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Pohang Steelers
포항 스틸러스
浦項 스틸러스
Pohang Steelers emblem (5 stars).svg
Full nameFootball Club Pohang Steelers
포항 스틸러스 프로축구단
浦項 스틸러스 프로蹴球團
Short namePSFC
Founded1973; 45 years ago (1973), as Pohang Steelworks FC
GroundPohang Steel Yard
Capacity17,443
OwnerPOSCO
ChairmanShin Young-gwon
ManagerChoi Soon-ho
LeagueK League 1
2018K League 1, 8th
WebsiteClub website

Pohang Steelers (Hangul: 포항 스틸러스; Hanja: 浦項 스털러스) is a South Korean professional football club based in Pohang, North Gyeongsang. They were originally called Pohang Steelworks, after the Pohang Iron and Steel Company that owned it. The club was founded in 1973 and is one of Korean football's most successful sides.

They are the most successful team in Asia with three AFC Champions League titles.[1]

History[edit]

Founded as a semi-professional football club, as the Pohang Steelworks Football Club in 1973, the club turned professional from the 1984 season and changed its name to Pohang Steelworks Dolphins. A further name changed occurred for the 1985 season, during which they were called the Pohang Steelworks Atoms. 1986 saw them win their first Championship, and they enjoyed a great spell of domination in the league; between 1985 and 1998 they were continuously in the top four of the K-League.

The club achieved a Korean football 'first' at the end of 1990 with the opening of their purpose-built 20,000 seater Steelyard Stadium.

1995 saw yet another name change, when the club became the Pohang Atoms. This name change was an attempt to further strengthen local ties with the region, and in 1997 they adopted their current name, the Pohang Steelers. The side scaled Asian football heights, winning the Asian Champions Cup in 1997 and 1998 to establish themselves as one of Asia's top teams.

Unfortunately, the club suffered something of a fall from grace in the 2000s, struggling near the foot of the table, but bounced back to the forefront of Korean football by winning the first stage of the 2004 K-League Championship. The club qualified for the final Championship match of the 2004 season, but lost 4–3 on penalties to Suwon Samsung Bluewings.

In 2007, the club won the Championship play-off by beating Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma, who finished in 1st place in the regular season of the K-League. Pohang won the first leg play-off game at home 3–1, and then traveled to Seongnam for the second leg game, recording a 1–0 victory to seal a 4–1 aggregate triumph. The Steelers had ended the K-League season in 5th place, but then defeated Daejeon Citizen, Gyeongnam, Suwon Samsung Bluewings and finally Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma in the play-offs to win the championship.

Pohang again made the play-offs in the 2008 season by finishing the season 5th in the league, but were knocked out in their play-off game by Ulsan Hyundai in a penalty shoot-out. However, the club fared much better in the Korean FA Cup. After defeating Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma in the quarter-final with a penalty shoot-out following a 1–1 draw after regular and extra time, Pohang knocked out Daegu FC in the semi-final, and then Gyeongnam FC in the final to ensure qualification for the 2009 AFC Champions League by virtue of winning the 2008 Korean FA Cup.

The Steelers then enjoyed a dream run in the Champions League, which saw the club defeat Umm-Salal of Qatar 2–1 (4–1 agg.) to advance to their first ever AFC Champions League final.[2] The Steelers defeated Saudi club Al-Ittihad 2–1 at the National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan to claim the title.[3]

For the 2009 K-League season, Pohang once again qualified for the play-off phase of the league by finishing the regular season in 2nd place, equal with FC Seoul on points, but ahead on goal difference. The Steelers had a bye to the semi-finals, but lost to Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma.[4] Nonetheless, their regular season placing saw them qualify for the 2010 AFC Champions League Group Stage.

Following the conclusion of the 2009 K-League season, at the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup in December, the Steelers finished in third place after defeating Atlante 4–3 on penalties.[5]

Crests and mascots[edit]

Kits[edit]

In 1994, Pohang Steelworks Atoms wore a green kit and a white kit with a multicolored sun in the center, in 1997 Pohang Steelers wore a white shirt with black shoulders stripes and black shorts, while in 2000 the first kit consisted of a sky blue shirt and white shorts, while the away kit was a black and red hooped shirt and black shorts (similar to the current kit). In 2002 the kit was red with a black V in the chest.

