Korea University–Yonsei University rivalry

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Yonsei–Korea, Korea-Yonsei rivalry

School Yonsei University Korea University
Logo
Established 1885 1905
Location Sinchon Anam
Students 37,900 (2013) 37,617 (2013)
School Colors Royal blue Crimson
Nickname Sinchon Eagles Anam Tigers
Mascot(s) Eagle Tiger
Total Championships 18 18

The Yonsei–Korea, Korea-Yonsei rivalry is the college rivalry between two universities located in Seoul, South Korea: Yonsei University and Korea University (Korea University and Yonsei University). Both schools are regarded as the most prestigious private universities in South Korea. Located within the same city, the campuses are only 30 minutes apart.[1][2]

Each year, various festivals are held before and after the friendship games between the two colleges. Since 1956, this annual Yonsei-Korea (Korea-Yonsei) games has served as the most hotly contested collegiate rivalries in the country. Five sports teams: football, rugby, baseball, basketball, and ice hockey teams compete against each other.[3][4]

A large number of current students and alumni from both universities attend this event to support their respective sides. The enthusiasm and cheers from the crowd led by the cheerleaders fill the stadium throughout the entire duration of the game. It is truly a unique experience.

A long running gag between the two universities is the order of the two universities; Yonsei University refers to it as the "Yonsei-Korea" rivalry, whereas Korea University refers to it as the "Korea-Yonsei" rivalry.

Athletic rivalry[edit]

First meeting of the two schools was the friendly football match in 1923.[5]

Football[edit]

1927 All Joseon Football Championship Semi-final[edit]

The match was held in Gyeongseong Stadium. Data From 1927 Through 1942: Yonhi College (now Yonsei University) had 14 wins, and Bosung College (now Korea University) also had 14 wins. All Joseon Football Championship was predecessor of National Football Championship.

1945 Yonhi-BC OB Football Championship[edit]

Beginning of the regular scheduled football match between Yonsei and Korea (Korea and Yonsei).

Yonsei University was formally established in 1885 through the union of Yonhi College and Severance Union Medical College. In 1946, Bosung College was renamed Korea University and the match was renamed Yon-Ko (Ko-Yon) games since then.

Football series record[edit]

Year Winner Korea Yonsei Trivia[6]
1965 TIE 1 1 All five events (football, rugby, baseball, basketball, and ice hockey) were held for the first time.
1966 Yonsei 0 2
1967 TIE 0 0
1968 TIE 0 0
1969 Yonsei 0 1
1970 Korea 3 0
1971 - - - Aborted due to Hagwon incident.
1972 - - - Aborted due to Hagwon incident.
1973 Korea 2 1
1974 TIE 1 1
1975 - - - Aborted due to vehicle crash in Jinhae, South Korea.
1976 Korea 1 0
1977 TIE 0 0
1978 Yonsei 0 1
1979 Yonsei 1 3
1980 - - - Aborted due to Hagwon incident.
1981 TIE 0 0
1982 Korea 1 0
1983 - - - Aborted due to Hagwon incident.
1984 Yonsei 1 2
1985 Korea 4 0
1986 TIE 0 0
1987 Yonsei 2 3
1988 Yonsei 0 3
1989 Korea 5 2
1990 Korea 3 2
1991 Korea 3 1
1992 Korea 1 0
1993 Korea 1 0
1994 Korea 3 1
1995 TIE 2 2
1996 - - - Aborted due to Hanchongryun (South Korean Federation of University Students Councils) incident.
1997 Yonsei 1 2
1998 Yonsei 0 2
1999 Yonsei 1 2
2000 Korea 2 0
2001 Yonsei 0 1
2002 Korea 4 0
2003 TIE 0 0
2004 Korea 2 0
2005 Yonsei 0 2
2006 TIE 1 1
2007 TIE 0 0
2008 Yonsei 0 1
2009 Korea 2 1
2010 Yonsei 1 3
2011 Korea 3 1
2012 Korea 3 1
2013 TIE 2 2
2014 Korea 5 0 shaa
2015 TIE 2 2
2016 Korea 2 1

Rugby[edit]

Baseball[edit]

Basketball[edit]

Ice hockey[edit]

There were annual games in ice hockey for Korea vs Yonsei. This year's scores were 1-1

Train Game[edit]

After annual Yonsei-Korea (Korea-Yonsei) games, students from both schools engage in Train Game (Korean 기차놀이). The game is performed in a manner similar to that of making a conga line, forming a line by holding a person in front of another by his/her shoulder. The Trains head to bars, stores, and restaurants to demand food and drinks for free. It is told to both Yonsei and Korea (Korea and Yonsei) students that the tradition originates from the 1980s when pro-democratic student demonstrations were prevalent. The shopkeepers nearby the campuses witnessed the events and sympathized with the cause, thus served food and drinks free of charge to the students.

Olympic athletes[edit]

Both Yonsei University and Korea University (Korea University and Yonsei University) send many athletes to the Olympic Games. 2010 Winter Olympic four-time gold medalist short track speed skater Chun Lee-Kyung is a graduate of Yonsei University, and gold medalist figure skater Kim Yuna is a Korea University graduate.

Geographic location[edit]

Korea University is located on the northeastern-side of Seoul, and Yonsei University is located on the west-side of Seoul.

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