List of South Korean football champions

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The South Korean football champions are the winners of the highest league in South Korean football, which is currently the K League Classic.

Seongnam FC has won seven titles, the record for most titles won. FC Seoul has won the league on six occasions, followed by Pohang Steelers with five titles. Seongnam FC is the only teams to have won the League title for three consecutive seasons, in 1993–95 and 2001–03.

Seoul Semi-Professional Football League (1939–1963)[edit]

National Semi-Professional Football League (1964–1982)[edit]

Season Type Champions (number of titles) Runners-up Top scorer
1964 Spring Keumseong Textile Company FC (1)
Cheil Industries FC (1)
Autumn Keumseong Textile Company FC (2) Korea Tungsten Company FC
1965 Spring Keumseong Textile Company FC (3)
Korea Tungsten Company FC (1)
Korea Electric Power Corporation FC (1)
Autumn Korea Tungsten Company FC (2) Korea Coal Corporation FC
1966 Spring Seoul Police Department FC (1) Korea Electric Power Corporation FC
Autumn Korea Tungsten Company FC (3)
Seoul Police Department FC (2)
1967 Spring National Police Department FC (3) Ssangyong Cement FC
Autumn Korea Electric Power Corporation FC (2) Cheil Industries FC
1968 Spring Korea Tungsten Company FC (4) Korea Electric Power Corporation FC
Autumn Cheil Industries FC (2)
Army Logistics Command FC (1)
1969 1st Korea Electric Power Corporation FC (3) Korea Tungsten Company FC
2nd ?[1]
1970 Spring Cheil Industries FC (3) Korea Tungsten Company FC
Autumn Chohung Bank FC (1) Korea Trust Bank FC
1971 Spring Korea Trust Bank FC (1) Korea Exchange Bank FC
Korea Housing & Commercial Bank FC
Autumn Marine Corps FC (1) Korea Trust Bank FC
Chohung Bank FC
1972 Spring Korea Housing & Commercial Bank FC (1) Marine Corps FC
Autumn Korea Housing & Commercial Bank FC (2) Marine Corps FC
1973 Spring Marine Corps FC (2) Kookmin Bank FC
Autumn Korea Trust Bank FC (2) Army FC
1974 Spring Chohung Bank FC (2) Army FC
Autumn Commercial Bank of Korea FC (1)
Army FC (2)
1975 Spring POSCO FC (1) Army FC
Autumn Industrial Bank of Korea FC (1) Korea Automobile Insurance Company FC
1976 Spring Korea Exchange Bank FC (1)
Korea Trust Bank FC (3)
Autumn Ceased[2]
1977 Army FC (3) POSCO FC
1978 Spring Seoul City FC (1)
Navy FC (3)
Autumn Korea Automobile Insurance Company FC (1) Seoul City
1979 Spring Industrial Bank of Korea FC (2) Army Chungeui FC
Autumn Ceased[3]
1980 Spring Seoul City FC (2)
Army Chungeui FC (4)
Autumn Korea Automobile Insurance Company FC (2)
Air Force Seongmu FC (1)
1981 Spring Daewoo FC (1) Navy Haeryong FC South Korea Kang Sang-kil
(Korea Housing & Commercial Bank FC) (5)[4]
Autumn POSCO FC (2) Army Chungeui FC
1982 POSCO FC (3) Kookmin Bank FC South Korea Lee Tae-yeop (Seoul City FC) (13)

Super League (1983–1985)[edit]

  • Professional football clubs and semi-professional football clubs competed together during this era.
Season Champions (number of titles) Runners-up Top scorer
1983 Hallelujah FC (1) Daewoo Royals South Korea Park Yoon-ki (Yukong Elephants) (9 goals)
1984 Daewoo Royals (2) Yukong Elephants South Korea Baek Jong-chul (Hyundai Horangi) (16)
1985 Lucky-Goldstar Hwangso (1) POSCO Atoms Thailand Piyapong Pue-on (Lucky-Goldstar Hwangso) (12)

Football Big Festival (1986)[edit]

  • Professional football clubs and semi-professional football clubs competed together during this era.
Season Champions (number of titles) Runners-up Top scorer
1986 POSCO Atoms (4) Lucky-Goldstar Hwangso South Korea Chung Hae-won (Daewoo Royals) (10)

Korean Professional Football League (1987–1997)[edit]