Kit suppliers[edit]

Kit supplier Period
Germany Adidas 1982–1987
South Korea Prospecs 1987–1989
Germany Adidas 1990–1992
South Korea Prospecs 1993–1995
Germany Adidas 1996–2001
Italy Diadora 2002
Germany Puma 2003–2005
Italy Kappa 2006–2012
South Korea Atemi 2013–2014
Denmark Hummel 2015–2016
Spain Astore 2017–

Honours[edit]

Pohang Steelers have won their third AFC Champions League title in 2009.

Domestic competitions[edit]

League[edit]

Winners (5): 1986, 1988, 1992, 2007, 2013
Runners-up (4): 1985, 1987, 1995, 2004
Winners (5): 1975 Spring, 1981 Fall, 1982, 1986 Fall, 1988 Fall
Runners-up (2): 1977, 1989 Spring

Cups[edit]

Winners (4): 1996, 2008, 2012, 2013
Runners-up (3): 2001, 2002, 2007
Winners (2): 1993, 2009
Runners-up (2): 1996, 1997s
Runners-up (2): 1977, 1985
Winners (1): 1974
Runners-up (1): 1989

International competitions[edit]

Asian[edit]

Winners (3): 1996–97, 1997–98, 2009 (record)
Runners-up (2): 1997, 1998
Runners-up (1): 2005

Worldwide[edit]

Third place (1): 2009
Runners-up (2): 1997, 1998

Friendly[edit]

Winners (1): 2010
Runners-up (1): 1987

Doubles[edit]

  • Domestic double
K League and FA Cup Champions (1): 2013
  • Continental double
Champions League and League Cup Champions (1): 2009

Season-by-season records[edit]

Season Division Tms. Pos. FA Cup AFC CL
1983 1 5 4
1984 1 8 5
1985 1 8 2
1986 1 6 1
1987 1 5 2
1988 1 5 1
1989 1 6 4
1990 1 6 3
1991 1 6 3
1992 1 6 1
1993 1 6 4
1994 1 7 3
1995 1 8 2
1996 1 9 3 Winners
1997 1 10 4 Semi-final Winners
1998 1 10 3 Semi-final Winners
1999 1 10 5 Round of 16 Quarter-final
2000 1 10 9 Quarter-final
2001 1 10 5 Runners-up
2002 1 10 6 Runners-up
2003 1 12 7 Quarter-final
2004 1 13 2 Round of 32
2005 1 13 5 Quarter-final
2006 1 14 3 Round of 16
2007 1 14 1 Runners-up
2008 1 14 5 Winners Group stage
2009 1 15 3 Quarter-final Winners
2010 1 15 9 Round of 16 Quarter-final
2011 1 16 3 Semi-final
2012 1 16 3 Winners Group stage
2013 1 14 1 Winners Group stage
2014 1 12 4 Round of 16 Quarter-final
2015 1 12 3 Quarter-final
2016 1 12 9 Round of 32 Group stage
2017 1 12 7 Round of 32
Key
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league

Current squad[edit]

As of 5 August 2018

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 Ryu Won-woo
2 South Korea DF Kook Tae-jung
3 South Korea DF Kim Gwang-seok
4 Brazil DF Alemão
5 South Korea DF Ha Chang-rae
6 Australia DF Connor Chapman
7 South Korea MF Lee Seok-hyun
8 South Korea MF Chico
9 South Korea MF Lee Hoo-kwon
10 Brazil FW Léo Gamalho
11 South Korea MF Lee Gwang-hyeok
12 South Korea FW Kim Seung-dae
14 South Korea MF Kim Ji-min
15 South Korea DF Lee Gwang-joon
16 South Korea FW Song Seung-min
17 South Korea MF Kang Sang-woo
18 South Korea FW Lee Keun-ho
No. Position Player
19 South Korea FW Lee Sang-ki
20 South Korea DF Woo Chan-yang
21 South Korea GK Lee Seung-won
22 South Korea DF Yang Tae-ryeol
23 Brazil MF Alemão
24 South Korea DF Bae Seul-ki
25 South Korea DF Yoo Ji-ha
26 South Korea DF Park Sung-woo
28 South Korea DF Lee Sang-soo
29 South Korea FW Song Min-kyu
31 South Korea GK Kang Hyeon-mu
41 South Korea GK Kim Roman
55 South Korea GK Ha Myeong-rae
77 South Korea MF Lee Jin-hyun
88 South Korea MF Kwon Ki-pyo
97 South Korea MF Lee Rae-joon
99 South Korea FW Sung Hyun-jun

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 Sun-yong (at Asan Mugunghwa for military duty)
South Korea MF Shim Dong-woon (at Sangju Sangmu for military duty)
South Korea MF Kim Dong-hyun (at Gwangju FC)
No. Position Player
South Korea DF Gwon Wan-gyu (at Sangju Sangmu for military duty)
South Korea MF Lee Seung-mo (at Gwangju FC)

