-shootout.[1]

On 5 December 2011, Jeonbuk confirmed the K-League title with a 4–2 aggregate victory in the play-off final against Ulsan Hyundai.

Kit Suppliers[edit]


Domestic Competitions[edit]



Asian Competitions[edit]


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


As of 28 June 2013, Only K-League matches are counted.

# Name From To Season Record Notes
1 South Korea Cha Kyung-bok 1994/11/26 1996/12/05 1995–96 75 23 16 36
2 South Korea Choi Man-hee 1996/12/06 2001/07/18 1997–01 160 53 32 75
C South Korea Nam Dae-sik 2001/07/18 2001/10/03 2001 14 2 6 6
3 South Korea Cho Yoon-hwan 2001/10/04 2005/06/12 2001–05 137 47 48 42
C South Korea Kim Hyung-yul 2005/06/13 2005/07/10 2005 7 2 1 4
4 South Korea Choi Kang-hee 2005/07/04
231 103 60 68
C South Korea Lee Heung-sil 2012/01/05 2012/12/12 2012 44 23 13 9
C Brazil Fábio Lefundes 2012/12/20 2013/06/30 2013 13 6 4 3
C South Korea Shin Hong-gi 2013/06/25 2013/06/27 2013 1 0 0 1


Current squad[edit]

As of 1 August 2016[2][3]

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 Kwon Sun-tae
2 South Korea MF Lee Woo-hyeok
3 South Korea DF Kim Hyung-il
5 South Korea MF Lee Ho
6 South Korea DF Choi Jae-soo
7 South Korea MF Han Kyo-won
9 South Korea FW Lee Jong-ho
10 Brazil MF Leonardo
11 Brazil FW Ricardo Lopes
13 South Korea MF Kim Bo-kyung
15 South Korea DF Lim Jong-eun
16 South Korea DF Cho Sung-hwan
17 South Korea MF Lee Jae-sung
18 South Korea FW Ko Moo-yeol
19 South Korea DF Park Won-jae
20 South Korea FW Lee Dong-gook (Captain)
21 South Korea GK Hong Jeong-nam
22 South Korea MF Seo Sang-min
No. Position Player
23 South Korea DF Choi Kyu-baek
25 South Korea DF Choi Chul-soon
26 South Korea DF Choi Dong-keun
27 South Korea DF Kim Chang-soo
29 South Korea FW Myung Joon-jae
30 South Korea DF Kim Young-chan
31 South Korea GK Kim Tae-ho
32 South Korea DF Lee Ju-yong
33 South Korea DF Lee Han-do
34 South Korea MF Jang Yun-ho
37 South Korea MF Choi Jung-woo
38 South Korea DF Park Jung-ho
39 South Korea MF Kim Jin-se
41 South Korea GK Hwang Byeong-geun
66 Australia MF Erik Paartalu
81 Brazil FW Edu
99 South Korea FW Kim Shin-wook

Squad number 12 is reserved for the Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors supporters, Mad Green Boys. And Kim Kee Hee.

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 Choi Bo-kyung (to Ansan Police for military service)
South Korea DF Lee Jae-myung (to Sangju Sangmu for military service)
South Korea DF Ong Dong-kyun (to Chungju Hummel)
South Korea MF Shin Hyung-min (to Ansan Police for military service)
South Korea MF Jeong Hyuk (to Ansan Police for military service)
No. Position Player
South Korea MF Lee Seung-gi (to Sangju Sangmu for military service)
South Korea MF Jeong Jong-hee (to Cheonan City)
South Korea MF Choi Chi-won (to Seoul E-Land)
South Korea FW Cho Seok-jae (to Jeonnam Dragons)
South Korea FW Kim Shin (to Chungju Hummel)

Backroom staff[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Support staff[edit]

  • Club doctor: South Korea Song Ha-heon
  • Assistant club doctor: South Korea Kim Byung-woo
  • Assistant club doctor: South Korea Lee Hyun-ju
  • Assistant club doctor: South Korea Lee Hyuk-jun
  • Interpreter: South Korea Kim Min-soo

See also[edit]


  1. ^ CNN :: History for Qatar as Al Sadd win Asian title in dramatic shootout
  2. ^ "Players". (in Korean). Jeonbuk Hyundai. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Jeonbuk Hyundai Players". K League. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 

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