  • Only professional football clubs competed since 1987.
Season Champions (number of titles) Runners-up Top scorer
1987 Daewoo Royals (3) POSCO Atoms South Korea Choi Sang-kook (POSCO Atoms) (15 goals)
1988 POSCO Atoms (5) Hyundai Horang-i South Korea Lee Kee-keun (POSCO Atoms) (12)
1989 Yukong Elephants (1) Lucky-Goldstar Hwangso South Korea Cho Keung-yeon (POSCO Atoms) (20)
1990 Lucky-Goldstar Hwangso (2) Daewoo Royals South Korea Yoon Sang-chul (Lucky-Goldstar Hwangso) (12)
1991 Daewoo Royals (4) Hyundai Horang-i South Korea Lee Kee-keun (POSCO Atoms) (16)
1992 POSCO Atoms (6) Ilhwa Chunma South Korea Lim Keun-jae (LG Cheetahs) (10)
1993 Ilhwa Chunma (1) LG Cheetahs South Korea Cha Sang-hae (POSCO Atoms) (10)
1994 Ilhwa Chunma (2) Yukong Elephants South Korea Yoon Sang-chul (LG Cheetahs) (21)
1995 Ilhwa Chunma (3) Pohang Atoms South Korea Roh Sang-rae (Jeonnam Dragons) (15)
1996 Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i (1) Suwon Samsung Bluewings South Korea Shin Tae-yong (Cheonan Ilhwa Chunma) (18)
1997 Pusan Daewoo Royals[A] (5) Jeonnam Dragons South Korea Kim Hyun-seok (Ulsan Hyundai Horangi) (9)

K League (1998–2012)[edit]

  • League name was officially changed to K League in 1998.
Season Champions (number of titles) Runners-up Top scorer
1998 Suwon Samsung Bluewings (1) Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i South Korea Yoo Sang-chul (Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i) (14 goals)
1999 Suwon Samsung Bluewings[A][B] (2) Pusan Daewoo Royals Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Saša Drakulić (Suwon Samsung Bluewings) (18)
2000 Anyang LG Cheetahs (3) Bucheon SK South Korea Kim Do-hoon (Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma) (12)
2001 Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma (4) Anyang LG Cheetahs Brazil Sandro Cardoso (Suwon Samsung Bluewings) (13)
2002 Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma[B][C] (5) Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i Portugal Edmilson (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors) (14)
2003 Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma (6) Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i South Korea Kim Do-hoon (Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma) (28)
2004 Suwon Samsung Bluewings (3) Pohang Steelers Brazil Mota (Chunnam Dragons) (14)
2005 Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i (2) Incheon United Brazil Leandro Machado (Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i) (13)
2006 Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma (7) Suwon Samsung Bluewings South Korea Woo Sung-yong (Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma) (16)
2007 Pohang Steelers (7) Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma Brazil Cabore (Gyeongnam FC) (18)
2008 Suwon Samsung Bluewings[C] (4) FC Seoul Brazil Dudu (Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma) (16)
2009 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (1) Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma South Korea Lee Dong-gook (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors) (20)
2010 FC Seoul[C] (4) Jeju United South Korea Yoo Byung-soo (Incheon United) (22)
2011 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (2) Ulsan Hyundai Montenegro Dejan Damjanović (FC Seoul) (23)
2012 FC Seoul (5) Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Montenegro Dejan Damjanović (FC Seoul) (31)

K League Classic (2013–present)[edit]

Season Champions (number of titles) Runners-up Top scorer
2013 Pohang Steelers (8) Ulsan Hyundai Montenegro Dejan Damjanović (FC Seoul) (19)
2014 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (3) Suwon Samsung Bluewings Brazil Santos (Suwon Samsung Bluewings) (14)
2015 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (4) Suwon Samsung Bluewings South Korea Kim Shin-wook (Ulsan Hyundai) (18)
2016 FC Seoul (6) Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors South Korea Jung Jo-gook (Gwangju FC) (20)

Total titles won[edit]

  • In South Korea, Professional era records are generally accepted.

All-time (1964–present)[edit]

Club Champions Runners-up Winning seasons Runners-up seasons
Pohang Steelers
8
5
1975s, 1981a, 1982, 1986, 1988, 1992, 2007, 2013 1977, 1985, 1987, 1995, 2004
Seongnam FC
7
3
1993, 1994, 1995, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006 1992, 2007, 2009
FC Seoul
6
5
1985, 1990, 2000, 2010, 2012, 2016 1986, 1989, 1993, 2001, 2008
Busan IPark
5
3
1981s, 1984, 1987, 1991, 1997 1983, 1990, 1999
Army FC
(including Army Logistics Command FC)
4
5
1968a, 1974a, 1977, 1980s 1973a, 1974s, 1975s, 1979s, 1981a
Suwon Samsung Bluewings
4
4
1998, 1999, 2004, 2008 1996, 2006, 2014, 2015
Korea Tungsten Company FC
4
3
1965s, 1965a, 1966a, 1968s 1964a, 1969s, 1970s
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
4
2
2009, 2011, 2014, 2015 2012, 2016
Korea Electric Power Corporation FC
3
2
1965s, 1967a, 1969s 1966s, 1968s
Seoul Trust Bank FC
(including Korea Trust Bank FC)
3
2
1971s, 1973a, 1976s 1970a, 1971a
Cheil Industries FC
3
1
1964s, 1968a, 1970s 1967a
Keumseong Textile Company FC
3
0
1964s, 1964a, 1965s
Police FC
(including Seoul Police Department FC
National Police Department FC)
3
0
1966s, 1966a, 1967s
Ulsan Hyundai
2
7
1996, 2005 1988, 1991, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2011, 2013
Marine Corps FC
2
2
1971a, 1973s 1972s, 1972a
Korea Housing & Commercial Bank FC
2
1
1972s, 1972a 1971s
Chohung Bank FC
2
1
1970a, 1974s 1971a
Seoul City FC
2
1
1978s, 1980s 1978a
Korea Automobile Insurance Company FC
2
1
1978a, 1980a 1975a
Industrial Bank of Korea FC
2
0
1975a, 1979s
Jeju United
1
4
1989 1984, 1994, 2000, 2010
Korea Exchange Bank FC
1
1
1976s 1971s
Navy FC
1
1
1978s 1981s
Commercial Bank of Korea FC
1
0
1974a
Air Force FC
1
0
1980a
Hallelujah FC
1
0
1983
Kookmin Bank FC
0
2
1973s, 1982
Korea Coal Corporation FC
0
1
1965a
Ssangyong Cement FC
0
1
1967s
Chunnam Dragons
0
1
1997
Incheon United
0
1
2005