Club official[edit]

Coaching staff

Youth Club Staff

  • U-18 Manager: South Korea Yoon Hee-joon
  • U-18 Coach: South Korea Baek Ki-tae
  • U-15 Manager: South Korea Kim Dong-young
  • U-15 Coach: South Korea
  • U-12 Manager: South Korea Kim Sung-jin
  • U-12 Coach: South Korea Oh Jin-kwang
  • Goalkeeper Coach: Republic of Macedonia Gjorgji Jovanovski
  • Youth Academy Coach (North): South Korea Lee Young-hwan
  • Youth Academy Coach (South): South Korea Na Yeong-chae
  • Youth Academy Officer: South Korea Shin Joo-hyun

Managers[edit]

As of end of season. Only K-League matches are counted.

Manager P W D L % Period Honours
South Korea Han Hong-ki 44 16 11 17 036.36 May 2, 1973 – November 29, 1984
South Korea Choi Eun-taek 57 20 16 21 035.09 November 29, 1984 – December 16, 1986 1986 K-League
South Korea Lee Hoe-taik 206 75 70 61 036.41 December 16, 1986 – December 31, 1992 1988 K-League, 1992 K-League
South Korea Kim Soon-Ki
South Korea Kim Chul-soo
1989
South Korea Cho Yoon-ok 1989
South Korea Huh Jung-moo 106 42 40 24 039.62 1993 – November 25, 1995
South Korea Kim Soon-Ki 1994
South Korea Park Sung-hwa 182 76 47 59 041.76 December 12, 1995 – July 31, 2000 1996 FA Cup, 1996–97 Asian Club Championship, 1997–98 Asian Club Championship
South Korea Choi Soon-ho 163 57 47 59 034.97 August 1, 2000 – December 5, 2004
Brazil Sérgio Farias 181 83 55 43 045.86 January 6, 2005 – December 20, 2009 2007 K-League, 2008 FA Cup, 2009 AFC Champions League
Brazil Waldemar Lemos 11 2 3 6 018.18 January 8, 2010 – May 10, 2010
South Korea Park Chang-hyun 21 7 8 6 033.33 May 11, 2010 – November 8, 2010
South Korea Hwang Sun-hong 37 21 8 8 056.76 December 13, 2010 – November 29, 2015 2013 K League, 2012 FA Cup, 2013 FA Cup
South Korea Choi Jin-cheul 32 10 8 14 031.25 November 29, 2015 – September 25, 2016
South Korea Choi Soon-ho 37 21 8 8 056.76 September 26, 2016 –
  • Italics denotes manager was there for interim period

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "포항스틸러스, AFC 예선 히로시마전 아쉬운 무승부".
  2. ^ "East to meet West in AFC final". FIFA.com. 2009-10-28. Retrieved 2009-12-21.
  3. ^ "Pohang book UAE berth". FIFA.com. 2009-11-07. Retrieved 2009-12-21.
  4. ^ "Asian champions Pohang go down to Seongnam". the-afc.com (AFC). 2009-11-30. Retrieved 2011-07-02.
  5. ^ "Pohang penalty joy". ESPN Soccernet. 2009-12-19. Retrieved 2009-12-21.
  6. ^ Upon its formation in 1983, the K League became the top tier of Korean football; the Korea Football League (officially, the Korean National Semi-Professional Football League) then became the second tier. The Korea Football League is now known as the National League.
  7. ^ a b Football Club Pohang Steelers was founded as a semi-professional team in 1973, and turned into a professional team in 1984. Even after the club turned professional, Pohang managed a separate, semi-professional reserves team that participated in the Korean League until the formation of R League.

External links[edit]

Achievements
Preceded by
South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma
Champions of Asia
1996–97 · 1997–98
Succeeded by
Japan Júbilo Iwata
Preceded by
Japan Gamba Osaka
Champions of Asia
2009
Succeeded by
South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma
Preceded by
Lucky-Goldstar Hwangso
K-League Champions
1986
Succeeded by
Daewoo Royals
Preceded by
Daewoo Royals
K-League Champions
1988
Succeeded by
Yukong Elephants
Preceded by
Daewoo Royals
K-League Champions
1992
Succeeded by
Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma
Preceded by
Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma
K-League Champions
2007
Succeeded by
Suwon Samsung Bluewings
Preceded by
FC Seoul
K League Classic Champions
2013
Succeeded by
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors