Ulsan Hyundai FC

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Ulsan Hyundai
울산 현대
Club crest
Full name Ulsan Hyundai Football Club
울산 현대 축구단
Nickname(s) Horangi (Tiger)
Gangs of Asia
Iron Maces
Short name UHFC
Founded 1983; 33 years ago (1983), as Hyundai Horang-i
Ground Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium
Ground Capacity 44,102
Owner Hyundai Heavy Industries
Chairman Stan Kroenke
Manager Yoon Jung-hwan
League K League Classic
2015 Season 7th
Website Club home page
Current season

The Ulsan Hyundai Football Club (UHFC) is a South Korean professional football club, owned by Korean corporation Hyundai Heavy Industries. Established on 6 December 1983, they joined the K League in 1984 as Hyundai Horang-i. Home ground of this team is Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium.

History[edit]

2012 AFC Champions League Final in Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium.

Early years: before Ulsan (1983–1989)[edit]

Ulsan Hyundai was established in on 6 December 1983, as Hyundai Horang-i, with Horangi (Horangi means tiger in Korean) as its mascot. Their original franchise area was Incheon and Gyeonggi Province.[1] They joined the professional K League from 1984 season. While they finished their debut season as 3rd place, the team's striker Baek Jong-chul became the K League Top Scorer, scoring 16 goals in 28 matches. They won their first professional trophy in 1986, winning the Professional Football Championship, which is the origin of Korean League Cup. From 1987 season, the club moved their franchise from Incheon and Gyeonggi Province to Gangwon Province. In the 1988 season, they finished the season as the runners-up in the league.

Move to Ulsan and Rise to Power (1990–1999)[edit]

Beginning in the 1990 season, the club moved their franchise to Ulsan, where the headquarters of several branches of owner company Hyundai are located at, from Gangwon Province. Former South Korea's legendary striker Cha Bum-kun took the managerial position from the 1991 season, leading the club to the runners-up position in the league in his debut season. However, he failed to win any trophy and was replaced by Ko Jae-wook after the 1994 season. Under Ko Jae-wook, Ulsan won their second Korean League Cup trophy in 1995, which was his debut season as Ulsan manager. Ulsan won their first ever league title in 1996, beating Suwon Samsung Bluewings 3–2 aggregate in the championship playoffs. Ulsan then entered a long dry-spell in terms of league trophies, although they won their third Korean League Cup trophy in 1998, beating Bucheon SK 2–1 aggregate in the finals.

Two Kims Era (2000–2013)[edit]

Failure to add a major title for years did affect the team negatively. After exodus of key players like Kim Hyun-seok and a terrible start in the 2000, manager Ko Jae-wook resigned in the middle of the season.

Kim Jung-nam era: Gangsters of Asia (2000–2008)[edit]

Ulsan appointed Kim Jung-nam, who had formerly managed South Korean national football team, as their next manager. They finished runners-up in 2002 and 2003, and started to emerge as a strong force. In 2005, with return of two key players, Yoo Sang-chul and Lee Chun-soo, they qualified for the Championship Playoffs. In the play-off semi-final, they beat Seongnam Ilhwa 2–1, and in the final, they beat Incheon United 6–3 aggregate, with a hat-trick from Lee Chun-Soo in the first leg. They became the league champions second time in their history.

The club also went on to win the A3 Champions Cup in 2006, which they participated as K League champions. Although they lost their first match in the competition against JEF United Ichihara Chiba 2–3, they beat Dalian Shide 4–0 and Gamba Osaka 6–0 to clinch the trophy. Lee Chun-soo became the competition's top scorer, scoring 6 goals in 3 matches. They repeated the merciless attacks in the AFC Champions League that season, beating Al-Shabab 6–0 in the first leg of the quarter-finals. This overwhelming attacks they showed in the season gave Ulsan the nickname, "Gangsters of Asia".[2]

Ulsan won the 2007 Korean League Cup, beating FC Seoul 2–1 in the final on 27 June 2007.

Kim Ho-kon era: Iron Mace Football (2009–2013)[edit]

Manager Kim Jung-nam stepped down after the 2008 season. Kim Ho-kon, who had managed the South Korea national under-23 football team that reached quarter-finals in the 2004 Summer Olympics was appointed as Ulsan's next manager.

