Ulsan Hyundai FC

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Ulsan Hyundai
울산 현대
Ulsan Hyundai FC.svg
Full nameUlsan Hyundai Football Club
울산 현대 축구단
蔚山 現代 蹴球團
Nickname(s)Horang-i (Tiger)
Gangs of Asia
Iron Maces
Short nameUHFC
Founded1983; 36 years ago (1983), as Hyundai Horang-i
GroundUlsan Munsu Football Stadium
Capacity44,102
OwnerHyundai Heavy Industries
ChairmanChung Mong-joon
ManagerKim Do-hoon
LeagueK League 1
2018K League 1, 3rd
WebsiteClub website

The Ulsan Hyundai Football Club is a South Korean professional football club, owned by the South Korean corporation Hyundai Heavy Industries. Established on 6 December 1983, they joined the K League in 1984 as Hyundai Horang-i. The home ground of the 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 the 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 the 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 for the 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. These 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 the 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 on an unbeaten run throughout the 12 games of the competition, winning nine consecutive games and scoring 27 goals in the process.[4]

Cho Min-kook and Yoon Jong-hwan Era (2014–2016)[edit]

Kim Do-hoon Era (2017–present)[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 28 July 2019

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 Jo Su-huk
3 South Korea DF Kim Min-deok
4 South Korea DF Kang Min-soo
6 South Korea MF Jung Jae-yong
7 South Korea MF Kim In-sung
8 South Korea FW Hwang Il-su
9 Brazil FW Júnior Negrão
10 South Korea MF Shin Jin-ho
11 South Korea FW Lee Keun-ho (captain)
13 South Korea DF Lee Myung-jae
14 South Korea MF Kim Bo-kyung (on loan from Kashiwa Reysol)
15 South Korea MF Lee Dong-gyeong
16 South Korea MF Lee Hyeon-seung
17 South Korea MF Kim Sung-joon
18 South Korea FW Joo Min-kyu
19 South Korea MF Park Yong-woo
20 South Korea DF Yun Young-sun
22 South Korea DF Jeong Dong-ho
No. Position Player
23 South Korea MF Kim Tae-hwan
24 South Korea MF Park Ha-bin
27 South Korea DF Kim Chang-soo (vice-captain)
28 South Korea MF Lee Ji-seung
29 South Korea FW Kim Su-an
31 South Korea GK Moon Jeong-in
32 South Korea FW Bae Jae-woo
33 South Korea MF Park Joo-ho (vice-captain)
38 Netherlands DF Dave Bulthuis
39 South Korea DF Park Jae-min
41 South Korea GK Park Suk-min
42 United States MF Mix Diskerud (on loan from Manchester City)
45 South Korea FW Lee Dong-won
81 South Korea GK Kim Seung-gyu
88 South Korea FW Son Ho-jun
91 Australia DF Jason Davidson
98 South Korea FW Lee Sang-heon
99 South Korea FW Park Jung-in

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 Bae Jae-woo (to Sangju Sangmu FC for military service)
South Korea DF Lee Sang-min (to V-Varen Nagasaki)
South Korea FW Lee Jong-ho (to V-Varen Nagasaki)
South Korea MF Kim Gyu-hyeong (to Dinamo Zagreb Academy)
South Korea MF Kim Hyun-woo (to Dinamo Zagreb Academy)
South Korea MF Kim Geon-ung (to Jeonnam Dragons)
South Korea MF Kim Leo (to Asan Mugunghwa FC)
No. Position Player
South Korea MF Oh Se-hun (to Asan Mugunghwa FC)
South Korea DF Lim Jong-eun (to FC Pocheon)
South Korea MF Hong Hyun-seok (to FC Juniors OÖ)
South Korea DF Lee Ji-hoon (to Incheon United FC)
South Korea DF Kim Tae-hyeon (to Daejeon Citizen)
South Korea DF Park Gyu-hyeon (to SV Werder Bremen II)

Club officials[edit]

  • Head Coach: Kim Do-hoon
  • Coach: Myeong Jae-yong, Kim In-soo
  • Physio: Tsukoshi Tomo
  • Goalkeeping Coach: Kim Beom-soo
  • U-18 Team Head Coach: Park Ki-wook
  • U-15 Team Head Coach: Kim Baek-kwan
  • Video Analyst: Satoshi Shimizu

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 2016/11/13 2015–16
10 South Korea Kim Do-hoon 2016/11/21 present 2017–

Crests and mascots[edit]

Kits[edit]

Kit suppliers[edit]

Honours[edit]

Domestic competitions[edit]

League[edit]

Winners (2): 1996, 2005
Runners-up (7): 1986, 1991, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2011, 2013

Cups[edit]

Winners (1): 2017
Runners-up (2): 1998, 2018
Winners (5): 1986, 1995, 1998, 2007, 2011
Runners-up (3): 1993, 2002, 2005
Winners (1): 2006
Runners-up (2): 1989, 1999

International competitions[edit]

Asian[edit]

Winners (1): 2012
Winners (1): 2006

Friendly[edit]

Third place (1): 2011

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
2016 1 12 4 Semi-final
2017 1 12 4 Winners Group stage
2018 1 12 3 Runners-up Round of 16
Key
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league

Asian clubs ranking[edit]

As of 26 November 2017.[5]
Current Rank Country Team
27 Japan Cerezo Osaka
28 Uzbekistan Nasaf
29 South Korea Ulsan Hyundai
30 Indonesia Persipura Jayapura
31 Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima

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. 20 September 2012.
  3. ^ 김호곤, 편견과 싸워 이긴 울산 사령탑 5년 (in Korean). Best Eleven. 5 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Ulsan's ultimate victory". ESPNFC. 10 November 2012.
  5. ^ "Asia Football / Soccer Clubs Ranking". FootballDatabase.

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