Professional era (1983–present)[edit]

  • K League's principle of official statistics is that final club succeeds to predecessor club's history and records.[5]
Club Champions Runners-up Winning Seasons Runners-up Seasons
Seongnam FC
7
3
1993, 1994, 1995, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006 1992, 2007, 2009
FC Seoul
6
5
1985, 1990, 2000, 2010, 2012, 2016 1986, 1989, 1993, 2001, 2008
Pohang Steelers
5
4
1986, 1988, 1992, 2007, 2013 1985, 1987, 1995, 2004
Suwon Samsung Bluewings
4
4
1998, 1999, 2004, 2008 1996, 2006, 2014, 2015
Busan IPark
4
3
1984, 1987, 1991, 1997 1983, 1990, 1999
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
4
2
2009, 2011, 2014, 2015 2012, 2016
Ulsan Hyundai
2
7
1996, 2005 1988, 1991, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2011, 2013
Jeju United
1
4
1989 1984, 1994, 2000, 2010
Hallelujah FC
1
0
1983
Jeonnam Dragons
0
1
1997
Incheon United
0
1
2005

Titles by city / area[edit]

  • Since 1987 season: K League introduced home and away matches system in 1987.
City / Area Titles Clubs
Seoul
7
FC Seoul (1990[6], 2010, 2012, 2016)
Ilhwa Chunma (1993, 1994, 1995)
Pohang
4
Pohang Steelers (1988[7], 1992[7], 2007, 2013)
Suwon
4
Suwon Samsung Bluewings (1998, 1999, 2004, 2008)
Seongnam
4
Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma (2001, 2002, 2003, 2006)
Jeonbuk
4
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (2009, 2011, 2014, 2015)
Busan
2
Pusan Daewoo Royals (1991[8], 1997)
Ulsan
2
Ulsan Hyundai (1996[9], 2005[9])
Anyang
1
Anyang LG Cheetahs (2000)
Busan & Gyeongnam
1
Daewoo Royals (1987)
Incheon & Gyeonggi
1
Yukong Elephants (1989)

Titles by province[edit]

  • Since 1987 season: K League introduced home and away matches system in 1987.
Province Titles City / Area Clubs
Capital region
17
(7) Seoul FC Seoul (1990[6], 2010, 2012, 2016)
Ilhwa Chunma (1993, 1994, 1995)
(4) Suwon Suwon Samsung Bluewings (1998, 1999, 2004, 2008)
(4) Seongnam Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma (2001, 2002, 2003, 2006)
(1) Anyang Anyang LG Cheetahs (2000)
(1) Incheon & Gyeonggi Yukong Elephants (1989)
Gyeongsang region
9
(4) Pohang Pohang Steelers (1988[7], 1992[7], 2007, 2013)
(2) Busan Pusan Daewoo Royals (1991[8], 1997)
(2) Ulsan Ulsan Hyundai (1996[9], 2005[9])
(1) Busan & Gyeongnam Daewoo Royals (1987)
Jeolla region
4
(4) Jeonbuk Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (2009, 2011, 2014, 2015)
Chungcheong region
0
Gangwon region
0
Jeju region
0

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ There is an article about the second match of KFL, but no record after that. It might be stopped because of many international football matches.
  2. ^ '76스포츠의 明暗(명암) (下(하)) 못다푼 宿題(숙제)들 The Kyunghyang Shinmun, 1976-12-27.
  3. ^ All sports events were ceased because of president’s assassination on 26 October 1979. 11월의 스포츠 The Kyunghyang Shinmun, 1979-11-01.
  4. ^ 실업축구 1차리그 대우, 수위로 4강 진출. Kyunghyang Shinmun (in Korean). Naver.com. 28 March 1981. 
  5. ^ "The Official K League Annual Report" (in Korean). K League editorial division. 
  6. ^ a b Then known as Lucky-Goldstar Hwangso
  7. ^ a b c d Then known as Posco Atoms
  8. ^ a b Then known as Daewoo Royals
  9. ^ a b c d Then known as Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i

0000A. a b Also won the League Cup and Supplementary League Cup.
0000B. a b Also won the Super Cup.
0000C. a b Also won the League Cup.