Kim Ho-kon did not enjoy Ulsan fans' full support for his first few seasons at the club, mainly because of his defensive tactical style and unsatisfying outcomes. 2011 season was a dramatic changeover; Ulsan won their fifth Korean League Cup, beating Busan IPark 3–2 in the final. Ulsan also finished the season as runners-up in the K League that season. Ulsan's unique style of having many players pushing forward in counterattacks earned them the nickname "Iron mace football".[3]

In 2012, the club won the AFC Champions League, defeating Al-Ahli 3–0 in the final on 10 November. In the run up to the final, Ulsan went unbeaten in all 12 games of the competition, winning nine consecutive and scoring 27 goals.[4]

Player[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 February 2016

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 South Korea DF Jeong Dong-ho
4 South Korea MF Koo Bon-sang
5 South Korea DF Jeong Seung-hyun
6 Japan MF Chikashi Masuda
7 South Korea MF Ko Chang-hyun
8 South Korea MF Ha Sung-min
15 South Korea DF Lee Jae-seong
16 South Korea MF Kim Tae-hwan
17 South Korea DF Yoo Jun-soo
19 South Korea FW Kim Seung-jun
20 South Korea DF Lee Chang-yong
21 South Korea GK Song Yoo-geol
22 South Korea DF Kim Chi-gon (captain)
24 South Korea DF Lee Myung-jae
29 South Korea MF Rim Sung-kook
30 South Korea MF Jang Ji-hoon
34 South Korea MF Kim Young-sam
39 South Korea DF Kim Kun-hoan
40 South Korea MF Jeon In-hwan
No. Position Player
41 South Korea GK Jang Dae-hee
44 Croatia FW Ivan Kovačec
South Korea DF Park Ji-woo
South Korea DF Jang Soon-hyeok
South Korea GK Jeong Hyeon-cheol
South Korea DF Yoo Dong-gon
South Korea MF Seol Tae-soo
South Korea FW Kim Min-kyu
South Korea FW Kim Keon-woong
South Korea FW Lee Byeong-hwa
South Korea FW Park Gyung-ik
South Korea MF Jung Chan-il
South Korea FW Kim Yong-jin
South Korea MF Kim In-sung
South Korea DF Lee Ki-je
South Korea FW Seo Myeong-won
Brazil MF Bernardo
South Korea FW Seo Jung-jin (on loan from Suwon)
South Korea MF Lee Jeong-hyeop (on loan from Busan)

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 Kang Min-soo (to Sangju Sangmu for military duty)
South Korea DF Lee Yong (to Sangju Sangmu for military duty)
South Korea MF Kim Sung-hwan (to Sangju Sangmu for military duty)
South Korea FW Han Sang-woon (to Sangju Sangmu for military duty)
South Korea MF Ko Min-hyuk (to Daejeon Citizen)
No. Position Player
South Korea MF Cho Young-cheol (to Sangju Sangmu for military duty)
South Korea MF Lee Yeong-jae (to Busan IPark)
South Korea GK Lee Hee-sung (to Hwaseong FC)
South Korea FW Ahn Jin-beom (to FC Anyang)
 

Club officials[edit]

Managers[edit]

# Name From To Season Notes
1 South Korea Moon Jung-Sik 1983/07/12 1986/04/22 1984–86
C
South Korea Cho Chung-Yun 1986/04/22 1986/12/?? 1986
2 1986/12/?? 1987/12/30 1987
3 South Korea Kim Ho 1987/12/30 1990/11/19 1988–90
4 South Korea Cha Bum-Kun 1990/11/23 1994/11/27 1991–94
5 South Korea Ko Jae-Wook 1994/11/30 2000/06/12 1995–00
C South Korea Chung Jong-Soo 2000/06/12 2000/08/21 2000
6 South Korea Kim Jung-Nam 2000/08/22 2008/12/25 2000–08
7 South Korea Kim Ho-Gon 2008/12/26 2013/12/04 2009–13
8 South Korea Cho Min-Kook 2013/12/04 2014/11/30 2014
9 South Korea Yoon Jung-hwan 2014/12/03 2015–present

Crest[edit]

Kit Supplier[edit]

Records[edit]

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

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Champions (2) : 1996, 2005
Runners-up (7) : 1986, 1991, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2011, 2013
Runners-up (1) : 1998
Champions (5) : 1986, 1995, 1998, 2007, 2011
Runners-up (3) : 1993, 2002, 2005
Champions (1) : 2006
Runners-up (1) : 1999

International[edit]

Champions (1) : 2012
Champions (1) : 2006

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "울산현대축구단". 울산현대축구단. Retrieved 27 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "울산, 6년 전 '아시아 깡패' 부활위한 3가지 조건" (in Korean). Sports Chosun. September 20, 2012. 
  3. ^ "김호곤, 편견과 싸워 이긴 울산 사령탑 5년" (in Korean). Best Eleven. December 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Ulsan's ultimate victory". ESPNFC. 10 November 2012. 

External links[edit]

Achievements
Preceded by
Ilhwa Chunma
K-League Champions
1996
Succeeded by
Pusan Daewoo Royals
Preceded by
Suwon Samsung Bluewings
K-League Champions
2005
Succeeded by
Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma
Preceded by
Al-Sadd
Qatar
Champions of Asia
2012
Succeeded by
Guangzhou Evergrande
China